It’s always strange when the most obvious matchups go to 3 games. It’s not too surprising to see JDG win that series 2-0, but still, you’d think WE could manage to avoid losing a game to DMO. Interestingly enough, the game they lost was when Teacherma played TF….
Seriously though, it does happen and it’s not like it’s all Teacherma’s fault. At any rate, we have a more exciting slate here with more potential for interesting outcomes. Some of these teams have been severely underperforming, but you never know.
|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|
VG(-345) V RW(+245) (5 AM EST)
|Avg. Game Length||31:43||31:58|
VG has been fairly weak so far this split, but the recent addition of Leyan and Zeka into their matches definitely helps. Aside from a bad V5 game, they have had some success with this lineup so far; granted, this is only against LNG and ES, 2 relatively weaker teams at the moment. Still, RW isn’t exactly dominating the competition either, even with Haro back for a while now. As always, beware of the upset, but VG do have the advantage going into this (particularly if Leyan really shows up.)
VG Top Picks:
RW Top Picks:
Not a whole lot to be excited about on the RW side; you could stack their lineup if you really believe in the upset, but Haro is going to be the most solid pickup by far. Around the time he first started playing again, we’d even say he was a fantastic one off, but that hasn’t held up too well. He’s had a few games where he performed during a loss, but more often than not you’re better off with a winning jungler (which is typically the case in LoL anyway.)
The new players on VG would be great choices, and of course grabbing the adc is a great way to go. Cube is a good choice, but for some reason he’s more expensive than Bin (perhaps because of Xiaobai’s reputation?) You’re not crazy to spend a little more on Cube in a 2 gamer, but don’t think SN Bin is a bad option for a cheaper salary. The reason we’ve included Cube is due to his tendency to perform on damage dealing top lakers against the weaker teams, and you’d be hard pressed to describe RW as a strong team this split.
SN(-189) V ES(+143) (7 AM EST)
|Avg. Game Length||32:19||31:51|
If you take a glance at ES’s score vs SN, you’d think this is a much closer matchup. Honestly, we’re still waiting for ES to make their comeback out of nowhere and completely demolish an LPL team one of these days. It’s doubtful they’ll propel themselves into Worlds, or even the playoffs, but don’t think they’re an instant fade from now on.
Regardless of all that, it makes sense SN would be the clear favorites going into this matchup. They’ve had a decent performance so far this split only losing to 3 of the stronger teams in the league. You really don’t expect to see SN in the playoffs either, but you can expect a good game out of them here. The only thing to be wary of is the potential 2-1; it’s more likely than not ES will play well during one game and prevent the games not played bonus from entering the equation (VG is the more likely of the teams to grab that bonus, although it’s never certain in LoL. Too many teams find themselves experimenting or loosening up after a victory only to be subsequently destroyed.)
SN Top Picks:
ES Top Picks:
We’re going heavy on the favorites here, so quite a few picks to be had. Xiaobai is still a strong top laner overall, but ES’s team play has been rather poor at times and we could easily see SofM getting Bin a huge lead in these games. The rest of the roster is pretty solid, although we’ll leave SofM out as he hasn’t been the strongest performer throughout the split. Angel doesn’t exactly top the charts every game either, but he’s had some great performances lately and could really snowball if ES continues to fall apart. If you’re going for the ES upset, you’ll want as many of their players as possible, but we only included Wei and fenfen as we don’t think today is that day. Even so, even if they lose here, be ready for them to completely demolish their future opponents at one point; it’s sure to be quite the slate.
Overall Summary of Picks By Lane
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