Finally, a series that actually ends as expected. Well, RNG did manage to go 2/0, but that wasn’t the biggest shocker given they were looking to win anyway. To have JDG and RNG take that series is somewhat refreshing given some of the disastrous games we’ve had so far, but don’t take it as a sign things will make more sense right away. It’s still early and there’s plenty more time for teams to get really weird.
If you’re looking for some other regions to bet on, we’ve got NA Academy playing at 6pm EST on 6/11 (DK only at the time this article was released) followed by an entire weekend of multiple Bo1s in the LCS and LEC. Bo1s make game stacking an even more viable option (depending on the matchup) so considering it’s the 1st week for both regions, expect a lot of craziness. LPL will continue with the usual schedule during this time.
|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|
Pricing value for the players in this slate is the same for DK and FD… and there are some questionable decisions to be sure. Let’s have a look.
DMO(+287) V ES(-417) (5 AM EST)
|Avg. Game Length||32:16||34:26|
This matchup should be straightforward like the ones from the previous slate. ES did have some issues, but DMO is one of the weakest teams in the LPL right now. As long as ES don’t play like complete garbage and sub out their players for playing well, we should see a pretty easy slate here. Even if ES do need some more time to work with their new mid laner, DMO have completely replaced their bot lane and aren’t exactly looking amazing either.
DMO Top Picks:
We’re likely to see some great Top or Bot focus on the side of ES here, with bot lane especially looking vulnerable given the two newer players in the bot lane. Both Helper and Mitsuki have experience on the stage, but it’s been a while since they’ve participated in the LPL. There’s a lot of classic ES potential in this matchup, so keep a close eye on Xiaobai and Wink especially. Fenfen also has potential to contribute to this game, so the entire ES lineup looks really good here. Fenfen is new but he had a pretty good showing against LGD, scoring well even when losing. Expect to see some classic aggression against DMO on all fronts.
WE(+163) V iG(-217) (7 AM EST)
|Avg. Game Length||31:01||30:09|
This is where things get a little sketchy. WE are a strong team, but they did have some issues against SN. It was especially concerning how slow they were to try and abuse their advantages. That being said, iG has been very weak recently, falling apart especially during the MSC. If they haven’t gotten their house in order, WE could win very hard here, but a strong iG could be incredibly difficult to deal with. A lot is riding on this 1st matchup for iG, so we’ll have to see how they do to determine their worth going forward.
WE Top Picks:
After watching TheShy play recently, it’s incredibly difficult to justify including him in any DFS lineup. Yeah, he can come back and shine here, but he wasn’t exactly the most solid performer towards the end of the split either. He is definitely an incredible player overall, but he’s had some issues lately and this should be recognized. Not to mention WE did well camping top against SN. Beishang and Teacherma spent time concentrating on Morgan’s lane, leading to free Rift Heralds which let them snowball fairly easily (when Teacherma wasn’t on Aurelion Sol at least.) This strategy could work incredibly well against iG, but what is worrying is iG’s ability to stall the game.
If iG chooses to focus on the late game here and successfully outscale WE, then we could see a completely different series. In this scenario, we could see lower emphasis on kills and more objectives being taken than anything else. On the other hand, iG could go heavy on the kills after scaling, and it’s entirely possible WE could perform well in the early game making this a series to stack. That’s a bit risky, but the payoff could be worth it… the main issue here is that iG’s roster is a little unreliable. RooKie is a solid mid laner but has often played a supporting role leading to fewer kills, so it’s down to Ning and Puff at that point. Puff is likely to get the most kills in a late game iG win scenario, so if they do follow through with that strategy and succeed, he’ll be a good pick. The way we see it: in a lower stakes matchup at the beginning of the split, you don’t need to speak the same language as your teammates in order to right click.
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