Posted 25th May 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – This week is the final stage of Overwatch League (OWL) inaugural season and with it came the introduction of the game’s newest hero: Brigitte. As the thrilling stage progresses, many teams have been trying to bring out the best and worst in her, but only New York Excelsior used her to their advantage over London Spitfire.
At the time of this writing, New York Excelsior is the world’s best Overwatch team. They have beaten their South Korean nemesis, London Spitfire, in a quick 3-1 match. Both teams had a hard time adjusting to the new hero meta, but it was a delight to witness them figure out game patterns through new team compositions and strategies. One example is the fact that Brigitte is anti-dive. The “dive meta” feature of Overwatch is the most effective and popular tool used by professional players, some cannot live without it, but New York Excelsior is out of the ordinary.
In the past games, Excelsior showed extraordinary abilities to play diverse compositions other than the dive feature. The addition of Brigitte is a positive change as she gives them a new weapon: A 350 health Bang “Jjonak” Seong-hyun. Jjonak’s best hero, Zenyatta, always top the damage charts with an almost unlimited health pool, but it really became unlimited with Brigitte in action. This was one of the reasons why Excelsior easily earned the 2-0 lead.
Spitfire barely finished the King’s row and Hanamura. They forcefully went back to Lijang Tower using a dive feature against Park “Saebyeolbe” Jong-ryeol’s Brigitte, but Excelsior stopped them from capturing a checkpoint in Dorado. The leading team is now the winning team. Excelsior is just one step closer to the season’s playoffs.
New York Excelsior already claimed a spot in the playoffs, securely sitting in the top seat. A record of 29-3 over the second-best Boston Uprising’s 22-10 is hard proof that a South Korean team is once again dominating the esports scene. In other news, Spitfire, who used to hold the second overall slot, went downhill due to two losses this week. They now carry a 20-12 record, tied with Los Angeles Valiant and Philadelphia Fusion.
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When you first start out you’ll be tempted to try to bet as frequently as possible, don’t. Wait for matches with good odds where you or the predictors know the teams. Never force yourself to bet, bet on matches that you are confident in. You may go days or weeks without placing a bet, you’re not in a rush, wait for bets you are comfortable and confident in and profit should follow.
If there’s any uncertainty, don’t place a bet. Save your skins for another day. There will be plenty of other matches that you can bet on.
Betting is always risky, that’s unavoidable. But staying inside a ‘safe zone’ will help cover you off from some really silly bets. When starting out with a low inventory, large bets placed on matches with 80%+ odds aren’t going to return much in general (on lounge, even less due to the inconsistent returns) but you’re still risking a large amount of your inventory for very little.
Equally, odds below 30% sound very, very attractive with huge returns possible. But if you don’t know the teams or all the details, it’s very possible the team doesn’t stand any chance. If you think there might be a chance, reduce the size of the stake or consider an ICB.
Always bet with a percentage of your inventory. Think, what happens if you lose an ‘All in’ bet, do you stop betting for the rest of your life, or just get your wallet out and go again? You may think there’s no risk, however there is always risk. If you’re placing a high bet, stick to an absolute maximum of 20% of your betting inventory.
Always leave enough to bet another day.
If you’re feeling angry or frustrated, your judgement get’s very cloudy. You’ll make a stupid bet and lose. If you just lost a big bet or are on a losing streak, instead of trying to force a bet, you should take a step back, calm down and just take a break, come back refreshed with a fresh mindset.
Betting blind is a purely relying on luck, if the underdog odds are 30%, that definitely doesn’t mean the team has a 30% chance of winning. It just means 30% of the betting community chose that team. A late roster change could mean there’s zero chance for the team to win. Check in with our predictions to help give you some more background on the game.
Use the lounge odds tracker to predict the final odds as the start of the match get’s closer. If the odds are increasing/decreasing for the team you intend to bet on the return may not outweigh the risk anymore. A huge significant switch of odds at the last moment may mean that something shady is going on, mostly in very low tier games, or a sudden announcement, E.g standin may have occurred.
Bookies will put up their odds based on their own expectations, as the bets start coming in they'll tweak the odds to ensure it's still profitable for them. That early stage is key to getting an edge on the bookies.
As soon as you feel like you have to bet again to recoup loses, you’ll feel compelled to make bigger bets with bigger risks. This often starts an endless cycle driving your losses further and further. Instead, after a big loss, take a day off from betting (or a week if was really big). .Keep to the proper bet sizing based on the risk of the match no matter what. You are not in a race to win it back, just take it easy.
Do not blindly follow betting site odds and think that they are correct to the true odds. If a betting site has ‘Team A’ as a heavy favorite, it does not always mean that it’s an easy win for ‘Team A’.
SK beat Na’Vi… Na’Vi beat E-Frag. That means SK can beat E-Frag now, right? No.
There are many factors which contribute to the team winning a match, these factors such as player performance, map selection, strategy and tactics which may not apply to other teams.