By: Robbie Catterton aka TeamCATT – May 28th, 2020
What’s going on Playmakers! Robbie Catterton here, ready to provide all of you the information necessary to compete consistently in the unpredictable, crazy, awesome world we all call eSports!
For all of our new playmakers wondering who is this guy trying to get me interested in the world of Esports, I am known as TeamCATT here at Daily Play Action. Born and raised in Virginia Beach, VA playing and following all sports growing up and was lucky enough to compete in both Football and Baseball at the Division I Collegiate level. I have been involved in DFS since 2017 and have been full go in this life we call Daily Fantasy Sports ever since. Just like many of you, I had never played eSports in DFS before the major sports leagues stopped back in March, but dove in immediately after we lost our favorite pastimes and have risen all the way to currently being ranked in the Top 25 Nationally in Esports in less then 2 months of playing, to go along with a Top 500 National ranking in all sports.
Alright enough about me, onto the real reason were all here today; League of Legends DFS!
Our favorite early morning sweat is back and back in a HUGE way. League of Legends is kicking off the summer with the Mid-Season Cup featuring the Top 4 teams from the LPL and LCK after their Spring Seasons ended. This tournament will run from May 28-31 and will consist of a Group Stage where there are 2 groups of 4 teams, and the top 2 teams from each group advance (Group Stages are Best of 1), and for the teams that advance awaits the single elimination knockout rounds ending with the championship game, and 2 teams battling for the top prize of $600,000. (Knockout stages are Best of 5). *DraftKings has added the Mid-Season Showdown making this a 3 game slate.
The League of Legends Mid-Season Cup(on Draftkings the Mid-Season Showdown as well) brings all of us LoL fans another great day of extremely competitive matchups. Tomorrow brings upon the single elimination Knockout rounds of Mid-Season Cup and we also have a late addition to the Draftkings slate with the Championship game of the Mid-Season Showdown. While the LCK teams fought hard in the Group stages of the Cup, especially in today’s slate, the LPL still reign supreme with three of the four semifinalists residing from their league. The semifinals feature four teams that either reached the semifinals or championship games from their respective leagues spring season and we are in for some fireworks to say the least. When it comes to the Mid-Season Showdown I’ll be the first to say I have no idea why Draftkings put this game of the slate other then to try and limit the number of duplicated lines in the various tournaments. With that said we do have two very talented teams added to the slate and I cannot wait to dive in.
KNOCKOUT ROUND/CHAMPIONSHIP: BEST OF 5
GAME 1: JD Gaming (JDG) – FunPlus Phoenix (FPX)
GAME 1: Our first matchup of the day features two powerhouses from the LPL with FPX taking on JDG in what is sure to be a very intense matchup. FunPlus Phoenix (FPX) started the group stages slow being defeated by LCK Spring season Champion T1 but bounced back in a big way winning their next two matches to earn the Top seed coming out of Group A. FPX earned the top seed via tie breaker as both them and TES finished Group A with a 2-1 record with the deciding factor being FPX defeating TES. This team is loaded with talent but it all starts and finishes with their MID laner and last years World Championships MVP Doinb($7,200) who is ridiculously underpriced for his abilities.
JDG just like FPX started their day slow losing their first matchup today and shocked the masses. After a poor first game JDG battled back like the Champions they are to win two straight games to force a 3 way tie in Group B. Once in the tiebreaker JDG continued to roll, dominating DRX to advance to tomorrow’s Knockout round. Zoom ($5,800) single handedly carried JDG to the Knockout round in the tie-breaker against DRX and Loken ($7,200) dominated like his usual self. Both of these players will be key to any JDG success tomorrow.
My Core 2 for JDG: Zoom (TOP – $5,800), Yagao (MID – $10,500/$7,000)
My Core 2 for FPX: Doinb (MID – $10,800/$7,200), Crisp ($5,200)
GAME 2: Top Esports (TES) – GenG (GEN)
GAME 2: The final game of the Knockout round features two teams that reached the Spring season Championship of their respective leagues only to come up just short of taking the crown. GEN, to me, looked like the most dominant team from both Groups with their play today earning the number 1 seed out of Group B. The question is can they hold up against an LPL powerhouse in TES tomorrow to keep their run going. For this to happen they will need elite play from both Bdd($6,800) and Ruler($7,000) as both will be taking on two of the most powerful ADC and MIDs in the world today.
TES came out firing winning their first match of the Mid-Season Cup yesterday morning before being dominated by FPX in the second match of the day. After losing in convincing fashion to FPX one had to wonder what TES team would show up to play a very capable T1 squad in a win or go home scenario to close out Group A’s day. The answer, the TES team that ran through the last half of the LPL Spring season showed up and showed up huge not only defeating the defending LCK champions to knock them out but also advancing to tomorrow’s semifinals. This team has the most explosive lineup on the slate and are capable of huge numbers at any time.
My Core 2 for TES: JackeyLove (ADC – $11,100/$7,400), Knight (MID – $11,100/$7,400)
My Core 2 for GEN: Bdd (MID – $10,200/$6,800), Clid ($6,200)
GAME 3: Team Flash (FL) – Talon Esports (TLN)
GAME 3: This is for all the Draftkings players as FanDuel does not have this game on their slate. For our last game of the day we have the Mid-Season Showdown Championship. Talon Esports have beaten Team Flash twice in the last week and now meet again in the championship of the MSS. Talon Esports won both games in very convincing fashion averaging over 20 kills per match. Flash on the other hand have been rotating new players into their starting lineup throughout this tournament and looked to have found their groove finding themselves all the way into the championship game surprising many in the LoL community. This team has plenty of talent to defeat TLN it’s just a matter of them gelling together tomorrow for a Best of 5 scenario.
My Core 2 for FL: Slayder (ADC – $10,200/$6,800), Yijin ($6,000)
My Core 2 for TLN: Unified (ADC – $11,700/$7,800), River ($7,200)
*TeamCATT’s Top Captains: Loken ($10,800), JackeyLove ($11,100), Unified ($11,700), Candy ($11,400)
*For those that have forgotten or have not played LoL yet the optimal way to set up your lineup is by stacking; 4-3, 4-2-1, 3-3-1. Preferred Captains should start with the ADC or MID positions. Good Luck!
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