Things went generally as expected yesterday, but it likely won’t be the same case for this slate. Some of these matchups are pretty wild and can be very unpredictable, making this a fairly unpredictable slate. It’ll be interesting to see how it all turns out, but don’t expect a clean sweep across all the favorites.
|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|
KT(+170) V GEN(-227) (4 AM EST)
|Avg. Game Length||32:11||33:34|
This is likely to be the most solid matchup of the slate. GEN did lose rather poorly to DRX in their first series of the split, but they are still a strong team that can’t be underestimated. Meanwhile, after KT’s performance against DYN, we don’t really see them improving too much. There were far too many coordination issues on KT’s side, even if their roster has potential. Against a team like GEN, these must be fixed, and it hasn’t been too long since KT’s last performance.
KT Top Picks:
GEN’s lineup isn’t the most expensive of the slate, especially in the bot lane. Ruler is $1000 cheaper than huanfeng, the most expensive adc on DK, and a strong choice in the event of a GEN victory. Aiming is of course a fantastic choice for KT, but he won’t do much if the rest of the team won’t perform. Rascal and Clid are 2 other fantastic choices for GEN, and they won’t take up too much salary. You could even slip in Bdd if possible as he’s another relatively cheap but ideal pick, although you might be better off with these 3. There are also some other great mid lane picks in this slate to choose from.
SN(-196) V RW(+148) (5 AM EST)
|Avg. Game Length||33:05||32:53|
Even though SN has only won a single game so far this split, they’ve been fighting some of the stronger teams in the LPL. JDG, EDG and iG (who started playing well with their game against SN) are much greater challenges to overcome than RW. Interestingly enough, RW find themselves in a similar position, having fought iG and TES so far this split. This is sure to make this matchup very exciting, so we’ll look at what the players have been prioritizing.
SN Top Picks
Here’s where pricing gets a bit out of control. DK users will discover SN harbors the most expensive players of the slate, a rather interesting decision, while FD sees a split between DWG and iG for the most expensive players. We know DK and FD use different criteria to set their pricing, but it still somehow isn’t certain which one is better. On one hand, we have 2 relatively weaker teams facing each other in this matchup, with SN looking slightly better (not to mention EDG is a tough nut for iG to crack.) On the other, iG and EDG both have potential to score better. The DWG players thrown in on FD is another interesting development; they are definitely considered the favorites, but it’s not inconceivable SP can take that match.
At any rate, you’ve got strong picks on both sides here. This could even be a stackable match, but bear in mind the LCK has seen some pretty great scores recently, so the usual trend of LPL players doing better hasn’t exactly held up so far. Stacking this match is definitely a risk, but grabbing key players from one team or the other would be a decent investment here. SN might prove difficult to acquire for DK users, and considering RW’s chances aren’t as bad as they might seem, it might be time to give them the benefit of the doubt.
iG(-147) V EDG(+113) (7 AM EST)
|Avg. Game Length||30:09||33:33|
If this match were to take place at the beginning of the split, this would be the safest matchup by far. As it stands, EDG hasn’t been a top performer (even if they’ve won a few games.) iG on the other hand surprised everyone with their recent comeback and seem to have earned their expensive salaries. This will be a tough match to be sure, but as of right now, it makes sense to go with the favorites.
iG Top Picks:
TheShy had a solid game for the first time in a little while against RW, but we’re still a bit skeptical. One solid matchup doesn’t mean he’s suddenly a reliable pick. Still, the rest of iG can be worthwhile if you can work around their salaries. For that reason we left off Southwind, as you’ll likely succeed with these 3. Meanwhile, EDG will be easy to stack, but these picks reflect potential one off options. Aodi and JunJia are solid players with the potential to perform even in a losing game, and the uncertainty about the success of iG’s top lane could benefit them.
SP(+177) V DWG(-238) (7 AM EST)
|Avg. Game Length||34:27||33:31|
SP started out the season with a 2-1 victory, although it wasn’t the most decisive we’ve seen. HLE stepped up considerably thanks to the addition of V1PER even if it wasn’t enough to save the series. Now, SP face a greater threat in the form of DWG, a team with some interesting player stats from their first series. It’s possible SP can take this series for themselves, but this proves the LCK games are not quite as up in the air as the LPL matches seem to be.
SP Top Picks:
With some very strong showings from players like ShowMaker, DWG remains a tempting pick here. There are definitely some strong mid lanes in this slate, which does help with saving a bit of salary as Angel and Bdd are ahead in price on DK. Honestly, even with the other mid laners, ShowMaker might be the most attractive pick. The others are great to stack as well, although you’ll have a difficult time doing so on FD. DK’s preference for SN leaves some room open for the LCK lineups, especially DWG. There are some solid choices on SP as well, but they don’t seem too reliable in the face of their competition.
Overall Summary of Picks By Lane
Top Lane Picks:
Mid Lane Picks:
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