It seems we’re going to have to re-evaluate LNG. Even in the beginning of the split, it’s impressive for them to have defeated FPX and now RNG. If they keep this up, they could actually be a serious contender this split. It’s doubtful they’ll make the playoffs, but in a time where V5 is no longer the worst team in the LPL, it’s good for LNG that they can refuse to take V5’s place.
At any rate, this slate should prove to be a bit more up in the air overall. Let’s take a look.
|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|
V5(+194) V LGD(-263) (5 AM EST)
|Avg. Game Length||31:01||32:57|
V5 have been looking really good, but remember they’ve only played 2 series so far. We’ve updated their stats to reflect the current split, something we weren’t going to do this early. However, given the 180 they’ve pulled from last season, their Spring Split performance doesn’t really factor in at all. LGD have only played 1 series so far, but they didn’t disappoint either, so this could be a close one. We’ll have to take a look at the individual players to see who might have the edge here, but it certainly has been interesting to watch V5 match the aggression of teams like OMG.
V5 Top Picks:
Both junglers in this series are looking great. Peanut was always one of LGD’s better players, and WeiWei has proven to be a valuable asset to V5 so far. Due to the nature of this matchup, there are a lot of viable picks on each side. Top lane hasn’t been LGD’s best position, with their newer top laner Garvey being subbed out after Game 1 against eStar. Biubiu has done alright for himself and his team has given him some attention when needed, so V5 should have the advantage there. Mid lane could be a bit of a tossup, although Mole has done better for himself this split by far. V5’s bot lane has seen some trouble in the early games, meaning their support pick might not always be the best option, although Ppgod always has a chance to rack up the points if his team enables him. Still, the LGD bot lane does look superior overall, especially since LGD’s victories last split came from the team playing around Kramer. It’ll be interesting to see if LGD can keep V5 from snowballing out of control, or maybe even use Peanut for some early game aggression.
OMG(+194) V EDG(-263) (7 AM EST)
|Avg. Game Length||31:12||33:33|
EDG’s series against WE was strange to say the least, but given WE are a formidable team as well, it shouldn’t discourage you much here. OMG has been disappointing so far, with only one successful game against V5. They outdrafted V5 in that game for sure, abusing the early game with Olaf/Ekko while securing their late game power through Gangplank/Aphelios. Even in that case, V5’s Kalista/Taric bot lane combo gave OMG a lot of trouble even after OMG started the game off very well. Even if EDG did fall apart against WE, this is simply a different kind of matchup. Granted, this is EDG’s second match of the split coming a week later, but losing this series would make EDG look very bad heading into the rest of the split. Given that, we’re likely to see a serious performance out of them which could be devastating to OMG.
OMG Top Picks
There are a lot of different ways to go for EDG here, and quite frankly every single pick has potential in this game. You do have to be careful if EDG decides to sub out Aodi or JunJia. Given how well JunJia played against WE, it’s unlikely we’ll see JieJie at all this series. Yes, EDG did sub out JunJia for the 3rd game, and he actually scored higher than JieJie did. Unless JunJia falls apart, we likely won’t see him subbed out again. The rest of EDG’s roster is very solid and will likely perform well, with special emphasis on Hope. He has been very consistent even when losing, as evidenced in the series against WE and from games last split. It’s also beneficial that LGD are priced the highest across the board, and on FD, Hope is cheaper than both SamD and Kramer. This could open up a lot of options for your lineup if Hope delivers, which could happen even in an EDG defeat. OMG is starting a different support this time, so that might shake things up a bit, but it’s doubtful that will give OMG the push they need to turn things around. H4cker, icon, and SmLz are the best players in that lineup, and the most likely to benefit in the case their team does well. Given the nature of this split so far, we could see them conquer EDG’s lineup, but EDG’s lineup is definitely solid.
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