So, yesterday… yeah. Seems like playoffs buffs are a thing, no matter how illogical they appear. This shows that it’s all about who prepared the best and how awful it is to work with best of one’s as sample data.
It’s safe to say that all expectations are out the window. Let’s dial things back and look at the players to pick up.(Featured Image courtesy of LoL Esports Flickr)
Immortals vs TSMHeo “Huni” Seung-hoon and Kim “Reignover” Yeu-jin are hands down a solid starting point for a roster, however Immortals is the most expensive team in all the matchups. It’ll be tight to get one of them onto a roster as a flex, so prioritizing Jason “WildTurtle” Tran as a flex and Adrian “Adrian” Ma for support is probably the way to go.
Team SoloMid looked markedly better, and I think there’s a chance for TSM to take the series. The top lane meta has shifted from carries to tanks, and while Huni is good on those champions, it does place more pressure on Turtle and Eugene “Pobelter” Park to carry. Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg and Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen popped off against Cloud9, dealing 32 and 26 percent of his TSM’s damage respectively. It’s the Svenskeren we expected to see since the season began, and he’s probably here to stay for the playoffs.
TSM being cheap makes their players a steal, and even if they don’t win their recent form suggests this is a series that will be bloody on both sides. Steal them all away, and cap it off with one or two of Immortals.
G2 vs FnaticAnother jungler showdown, Kim “Trick” Gang-yun and Lee “Spirit” Da-yoon have been some of the better carry junglers. Trick’s performance is imperative to G2′s success, while Spirit has had his ups and downs with Fnatic. But Fnatic in a series is different from Fnatic in the regular season, and though Vitality didn’t play well it’s clear that Fnatic also improved with the prep time. This series is probably going to be another blood bath as G2′s skirmishing approach will have to be met by Fnatic.
For G2, Trick is a good start while Luka “PerkZ” Perković will have to meet his regular season performance. It’s his first playoffs, and he’s up against Fabian “Febiven” Diepstraten who has been infamously clutch the past year. Febiven is a safer bet for mid lane with his experience. Likewise, Martin “Rekkles” Larsson’s more passive style means he’s out of harms, keeping his fantasy points nice and high.
That’s the player highlights for this series: on to the inevitable silver scrapes.
(All statistics courtesy of Oracle’s Elixir)