Now that T1 have solidified themselves as the LCK champions (a bit too easily) We’re going to dig deeper into the LPL. This slate will cover the semifinals matches, one on Sunday and one on Monday, so we’re moving pretty fast. After Monday, we’ll know which teams are advancing to the finals and which move onto the losers bracket.
|Statistic||Fantasy Points*Players drafted as Captain earn 1.5x fantasy point values|
|Creep Score||+0.02 Pts|
|10+ K/A Bonus||+2 Pts (10 Kills or 10 Assists in a single game)|
|Statistic||Fantasy Points*Teams drafted as Captain earn 1.5x fantasy point values|
|First Blood||+2 Pts|
|Win in Under 30 Minutes Bonus||+2 Pts|
iG(-) V TES(+) (5 AM EST 4/26)
|Avg. Game Length||30:09||32:44|
TES have been very powerful with their recent edition of JackeyLove, so this matchup should be interesting. Still, iG have had a lot of time to prepare for this coming matchup, and they’ve been on top for quite a while. Also consider TES was a bit off at times against WE, as we mentioned in the podcast covering that matchup, and any mistakes like that could give iG what they need to take the series. An iG win looks possible here, just don’t expect it to be too easy.
RooKie is a solid mid laner, but he hasn’t always been the most enticing mid lane choice. He had some more consistent games towards the end of the split, but in the face of Knight, his chances for scoring high are a bit up in the air. Knight has been on fire and is the #1 pick for TES to be sure, but this matchup makes him a little less appealing. He’s been fantastic to be sure, but if TES can’t keep up with iG on a team level, there’s a chance Knight won’t score as high. So for mid lane, RooKie might not be the worst choice due to the strength of iG as a whole. Top lane should be very interesting, especially if TheShy commits to Kalista/Vayne/Lucian top. His performances have been pretty good lately, but he’s also the most expensive top laner in the slate, so you need to decide if you want to drop that much salary on a top laner. Jungle is likely to depend on the more coordinated team, so go for whichever team you think is stronger; both junglers have been pretty consistent. As for bot lane, Puff hasn’t fought JackeyLove yet, so that will be exciting, but that’s not to say Puff and Southwind will be caught off guard and unprepared, so they are definitely solid picks.
iG Top Picks: TheShy, Leyan, RooKie, Puff, Southwind TES Top Picks: Karsa, Knight, JackeyLove
JDG(-) V FPX(+) (5 AM EST 4/27)
|Avg. Game Length||32:44||31:47|
If it were just about any other team in this matchup, it would be easy to give JDG the upper hand here. Even given their opponent, FPX, the time they’ve had to prepare means their chances are better than most. However, FPX is going to be quite the hurdle to overcome, possibly more difficult for JDG than the finals (if they make it.) The jungle is going to be an incredibly exciting matchup here, as Tian is one of FPX’s best players, and Kanavi is a monster.
Despite Kanavi’s strength, the rest of JDG can’t be discounted as they still pose threats on their own. Zoom has been a big part of JDG’s success as of late, and he hasn’t even lost a single game the entire split (he had 4 victories in early January, and started playing consistently for JDG in early April, so that’s pretty insane.) Just remember, seeing as Kanavi likes the damage dealing junglers, Zoom will probably be put on a tank, where he won’t rack up as many kills on a top laner like GimGoon. Yagao, LokeN, and LvMao have all been very consistent, although LokeN isn’t always the highest scoring adc. Most of this makes JDG incredibly appealing, as they have been throughout the second half of the split, but they haven’t played FPX in a while, and their last series against FPX resulted in a 1-2 loss. The circumstances aren’t exactly the same, as they had a different top laner at the time, but given the threat posed by pretty much everyone on FPX, this could be tough. Also remember FPX have the most expensive players in most of the roles, so if you do believe in the JDG return then it will be far easier to grab their major players. One more parting note: Kanavi is an incredible jungler, but his scores when losing aren’t anything special, so if things start to go south for JDG they will likely fall apart.
JDG Top Picks: Zoom, Kanavi, Loken, LvMao FPX Top Picks: GimGoon, Tian, Doinb, Lwx, Crisp
Seeing as the top picks include most players, crafting your lineup becomes more of a team stacking game than usual. Due to only two matchups, as well as the intensity of these playoff games, one team is even more likely to have all their players perform very well on the scoreboard. The top picks have never been there for you to copy/paste into your lineup, so including most (if not all) of the players in the top picks drives home the need to carefully consider what team will take it.
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