Posted 5th August 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – The first-ever season of the Overwatch League is finally over—with London Spitfire winning the title and the $1M prize money. The season, as a whole, debuted on January 10 this year and had lasted for more than half a year. It was a successful year for all participating teams and tournament organizers despite the ups and downs. In this regard, let us remember everyone’s takeaways from Season 1.
Many spectators, writers, and analysts have doubted London Spitfire. They were underdogs, after all. The team’s poor rankings from the regular season were enough to declare that they will never make it to the grand finals. No one saw it coming. Be that as it may, we can’t deny that Spitfire has the most flexible team members. All throughout the playoffs, the entire Overwatch community witnessed Choi “Bdosin” Seung-tae with his insanely aggressive take on Tracer and Park “Profit” Joon-yeong’s cohesion and flexibility. They might be the reason Spitfire adjusted more quickly before the grand finals.
The heavy favorites didn’t make it to the grand finals, one of them is the New York Excelsior. The team was the first placer throughout the entire regular season, they even hosted a homecoming event prior to the grand finals to rally their fans. But the team disappointed everyone in the semifinals when they didn’t win any of their matches in the postseason. Another example is the Seoul Dynasty who placed high expectations on their shoulders after a strong regular season. Nobody expected them to fail the regular season as well, especially with top player Kim “Fleta” Byung-sun on the roster.
All the excitement for the entire Overwatch League boiled down to the final battle between London Spitfire and Philadelphia Fusion—mainly because of damage-dealers Jae-Hyeok “Carpe” Lee and Josue “Eqo” Corona, and duo players Ji-Hyeok “Birdring” Kim and Jun-Young “Profit” Park. Aside from the opening ceremony, many can say that the excruciating grand final is the best moment this season. Who would have thought that two underdogs will face each other in the end? The very moment that Spitfire captured victory on King’s Row will remain in history as one of outstanding matches and performances in the Overwatch League.
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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.