We’re back to the LCS once more, and it’ll be interesting to see if things continue generally as expected. The games have been pretty good so far, although not quite on the level of LCK or LPL. Still, there are plenty of opportunities to be had in the LCS, so 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|
TL(-172) V 100T(+131) (4 PM EST)
|Avg. Game Length||35:14||33:49|
It’s still early, but TL seems to have improved so far since going full time with Tactical. They’ve had some pretty good games so far, but this could end up being a challenge. 100T was a pretty good team during the spring, and even though they’ve lost their 2 matches this split, a comeback game is definitely possible.
TL Top Picks:
The salary differences between FD and DK are most prominent in this series. DK prices TL as the lowest of the favorites, while the TL roster is second only to C9 in cost on FD. This might make a FD TL roster a worse option overall given 100T aren’t guaranteed to lose. Regardless of the website you use, your lineup will fail with TL members who don’t perform, but at least with DK you can potentially grab some C9 players.
We’ll start posting updated stats for this split, but with only 2 games up for most of these teams, the numbers don’t exactly help. Players like Broxah, Jensen, and Tactical have ridiculously high KDAs, with Tactical hitting 22. Seeing as they’ve won both games, this makes sense. The picks ultimately reflect the ideal best performers, so once you make a decision about which team you want you can go from there.
TSM(-120) V FLY(-108) (4:50 PM EST)
|Avg. Game Length||36:36||33:04|
It’s honestly a bit surprising TSM are the favorites here. FLY are an incredibly solid team and their only defeat so far was to C9. TSM won the other day so have an extra game played, but they just aren’t the stronger team. Sure, they could pull off the victory given it’s a Bo1, but don’t underestimate the potential of the LCS Spring finalists. It’s also worth mentioning TSM came close to taking FLY’s spot in the finals, but regardless, TSM hasn’t had the most consistent record against some of these stronger teams.
TSM Top Picks:
Whichever way this series goes, we’re bound to see one of the EU mid laners play well. They’ve been the most attractive part of this matchup for a while. Given the salary decisions, a lot of FLY members could end up being the way to go here. Even if these matchups so far haven’t been too one-sided, the salary decisions aren’t the greatest, leaving many different options open.
Given the team compositions we’ve seen so far, top laners are another tempting choice. Solo and Broken Blade are both solid choices regardless, and so far they’ve been playing aggressive top laners. Both players are very affordable and have potential to perform, but as with the previous matchup, it’s still risky given the uncertainty of the matchup. Still, we’re inclined to give FLY the benefit of the doubt for the reasons listed above.
C9(-286) V EG(+208) (5:40 PM EST)
|Avg. Game Length||31:07||33:39|
EG has been performing lately, but it’s hard to believe they’ll do well enough against C9 to make them worthwhile picks here. Meanwhile C9 has every chance to perform, but the main concern is the same as with G2. Their chances of winning are high, but the question remains if they’ll score better than the other matchups.
C9 Top Picks:
These C9 picks will be useful in the event they perform, and with some of the other matchups in this slate it will be easier to pick them up. C9 are obviously the most expensive picks in just about every slate, so slates like these work very well. You can grab these expensive C9 players while saving a lot of salary on some other teams, some of which are favored yet still fairly cheap. We didn’t include Nisqy as he hasn’t had the most kill heavy games; 2 kills and 11 assists on Leblanc isn’t exactly ideal. As for EG, there isn’t as much value in grabbing a lot of their players given their chances of scoring well and defeating C9 are fairly low.
CLG(-141) V DIG(+108) (6:30 PM EST)
|Avg. Game Length||34:13||35:00|
Well, CLG are now favorites. Who would’ve guessed. They’ve had some decent games so far in the split while DIG has disappointed so far, so despite CLG’s poor past performances during the spring, we could see them prevail once again. They probably won’t fare as well against the stronger teams in the league, but for now they could win this.
CLG Top Picks:
Unfortunately, CLG’s roster is fairly expensive. The major upside is their decent performances throughout the won games, so it would be interesting if they had the best scores of the slate. Still, that’s no guarantee, and even though the other matchups aren’t exactly risk free you could save some salary and secure a number of amazing choices. At least you won’t have issues with settling for a weak player in a role, something that won’t work well in this type of slate.
If DIG does well, Froggen especially might show us a good performance. He’s been on Orianna so far this split, and it hasn’t been amazing, but we could see DIG try something completely new here. Froggen is still a solid mid. For CLG, the TOP/MID/ADC is strong, but you can go for other options if you want to fit in the C9 carries. It might be difficult to manage salary if you include players from both of these teams, but it’s a worthwhile option.
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