Nimer’s Notes: NA LCS Week 7 Day 2

What if I told you that Renegades’ match would be the best for Fantasy today? As crazy as it sounds, it’s true, or at least possible. Going through the NA LCS matches on Sunday, there’s a few close matches that catch our eye, and one game that we want to stay away from.

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NRG vs Team Impulse

This match is one to stay away from. NRG is inconsistent enough to possibly lose this game, and Team Impulse has been on a losing streak– neither side looks good. additionally, both of these teams have some of the lower kill counts in the league, so drafting from this game doesn’t bode well for points. Skip this one entirely.

*Cloud9 vs Counter Logic Gaming

A high quality match, Cloud9 and Counter Logic Gaming are trying to make a definitive claim for second place. With its superior teamfighting and coordination, Cloud9 looks to take it, but there’s one pivotal matchup: the top lane.

Darshan “Darshan” Upadhyaya has put on clinics for split pushing in just about every game, and has been one of the best duelists in NA. An “Balls” Van Le, a player heavily criticised last year, has put together a string of good performances, especially his Gangplank against Team SoloMid last week. His mettle is going to be properly tested by Darshan, and we’ll see if the Balls of 2014 has truly returned.

If Darshan gets ahead, Cloud9 will have to resort to team play to shut him down. However, the easier approach to set Darshan behind through pressure and get Balls ahead. If you favor a C9 victory, draft Balls for sure. For a CLG victory, Darshan is going to have to put in his work along with Zaqueri “Aphromoo” Black to spread C9 out.

Team Liquid vs Team SoloMid

Before last week Team SoloMid would have been given this for free. Now that TSM has stumbled hugely, throwing the game against C9 and losing to Dignitas, drafting TSM deserves reconsideration.

Team Liquid and TSM have a similar roster setup; utility/tank top laners, aggressive junglers, high performing ADCs and supports who play the macro well. The biggest difference is the mid lane where Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg has a wider champion pool than Kim “FeniX” Jae-hun and a slightly better laning phase. FeniX, however, does keep up with Bjergsen in terms of damage out put, dealing 607 average damage to champions per minute, only 7 more than Bjergsen.

This game can be a mess, which is good for fantasy points. The TSM players to grab are Bjergsen and Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng, while Liquid’s Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett and Chae “Piglet” Gwang-jin are must pick ups for Team Liquid. If you favor TSM, getting Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen is not a bad idea, though be warned that he has the most deaths on the squad at 39. Svenskeren can spoil his own stats with getting caught out, so be warned.

Renegades vs Dignitas

Now this game is prime for fantasy. Both Renegades and Dignitas have huge issues with strategy, making this game a haven for potential throwfests. With a back and forth, the kills are going to climb high.

Renegades might have a slight edge with Shin “Seraph” Woo-yeong subbing in for top. Seraph helped Team Impulse early on in the LCS and was a star player for that squad. His presence might be enough to alleviate Aleš “Freeze” Kněžínek’s burden carrying Renegades.  Definitely grab Seraph and Freeze for a Renegades victory.

Dignitas’ players to draft would be Danny “Shiphtur” Le and Alan “KiWiKiD” Nguyen. Both have over 75 percent kill participation on the team, and have the highest kill count and assist count. With their comrades in bot and top having rougher matchups, it’s going to be on KiWiKid finding engages and Shiphtur carrying for Dignitas to win.

 

*Immortals vs Echo Fox

With Echo Fox’s form the past few weeks, can it defeat Immortals? Probably not. Echo Fox hasn’t shown it can snowball the early game in close matchups, and Immortals are incredibly strong in the early game. Maybe there’s something that Henrik “Froggen” Hansen can do to give Echo Fox a fighting chance, but unless Immortals loss to CLG yesterday broke them, Echo Fox doesn’t have the tools to do so. Any Immortals player should suffice, though Echo Fox may not turn over a lot of kills.

 

Happy drafting everyone! The series will take a break for IEM Katowice next week, but will be back in March!

(All Statistics courtesy of Oracle’s Elixir)