Esports Betting Tips July 11th - Overwatch League Playoffs and EU LCS - Dexerto
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Esports Betting Tips July 11th – Overwatch League Playoffs and EU LCS

Published: 11/Jul/2018 3:15 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:06

by Joe O'Brien

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We’ve teamed up with Rivalry.gg to bring weekly insight into some of the biggest and most interesting matches in esports. Whether you’re looking for a favorite you can trust, or an underdog that could deliver a big upset, there’s a match for you.

This week sees the playoffs of the inaugural season of the Overwatch League begin, with the quarter-finalists engaging in the first of potentially three best-of-five series that will decide their fate. Both matches provide opportunity for upset, while we instead look to the EU LCS for a more reliable favorite.

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EU LCS

Fnatic TO WIN vs Roccat

When: Saturday July 14th, 16:00 UTC

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Odds: 1.34 vs 2.82 – Bet HERE

Fnatic are returning to the EU LCS triumphant, having helped defend the league’s honor in defeating the North American representatives at Rift Rivals.

Fnatic were one of three teams that represented Europe in the trans-Atlantic showdown, and were one of the biggest contributors in the region’s ultimate victory, defeating both 100 Thieves and Echo Fox in the final playoff for two wins towards EU’s 3-1 final scoreline

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For a team with one of the most talented and experienced AD Carries in Europe, the current meta might well have been a mortal blow for their championship hopes in Summer, but Fnatic has been able to adapt remarkably.

Gabriel ‘Bwipo’ Rau, who previously shared time in the top lane with Paul ‘sOAZ’ Boyer, has slotted into the bot lane in place of Martin ‘Rekkles’ Larsson, a strategy that has allowed the team to remain as one of the strongest in Europe.

Time adapting to that approach only seems to be making the Spring champions stronger, and coming off of the high of a Rift Rivals win they’ll be looking to close the small gap between themselves and the top of the EU LCS table with some big wins in the coming week.

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While Roccat technically has the stronger record of the two teams Fnatic will face, two of their victories have been against the two clear weakest teams in the league, Giants and H2k, while they’ve mostly fallen to the teams higher up the standing.

On current trajectory, Roccat look like a middle-of-the-pack team, while Fnatic seems a squad bound for the final rounds of the split playoffs once again. Any major upset to that narrative might begin here, but for the time being Fnatic look like a fairly safe bet for this game.

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Overwatch League Playoffs

Philadelphia Fusion TO WIN vs Boston Uprising

When: Thursday July 12th, 00:00 UTC

Odds: 1.98 vs 1.68 – Bet HERE

The first quarter-final match of the Overwatch League playoffs will see third-seed Boston Uprising face off against sixth-seed Philadelphia Fusion. By seed alone, there should be a bigger disparity here than in the other quarter-final.

The Overwatch League had a very extensive regular season, however, and that means that overall standing at the end isn’t necessarily representative of form right now. Teams rose and fell over the course of four stages, and one of the teams with the largest peaks and dips was the Boston Uprising.

In Stage 3, Boston became the first – and ultimately only – team to run a flawless 10-0 through the stage’s regular season matches, making the most of a particularly preferable meta. It was here that the team really earned their eventual playoff seed.

The fourth and final stage, however, was not so kind to the Uprising. A major meta shift – which in particular reduced the potential impact of superstar Tracer ‘Striker’ , who had been one the team’s greatest strengths – and the loss of head coach ‘Crusty’ saw them fall off significantly, finishing eighth place in Stage 4.

The Philadelphia Fusion isn’t the most strategically deep or coordinated team in the league, but they do have an immense amount of talent on their team. When things click and they’re firing on all cylinders, the Fusion is one of the league’s most dangerous teams.

While peak Uprising would arguably be favored here, if the Boston Uprising haven’t figured out their troubles in time for the playoffs, they’re quite likely to get run over by Philadelphia. On recent form, the Fusion are actually favored here, so underdog odds are fantastic if you’re willing to accept a little more risk than a more clear-cut match might have.

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Overwatch League Playoffs

London Spitfire TO WIN vs LA Gladiators

When: Thursday July 12th, 02:00 UTC

Odds: 2.40 vs 1.46 – Bet HERE

In the early days of the Overwatch League, a strong case could be made that London Spitfire could, should, and would be the strongest team.

With arguably the most stacked roster in the league, the Spitfire claimed the Stage 1 title, establishing proof of concept for what was on paper perhaps the most formidable squad assembled at the start of the season.

After that first stage, however, the Spitfire gradually began to unravel. They failed to make the finals of the Stage 2 playoffs, and didn’t make the playoffs at all in Stage 3. Stage 4 was their worst of the entire season, finishing in ninth and like Boston Uprising above, only reaching the playoffs by virtue of their results earlier in the season.

LA Gladiators have been on the exact opposite trajectory. After acquiring London Spitfire’s own Baek ‘Fissure’ Chan-hyung for Stage 2 and beyond, the team has gradually ascended the rankings, culminating in the top finish in the Stage 4 standings.

The Gladiators then are a justified favorite for this playoff series – especially as they’ve now beaten the Spitfire on three separate occasions and never lost to them – but there’s still a threat under the surface of London.

If they can somehow harness the immense potential they demonstrated near the beginning of the league, it’s feasible that the Spitfire could yet win the entire league, let alone this series. With weeks of preparation for this single match that could decide their fate, London will have every chance to find form again.

