The Overwatch League – Betting Tips for Stage 2 Week 1 Matches
Published on February 21, 2018
The first stage of the Overwatch League is over and we’re about to enter week 1 of Stage 2. The matches are looking promising and there are plenty of excellent betting opportunities available. But before we go there, let’s do a short recap of what happened in Stage 1 so that you can better understand what’s going on.
At the end of Stage 1, the 3 teams that qualified for the Title Matches were New York Excelsior, Houston Outlaws and London Spitfire. This mini-championship was won by London Spitfire, who defeated Houston Outlaws (score 3 – 1 in the Semifinal) and New York Excelsior (score 3 – 2 in the Grand Final).
Overall, the League Standings at the end of Stage 1 were the following:
With the next stage of the Overwatch League quickly approaching, here are the top predictions and the teams you should be betting on for week 1 of Stage 2:
Both teams finished Stage 1 with 7 wins and 3 losses, but the direct encounter between them ended with a convincing 3 – 0 victory in favor of Los Angeles Valiant. At the time, this result was a huge upset given that Seoul Dynasty was looking like a contender for the Title Matches. Now however, a similar result wouldn’t be as shocking.
Overall, I’m favoring Los Angeles Valiant to win this again, even though their opponent is one of the stronger teams in the Overwatch League. Their dominant Stage 1 finish (they ended with 4 consecutive wins) clearly proved that they are on an upward trend and constantly evolving.
Dallas Fuel ended Stage 1 with 3 wins and 7 losses, but they’re going up against a team that managed to lose every single match that they played. Maybe the recent player acquisitions can help Shanghai Dragons improve their score for Stage 2, but they still have a long way to go until they can compete against most of the other teams from the league.
Shanghai Dragons are very likely to lose this opening match against Dallas Fuel. The previous confrontation between these two teams ended with a close victory in favor of Dallas Fuel (score 3 – 2), and this time the result shouldn’t be any different.
This is another match between two teams that had a mediocre run in Stage 1. Los Angeles Gladiators finished 8th with 4 wins and 6 losses, while San Francisco Shock finished 9th with 3 wins and 7 losses. The previous encounter between these two teams was decisively won by Los Angeles Gladiators (score 3 – 1). Overall, they go into this match as the clear favorite to take the victory.
This is a great rematch between two strong teams that have already faced each other twice. The first encounter was won by Houston Outlaws (score 3 – 1) while the second one was won by London Spitfire (score 3 – 1).
Going into this match, any of these teams could take the win, although London Spitfire is slightly favored based on recent results. They are the Stage 1 champions, having defeated both Houston Outlaws and New York Excelsior in the Stage 1 Playoffs.
New York Excelsior was arguably the strongest team in the Overwatch League during Stage 1 and they’re playing against one of the weakest teams in the league in this match. So I fully expect them to crush their opponent without dropping a single map.
Both of these teams finished Stage 1 with 6 wins and 4 losses, but a careful analysis of the individual match results quickly show that Boston Uprising is vastly better than their opponent. The previous encounter between Boston Uprising and Philadelphia Fusion ended with a decisive victory in favor of Boston Uprising (score 4 – 0). Also, the Boston team won with an identical score, an encounter against another strong team, which in turn defeated Philadelphia Fusion (score 4 – 0), namely Los Angeles Valiant.
This is without a doubt the most hyped match of the week, simply because it’s a rematch of the Stage 1 Grand Final. London Spitfire won that match (score 3 – 2), but many saw their victory as an upset. I thought the same way and I fully expect New York Excelsior to get revenge this time and prove that they’re the best team in the Overwatch League right now.
These two teams are of roughly the same strength, although Los Angeles Gladiators is slightly more consistent and has a higher ceiling. In their previous direct encounter however, Dallas Fuel won (score 3 – 1) this match that took place in the final week of Stage 1, so the result is still very relevant.
Overall, Dallas Fuel is more likely to win this time again, but not by much.
The skill difference between these two teams is enormous at the moment, and this is also reflected in their Stage 1 results: 7W – 3L for Seoul Dynasty and 3W – 7L for San Francisco Shock. In their previous encounter, Seoul Dynasty did struggle against this opponent, winning the match with great difficulty (score 3 – 2). However, that was almost surely an isolated incident caused by a slight tilt on the part of Seoul Dynasty, who had lost some decisive matches against their most important league opponents before facing San Francisco Shock.
Going into this match, Seoul Dynasty is the clear favorite and should win without dropping more than one map.
The skill difference between these two teams is too big for Florida Mayhem to have any chance of standing up to their opponent. Even though they weren’t far from causing an upset against them in their last encounter (which was won by Philadelphia Fusion, score 3 – 2), it’s unlikely that they’ll be able to repeat that performance under a new set of circumstances.
Philadelphia Fusion had nothing to gain from winning their previous match against Florida Mayhem, as it was the very last match of Stage 1 before the Playoffs and the dice had already been cast. So they didn’t try very hard. This time however, they have everything to play for.
These two teams faced each other very recently, during the last week of Stage 1. Houston Outlaws won that match (score 3 – 2) and they’re very likely to win this one too. As I mentioned before in this article, Houston Outlaws had an exceptional Stage 1 finish and they’re almost surely going to impress in Stage 2. Both the team morale and synergy have been great lately, propelling them to excellent results.
This is a huge mismatch between a team that almost qualified for the Stage 1 Playoffs, finishing with 7 wins and 3 losses, and one that is by far the weakest in the league. An easy victory for Los Angeles Valiant is the only result I can imagine for this encounter.