Looking for wisdom to guide you on your next fantasy esports conquest? You’ve come to the right place. With statistics and the good ol’ eye test, identifying key players and matches to score the highest possible points is possible. Additionally, we’ll pinpoint possible upsets for a more cheeky approach. For Saturday, there’s reason to worry for Team SoloMid, and Renegades just might have a shot at a win.(Featured Image Courtesy of LoL Esports Flickr)
Team Impulse vs LiquidBoth these teams went 0-2 last week after facing a surprisingly study Echo Fox and one of the top four teams. In this match, Liquid’s teamfighting around Chae “Piglet” Gwang-jin and Matthew “Matt” Elento’s ability to create picks might result in a favored victory for the squad. Liquid’s macro game is just shaky enough to drag the game out and force some fights to get a couple extra kills. If you need an ADC, Piglet is your guy, and Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett’s great early game pressure makes him an attractive pick for the jungle.
Echo Fox RisingSince Echo Fox’s main roster returned to play in Week 5 it has gone on a 4-game winning streak. Granted, it faced mid-lower tier teams in those games and now plays Team SoloMid.
Prior to last week, it was easy to dismiss this as a TSM victory, but after losing to Dignitas and misplaying in the late game against Cloud9, Echo Fox has a decent chance. While its dragon control has been sub-par, Echo Fox teamfights have been good, and since that’s how it will have to beat TSM, this is one of the games to pick up a few players.
As usual, TSM’s carries are where to start if you think it will win. For Echo Fox, it’s the same with Henrik “Froggen” Hansen and Yuri “KEITHMCBRIEF” Jew. Both players have around 80 percent kill participation and team death percentages below 20. They’re the cleanest members on Echo Fox and they are the ones who will have to pull through for Echo Fox to win.
Immortals’ ChallengeImmortals flawless victory is once again at stake with another match against a top four rival, Counter Logic Gaming. The last time these teams faced, it was a massive brawl in one of the few instances Immortals received a brief challenge. After having a rough start against Renegades last week because of disrespectful play, Immortals will be incredibly disciplined with its calls.
Immortals are probably going to win, but that doesn’t mean drafting CLG members is a bad idea. If there’s a lot of kills, then the deaths will have a negligible impact on player’s scores. That said, avoid Zaqueri “Aphromoo” Black. While he contributes to the most kills on CLG, he also has the most deaths on the squad at 32. He’s going to die in this game a bit, and deaths effectively cut an assists worth in half. Since Aphromoo primarily gets assists, his possible higher death count should dissuade you from picking him.
Can Renegades Ride Again?Usually drafting Renegades is unjustifiable, but there could be some hope for them today. NRG Esports is a team that widely varies in terms of performance: it either executes its composition perfectly or is handedly defeated. Renegades had a stronger early game last week in both their matches, which bodes well for them against NRG which primarily plays scaling compositions. If Renegades can actually control objectives after establishing an early lead, they might secure their second win, but they have lacked in that aspect every game.
For a Renegades win, one has to get Aleš “Freeze” Kněžínek. He’s the best player on the team, and he’s going to have to stay alive through fights to get Renegades through this. For NRG, keep in mind that Benjamin “LOD” deMunck is substituting for ADC this week. LOD played for Renegades back in Week 2, and performed admirably, so Freeze isn’t going to get a free lane with the substitute. That said, Lee “GBM” Chang-seok and Jung “Impact” Eon-yeong are going to need to dominate with the team fights and split push respectively. Against Oleksii “RF Legendary” Kuziuta, Impact will face no trouble in the 1v1, and he might as well be your general top lane for today unless you’re siding with Renegades.
Cloud9 vs DignitasAlthough Dignitas beat TSM, that was more to do with TSM botching the game than anything. Against Cloud9, Dignitas stands little chance. Cloud9 will probably be more expensive with how favored it is, but any of its players are solid pick ups. Although C9 ends games quicker with effective snowballing, it also gets a decent amount of kills with 161 total. Dignitas doesn’t die as much as other teams, but it’ll be giving C9 points to work with.
There you have it. Study up with more resources, but this guide will get you started for this exciting week.(All statistics courtesy of Oracle’s Elixir)