There are three pretty fun series on this slate after opening with a likely stinker. My favorite LoL DFS picks will be scattered throughout this slate breakdown.
Series 1: DRX (DRX) vs. Hanwha Life Esports (HLE)
Series 2: Afreeca Freecs (AF) vs. Damwon Gaming (DWG)
Series 1: Rogue Warriors (RW) vs. FunPlus Phoenix (FPX)
Series 2: Edward Gaming (EDG) vs. LGD Gaming (LGD)
LPL Starting Lineups
We’re unlikely to see much of a challenge offered in the first series of the night, as DRX should comfortably take this series 2-0. DRX needs to be capable of taking advantage of HLE’s 15.6 deaths per game, and HLE is capable of both losing quickly, while dying a ton. I wish this were a more interesting opening series, but Pyosik would be a person I have my eye on over at DraftKings where he isn’t the most expensive jungler.
HANWHA LIFE ESPORTS
Sitting at the bottom of the LCK, HLE is 0-8 with a meager 2-16 game score. The only number likely to change there is the eight to a nine, as HLE has an extremely thin line for victory. Getting an early game lead is unlikely, however doing so might enable them to challenge DRX a little bit. Viper still needs an actual team, and even though Deft and Keria are a monster lane, he’s still the most relevant LoL DFS option on the team.
The most fun LPL team is on a current two-series win streak. Their dismantling of LGD was an extremely exciting display moving forward, and I’m eager to see how they fare against FPX. Wuming appears to have better synergy with Haro, however I temper my expectations overall as his champion picks have largely been more support style, and team focused. This isn’t bad for LoL DFS purposes, and if Haro can make action happen early with Wuming, both of them are likely very involved should they pull off the upset.
FPX has been an up and down team this split, which is a little bit shocking. However, they’ve faced most of the teams ahead of them in the standings. They should still get the better of RW tonight, and it’s possible we will get a focused, more consistent team here. Bot lane is where I believe FPX should look to play around tonight, as ZWuJi, while performing better, has been prone to having bad series this split. Lwx should find some comfort after his last series, and on FanDuel where he’s not the priciest ADC, he should get a big look from players.
Disappointing is the first adjective that comes to mind when looking at AF’s recent 0-2 loss to GEN. Thirty-seven kills punctuated just over an hour of gameplay in which AF didn’t appear to be even close to the level of the top teams. Unluckily for them, DWG is another top team, but one which tends to be leakier than a team like GEN. They’re dirt cheap on DraftKings and not entirely unplayable on FanDuel, and Kiin is the player I like the most from AF.
Leading the LCK in kills per game at 16.1 per game, DWG could very well equal those totals against an AF squad that just died 37 times in about an hour of game time. They’ll need to maintain focus, however, as AF still carries a little bit of wild inside of them. Showmaker is naturally the individual from DWG I like the most, as his lane matchup should present him ample opportunity to carry games.
If you told me at the start of the split that EDG would have a higher kill per game average than LGD, I’m not sure I would’ve believed you. That’s the world we live in, as even more surprisingly, they’re sitting at third in the LPL with 14.3 per game. This series is expected to be the most even odds-wise, so it’ll be tough to not find some lineups I like with EDG. Scout leads the team in kill participation (KP) with 75.1%, and if an EDG win entails a bloodbath, he’ll very likely be involved heavily.
Capping off the slate, LGD comes in underperforming. Their 0-2 defeat against RW could prove to be the wake-up call they needed to kick-start the rest of their LPL summer split. I still have belief they’ll manage to turn it around, and while EDG should pose a considerable challenge, I like LGD to squeeze out a close win. For LoL DFS, I like Kramer from this side, and I like him to break out of his funk while propelling LGD to a victory.
MID – Doinb. Everyone on FPX is attractive, and the only reason I won’t be able to get to as much as I’d like is that they’re pricey on both DraftKings and FanDuel. Doinb could very well show Wuming how to play a team-oriented mid lane and provide LoL DFS players with an excellent total.
JNG – Pyosik. I just think this might be the biggest skill discrepancy on the entire slate. Whoever HLE throws out against Pyosik should get annihilated, and if he’s on an early-game champ, he likely will dive in headfirst successfully.
Favorite Contrarian Play
ADC – Mystic. Mystic has been largely cool the last few series, and if AF is to win, it’ll either be through Nuguri borderline feeding or Mystic using his skill advantage over Ghost.