Since this is a single series slate, you’ll have to use FD if you want to participate. Since we began GameOnDFS, we’ve never seen DK host single series slates for LoL, and they don’t appear to be starting now. It can definitely be fun, especially in a Bo5 finals setting, so if you don’t typically use FD you should consider giving it a try. As we’ve seen before in the single game slates, you choose one MVP (2x) one STAR (1.5x) and 3 Utility.
|Statistic||Fantasy Points*Players drafted as MVP earn 2x fantasy point values, while STARs earn 1.5x 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 MVPs earn 2x fantasy point values, STARs earn 1.5x point values|
|First Blood||+2 Pts|
|Win in Under 30 Minutes Bonus||+2 Pts|
FPX(+111) V TES(-145) (5 AM EST)
|Avg. Game Length||31:47||32:44|
Under normal circumstances, this would be a very certain TES victory. However, given yesterday’s matches, this is a bit up in the air. Granted, TES are still an amazing team who came very close to winning the LPL championship, and they certainly dismantled GEN to get to the finals once more. However, JDG fell apart completely during the regular drafted games against FPX, so this tournament isn’t quite so conventional. Given FPX’s win at worlds last year, it’s almost fitting they are back in a finals matchup when they weren’t the most favored team, but be careful of assuming they will take it all.
JDG’s drafting and gameplay decisions were sketchy to the point where it looked like a solo queue match, a fact the casters returned to often. For those of you who aren’t too familiar with Olaf, we’ll focus on two abilities for a moment. His passive grants him more attack speed the lower his hp gets, so he goes berserk mode when almost dead, and one of his skills grants him even more bonus attack speed and a good deal of lifesteal for a short duration. Combine these skills with a throwing axe that resets upon picking it up and strong base stats early game, and you have a champion that is an absolute monster early on. There are obviously ways to counter this, but if you pick a team composition that needs to scale (which JDG’s did) there is absolutely no chance you will win early engagements. Olaf might look low on hp, but he’ll quickly heal it back up, especially with a Karma there to shield him. We usually don’t include specific analysis of previous matches here, but this particular play serves as the perfect microcosm for JDG’s performance the entire series.
The point is this: FPX should not be underestimated, but JDG made mistakes we shouldn’t necessarily expect from TES this time around. Despite some of the lighthearted aspects of this tournament, TES are likely to see this as an opportunity to take the 1st place spot they barely lost to JDG.
We’ve been a fan of 369 for a while now, so don’t underestimate him in the face of Khan. Khan has been an excellent addition to FPX so far this tournament (things might’ve gone differently for them if it was GimGoon up there) and he shouldn’t be underestimated, but don’t expect him to dominate his lane opponent. One of the reasons Khan went off on Hecarim was due to FPX’s rotations, which would’ve put them fairly behind if JDG didn’t completely mess up their early game. It’s doubtful TES will make the same mistake, so if the team does give Khan a bunch of assistance, TES will be able to properly punish it…. Meaning JackeyLove will be given a Whole Lotta Love.
In a single matchup slate, you have to differentiate between stacking hard on the team you think will win and adding one player from the losing team, or mixing between the two. TES are looking strong despite everything FPX has done, so stacking them could be profitable, maybe including Tian or Khan for your FPX pick. Given how the series in this tournament have gone, this might be ideal for either team, as there have been very one sided games.
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