Posted 13th July 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – The Overwatch League (OWL) is heading to the playoffs. The regular season just ended and there only a handful of teams remain in the inaugural season. All of them now prepare for the next level and for a chance to play in the grand final of the first league championship. According to many, however, the Overwatch teams should still be open for improvement regardless of their standing. With the Overwatch World Cup final coming next year, teams have months to work on their weaknesses in order to execute an impressive performance.
Below is a list of the OWL teams expected to step up their game before 2019:
Latest Rank: Seventh (22-18, +17)
Team MVP: Austin “Muma” Wilmot
The notable names from the team are Muma and Jiri “LiNkzr” Masalin, the latter being the only player with consistent DPS threat. Houston Outlaws would have ranked better if it weren’t for their losses in five-map contests. The team’s map score is already impressive, but they should also work on their map wins.
Latest Rank: Eighth (22-18, +13)
Team MVP: Kim “Fleta” Byung-sun
Fleta, regardless of being the team’s MVP, started to lose his momentum due to lack of cohesion and stability in Seoul Dynasty’s starting roster. The team heads to the offseason with low rankings, but they still have the opportunity to fix things up in Season 2. And they can only do this if, for once, Fleta and Kim “Zunba” Joon-hyuk gets the spotlight.
San Francisco Shock
Latest Rank: Ninth (17-23, -7)
Team MVP: Nikola “Sleepy” Andrews
Sleepy was the main reason San Francisco Shock soared high in the early stages. He is the best support the team ever had the pleasure of playing with. But, finishing Ninth is still bothersome and it seems like the team has a blurry shot at this season’s championship. They can still be one of the top-five team in 2019 if they don’t make any changes aside from the roster.
Latest Rank: 10th (12-28, -42)
Team MVP: Pongphop “Mickie” Rattanasangchod
Mickie is known as the team’s MVP and one of the best players in this year’s OWL. Nonetheless, Dallas Fuel still can’t win all matches without him. Just the same, the future for the team is bright. Thanks to their coach Aaron “Aero” Atkins’ tough decisions on whom to eliminate on the roster.
Latest Rank: 11th (7-33, -78)
Team MVP: Ha “Sayaplayer” Jung-woo
Sayaplayer is one of the highlights of the OWL and he has the potential to be included in this year’s list of best DPS players. His snipe kills are the signature of Florida Mayhem, after all. But he should not be a one-man team, and Florida Mayhem should get him a team that can be infected with his momentum.
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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.