Nimer’s Notes: EU LCS Week 2 Day 2 And NA LCS Week 2 Day 1

Welcome back! Today we’re doing a double LCS feature to cover both Europe and North America’s games on Friday. Without further ado, let’s get into it!

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The EU LCS

So I got a few things wrong last time. Splyce convincingly beat Shalke 2-0, H2K and G2 had rougher than expected games. I’m not sure if those were unusual days, but let’s assume that some momentum is going to be kept.

With that in mind, let’s avoid Shalke vs Origen, because that is a volatile set (especially after Shalke’s performance against Splyce). I can say that picking up Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen is always a smart decision, as he continues to remain an unshakeable player. He is the most expensive ADC for this competition, though, so we’ll have to balance that out with cheaper picks. One could certainly look to Unicorns of Love vs Giants. Both teams have had rough starts. Giants were capable of getting early game leads, but could not close against H2K. Against the disheveled UOL, it’s possible they could close it, but what’s most important is the players to pick. Kiss “Vizicsacsi” Tamás and Zdravets “Hylissang” Galabov are still solid players, and their talents can have room to shine in this match. Likewise, Son “S0NSTAR” and Seung-ik Gun-woo “Night” Na have potential in this matchup for Giants.

While Fnatic leads the league in kills, I’m not sure if drafting them or H2K is profitable. This will be a game between some of the best teams in Europe, and that can mean more calculated play from both sides.

Roccat and Vitality has some promise. Roccat’s strong early performance yesterday, in light of Karim “Aïrwaks” Benghalia aggressive early game, can be the key to getting some cheap players that can secure mountains of points. If you spoil yourself with more expensive picks, definetly look into Roccat to balance this out. What’s also good is that all of Roccat’s players have over 70 percent kill participation, meaning there’s a lot of points from assists you can earn and great synergy in that team.

 

To NA LCS

This particular draft is difficult. Immortals is probably going to crush NRG–the team is simply way better. Unfortuantely, Immortals is also the most expensive team, meaning you’ll be lucky to afford even two players.

We have to concentrate on the EnVyUs and Apex series. EnVyUs has a stronger early game showing, averaging a gold lead over 1,000 at 15 minutes, while Apex averages a gold deficit. But, Apex’s late game has typically been better through good teamfighting. However, those stats come from two series, and EnVyUs played NRG and Team Liquid without Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett. EnVyUs has had an easier schedule than Apex, who played reigning NA champions Counter Logic Gaming and took the series 2-1.

This series is probably going to be close, but Apex’s players are cheaper. Drafting them to afford Immortals players can be risky, but it’s a viable approach. Regardless, get Benjamin “LOD” deMunck on your roster. He’s been one of the best performing players on EnVyUs, and when he subbed for various teams last split.

(All statistics courtesy of Oracle’s Elixir