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Overwatch League: Stage 4 Betting Odds and Preview

Overwatch League Betting

The fourth and final stage of the second annual Overwatch League season is set to begin on July 25, as orgs are gearing up for the final stretch run before playoffs. Viewers will be able to place wagers on the five-week event on some of the top esports betting sites in the world, adding intrigue to an already captivating final stage.

The Stage 4 Format

  • Stage 4 will feature 14 to 16 total games each week for five weeks total.
  • Instead of a playoff, after the completion of Stage 4, there will be a six-team play-in to determine which two teams will take up the final postseason spots.
  • Those play-in teams will join the top six teams (including the two division winners) in the postseason.
  • Non-division winners will be ranked in succession regardless of division.

Who are the Top-Ranked Teams?

It comes as no surprise to see the San Francisco Shock favored in Stage 4 with +350 odds to win Overwatch League. The Shock may rank third in the overall standings with a 16-5 record, but the team has been great in the stage playoffs. The Shock have made three straight Finals appearances, including winning the Stage 2 championship. There is a valid reason San Francisco is one of the favorites. Jay “Sinaatra” Won leads the league in damage as a Zarya main after playing Tracer for a majority of season 1.

Rounding out the top three in Stage 4 betting are the New York Excelsior at +350 and the Vancouver Titans at +400. Vancouver started the season on fire with a perfect Stage 1 and has lost just once in the regular season. Meanwhile, New York has lost just twice in league play, yet hasn’t been able to translate that success into a Finals performance in any stage in 2019. The Excelsior’s continued success has been thanks to 2018 OWL MVP Seong-Hyeon “JJoNak” Bang’s impressive support play as Zenyatta.

Top 5 Odds to Win Stage 4 of Overwatch League from Bovada
  • San Francisco Shock +350
  • New York Excelsior +350
  • Vancouver Titans +400
  • Shanghai Dragons +700
  • Hangzhou Spark +800

Can the Shanghai Dragons Continue to Surprise?

While the Shanghai Dragons went winless in season 1, setting an esports record of 42 consecutive losses, the org has turned things around in a big way in season 2. The Dragons are +700 after qualifying for the quarterfinals in Stage 2 and winning Stage 3 despite being the lowest-rated seed in each matchup. While the Dragons DPS, specifically Jin-Hyeok “DDing” Yang on Pharah and Sombra impressed, Kyungwoo “CoMa” Son came up clutch in the Finals as Mercy in the support role.

Overwatch League Prize Pool

Eight teams will compete for a $5-million prize pool, up from $3.5 million in 2018.

Here’s how the pool breaks down:

  • Grand Champion: $1.1 million
  • 2nd place: $600,00
  • 3rd place:  $450,000
  • 4th place: $350,000
  • 5th/6th place: $300,000
  • 7th/8th place: $200,000

Who’s Already Qualified? Who has been Eliminated?

Vancouver is having an impressive inaugural season. With 20 wins and just one loss, the Titans lead the Pacific Division and could hypothetically lose every game of Stage 4 and still qualify for the postseason.

The Titans aren’t the only team to already lock down a spot. New York leads the Atlantic Division with a 19-2 record. The Excelsior have been a consistent force all season.

Unfortunately, not every team is still in contention. The Washington Justice have only registered two wins in 21 games and are already disqualified from playoff contention. Fellow rookies, the Florida Mayhem, have an identical record and won’t be heading to the playoffs in their first season.

All in all, it has been a very competitive OWL season. Behind Vancouver and New York, there are seven other teams with winning records, while 18 of 20 teams are still in contention for a playoff spot.

New Team-Comp Format

Stage 4 will feature considerable changes to the games overall meta. Blizzard/Activision unveiled earlier this week that they are shifting to a 2/2/2 role queue, meaning every team composition will have to feature two damage heroes, two tanks and two support characters. The move is polarizing Overwatch players and fans alike, as game lead designer Jeff Kaplan said the shift was to add more balance to the game.

“Currently in Quick Play and Competitive Play, a lot of important decision-making happens in the 40 seconds before a match even begins, as everyone selects their heroes and responds to others’ role choices. It’s not uncommon for players — who may all have different goals and play styles — to feel tension, pressure, disappointment, or even hostility as a team composition comes together. The Role Queue system is designed to help take the edge off this process, ultimately leading to matches that feel fairer and more fun, where players are in roles that they want to be in.”

The days of meta-breaking comps will be over. Both Stage 3 Finals team, the Dragons (three DPS) and the Shock (three tanks), would have had illegal comps under the new rules. The GOATS strategy of running three support and three tanks will also disappear under the current rules. Thankfully, OWL players were given the heads-up last month and will be entering stage with plenty of warning.

Overwatch League leaders :

  • Eliminations per 10 minutes: Min-soo “SeoMinSoo” Seo – Vancouver Titans: 21.44 (81.6% time played on Zarya)
  • Fewest deaths P/10: Tae-Sung “Anamo” Jung – New York Evolution: 2.47 (93.6% time played as Lucio)
  • Damage P/10:  Jay “Sinaatra” Won – San Francisco Shock: 11,992 damage (85.9% time played on Zarya)
  • Healing P/10: Min-Chul “Izayaki” Kim – Los Angeles Valiant: 10,964 healing (88.9% time played as Zenyatta)

Viewership

The Overwatch League has pulled in more than 3.2 million hours watched for live coverage on the league’s Twitch channel per the esportsobserver.com. The OWL has consistently ranked among the top-viewed professional esports leagues out there.

If you’re looking to do some Overwatch betting, this is what the complete Overwatch Stage 4 betting odds look like at Bovada:

Odds to win Overwatch League Stage 4
TeamOdds
San Francisco Shock+350
New York Excelsior+350
Vancouver Titans+400
Shanghai Dragons+700
Hangzhou Spark+800
Seoul Dynasty +1000
Philadelphia Fusion +1100
Houston Outlaws+1400
Los Angeles Gladiators+1500
Los Angeles Valiant+1500
London Spitfire+1600
Paris Eternal+3300
Guangzhou Charge+4000
Atlanta Reign +4000
Dallas Fuel +5000
Chengdu Hunters+6600
Boston Uprising+8000
Florida Mayhem+8000
Washington Justice+10000
Toronto Defiant+10000

Odds as of July 22 at Bovada