OWL stage 1 PlayOff | Air on ABC

The Overwatch League has shown the way the Phase 1 match will be played with.

When there are just two more weeks of regular play abandoned in Phase 1, preparations are already being created for the post-stage part.

Eight of the 20 Overwatch League teams will be eligible for Phase 1 match. The Pacific and Atlantic leaders will be given the top two seeds to the bracket. The subsequent six teams in the standings will be eligible regardless of branch. Following three weeks of drama, just 1 group, the New York Excelsior, has clinched a place for playoffs according to their wins and map rating. The Los Angeles Valiant is the only group to be removed up to now.

Quarterfinal games will be a first-to-three series; those most closely resemble regular matches of this Overwatch League, where three map successes equals a series triumph. The strain ramps up for semifinal and final matches, which is going to be a first-to-four series, probably from seven possible rounds. This arrangement is used for finals in Overwatch Contenders and has been used for the past year’s Grand Finals.

In a different twist, the mount will likewise be re-seeded following the initial round. This opens the Phase 1 match to all types of matchups that can benefit certain groups that were formerly seeded from the greatest teams. Map picks also have been released. The higher-seeded group in a game will pick the first map giving them a distinct edge. The losing team has to choose the second map, as is normal in several championships.

Teams have a good deal of inspiration to put highly in the Phase 1 playoffs. Not only does this improve their odds of landing at the end-of-season playoffs, the financial rewards provide more incentive.

The dimensions of this broadcast must inspire teams more. ABC are also airing the Phase 2 semifinals and finals in addition to the All-Star Game, which will occur after Phase 2 is complete.

ABC joins a bunch of Disney stations and programs that broadcast the Overwatch League. Disney XD airs around three matches every week, such as the previous game on Thursdays and original games on Sundays. All of Overwatch League games may be considered on the ESPN program in addition to streaming solutions, including Overwatchleague.com, Twitch, and MLG.com.

Best of the Overwatch League – week 4

Following the halfway stage in some point, the Overwatch League begins to get serious. Week four is where wins matter more than ever as well as map differential (singular paths won by groups ) could push a group from a playoff place. The best eight teams in phase one will go to fight it out from the recently-revealed playoff mount . While the present top five teams are more very likely to make it into the match, the sixth through 15th places in the standings are up for grabs since the groups are so near. It has been a strange, unpredictable phase of the Overwatch League–and these five games show that more than ever before.

Even the New York Excelsior are floating on air after getting the sole team so far (as of week three’s conclusion ) into clinch a place in the point one healer . The Vancouver Titans and Atlanta Reign are hot in their tails, and are the San Francisco Shock, that are in fourth position in the league’s standings. The Shock have surprised many analysts who doubted their purchase of DPS players at a triple-triple (three healer, three service ) meta. Damage traders like Kim”Rascal” Dong-jun have shined on Brigitte and fresh developments, such as service Park”Viol2t” Min-ki, have shown their trainers right. The NYXL are in prime shape, however. Main tank Kim”Mano” Dong-gyu was always enabled by his group to demolish enemies–it will be around the Shock to put a halt to his liberty so as to clinch a win.

Scheduling, however weird, can occasionally bring the best games. You are not seeing double: The Dallas Gas and Shanghai Dragons played last week. Dallas took the win (3-2) at a close show, displaying their exceptional shotcalling and company. Shanghai will be seeking to fix mistakes made in a week’s game and place a spotlight in their successes. Resident D.Va and Sombra specialist Yang”DDing” Jin-hyeok was a nightmare for your Gas and they will probably work to offset him this game. Shanghai’s goal ought to be to close down this healer line as rapidly as possible–should they do this, they might only bring home a win in this rematch.

Some games are about pride. Even the Los Angeles Valiant happen to be having a rough period, going winless in their matches up to now and becoming the only team (as of week ) removed from point one playoff contention. Houston teeters in 16th in the league standings (from 20) and Profession entry is extremely improbable. To get Valiant, this really is a game they can not afford to losetaking no wins at the very first stage radically reduces their odds of season playoff contention. Houston are not a simple triumph for the Valiant, however. Austin”Muma” Wilmot’s most important tank drama can outpace Valiant’s Koo”Fate” Pan-seung, who is always the first to drop in several teamfights.

