APEX Season 4 Final’s Storylines and Other Edible Notes

Posted by at October 20th

  The battle of the daring dreamers and the defiant band of brothers. OGN’s APEX Season 4 has shaped up to become one for the history books.   RunAway has gone from a team on the brink of elimination, with no resources to their name and become a 2-time grand finalist in the OGN APEX … Continue reading “APEX Season 4 Final’s Storylines and Other Edible Notes”


The core problem of Control

Posted by at October 19th

Control is the most unique game mode of all in competitive Overwatch and there are many good reasons for that. The symmetrical map layouts, the fact that there are no attack/defence rounds that teams take turns playing, the way you win the objective and the fact that there is only one Control point over which … Continue reading “The core problem of Control”


Effective Damage Theory

Posted by at October 17th

Overwatch is a relatively very new game and therefore analysis has been somewhat scattered so far. I am writing this piece not to answer any incredibly interesting niche issue of Overwatch, but rather to lay down a broad principle which can be a lense to view a wide variety of situations. This can provide a … Continue reading “Effective Damage Theory”


Blizzard removing Ultimate inconsistencies is a step in the right direction [Patch notes, October 10]

Posted by at October 16th

My very first articles on WinstonsLab were about the behavior of Ultimates and how some aspects of theirs felt wonky. Those analysis pieces, two in total, were titled “Ultimate Inconsistencies” and in them I explored all the differences between the various Ultimates at that time, as far as charge rates and the proper way to arrange for … Continue reading “Blizzard removing Ultimate inconsistencies is a step in the right direction [Patch notes, October 10]”


Can we base our predictions on Fight Winrate? [Contenders, APEX]

Posted by at October 16th

Trying to find ways to measure a team’s strength through stats is no easy task, not at all. The biggest problem lies not only in the team’s individual strength but also their opponents’. The tournament format, as in the way a team progresses and reaches the top, is affecting teams’ performances either by boosting their … Continue reading “Can we base our predictions on Fight Winrate? [Contenders, APEX]”


Thank you, MonteCristo, for pointing this out

Posted by at October 13th

Stats have been many times a controversial subject within the Overwatch community since Blizzard has not provided us with direct access to them, so as to ensure that we can evaluate them properly, and the only collection of stats to look at for official matches is provided by this very site, WinstonsLab. However, whether or … Continue reading “Thank you, MonteCristo, for pointing this out”


Contenders Playoff Predictions

Posted by at October 05th

Welcome back after our break! This weekend will be exciting and I’ll lead off with our predictions for placements at the end of the season. Here is our aggregate prediction for North America and Europe. In both regions, there is plenty of uncertainty moving into this playoff weekend with EnVyUs and Misfits being favorites going into … Continue reading “Contenders Playoff Predictions”


Blizzard, please have Mercy on WinstonsLab’s PTK model!

Posted by at October 05th

The reworked Mercy has brought forth lots of discussion about Blizzard enabling a low skill ceiling hero in the game, breaking a lot of things in the process with SR gained/lost being at the top of most people’s list. Another thing that most note is that it affects the fights in a very negative way, … Continue reading “Blizzard, please have Mercy on WinstonsLab’s PTK model!”


Overwatch Contenders EU S1 – Team of the Tournament

Posted by at September 28th

We have finally reached the end of the group stage of Overwatch Contenders Season 1. Over the entire season, here at Winston’s lab, we have recorded the statistics for every player in every game played. This article will look at these to find the players which have consistently performed to a high level and have … Continue reading “Overwatch Contenders EU S1 – Team of the Tournament”


An Example of How To Use Statistics using Contenders NA S1

Posted by at September 25th

This document is an example of how stats can be interpreted. It is neither a perfect guideline nor entirely flawless, but it should contain information on how stats should and how they should not be used. I write stats-based performance reports on a regular basis and I am probably the by far most experienced person in regards … Continue reading “An Example of How To Use Statistics using Contenders NA S1”


Sideshow did it! Contenders Predictions Week 6

Posted by at September 21st

This week tests my character to continue to write an article after getting the wind knocked out of me. “To put it shortly, this week has been by far the most uncomfortable to predict. Many of these matchups made me physically uncomfortable to consider.” was what I had to say last week looking forward to … Continue reading “Sideshow did it! Contenders Predictions Week 6”


Contenders Predictions Week 5

Posted by at September 14th

After an exciting weekend, the field has split into three spots with Barroi, Volamel and myself nearly tied up at the top of the standings, Sideshow and Yiska remaining very competitive moving into the season, and then SmeG, YungBoop, Moirai and Coin Flip at the back of the pack. You can find our previous prediction … Continue reading “Contenders Predictions Week 5”