NALCS looks particularly quiet today. Without C9 and TSM, the leaders in kills, todays games are going to have less kills overall, but that’s OK. The key is to find where the most points are coming from relative through all of the day’s matches. With that in mind, let’s get into the notes.(Featured Image Courtesy of LoL Esports Flickr)
The Games to AvoidToday we’re staying away two matches: Echo Fox vs CLG, and Apex vs Phoenix1, for different reasons. Echo Fox is second to last in both total kills and deaths in the league, meaning that it does not take a lot of fights. That’s bad for fantasy. Furthermore, CLG has had a rough start to this split, and tends to fall apart in the late game. This is a series that is going to be long in terms of game time, but lacking in kills. It’s best to stay away. As for Apex vs Phoenix1, it’s about cost investment. Apex is the most expensive team today, but it has had trouble competing with the best teams in the league. While Phoenix1 is the candidate for worst team in the league, teams have slept on it and made the series closer than it should be. That, along with the cost of players in the other games we’re going to look at, makes that cost unbearable.
Games We are All OverEnVyUs and Immortals. Were it not for TSM vs C9 last night, this would be the match of the week, and for us fantasy players it’s one of the highlights of today. Both teams are strong, feature carry top laners, and rely on early plays. This is going to be a blast, and potential three game series. I’d draft in EnVyUs’s bottom lane, since Nickolas “Hakuho” Surgent has been a part of 80 percent of EnVyUs’s kills, and Benjamin “LOD” deMunck has the highest amount of kills on the team. Select Kim “Reignover” Yeu-jin for the jungle, as he’s an instrumental part of Immortals’ early game. From there, fill in the mid lane and top lane with whichever side you think is going to walk away with the most kills.
Since EnVyUs is fairly cheap, you can build your roster around EnVyUs and Immortals specifically without dabbing into another series. NRG vs Team Liquid is another possible game to draft from, but it carries a higher risk. TL has struggled this season, and has even brought in Jovani “fabbbyyy” Guillen as ADC for some testing on the LCS stage. It looked clean against Phoneix1, but that doesn’t mean much. NRG, on the other hand, was able to step up and take a game off of Immortals, but that was due to Immortals’ making an error in a dive. I think this series is going to be close, but I don’t know if it will have more points than Immortals and EnVyUs.
Thanks for tuning in, now get out there and draft!(All statistics courtesy of Oracle’s Elixir)