Posted 10th November 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – The sophomore Overwatch League season will require all players, organizers, new expansion teams and old teams involved to focus on winning the matches and making the overall event successful. This can be tiring for many as it demands time, effort, and sacrifice from all parties. As a result, many personalities have taken a step back from the scene and organizers decided to make further changes following this event.
Vytis Lasaitis, head coach of the Overwatch League’s Florida Mayhem, announced that he’s leaving the team temporarily to focus on his personal well-being. In an exclusive interview, Vytis shared his personal reasons on why he’s decided to take a break: “While it’s mostly an exhilarating journey, it also pushes all competitors to the limit and brings a heavy burden. Figuratively speaking, I’ve had to wear a lot of different hats since the regular season began, and it has now caught up to me. I’ve been experiencing burnout and various health issues since stage two, but it’s something I chose to neglect for a long time.”
Other players in the League also admitted that they’ve suffered from exhaustion and homesickness because of the demanding 40-match schedule from the inaugural season. It was even reported that the Shanghai Dragons spent 15 hours a day practicing for their first win, and New York Excelsior’s Kim “Pine” Do-Hyeon missed 10 games midseason because of a panic attack.
Nate Nanzer, the league’s commissioner, took into consideration the pressing concerns regarding the schedule after the first season wrapped. The point of concern is to adjust the schedule. In an interview, he shared: “There’s going to be more breaks both from practicing and playing. Mental health and wellness is something that we take super seriously at the league.”
The next Overwatch League season will only have a total of 28 regular season games. Teams will have weeks for a single match and bye weeks if they don’t compete at all.
Another concern is OWL’s tournament format, which is completely different from other esports international tournaments. It uses the same format used by sports leagues. When asked about the changes for this area, Nanzer answered: “Pretty much all we think about in the office these days is figuring out the operational complexity of operating a home-and-away e-sports league. So having regional concentrations of teams is definitely important for that.
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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.