Today is the first of two days with only LPL in action, and today has two series, featuring V5 and potentially the new V5 of summer in DMO. We have LoL DFS picks on the menu sprinkled in with a breakdown of each series in this slate breakdown.
Series 1: Dominus Esports (DMO) vs. Edward Gaming (EDG)
Series 2: FunPlus Phoenix (FPX) vs. Victory Five (V5)
LPL Starting Lineups
The difference between DMO and V5 from the last split is that DMO clearly appears to put up a fight while playing, whereas V5 checked out of the split at one point. This is noted by the fact that they got their first game win over SN last time out, before getting routed in game 3. I still don’t love their chances against EDG and would be surprised to see them win a game. Xiaopeng is still very talented, and DMO’s best chance of making the series competitive revolves around him making plays early with xubin taking advantage of the substitute ADC for EDG.
EDG is currently sitting at 2-3. However, their three losses are to good teams, and they all went three games. Perhaps surprisingly, EDG are currently near the top in kills per game sitting at 14.1 kills per game, which could pair very nicely with DMO and their 17.8 deaths per game. I like EDG to get the 2-0 here, and my preferred LoL DFS play would have to be Scout, largely because of his lane opponent.
Even though FPX is still playing similarly to spring, they’ve had a bit of a rockier opening to the split than they would’ve liked. It’s still difficult to pick against FPX, even against an invigorated V5, and I certainly won’t be doing so often tonight. FPX is a LoL DFS smorgasbord where each player is fully capable of reaching a ceiling in any series. For this series, I like Lwx the most. I know I’m tempting the ppgod here a little bit, but I like Lwx to get to where he needs to be in each game to carry.
Last split, this series would’ve been a joke. It’s significantly less funny this time out as V5 are ahead of FPX in the standings currently. Yes, we live in a world where V5 might actually be able to challenge FPX in this series, and they are easily the more viable underdog on the slate. I am a fan of how Weiwei has looked for V5 this split. The jungler has a 10.1 KDA, while also sporting a 75.7% kill participation. Look for more success from him if V5 pulls off the slight upset.
MID – Doinb. V5 could challenge FPX, but I still will have buckets of FPX. Doinb does have series where he can be invisible, but currently he’s leading his team with a 75.6% KP, and I want that in as many FPX stacks as I can.
ADC – BBD. The backup ADC is matching up against a player who wasn’t originally the starter in xubin. I haven’t been entirely impressed with xubin, and even though this is only the second LPL series of his career, I like BBD to provide a great LoL DFS score in what is likely a 2-0 win.
Favorite Contrarian Play
JNG – Weiwei. I touched on it a bit up top, but V5 are really the only viable underdog tonight. I do think DMO will win a series or two, but I don’t think that happens tonight. Weiwei has been exceptionally solid to start the split, and any challenge V5 mounts likely flows through him.
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