The battle for the best LCK in summer concludes tonight, and we get potentially important Worlds seeding in the LEC and LCS. We’re lucky to get three times the fun, and I’m breaking down this hyper competitive LoL DFS slate.
Damwon Gaming (DWG) vs. DRX (DRX)
G2 Esports (G2) vs. Rogue (RGE)
Team Solomid (TSM) vs. Team Liquid (TL)
This should be an interesting slate, as every team remaining is, at worst, above average. Our LCK finals deliver DWG taking on DRX in what hopefully ends up a banger of a series. DWG needs to win this to avoid the dreaded LCK gauntlet, and with how they’ve played this split, you have to think they’re the favorites. Nuguri has the best assignment here, as Doran is the most exploitable member of DRX, and Nuguri hasn’t had fewer than five kills in eight consecutive games.
DRX was the first team from the LCK to qualify for Worlds with their 3-2 series victory against GEN. They’ll at worst be a two seed, however the organization is still looking for their first LCK title, so they should be thoroughly motivated to perform. Chovy vs. Showmaker should be a smashing affair, and if Chovy performs as well as he did in the GEN series, DRX will be very live to win the series. Deft easily outclasses Ghost here, and if he and Keria are given strong bot lane picks, LoL DFS fans could be rewarded with excellent scores.
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In the end, G2 against FNC in the finals is entirely possible, and if G2 takes this series, fans will be treated to another excellent best-of-five for the LEC title. G2 is the more talented group here. However, they’ve been more prone to shaky play this split. I still favor this squad, as even with their hiccups they still won both games over RGE this split. Wunder and Perkz are my favorite options for G2, as it’s easy to see a world where Jankos finds one of them to kick start each game onto a series win for the squad.
RGE is a deceptively solid team. Watching them can feel like reading a textbook sometimes, but if you dig a little bit deeper, there are some wrinkles that aren’t immediately obvious. Larssen is fully capable of handling Perkz on his own, and if he’s able to outperform Caps, it should allow Hans Sama to find more space in team fights to clean up. The ADC is my favorite option from a RGE squad that should challenge G2, and that is one I’m interested to see at Worlds.
Our final series of the slate sees which LCS team will advance directly to groups, and which team has to battle in the play-in stages of Worlds. TSM comes off an exciting reverse sweep of what was originally thought to be the strongest LCS team of all time in C9. They’ll need to carry their play from those final three games to challenge TL, but they’re capable of taking the victory here. Bjergsen and Jensen has a long history and will be providing a majority of the smack talk between fandoms. Bjergsen coming out on top would mean TSM likely wins, with him being an excellent LoL DFS option.
Throughout the regular season TL was the more consistently good team as evidenced by them winning the regular season. They dismantled a sneaky good GG squad in the playoffs before succumbing to FLY in a 2-3 series loss. Even though their second meeting was close, TL still beat TSM both times this split, and they should be favored to take this series to secure at least the two seed for the LCS. Tactical showed himself to the masses against FLY, and he’ll need to one up the player he took over in Doublelift for TL to comfortably take the series.
JNG – Jankos. I like G2 quite a bit even if RGE challenges them. Jankos honestly hasn’t been as good as he usually is this split, but I like him, especially if G2 takes it to RGE. It’s difficult to not love all of the favorites tonight, though, and hopefully that will make an expensive G2 less popular on DraftKings.
JNG – Broxah. This is a double dose of the JNG position as even if Broxah hasn’t shown up much recently, I still like his spot over the Rookie Spica. TL should gameplan around shutting down Spica, which would make their lives easier while possibly allowing good LoL DFS scores.
Favorite Contrarian Play
ADC – Deft. Deft could be the best player in this series. He needs to play very well for a disrespected DRX squad to come out on top, and with how motivated he is, he could bring DRX their first LCK title.