While the upper and bottom of the league standings attract some heat, the center is where the real fun is. The Toronto Defiant are tied for seventh position –one tick over the playoff cutoff–although the Spark rank 11th. Just one win divides them in this unbelievably fluid race for the playoffs. The group which wins this showdown is going to have the very best opportunity to move up in the standings. The Hangzhou Spark conquered the Los Angeles Gladiators a week and appeared to be back in shape following a loss to the San Francisco Shock. The Toronto Defiant are reinforced following a win against the Boston Uprising. Keep a look out for a severe Brigitte conflict between Spark’s Park”Bazzi” Jun-ki and Defiant’s Lee”Stellar” Do-Hyung to find out who can place up their teams for success.

San Francisco are searching for a playoff spot and the Eternal wish to recover some dignity. Paris weathered a tough 4-0 loss to Atlanta where DPS participant Daniel”Dafran” Francesca stunted on them using a creative Zarya Graviton Surge. To put it gently, the reduction was an embarrassment to get a group broadly regarded as the finest at the triple-triple composition. In case the Shock win their game against NYXL earlier in the week, then they clinch a playoff place, and this game is going to be for pleasure. For Paris, winning this game puts them back into playoff contention–beating a highly effective Shock team can bring back them some clout too. Eternal’s present Zarya participant, Terence”SoOn” Tarlier, might need to step his game up to confront Jay”Sinatraa” Won, who is widely regarded as the best Zarya at the league. Fortunately, his Paris teammate Finnbjörn”Finnsi” Jónasson has always demonstrated he can change the speed of a struggle with his D.Va drama, from Self-Destructs to devouring enemy Graviton Surges.

New PROJECT skins are incoming

In case you were seeking to deck yourself out with a few brand new League of Legends product, then it is your lucky day–Riot Games has added a lot of new PROJECT-themed things to its merch shop .

Each of the things are outside for a limited time. To start on the record is a fresh pair of PROJECT Team Minis. This past year, Riot published the initial set of minis connected to the PROJECT skin show with Katarina, Ashe, Yasuo, Zed, and Lucian.

This time around, but they’ll be selling minis of Vi, Leona, Vayne, Ekko, and Fiora within their PROJECT skins too. The whole collection is selling to the merch shop for $35. Furthermore, Riot is promoting a standalone limited-edition PROJECT Jhin miniature for $10, also.

At precisely the exact same time, Riot can also be releasing that a PROJECT-themed hoodie. The product description reads,”To be able to become PROJECT, you need to cancel your humanity. The PROJECT: Hunters Hoodie includes the weapon layouts of the people of this PROJECT world”

The black hoodie includes the PROJECT emblem on front along with the weapon layouts of all of the winners at the PROJECT world on the trunk.

Huhi benched | 100 Thieves and LCS matches

After times of fervent speculation one of its fan base, 100 Thieves formally declared its first significant roster movement of 2019, benching veteran mid laner Choi”Huhi” Jae-hyun for newcomer Max”Soligo” Soong.

The first indications a movement was occurring came a couple of days back when the organization declared that Huhi will be playing at the group’s Academy matches that week. However, the team stayed surprisingly coy regarding the roster to its LCS matches, in a movie posted Friday titled”roster upgrade

Now, Soligo is formally in for the group’s games against TSM and Cloud9. 100 Thieves are enormous underdogs in both games according to their underperformance this divide. It is likely that staff management decided they were not able to acquire this weekend irrespective of that five players hit on the rift, which makes it a fantastic time to experiment.

The group was expected to be a significant force after registering Huhi, together with two-time world winner Bae”Bang” Jun-sik, last offseason. However, the team stumbled on a 4-8 record through six months plagued with both mechanical errors and team-wide coordination problems. They’re still only 1 game from a tie for the last playoff spot, but nothing at the team’s play this year suggests they can really compete in the playoffs.

While Huhi was not the sole problem, he can possess some of the oddest stats because of his status in the area. He is not able to remain applicable without tools from the remainder of the group. We are going to get to see this weekend when Soligo can perform any better.

