LPL will be sending two teams to worlds on this slate, while the LCK playoffs are down to four. I’m breaking down the playoff slate and one of the final LPL/LCK slates of the year.
JD Gaming (JDG) vs. Top Esports (TES)
Suning (SN) vs. LGD Gaming (LGD)
Gen.G (GEN) vs. Afreeca Freecs (AF)
This is the finals everybody expected, and League fans should hope this goes the distance, which it very well could. LoL DFS-wise, I still expect the winner of this series to be the more attractive option. JDG needs to carve out early game advantages with Kanavi while also keeping Yagao afloat against Knight. Zoom is a little bit of a wild card for me in this series, and if he performs his best, it could be the X-Factor that JDG needs to win this series.
In their regular-season meeting, TES took down JDG 2-0. This needs a tiny asterisk by it, as that was the second series of the split for each squad. I would favor TES slightly this series, as Knight and JackeyLove are better than their counterparts, and with them being the carries on TES, they should be attractive LoL DFS options. TES will win this series if they play to their lane strengths, and Karsa is always in a position to gank or counter gank wherever Kanavi is on the map.
We’re getting a third/fourth rematch from a few days ago. However this one surprisingly has bigger implications than that series. Winning this series means going to Worlds, and SN hopes they can replicate their success once again from the previous series here. SN needs to find any lane to try and snowball, or even just take advantage of the overaggressiveness Peanut occasionally shows. Huanfeng underperformed in the last series, and he’ll need to step it up here if SN are to take down LGD.
I’m not sure how much effort LGD put into their previous series loss in the third-place game last time out. Still, throwing a massive early game lead game one, before mostly getting rolled in the next two games still isn’t a good look. I’d like to think on the whole, LGD has a better shot to take down this series, as they should have slight advantages in every lane. Peanut needs to shine this series, and he has his choice of strong lanes to get going. He’s my favorite option from LGD and has shown he’s capable of putting up massive numbers in wins.
Playoffs tend to bring out the best in teams, and obviously none of the remaining LCK teams are pushovers. I expect this series to go at least four games, with the most likely winner being GEN. Don’t expect the kill totals GEN had in their previous two meaningless series, but they did place second in kills per game in the regular season. BDD should have a very favorable lane assignment against Fly while neutralizing the AF mid laner.
Coming off what I consider a minor upset win against T1, AF showed some of their potency during that 2-1 victory. They’ll need to not only maintain momentum but also polish up some of the inconsistencies they still clearly have. AF has all of a sudden become a team with a JNG conundrum, as apparently they’ve decided to give the lesser player in Dread looks late in the season and playoffs. However I would like to believe Spirit will be the guy. Kiin is my favorite option from AF.
MID – Knight. The best player on the slate, Knight is playing in what I believe will be the more favorable series. If TES wins, Knight will be the engine behind it, and I’m interested to see how much I can get.
SUP – Life. GEN probably has the best shot at going 3-0 here, and with SUP being a tough spot to nail down, getting 40 potential points with a sweep is a real appealing proposition.
Favorite Contrarian Play
ADC – Loken. I am putting a JDG here in contrast to Knight, as once again I’d be very surprised if this isn’t the highest scoring series of the slate. JDG can definitely win, and ownership will dictate how much I get of JDG.