League of Legends – World Championship – 10/16 – 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: JD Gaming (JDG) – Suning (SN)
We open our slate with 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 $5,200 (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 $5,400 (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)
Game 2: Fnatic (FNC) – Top Esports (TES)
Our second game of the slate finally gives us our first knockout round matchup between teams not from the same league with Top Esports from the LPL taking on Fnatic from the LEC. Top Esports have been dominant to say the least this summer rolling through the LPL summer season and staying hot in Worlds while Fnatic has looked great or frustrating through most of the summer but have come on extremely strong at the World stage and are normally known as one of the top teams in the World. Both of these squads are extremely similar in game style as they both try to get out fast and aggressive and never let off the gas. With that being said both have different approaches to their early game as Top Esports focus more on objectives to build up their main carry’s for individual and team fights while Fnatic will tend to farm more hoping to build up a gold lead enabling their individual lanes to strengthen up for the team fights. Fnatic’s key to success tomorrow will be if they can control the early game and build up a lead because Top Esports are the best mid to late game team on the planet. FNC are led by their ADC Rekkles $7,000 (four kills, six assists per map) as well as their JNG SelfMade $6,000 (four kills, six assists per map), who is loving the new meta at worlds as it puts a big focus on his play style in the Jungle. MID Nemesis $6,800 (three kills, five assists per map) is usually the weaker member of this squad but has stepped up tremendously at Worlds and tomorrow he will be needed greatly as his lane counterpart is considered the top MID in the World. Top Esports are one of the best teams in the World at the moment and a true favorite to win it all. While FNC are talented, TES have lane advantages at every position tomorrow making all members viable in stacks. SUP yuyanjia $5,800 (one kill, ten assists per map) has the biggest lane mismatch in this one but his partner ADC JackeyLove $8,000 (five kills, seven assists per map) faces off against FNC’s top player so while both are very playable in TES stacks my focus will be more toward the TOP side of the map. MID Knight $7,800 (five kills, seven assists per map) is the top MID laner in the world but has yet to show us his ceiling game so far this tournament and tomorrow I look for him to come out strong as he will go against FNC’s weakest link. TOP 369 $6,400 (three kills, six assists per map) should control his lane with ease and while JNG Karsa $6,800 (three kills, eight assists per map) has a difficult lane assignment he is the more talented JNG in this one and should be able to control his lane enough to allow Knight to snowball this one. Both of these teams average around twenty kills in wins and FNC averages twenty deaths in losses so I fully expect a bloody one between these two.
My Core 2 for FNC: Rekkles (ADC $7,000), SelfMade (JNG $6,000)
My Core 2 for TES: Knight (MID $7,800), 369 (TOP $6,400)
*TeamCATT’s Top Captains: 369 (TOP $9,600), Kanavi (JNG $9,900), Karsa (JNG $10,200), Zoom (TOP $9,300), Knight (MID $11,700), Loken (ADC $11,400), Angel (MID $10,800), Rekkles (ADC $10,500)