Posted 11th August 2018 By: ThisIsSam
Esports News – The inaugural season of the Overwatch League has a lot of moving and interesting parts to it. Aside from the perspectives of the organizers, the rest of the community conveyed equal amounts of satisfaction and disappointment after the grand finals. Nevertheless, they have a united opinion on which things should be improved for the next season.
The Overwatch League might have the best tournament format compared to other competitions, but their schedule—which requires teams to play non-stop matches from January to July, takes its toll on players. Many of them admitted being stressed and tired throughout the season. Los Angeles Gladiators’ Aaron “Bischu” Kim, stated in an interview, “It can be incredibly draining to play back-to-back games. For example, it’s hard to fully prepare for the 2nd game because we still have to prepare for the 1st match. There’s only so much we can go over.”
The OWL’s 2019 season should have a longer and better schedule to give Overwatch teams more time to rest, train, and to sharpen their strategies. A short break in between excruciating competitions is a must.
Fans and viewers all-access passes last season received admission to unique game skins, player AMAs, Twitch emotes and badges, ad-free viewing, subscriber-only chat rooms, and an exclusive command center. This pass allows its holders to witness all participating teams in real time. Many consumers suggest that to engage more fans, they should be allowed to pick a player who they think will likely impact the match. Further, the organizers should leave viewers with options to switch to different first-person views during the matches.
Live-streaming of CSGO, League of Legends, and Starcraft II allow viewers to see the current location of the players in the maps. The OWL should consider this feature, with an addition of HP bar in the minimap to gauge a player’s remaining life.
Plenty of fans complain in social media regarding the league’s lack of promotional materials. There were reports that a lot of viewers on the Competitive Overwatch subreddit page were not informed of the playoffs schedule. Although it did not directly affect the viewership of the playoffs and the grand final, the OWL could have gained more viewers with enough advertising.
In total, Overwatch has millions of fans around the world, but not all of them have access to live-streaming, or the most important luxury of all—time. That’s why saving replays would add to the overall engagement of the Overwatch League. Replay viewers and observers can have a recap of the match without resorting to second-hand sources, and players could also learn a lot from their mistakes if they have a complete access to their previous matches.
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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.