Dota 2: Major things you need to know before raising MMR in competitive

MMR boosting to the Immortal is quite easy: step by step guide

Dota 2 is a complex game, but the MMR raising is all about mathematics. Let’s see, that if for the victory you are earning ~25 mmr in general and for losing you lost ~25 mmr so even with the 51% of the winrate you’ll climb up to the Dota 2 ranking ladder. So if you really interested in Dota 2 boosting MMR, then you need to play the game. And play a lot! But it is not so easy to achieve a 51% win rate, so here are some my advice that helped me a lot in my story of achieving the Dota 2 Immortal rank.


So let’s stop with all the lyrics and let’s get straight to the point.

Introduction – who am I and why you can trust me

I am a semi-professional player in Dota 2, but I’d like to stay incognito. I played in a few Tier 3 teams and in two Tier 2. Right now my MMR is holding on the 6800 points, but my record was 7210 in the past season. This season I have some IRL issues that need to be fixed, but then I am planning to come back into the Dota 2 competitive world to show what I have got.


I started to play Dota 2 in Summer 2013 before The International 3. As soon as Valve added MMR rating to the game I started to play this game seriously and increases my MMR per 1k once in a year. As you can count I started with the 3k, then calibrated my second account to the ~4k and played on it since then. So in my peak, I have increased my MMR from 4.2k (calibrated) up to the 7.2k in around 800 games.

Basic rules for a proper MMR climbing in Dota

Dota two is a complicated game if you start to learn all the skills and the combos of heroes and items. But the basics are simple as 1-2-3. Just remember these little rules and you’ll see how quickly your MMR will increase.

Never give up, as OG in the TI8 finals – show your best in all matches

First of all remember, that ANY game could be a win. Remember OG in their last map in the TI8. They were smashed all across the map, but they don’t lose their hope and fought to the last breath. And all their efforts were paid off, the title of the champions and the impressive prize pool of the TI8 was theirs. So it must be a lesson for you to NEVER GIVE UP.


Even in the worst conditions, where all your team is against you and your throne is burning with 100 hp. If you could manage to win this kind of game you will get not only +25 MMR but also an awesome moral boost that will help you in next games.

Flaming and Whining are your worst enemies – the mental state is important in Dota 2

Second major rule – play in your most chill state. Flaming and whining never led to some good results, so why to harass your mental state with any of them? Even if you performing extremely well, but your team ruining your game – your flaming will not cheer them up and not increase their skill. The result of the flaming and whining is always the same – you destruct the team’s moral spirit and the winning chances will be reduced a lot.

Be flex as water – try all roles

As in other types of cybersport – you will be better carry if you know how to support right, and vice versa. I don’t say that you need to always swap your roles, but if you choose to be a position 1 player (or Carry) just try to spend a few games with your friend or total randoms in the support’s hide. In this case, you will see more clearly understand support actions.


Another advantage of this – the Dota 2 community is the worst gaming community in the world so you will be forced to play on other roles. Do not become such kind of player who will ruin the match (go jungle, just feed or something similar) just because they do not love to play on the various roles. Remember that flexibility will never be useless.

Professionals know better – watch the Dota 2 meta

If you don’t have 12 hours every day to play Dota 2 in finding the best heroes and item buildes, then just take a glance at the professional stage. Here you will see the most overpowered heroes, best item buildes and much much more. 


Following the Meta is a basic, but extremely effective way to quickly increase your MMR. Look at the analytic videos about current Dota 2 Meta, follow Tier 1 professional teams, and you will be in the first ranks of players who use overpowered mechanics or heroes. In the first ranks of player who could earn the most MMR point through abusing this strategy before it will be nerfed by IceFrog.

Love Dota 2 or why even try to show your best

Earning MMR is awesome, but did you try to play for a joy AND still win? That is fantastic! If you are feeling that you are tired from the previous match, then take a break. If you feeling that Dota 2 is not bringing you satisfaction today – take a break. This rule works in any game, from poker to the Dota 2. 

Practice is the key

Play every day, or at least try to. Always learning from the past game, look at your mistakes and prevent yourself from repeating them. If you are thinking that you’ve done everything right but still lose a match, then look at the replay more cautiously. Maybe you’ve lost some moments or miss some awesome opportunities. If you don’t understand some gaming moments – learn them via youtube analytics or private lobby. Self-enhancing is the key to all and Dota 2 is not an exception.

Wings Gaming against Team Liquid

Fans viewing The Chongqing Major obtained an excess treat during the last day of this event when Team Liquid confronted a reunited Wings Gaming roster in a conflict of prior foreign champions.

