Posted 2nd September 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – The inaugural season of the Overwatch League wrapped up with London Spitfire winning the championship. But there’s more to the league than serious competitions between professional players as Blizzard closed out 2018 with an All-Star event featuring OWL players and personnel from Pacific and Atlantic divisions.
The most exciting part of the Overwatch All-Star Weekend was possibly the Widowmaker 1v1 competition. It featured eight of the best Widowmaker players from different teams fighting to the death in a one-on-one, first-to-7 set of games. Many claimed that it looked like the league’s version of the NBA 3-point contest.
Critics figured that New York Excelsior ‘s Do-Hyeon “Pine” Kim will emerge as champion, but Los Angeles Gladiators’ “Surefour”, Los Angeles Valiant’s “Soon”, and Seoul Dynasty’s “Fleta” were equally skilled in utilizing Widowmaker. In the end, Surefour ended up being the best in the league.
Serious and professional competition aside, The Overwatch League group of broadcast talents left their mics and radios for a while to compete on-stage at the Blizzard Arena. As expected, there were plenty of friendly and funny trash talks from all parties competing, but it went well as it showed viewers the quirky sides of people on the sidelines of competitive gaming. With the broadcasters having the time of their lives, Overwatch League players Mickie, Bischu (Los Angeles Gladiators), Custa, and Agilities (Los Angeles Valiant) helped broadcast the games.
The Pacific team, led by Jonathan “Reinforce” Larsson and Soe Gschwind-Penski swept the best-of-three series 2-0 and won the Talent Takedown MVP awards.
Most of the games featured off-meta compositions that resembled something out of solo-queue. We saw a lot of champions no one has ever used professionally before. We have witnessed everything these players are capable of. Muma of Houston Outlaws tried to make Symmetra play in a fun setting; Fury from London Spitfire used Torbjorn, a hero pick that always gets audience fired up from ‘Hail Mary’ Situations; and Sung-hyeon “JJoNak” Bang of New York Excelsio, who always nailed his performances with Zenyatta, switched to Genji for a spin.
Dennis “INTERNETHULK” Hawelka was one of the professional Overwatch players well-loved by many. He was, after all, a mentor and a champion for all. Sadly, his sudden death in November of 2017 shocked the entire community. As a tribute, the Overwatch League decided to cement his name in the industry through the Dennis Hawelka Award which will be given to players who executes positivity and good sportsmanship every game.
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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.