Weekend closes with another five fun series from the LPL and LCK. Each team is getting a look at, as well as some of their LoL DFS aspirations tonight, as well as some teams opening series for the year.
Oh My God (OMG) vs. Invictus Gaming (IG)
WE (WE) vs. Victory Five (V5)
Weibo Gaming (WBG) vs. Bilibili Gaming (BLG)
Hanwha Life Esports (HLE) vs. Fredit Brion (BRO)
Damwon Kia (DK) vs. Gen.G (GEN)
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OH MY GOD
Undefeated up to this point, OMG are taking advantage of their softer schedule to open the split. Not all of the games have been clean wins, and with IG being another similarly built team it’s likely this series is a tight contest. Creme is a menace on melee mid laners and showed as such in his last series, and if he’s placed on them this series it could be favorable for his LoL DFS prospects.
In a series featuring two teams with a fair amount of potential, IG gets a step up in competition after their sweep of TT. XUN remains a constant driving force behind IG, and his performances should be monitored as if he’s able to distinguish himself from Aki, not only will that increase IG’s shot at winning, but it also makes his LoL DFS outlook be worthy of consideration, especially at a middling price.
HANWHA LIFE ESPORTS
It’s early, but HLE upset of NS to open the year will likely find itself near the top of the list in terms of upsets at the end of the split. After getting obliterated in game one, HLE managed to successfully reign in NS aggression while playing a smart brand of LoL en route to the win. OnFleek has always shown flashes, and in a series that might be getting overlooked, sprinkling him in could be a good way to get different.
Oh how close a 2-0 upset of T1 was, after a game one upset turned into a lengthy, and competitive game two which saw BRO lose, eventually ending up in a 1-2 loss. BRO often finds themselves challenging high level teams, and as such if they play similar to their T1 series it could be an interesting LoL DFS spot, as they put up 17 kills and 46 assists in their game one win over T1.
Game one of their 0-2 loss to WBG saw WE play quite decently, flashing a little bit of potential with a largely new roster, before completely crumbling in game two. Since this isn’t last year’s V5, this is far from a gimme, and they’re actually sizable underdogs against a team that hasn’t yet played this split. Biubiu has the best lane assignment tonight, and he’s shown the ability to carry games last year, making him a fringe LoL DFS consideration.
This is not your grandparents V5, as the roster now features Rookie, ppgod, Karsa, with NoFe as the coach. In terms of opening series, WE will offer some challenges, however V5 is a capable team now, and it’ll be interesting to see how LoL DFS players react to the roster as it’s possible Rookie gets passed over just because of the V5 tag tonight, especially at their high prices.
Two heavy hitters collide in the first week of the LCK Spring Split, as DK takes on GEN. There’s a decent opportunity this is a better real life series than LoL DFS series, however on that front DK’s ownership (O LINK) is something to monitor, as it’s possible players are more eager to play with the shiny new toy in GEN, despite this being a winnable affair for DK.
New superteam on the block GEN finds themselves in a high level series after lambasting DRX 2-0 to kick start their year. The talent level in this series is as high as it’ll be in any league this split, and it’s unlikely you’ll get GEN this cheap for LoL DFS for the rest of the split, possibly year, which makes playing Chovy look all the more appealing.
LPL match of the week gives LoL DFS fans WBG taking on one of the more intriguing new rosters in BLG. WBG matches up quite well against BLG, and with a slew of close games on the slate, they come in quite a bit cheaper than they would usually be as such decent odds. SofM could be a key piece in getting a series win tonight for WBG in what could be a fun three game series.
Unfortunately LoL DFS fans will not get introduced to one of the all time greats in Uzi tonight, as Doggo gets the nod for BLG to open their split. BLG is a team that many are expecting to be near the top when the split ends, however they do get a quietly tricky opener to start their year. FoFo gets another shot with a good roster this year, and his performances need to be monitored as he could make for an intriguing option throughout the split.
Favorite LoL DFS pick on the slate:
MID-Rookie. Joining V5 after being a historical IG player, Rookie and V5 find themselves in the most favorable LoL DFS position on a slate packed with series expected to be close.
Favorite contrarian LoL DFS pick on the slate:
DK/GEN–It’s certainly easy to envision a slower, grind it affair between what are likely the two best LCK teams, however if most LoL DFS players think similarly, then the chance to get cheaper than usual talent becomes more appealing.
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