It looks like V5 is still in it! Their current record for individual games won is 4-1, so they’ve already quadrupled their wins from the last split. However, there is something that was slightly annoying about this particular slate. Both LGD and ES subbed out their top laners, an especially confusing choice for ES as they had won Game 1. Losing Xiaobai is definitely not ideal when there doesn’t seem to be much reason for them to bring in another top laner for Game 2. This seems to be a consequence of the beginning of the split, where teams try… “interesting” things. We should see a decrease in that as well as the split continues, so don’t be too concerned. For now, just be sure to remember players can be subbed in at any point. We won’t mention it for every possible case.
|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|
FPX(-2000) V LNG(+788) (5 AM EST)
|Avg. Game Length||31:47||32:19|
This should be the most solid matchup we’ve seen since the LPL started. Given V5’s resurgence, LNG are likely to claim the mantle of worst LPL team for themselves, while FPX made it to the semifinals in the LPL championship and the finals during the Mid Season Cup. If FPX loses this game, it will only be the result of some incredibly strange strategy or some major issue going on with the team. We’ve mentioned over and over again nothing is certain, and that just becomes more frightening when the split has only begun. Still, it’s very reasonable to expect FPX to perform here.
FPX Top Picks:
Really not much to say about these picks. Given the one-sided matchup, you can’t really go wrong with anyone on FPX, but remember they are the most expensive players in this slate on DK and FD. You’ll have a difficult time stacking them along with TES.. but given some aspects of the TES matchup, you might want to prioritize FPX here. Khan is a monster in the top lane, so it’s good to see FPX starting with him again, and Tian is one of the best junglers in the LPL. You can’t really go wrong with Doinb and Lwx for your carry positions either, so there are a multitude of options. Khan especially could be profitable if he is given another great top lane pick, so don’t be so ready to throw away your top lane in this slate.
RW(+481) V TES(-833) (7 AM EST)
|Avg. Game Length||32:53||32:44|
Now this is where things get a bit strange. TES are obviously an incredibly dominant team, and RW were known for some interesting games with their jungler Haro. However, JackeyLove will not be playing at all in this slate. He is dealing with some physical issues so TES is starting their other support player, Qiuqiu, as the adc. This is sure to make for some ridiculous lineups, as Qiuqiu is currently listed as a support on both DK and FD. They seem to have absolutely no idea as to what is going on, so we’re going to see heavy ownership on the part of Qiuqiu, since a TES win will see a ridiculous amount of points out of a cheaper support pick. Seriously, someone needs to get on this.
RW Top Picks:
Yuyanjia is a solid pick overall for TES, but with Qiuqiu you’ll be filling your support slot, so there is literally 0 reason to pick yuyanjia if you like TES. Karsa is a solid jungler and has potential, but we might just see 369 and Knight run the show here. Given the JackeyLove situation, it’s tempting to wonder if RW will pull out a victory. After all, it’s the beginning of the split so TES don’t exactly have a lot riding on this game.
What’s interesting about RW is their decision to start Youdang. Their other jungler Haro is a beast, seeing one of the LPL’s highest kill performances from the last split with 15 kills on Elise. In the case of TES not really caring about this matchup, an RW 2-0 could mean a lot of missed points in the jungle, but TES has some very raw skill going for them. Knight is the ultimate manifestation of this skill, so even with JackeyLove out of the picture it’s difficult to see RW pulling through here. However, it is more likely than LNG defeating FPX… we’ll have to see just how crazy these games can get.
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