We’re back to our usual 4 game slates, and it’s going to be a pretty exciting slate. Some of the games are going to be a bit close, and those games will be close for different reasons. Others are a bit more solid for certain teams, but choosing between their players will make for many exciting lineups. Let’s not waste anymore time.
|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|
AF(+198) V GEN(-270) (4 AM EST)
|Avg. Game Length||33:22||31:18|
Our very first matchup looks pretty good for GEN overall, but AF is a fairly strong team. Don’t write them off. This matchup includes some of the cheaper players in the slate, although not as cheap as our first LPL matchup which we’ll discuss in a bit. This is probably one of the least attractive matchups of the slate, although there’s still potential for decent scores here.
AF Top Picks:
GEN Top Picks:
There are some decent secondary picks on each side; we wouldn’t recommend going all in on either team. Still, it would be interesting to see the AF roster pull through, and Kiin’s love for damage dealing picks could mean great things for him. The bot lane is another great investment, with Mystic and Ben pulling out some of the best performances for their team. GEN has some decent options as well, and their top is worth investing in. Bdd is a great player, but lately we’ve seen better scores out of Ruler with Bdd racking up the assists. He isn’t as expensive here as he usually is, but he’s still not the greatest choice (especially with the other mid laners to choose from.)
OMG(-109) V ES(-119) (5 AM EST)
|Avg. Game Length||33:33||32:40|
Now this has potential to be the most exciting matchup of the entire slate. Both teams have been sloppy throughout the split, although we’re seeing Rat start for ES Game 1. He could be subbed out pretty easily, which makes for a sketchy pick, but a strong ES means he’ll likely play very well. After all, we had our doubts about fenfen earlier on due to lack of experience with the team, yet he came out swinging.
OMG Top Picks
ES Top Picks
Xiaobai has potential, but he’s been a bit lacking throughout this split so you’ll want to be careful. Like we mentioned, rat could be an incredibly sketchy pick. If ES has a bad Game 1, then he’ll likely end the series with 10 points at best, even if ES wins the following 2 games. If ES dominates with their starting adc, then he’ll be a great investment along with the other picks. We’ve been saying ES will demolish their opponents when they next win, and this is one of the more likely games for this to happen; the only issue is OMG is in a similar boat (and has seen some more success recently.)
JDG(-333) V VG(+238) (7 AM EST)
|Avg. Game Length||31:17||32:15|
This is the fairly solid LPL matchup of the slate, especially since there’s very little chance of VG taking Game 1 with this lineup. Zeka isn’t a bad choice in lieu of Forge, but Leyan isn’t as good as Aix this split. If VG takes this, it’s likely to be after losing Game 1, and even that’s a bit of a stretch. VG isn’t the worst team, but they’re fighting the Spring Champions. Granted JDG has fallen a little bit, but they’ve been picking themselves back up recently and should make short work of this roster.
JDG Top Picks:
VG Top Picks:
Despite JDG’s good chances, we aren’t too wild about their picks overall. Zoom and Kanavi are always decent options, and it’s even more attractive given Zoom is cheaper than Nuguri (I seriously don’t get why Nuguri is chosen to be the most expensive top laner for so many slates; he’s good and all, but not miles above the rest of the competition.) There’s always potential for the other JDG members to do well against a relatively weaker team, but it doesn’t seem worth the cost. On the other hand, if you go heavy on the JDG players and choose the remainder of your roster from OMG/ES, there’s some great chances to afford some phenomenal players. Still, that’s a fairly specific strategy, so we’ll keep the picks as they are for general purposes. Even if JDG wins Game 1, the subs could prove somewhat troubling for them; at the very least, it’ll drag their scores down a little bit. Interesting how that seems to be the case for one of the more solid matchups of the slate.
DYN(+155) V DWG(-769) (7 AM EST)
|Avg. Game Length||33:18||29:19|
Back to DWG! They’ve been on fire throughout the split, only losing to GEN and DRX (and taking a game in each series.) DYN might not be the worst team by default, which is impressive enough given they just got here, but they don’t really stand a chance against one of the toughest LCK teams out there.
DYN Top Picks:
DWG Top Picks:
ShowMaker might be the most expensive mid on DK, but he’s worth the investment. He’ll do even better here than against DRX, so we can expect his usual performance. We mentioned our skepticism about Nuguri above, but it might actually make sense this time around given he’s up against Rich. Still, that’s a lot of salary to spend on a top laner when there are so many choices; we won’t discourage you from grabbing him this time around, but don’t think he’s a must have. The other DWG picks are great as well, but beware of the cost. They might not be as expensive as JDG for the most part, but they aren’t far behind and could lead to salary issues. Just don’t expect to stack some insane lineups from JDG/DWG’s players; at the very least, you’ll have to give up on 2 adcs.
Overall Summary of Picks By Lane
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