Welcome back to another double-feature piece, the usual for a Friday. Hang on to your seats because we’re going to be covering both Europe and North American contests today. Europe has a lot of one sided matches, so it’s about putting the right players together. Meanwhile in NA, there’s a very competitive set and one that’s a little difficult to think through. Let’s get into it.(Featured Image Courtesy of LoL Esports Flickr)
Europe’s ConglomerationFirst, let me say wow Roccat. You let me down yesterday. After that performance I think it is safe to say Shalke should have a decent enough time wrapping that match up. Moving on, I can tell you that the favorites to win the rest of the matches are G2, H2K, Fnatic, and Origen. Their opponents are pretty weak, relying on successive teamfights to generate enough of a lead to actually close the game. So how do we draft?
G2′s players are the most expensive, so I’d choose between Luka “PerkZ” Perković and Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen as a luxury flex. H2k is relatively cheap today, which means we can get Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski and Oskar “VandeR” Bogdan as a solid jungle and support slot. And even though Giants is probably going to lose to Origen, there’s potential for Son “S0NSTAR” Seung-ik to be a hail mary pick. For a top laner, I’d settle on Andrei “Odoamne” Pascu with H2K. Part of the teams strategy should be shutting down Lucas “Cabochard ” Simon-Meslet, and the best way of doing that is to snowball Odoamne.
The C9 and TSM RivalryGoing across the atlantic, we have the NA showdown happening, with Team Liquid and Phoenix1 going on the sideline. Predicting the latter is dicey: P1 has been stepping up to take some games off of other teams, and with Team Liquid struggling like it has, there could be some upset potential, so If you want to get some P1 players on your roster for a high risk high reward approach.
But I think the safer way is going for C9 and TSM. Cloud9 has been able to hold ground against Immortals, and Team SoloMid looks like the team to beat. Even if C9 doesn’t pull off an upset, it still has the capacity to keep the games competitive. It has the players, and sometimes the coordination to make it competitive. Drafting players from both sides is feasible, but the question is will these teams continually brawl or play it more thought out? It’s probably going to be brawl. Both have played proactively across the map, and have retaliated against plays and successfully accomplished their own. So who do we pick? I think if we take the carry positions of TeamSoloMid and support, and the jungler and top of Cloud9, that will yield the most results.Thanks for reading y’all! Onwards to victory!