We had a few LCS games on Friday, but it’s really picking up now. We’ve got 4 games with the same format as the LEC, so each team plays a Bo1. If it’s anything like Day 1 of the LEC, then it’s sure to be complete insanity. That being said, the 1st day of the LCS saw some really good victories from C9 and EG, so we could see some more lucrative games in North America.
|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|
EG(-323) V CLG(+232) (4 PM EST)
|Avg. Game Length||33:39||34:13|
This matchup would’ve been heavily favored for EG already, and EG’s victory against 100T makes this matchup the most one-sided in the slate. In addition to EG being a much stronger team than CLG, players like Jiizuke and Zeyzal had incredible scores against 100T, making EG’s roster very enticing. Unfortunately they are very expensive as a result, and EG ownership is sure to be high.
EG Top Picks:
In the case of a CLG victory, there are some good options. When CLG did win last split, Ruin and Wiigily had some great games, and we could see that once again. However, EG’s victory is far more likely, and there are plenty of options. Jiizuke and Zeyzal specifically were phenomenal picks, especially with Zeyzal on Yuumi. If you go for EG, you might have a difficult time swinging the high cost players. Granted, FLY’s TOP/JNG/MID are more expensive than EG, but the cost difference isn’t too much, so you’ll still have trouble stacking EG with another team.
TSM(-115) V TL(-112) (4:50 PM EST)
|Avg. Game Length||36:36||35:14|
There’s been a lot of hype surrounding Doublelift’s return to TSM, as well as their newest jungler joining the team. Still, Doublelift didn’t have the greatest Spring Split, so there’s no real guarantee they’ll perform. This is one of the more balanced matchups, although it’s worth noting TL’s high KP. When they do win, they tend to do well, so we could see some decent games out of them depending on how we start the split. Either way, it will be curious to see how the teams do after losing/gaining Doublelift.
TSM Top Picks:
TSM’s lineup looks really good, but it might not be enough. As of right now, TL’s roster is more expensive, although not by much. TSM’s solo lanes could be great investments, but they aren’t guaranteed to perform under losing circumstances. The real mystery will be how well Spica and Doublelift perform, which is definitely up in the air. TSM is known for throwing their junglers on tanky characters; the meme is that they are a moving ward for Bjergsen, usually in the form of Sejuani. TL’s roster is a bit less controversial, and could also score big if they are able to take down TSM. Both teams have that potential, but there is a lot going on with TSM that might make them a bit thrown off.
IMT(+157) V FLY(-208) (5:40 PM EST)
|Avg. Game Length||37:05||33:04|
FLY’s players are some of the most expensive in the slate, alongside EG, and it’s mostly because of how far FLY got during the playoffs. However, this might not be as one-sided as the salaries would have you believe. The teams weren’t too far apart from each other during the main split, and IMT has changed up their roster a little bit, mostly bringing some players from their academy team back into the fold. FLY losing to C9 doesn’t exactly hurt their chances since that’s like losing to G2, but don’t assume FLY has this in the bag. Due to this, their expensive players might not be worth the investment.
IMT Top Picks:
One of the reasons FLY looks so good is because of their incredible roster, with PowerOfEvil at the center. Formerly a EU player, PowerOfEvil has been known as a top mid laner for a while now and could do wonders for your roster. However, be careful, since it’s a Bo1 in Week 1, so anything could happen. Given FLY likely spent a lot of time preparing for C9, they could find themselves underprepared for this matchup. This combined with IMT’s roster changes could lead to some interesting gameplay. Altec and Gate have both played for IMT before, with Gate coming up from the academy roster and Altec playing a few matches during the spring. If this were a playoffs game, definitely go for FLY, but you never know with these players.
GG(-137) V DIG(+305) (6:30 PM EST)
|Avg. Game Length||33:23||35:00|
Here is another closer matchup, although things might look better for GG with the acquisition of Damonte. It’s hard to say, but there are some decent players on each team. This is going to be a matchup where we’ll have to wait and see how these teams perform, so it’ll be easier to judge after their 1st match of the split.
GG Top Picks:
DIG has some older, more well known players who have some decent stats given they’ve been playing for years now. There are a few of those on GG as well, but they weren’t performing as well last split. This alone doesn’t mean a whole lot, but it is definitely worth noting the skill of players like Akaadian, Froggen, and Aphromoo. The mid lane matchup will be very interesting, as Damonte will have his work cut out for him in the very 1st game. Top lane is likely to be a snoozefest, but Closer is one of GG’s strongest players so keep an eye on him. Still, it might not be enough to push GG towards a victory.
This and the TSM/TL matches are sketchier, which is why the pricing is more favorable. If you go all in on either EG or FLY, you’ll have a number of choices for the other matches. It is a bit riskier here on Day 1, but hey, there’s always risk when playing DFS.
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