League of Legends – World Championship – 10/17 – 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: Fnatic (FNC) – Top Esports (TES)
Our first 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)
Game 2: G2 Esports (G2) – Gen.G (GEN)
We end our quarterfinals with Gen.G from the LCK taking on LEC powerhouse G2 esports in what is sure to be a battle. Gen.G have been one of the more consistent teams all summer and that continued into Worlds while G2 Esports, normally one of the top teams in all of LoL and last summer’s World’s runner up, have been up and down all summer split and the same can be said for World’s so far with them as well. Gen.G coming from the LCK is more known as a slower, objective based team but have shown us this summer that they indeed can play aggressive as well and literally can beat any team they face using both styles. G2 Esports on the other hand know one style and that is fight early, fight in the Mid game, and when all else fails fight some more as they as a team tend to spread around all over the map looking for picks and any weaknesses they can find. G2 hold the better first blood rate over GEN in the early game but that’s where it stops as GEN literally hold every statistical and major objective advantage there is between these two teams. When it comes to individual talent these two match up very similarly as both teams have individuals that can take over a game at any moment and carry their team to victory. That being said though, while individually GEN is very talented this is another one of those teams that truly wins as a whole team. ADC Ruler $7,400 (five kills, five assists per map) has the best lane matchup for GEN in the morning and pairing him with SUP Life $5,400 (one kill, nine assists per map) would make for a nice addition to any Gen.G stacks. MID Bdd $7,200 (four kills, six assists per map) has the ability to put GEN on his back at times but will need someone like JNG Clid $6,600 (three kills, seven assists per map) to build an early lead to be able to assist him against G2 Esports top performer. MID Caps $7,000 (five kills, seven assists per map) leads the way for G2 and that has continued so far at Worlds and I believe him and JNG Jankos $6,400 (four kills, eight assists per map) will be the driving force tomorrow if they pull out the victory. SUP Mikyx $5,200 (one kill, eleven assists per map) has their best lane advantage in the morning but will need ADC Perkz $7,200 (five kills, seven assists per map) to perform like we all saw in the spring for them to stay competitive in this one. G2 average over twenty kills in wins and twenty deaths in losses so this game is viable for three or four man stacks.
My Core 2 for G2: Caps (MID $7,000), Jankos (JNG $6,400)
My Core 2 for GEN: Ruler (ADC $7,400), Rascal (TOP $6,200)
*TeamCATT’s Top Captains: Knight (MID $11,400), Ruler (ADC $11,100), Caps (MID $10,500), Bdd (MID $10,800), JackeyLove (ADC $11,700), Rekkles (ADC $10,200)