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League of Legends

League Patch 10.22 to feature Annie rework, Seraphine release

Published: 20/Oct/2020 7:47

by Isaac McIntyre

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Riot Games has revealed another big League of Legends patch coming at the end of this PBE cycle, with an Annie rework and Seraphine’s release headlining the LoL Patch 10.22 changes. Here’s all the early notes for the Oct. 28 update.

There’s a few big changes coming in the Oct. 28 update. The biggest is that champ 152, new sorceress Seraphine, will be arriving in all her glory on Summoner’s Rift during the patch.

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Fiery youngster Annie will also be getting some big reworks to one of her abilities in an effort to “shift her to support” ahead of Season 11. Brand, Nasus, Jinx, and Ionian brothers Yone and Yasuo are also in line for changes in the next patch.

Here’s all the details on League of Legends Patch 10.22, coming next fortnight.

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Seraphine arrives in LoL Patch 10.22

League champion 152, songstress support mage Seraphine is set to arrive in League Patch 10.22 ⁠— which Dexerto tipped back in August ⁠— after nearly two months of viral marketing on Twitter and through LoL K-pop group K/DA at Worlds.

Seraphine is already on the PBE ahead of her Oct. 29 release date.

Her ability kit is loaded with stuns, musical healing, and a “notes” passive that lets her stack power. Catch up on all things Seraphine in our dedicated release hub.

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League of Legends champions 152, Seraphine, is arriving in Patch 10.22.

Annie gets mini-rework in Patch 10.22

Annie, one of the original characters in League of Legends, is the headlining champion for Patch 10.22, outside Seraphine of course. The Dark Child is finally getting a mini-rework that Riot hopes will boost her support playstyle slightly.

The main change comes for her E ability, Molten Shield. The mana cost is spiking slightly for her defensive spell (40, up from 20), but the trade-off is she can now give the shield to one of her allies, similar to Morgana’s iconic Black Shield.

The new Molten Shield reflects magic damage (20/30/40/50/60) and grants 30-60% movement speed over a 1.5 seconds decay following the cast.

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Annie has finally come under the microscope ahead of the Oct. 28 update.
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Annie has finally come under the microscope ahead of the Oct. 28 update.

Samira slapped with more nerfs

The biggest nerf coming in League patch 10.22 is for new-release ADC marksman Samira, who only recently arrived on Summoner’s Rift.

The Desert Rose was released in patch 10.19, and has been dominating solo queue ever since. According to League stats website Lolalytics, the Season 10 champion has a 51.98% win rate with a 12.93% play rate ⁠— a hefty coupling.

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The kicker, though, is her whopping 74.95% ban rate across all ranks.

“She’s still climbing in power as players are mastering her,” Riot dev Mark “Scruffy” Yetter said of the notoriously-strong ADC. “Previous nerfs weren’t enough.”

The ADC already had a rushed hotfix to try and bring her in line, before her Wild Rush ability was hit by minor nerfs in patch 10.21. Riot appears to be going down a similar road with her to Aphelios, so expect more nerfs in her Season 11 future.

Samira was dominating League of Legends solo queue after her patch 10.19 release.
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Samira has been dominating League of Legends solo queue since her patch 10.19 release.

Patch 10.22 drops second K/DA skin set

The latest K/DA skin line, “ALL OUT,” is set to arrive in LoL Patch 10.22. All five members of K/DA ⁠— Ahri, Akali, Evelynn, Kai’Sa, and newcomer Seraphine — will be getting skins. Seraphine will be getting an Ultimate version of her skin.

Kai’Sa is also lucky enough to get her own special variant. The ADC champion will have a “Prestige” edition alongside her normal ALL OUT skin option.

All of the new ALL OUT skins will be available for at least 1350 RP next patch. Seraphine’s Ultimate skin will cost 3250 RP, while Kai’Sa’s K/DA Prestige skin will cost 2000 event tokens. All six skins are already being tested on the PBE.

On top of these changes, Karthus, Lulu (top lane), and Zed are all expected to be nerfed in the next update. Xayah, LeBlanc, Sejuani, Nasus, and Brand will all get hefty little boosts on Oct. 28, however, when the next LoL patch hits live servers.

Mark Yetter described the Zed changes ⁠— which headline the nerfs bundle ⁠— as “small nerfs to bring him in line,” due to the fact he’s “the strongest mid.”

League of Legends Patch 10.22 will drop on Wednesday, October 28. Dexerto will continue to add all planned balance changes as Riot reveals specific numbers.

League of Legends Patch 10.22: all planned changes

Champions

Annie

  • E damage reduction ⇒ 40-240 (+40% ability power) shield for three seconds, mana cost 20 ⇒ 40. Shield can now be cast on self or ally within 800 range.

Ashe

  • W fires 9 ⇒ 7-11 arrows (by rank).

Brand

  • Passive explosion damage 12-16% (1.5% per 100 ability power) ⇒ 10-14% (2% per 100 ability power).
  • E [new] always spread to nearby enemies, spread range lowered from 375 ⇒ 300, blaze effect doubles spread range to 600.
  • R ultimate can now bounce to Brand.

Jinx

  • E traps deal full damage immediately instead of over 1.5 seconds.

Nasus

  • R bonus resists 15-55 ⇒ 40-70, no longer gains 1-3 resistance per second.

Yasuo

  • Way of the Wanderer passive critical strike chance above 100% now converts into bonus attack damage. Ratio is current 0.5 bonus attack damage for every 1% crit over 100% crit chance.

Yone

  • Way of the Hunter passive critical strike chance above 100% now converts into bonus attack damage. Ratio is current 0.5 bonus attack damage for every 1% crit over 100% crit chance.