League of Legends – World Championship – 10/15 – Breakdown – LoL DFS
Who’s ready for some League of Legends, Playmakers! Robbie Catterton here, ready to provide all of you the information necessary to compete consistently in the unpredictable, crazy and awesome world that we 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 250 National ranking in all sports.
Alright enough about me, let’s get onto the real reason were all here today; League of Legends DFS!
Before I dive into the teams, let’s talk a little bit about lineup construction and lay out some ground rules first. The preferred way to attack these LoL slates is to stack players from winning teams, more specifically 4-3, 4-2-1, or 3-3-1 stacks. My preference is the 4-3 stacking method, as it is the optimal way to build over 80% of the time. When looking at specific players for your lineups the pairings you will want to try and fit together are ADC/SUP (the Supports main objective is to assist the other team members that get the Kills, mainly the ADC position) and the MID/JNG positions are also a great pairing option (while the JNG has other objectives, like farming to get points, it creates Kills as well, specifically for the MID position by assisting them in battles. Last but not least, one thing to ALWAYS keep in mind is when selecting a Captain option, target the ADC and MID positions as they generate the most fantasy points on a game by game basis as Kills are king and these two positions definitely wear the crown. OK, now that we have that covered, let’s jump into tomorrow’s slate!
The time has come, the League of Legends World Championships are here! For the rest of the month we will get to see the top teams internationally compete for the right to call themselves the best in the world. We are getting toward the end of the tournament and will soon see a conclusion with the Championship game on Halloween.
Knockout Round (Best of 5)
Game 1: DragonX (DRX) – DAMWON Gaming (DWG)
We get the knockout round started with two teams extremely familiar with each other as both DAMWON Gaming and DragonX hail from the LCK. DRX took down DWG 2-1 in the very early stages of the summer season before getting destroyed 0-2 towards the end of the regular season and then once again losing 0-3 in the LCK summer championship. DRX are a very solid team but DWG are possibly the top team in the World at the moment and it will be extremely tough for them to pull the upset in the morning. DAMWON have advantages over DRX in every major objective and statistical category as well as lane advantages at every position with the lone exception perhaps being in the BOT lane. While both teams come from the LCK, these two are completely different in terms of play style. DAMWON, while still being able to farm and generate objectives with the best of them are a team that love to be aggressive and from the jump in the morning they will be looking to impose their will in the individual lanes and then into the team fights. DRX, while having talented individuals themselves, are a squad that wins as a “team”. They would prefer the longer drawn out game focusing on building up their individual lanes through farming and objectives to be able to compete in the team fights in the mid to late stages of the match. That being said, they do average close to twenty kills in wins and twenty deaths in losses so no matter what this one should get bloody. DRX’s top performers are MID Chovy $6,800 (three kills, five assists per map) and JNG Pyosik $6,200 (three kills, seven assists per map) and have established themselves as elite players but both face incredibly tough lane assignments in this one and while they are definitely viable when stacking this team I would focus more on the BOT side of the map when thinking DRX. ADC Deft $7,000 (four kills, six assists per map) is world class and extremely underpriced on tomorrow’s slate and while he does face a difficult lane assignment he also possesses the best chance at a DRX win in the morning as his individual matchup is the closest they come to having a lane advantage. DAMWON Gaming has been on another planet this summer compared to the field and that continued into Worlds as their only loss so far was to an extremely talented JD Gaming squad. MID ShowMaker $7,600 (three kills, six assists per map) has established himself as one of the top three MID’s in the world at the moment and will be a main focus of mine in DWG builds. Stacking him with the likes of TOP Nuguri $6,400 (three kills, five assists per map), DWG’s biggest lane mismatch tomorrow, and JNG Canyon $6,800 (three kills, seven assists per map) could be the optimal way to go. While I mentioned above that DRX’s most likely chance at success in the morning would be through the BOT side of the map, that takes nothing away from ADC Ghost $7,800 (three kills, seven assists per map) and SUP BeryL $5,800 (one kill, eight assists per map) as both have been an unstoppable force together in the World Championships. From top to bottom this team is loaded with world class players and all are viable in this one.
My Core 2 for DRX: Deft (ADC $7,000), Pyosik (JNG $6,200)
My Core 2 for DWG: ShowMaker (MID $7,600), Nuguri (TOP $6,400)
Game 2: JD Gaming (JDG) – Suning (SN)
Keeping with the theme of the slate our second matchup also features two teams very familiar with each other as JD Gaming and Suning come to us from the LPL. These two met in the very beginning of the LPL summer split with JDG coming away with the 2-0 victory. Since that time though Suning has become one of the more dominant teams in LoL and have the ability to defeat anyone at any time. JD Gaming are considered one of the top two or three teams in the entire world and they themselves also have the ability to defeat any opponent they come across. Just like the entire LPL league is known for, these two squads are extremely aggressive and love to fight from start to finish. That being said, both are very good at the early game in terms of farming and focusing on objectives. The only difference being Suning favoring the build of their whole team while JD Gaming tends to farm, building up the individual lanes early to dominate team fights in the mid to late stages. From top to bottom individually these two squads are extremely talented but as a whole team JD Gaming have the edge as they are very good at coming together in team fights and knowing where the weakness of the other team lies on any given map. ADC huanfeng $7,400 (four kills, six assists per map) and SUP SwordArt $5,400 (one kill, nine assists per map) have formed a great partnership in the BOT lane this summer but do face, in my eyes, the toughest lane assignments for SN in the morning. MID Angel $7,200 (four kills, six assists per map) has been the star for SN so far in Worlds and has the biggest lane advantage for them in this matchup but in order for him to have success he will need TOP bin $6,000 (three kills, five assists per map) and JNG SofM $6,400 (two kills, eight assists per map) to build an early advantage on their lane counterparts to enable Angel and Suning to compete in team fights. JD Gaming are favored in this one and for good reason, the reigning LPL spring champions and summer runner ups have been a world force the past couple of years in LoL and look to be as dominant as ever. While these two teams do matchup extremely well against one another JDG have individual lane matchups in virtually every position. ADC Loken $7,600 (four kills, six assists per map) and SUP LvMao $5,600 (one kill, ten assists per map) are considered to be one of the top ADC/SUP duos in the world and both are in consideration for the top player in the world at their respective positions and they will be the driving force to a JDG win. JNG Kanavi $6,600 (four kills, seven assists per map) is considered the top JNG on the planet at the moment and if him and TOP Zoom $6,200 (three kills, six assists per map) are able to assist MID Yagao $7,400 (four kills, six assists per map) enough to compete with Angel in the MID lane then JD Gaming will be well on their way to advancing. I consider this to be the more contested of the two matches on our slate but will still side with JDG in this one.
My Core 2 for JDG: Loken (ADC $7,600), Kanavi (JNG $6,600)
My Core 2 for SN: Angel (ADC $7,200), bin (TOP $6,000)
*TeamCATT’s Top Captains: Nuguri (TOP $9,600), Kanavi (JNG $9,900), Canyon (JNG $10,200), Zoom (TOP $9,300), ShowMaker (MID $11,400), Loken (ADC $11,400), Angel (MID $10,800), Deft (ADC $10,500)