Posted 21st October 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – In addition to the new expansion teams joining next season, The Overwatch League also announced that crucial changes would be coming in the league soon. This is a result of Blizzard Entertainment’s breakdown of the inaugural season’s successes and failures. Ultimately, the new changes will accommodate both growth and stability.
Jon Spector, OWL’s Director of Franchises and Competition, said: “we wanted to look at the way things affect the league as a whole. With eight new teams coming in, we’ll be broadcasting more content, but we’ll also be able to give players more of a break…One thing that we constantly heard from coaches and players is that they needed more time to game plan and strategize for each opponent.”
With that, it’s evident that the main changes target the league’s 20 teams and their 28 matches across five stages. Spector hasn’t revealed the details regarding the scheduling yet, but teams will surely have bye weeks and longer breaks before and after the matches. This will surely help each player overcome stress and fatigue, and also allow them to visit their home regions during the league season.
The initial adjustments were already applied to The All-Star Weekend where the event has been moved to the middle of the season, between stages 2 and 3, to allow players to rest and prepare for the next games.
The new additions to the league, in other news, will play every opponent in their own division twice and every team in the opposite division once. This format, according to Spector, “fits perfectly into OWL’s existing divisions”. Additionally, it allows natural rivalries to come out, like what happened between Boston and New York.
The regular season is the front of all changes, but the old and expansion teams will also be affected by the postseason; most especially the eight teams who will be qualified for the playoffs. Organizers and officials of the league are hoping that the play-in tournament will give everyone a chance to gain playoff momentum, even if they had poor performances at the beginning of the season. One good example is London’s Spitfire’s run last season.
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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.