Now that the LCK is starting up, we’ll see fewer 2 series slates. This makes the slates a bit more interesting. Typically speaking, LPL players outperform LCK players in kills due to the differences in the ways the two regions play LoL. Still, two LCK matchups helps to shake things up in terms of creating your lineup. Just remember, this is the first day of the LCK, so who knows how things will turn out there. LPL might be the safer bet, but after what happened to eStar, don’t immediately rule out the chance of a successful LCK lineup.
|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|
AF(-152) V SB(+116) (4 AM EST)
|Avg. Game Length||35:00||33:37|
Neither LCK team had the greatest showing during the spring, but AF are favored due to SB’s almost being knocked out of the LCK. They just managed to scrape by and now have a second chance. They also recently acquired the services of YamatoCannon, a popular coach/analyst in the European LoL scene. This acquisition could see a change in how SB approaches their games, so anything is possible (as reflected by the nearly equal salaries for these players and teams on both DK and FD.)
AF Top Picks:
The biggest issue with this matchup is roster confirmation. There are a number of different players who could be starting; if you are awake, be sure to check twitter to see if any lineups have been confirmed. A lot of these players are questionable, but the sketchiest would be ALL IN, FATE, and Leo. We have them on our picks as they could be great options if they were to play all of the games, but we just don’t know yet. If you do include any LCK players in this slate and won’t be awake soon before the slate closes, be prepared to lose points.
At any rate, it’s still a bit hard to determine who will perform the best on these teams. Both junglers are worth consideration, and it’ll be interesting to see a more versatile top laner like Kiin play an aggressive top pick during this series. ALL IN was the most recent mid laner to play for AF, and he saw some success towards the end of the spring. As for ADC, it’s difficult to justify playing either bot lane in this matchup when there are far more lucrative options in the games to come. It would be shocking if Mystic or Leo were the top performing ADCs of the slate, even if Leo does play all 2 or 3 games. Rather, these picks (as well as the team spots) will serve best to supplement a lineup full of expensive choices from the other matches.
iG(-385) V RW(+269) (7 AM EST)
|Avg. Game Length||30:09||32:53|
iG managed to grab themselves a 2-0 victory against SN the other day, but it’s worth noting how poorly SN were playing. Given the fact that iG have been rather bad so far, this matchup isn’t guaranteed to go their way, although it’s uncertain as to how RW will fair in this matchup. They’ve only had one series so far this split and it was a 0-2 loss to TES. What’s impressive about their defeat was their ability to grab 12 kills each game, so it’s possible we’ll see a stackworthy matchup for these two teams.
iG Top Picks
Even in a 2-0 scenario, TheShy was still a disaster. Just don’t bother with him until we see multiple successful performances out of him. As usual, the ADC is a solid choice if you want to stack iG, but Ning and especially RooKie are two worthwhile options. RooKie was definitely the star against SN, particularly in Game 2 on Zoe. A strong RooKie in the mid lane could spell great things for iG, so be on the lookout. RW could make this game interesting, and Holder’s Wukong in Game 2 against TES ended up with a 7/5/2 score in a loss. Considering he’s starting against TheShy, well, we don’t really need to say anything else. RW are also starting Wuming, but it’s uncertain how he’ll hold up just yet. Youdang and ZWuJi could work very well for your lineup, as picking a number of solid RW players might lead to a lot of kills if iG doesn’t deliver as expected.
EDG(-189) V SN(+143) (7 AM EST)
|Avg. Game Length||33:33||33:05|
This is a bit more straightforward, although don’t assume SN are going to be useless in this matchup. They had a poor series against iG but have been looking pretty good otherwise, and they could always turn things around here. Still, EDG is a tough team to overcome, even if they haven’t completely dominated their opposition so far. Their games against WE were a little ridiculous and they seemed to be messing around and testing their limits in Game 2 against OMG, so they still look really great going into this slate.
EDG Top Picks:
While EDG’s players are the most expensive on DK, they are slightly cheaper (or equal) to iG’s roster on FD. The safe bet would be to grab as many EDG players as possible, but that can be rather difficult to pull off. Still, the above EDG picks are all worth the investments, and they’ll be easier to fit in now that you can sprinkle in some LCK players as well. SofM and Angel are two of SN’s greatest assets and will likely contribute the most to an SN victory here, but if you’re going all in on the SN upset, you could throw in their bot lane as well. It feels right to have 4 top picks for EDG, but don’t rule out the iG/RW matchup right away as we could see some high pressure LoL in that series.
DRX(+131) V T1(-172) (7 AM EST)
|Avg. Game Length||32:45||34:11|
Our second LCK matchup of the day includes 2 of the strongest teams from the last split. Don’t be fooled by T1’s poor showing at the MSC; they played well against FPX, but were messing around against DWG and had to fight TES in the 3rd matchup, so it’s no wonder they didn’t advance. Without the threat of TES looming and with more serious matches starting up, we’ll likely see T1 try to redeem themselves. We could see experimentation out of them, but we should still expect a strong showing out of them. With that being said, DRX is definitely capable of beginning the season with a victory over T1, so don’t assume it’s a lock.
DRX Top Picks:
The main issue with the T1 picks: salary. The favored LCK players are generally cheaper than the favored LPL players, although Faker is the 2nd most expensive mid laner on FD and he isn’t too far behind Scout and RooKie on DK. Faker did have an excellent performance on Corki, but he hasn’t always had the greatest fantasy record and isn’t as worth the cost in a slate with other great mid laners, especially in the LPL. Canna has the potential to do very well in this slate, but he is incredibly pricey for a top laner on DK especially (he might be a better option on FD.) The rest of T1’s roster is more ideal salary wise, and don’t forget about the team slot. LCK team slots can be a great investment, and T1 is cheaper than iG and EDG. Meanwhile, the DRX picks don’t have the same salary issues, but those 3 are the most likely to perform. In the case of a DRX victory, grabbing their team slot for your lineup would be excellent as it’s far cheaper than the other options and can net you a lot of points. Still, you can’t afford to throw away any slots, so only do so if you think T1 won’t perform. A losing team in your team spot sees a consistently low score throughout these slates and it will most likely end your chances of cashing out.
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