However thanks to StarLadder as well as the gamers, each of five former teammates combine forces once more to get a showmatch against Liquid, who participates in the primary event.

For the exhibition game, Zhang”Faith Bian” Ruida and Zhang”y`” Yiping out of EHOME, Li”iceice” Peng out of Sun Gambling, along with also the retired Zhou”bLink” Yang all stepped onto the stage under their previous banner.

The fifth and last player on the prior Wings group, Chu”shadow” Zeyu, was really filling in for Liquid’s mid laner Amer”Miracle-” Al-Barkawi, who overlooked The Chongqing Major because of private factors. So as darkness left to rejoin his old group, Liquid’s coach Roman”rmN-” Paley stepped to the active roster to fill the emptiness.

With nine out of those 10 players accountable for global victories in presence, both teams battled it out in an All Random Deathmatch. In that manner, each player respawns as a new personality as soon as they perish and all sources continue over between deaths.

Both teams at a random deathmatch attempt to exhaust either group’s 40 respawns, hit 45 kills, or ruin the Ancient so as to win. And from the beginning, both teams appeared to be having a blast.

The whole game was closely contested, with the two teams pulling out classic tactics that made lovers across societal websites go mad.

In the long run, everything came down to Liquid being pushed back for their own spawn. They had been made to throw themselves Wings in hopes of carrying a last-second triumph.

Since the respawns dwindled down to the low single digits, Wings ensured the victory by finishing Liquid’s Ancient.

As both groups congratulated each other, the net celebrated the wonderful occasion before turning their attention toward the Team Secret vs. Virtus Pro rematch from the grand finals at The Chongqing Major.

Team Secret win The Chongqing Major

Following three-straight series declines to Virtus Guru in Dota Pro Circuit events, Team Secret were prepared to eventually alter the story from The Chongqing Major grand finals.

After shooting down Evil Geniuses at the lower bracket finals, puzzle transferred to the grand finals to face not just the staff who bested them at the top bracket , but precisely the exact same squad that also defeat them in either the upper bracket and grand finals of The Kuala Lumpur Major: Virtus Professional.

The crucial point of the game came from Secret’s exceptional teamwork along with the exceptional play of Yazied”YapzOr” Jaradat.

Secret shot game one in a very dominant style supporting a 7-0-7 functionality from Michał”Nisha” Jankowski, which directed to the backbreaking second match. Momentum was totally on Secret’s side which contributed to YapzOr becoming somewhat insecure with his hero select.

Reaching deep into his bag of tricks, YapzOr pulled a service Luna that helped puzzle make the fastest success of the whole Major. In only 17 minutes, YapzOr submitted four kills and 16 assists to help his team jump into a dominating lead.

At a post-match meeting with VPEsports, YapzOr spoke about his option to take Luna to get a spin against a few of the very best teams on the planet.

Two days before, I was sitting before my pc with Puppey alongside me,” YapzOr explained, speaking to Secret’s captain Clement”Puppey” Ivanov. “We’re just thinking that using all the selections which are occurring at this Important, we’re overlooking a hero, we want only one more hero to be quite nice from the draft. I was randomly taking a look at the heroes and their abilities and that I simply watched Luna.”

Luna is sitting in 54th about the DotaBuff rank boards. She is a really situational hero with abilities that benefit a well-timed choice to grab opponents off guard for a support and also to help handle player placement.

I saw her abilities, I watched her abilities, and it only made sense in my mind,” YapzOr explained. “I demonstrated it to Puppey and he sort of enjoyed it, sort of did not enjoy it, however, he told me if we win with this at the grand finals, I will provide you a top five. And that I obtained the high five

Despite failing to shut things out following the high-leveled operation on a lesser-played enthusiast, YapzOr and Ludwig”zai” Wåhlberg wear a show in the last two games.

In spite of this reduction weighing them on, YapzOr and zai led their team to the success by combining for almost 40 aids –that aided puzzle hoist their original decoration of their 2018-19 DPC year old.

Secret are tied to VP for first position on the DPC rank plank with 7,950 points each group, while third-place EG have a good lead over the remainder of the package with 4,200 points.

The following DPC event is going to probably be the StarLadder ImbaTV Invitational Season Six, a Minor which will operate from March 4 to 10.