V5 might have defeated LNG fairly easily, but it wasn’t the bloodiest game we could’ve seen. iG went a bit more as expected, although TheShy managed to make a comeback like we saw against DMO, so good for him. As it turns out, KT was one of the best teams of the slate, with Aiming turning out great as usual. We weren’t too sure about DRX going into this matchup, although it was a pleasant surprise to see KT play the way they did. As for Viper, well, maybe it’s time to find a new team. Going 0-2 against SB is never a good sign.
At any rate, there’s a lot of fantastic matchups to be found in this slate, so let’s get into it.
|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)|
|Games not Played Bonus||+20 per Game not Played|
|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|
|Games not Played Bonus||+15 per Game not Played|
T1(-1429) V SP(+667) (4 AM EST)
|Avg. Game Length||33:30||29:42|
Despite being a solid team, T1 doesn’t always top the charts on the scoreboard. Still, we have seen players like Teddy and Effort score very well, likely attributing to their higher salary on DK. As far as winning this series goes, it’s clear as to why it would be T1. Still, investing heavily in a T1 roster for your lineup might not be the way to go here, much as it wasn’t the move when DRX played KT (although T1’s chances against SP are certainly better.)
T1 Top Picks:
SP Top Picks:
It might lead to salary issues on DK, but T1’s bot lane has been the best choice for picks throughout the split. Even when playing against teams like DWG and GEN, Teddy held his own. Effort died a lot against DWG, but that makes sense given T1 couldn’t close those games out and Effort was playing tanks both times. Under more favorable circumstances, you can expect great performances out of this duo. The other players can perform as well, but you always run the risk of a jungle sub and there are better players in the other roles. Honestly there are some other fantastic picks for bot lane as well, but you can’t really go wrong with Teddy/Effort either. If SP manages the upset, that’ll be their biggest victory so far this split, but it’s uncertain as to how well they’ll perform in that scenario.
VG(+232) V FPX(-323) (5 AM EST)
|Avg. Game Length||32:37||31:23|
VG has been looking better and better over the past few series, but they’ve been playing some subpar teams. ES, LNG, and RW aren’t exactly on the same level as FPX at this time, so they’re going to have their work cut out for them. We’re likely to see Aix subbed in once again, so if you’re a fan of the underdogs here, you might want to consider avoiding the jungle.
|Leyan For Some Reason||69.5%||2.5||5.6|
VG Top Picks
FPX Top Picks
A lot of fantastic choices on the side of FPX here, though salary will be tricky to navigate. Players like Canna and Teddy are the most expensive on DK for their respective roles, but FPX’s roster isn’t far behind, and FD has the entire FPX roster as the most expensive of the slate. We haven’t always seen the entire FPX roster score incredibly well under winning circumstances, and it’s also possible VG will give them more trouble than some might initially suspect. However, their lineup looks great in spite of all this, so you’ve still got some great players to choose from. What makes us hesitate would be the opportunities found in some of the other matchups, including that of our second LCK series (which we’ll get to in a moment.)
LGD(+177) V JDG(-238) (7 AM EST)
|Avg. Game Length||31:53||30:55|
LGD has had some great showings for themselves so far, and they seem to be playing a bit better than the last split. However, this is JDG they’re going up against, so this could end poorly for them. If JDG does manage to end this series 2-0, it won’t be a close one; Kanavi finds himself up against another strong jungler in the form of Peanut, so no free rides here.
LGD Top Picks:
JDG Top Picks:
We’ve got even more JDG picks here due to their slightly lower cost, though you’ll have trouble still fitting all of these players into your lineups. We’ve seen LokeN dominate the scoreboard and fade into the background when JDG has won games, so you might want a more consistent ADC for this slate. Still, if you want to go in on JDG and plan on grabbing 2 ADCs, don’t feel like you should ignore LokeN. Zoom doesn’t always lead his team in kills, but that’s a lot to ask for in a top laner (even in this crazy season.) He’s still a solid pickup and could mean saving a little bit of salary rather than going for Khan or Canna. Kanavi and Yagao are of course great pickups, with Yagao being a nice alternative to the expensive Doinb. Even on FD, you’re saving $400 there.
LGD is sure to put up a fight in this series, and on the chance they actually take it those 3 picks are the most solid we’ve seen for this team, especially when against stronger opponents. They might just be the most attractive contrarian lineup of the slate, even given how strong JDG can be. As long as LGD has recovered from their rather sloppy defeat to SN, this could be the most exciting matchup of the slate.
AF(+238) V DWG(-333) (7 AM EST)
|Avg. Game Length||34:02||29:09|
While the other matchups seem more attractive right off the bat, it’s tempting to go for the DWG players in this slate. DWG finds themselves against AF, a fairly strong team in the LCK but don’t let that dissuade you. They’ve taken down the likes of T1 and have had one of the strongest starts to the split out of any LCK team. AF won’t be a walk in the park, but given the past performances of some players in this matchup, we could see some incredibly high returns.
AF Top Picks:
DWG Top Picks:
Out of the 3 DWG picks, ShowMaker has consistently stood out as something else this split. Despite some weaker scores against T1, he’s been delivering time and time again and could make short work of AF this series. None of this would be entirely worth it given the LPL matchups this slate, but DWG’s players are cheap enough to justify picking up a few of them (although stacking their team might not be the way to go regardless of their strengths.) You could even include their bot lane, though we think there are better picks in that regard overall.
You might think it a bit interesting we included Mystic after that above statement, but Mystic has consistently proven just how strong he is when AF is in a position of dominance. The odds of that against DWG are slim, but if you like the upset then Mystic is a must have.
Overall Summary of Picks By Lane
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