It may be best of one, but the LCS is the first of the major regions to begin their summer League of Legends season, and there are a few roster changes within the league, which is always exciting after a long break. I’ll be breaking down each team, as well as offering up some of my favorite DraftKings LoL DFS picks on this LCS slate.
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Team Liquid (TL) vs. Team SoloMid (TSM)
Evil Geniuses (EG) vs. Dignitas (DIG)
Golden Guardians (GG) vs. Cloud9 (C9)
100 Thieves (100) vs. Immortals (IMT)
Flyquest (FLY) vs. CounterLogic Gaming (CLG)
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Kicking off the LCS is TL and their attempts to dethrone C9, taking on a team with similar ambitions in TSM. In a game either team is capable of winning, TL is a small favorite in the opener. TL appears to once again be a solid, if not spectacular LoL DFS option this split after correctly not making any changes, although this is also a spot where you might not see them this cheap too often as a favorite. Santorin is my favorite option here, but it’s difficult for me to have faith in either side putting up huge scores.
While TSM was an up and down team in the spring split, they were victorious over TL in both of their regular season best-of-one games. TSM is a team with enough talent to challenge anybody in North America, and we’ll be finding out soon enough whether anything has changed in the off season. I’m rarely not a fan of cheap TSM for LoL DFS, and even though I won’t get too crazy here, I’m interested in taking shots on PowerOfEvil here.
It’s time to see if the future is now, after EG essentially played Deftly out of necessity rather than want, EG is providing an upcoming talent in Danny, formerly Shiro in the academy, an opportunity. He should be an upgrade at the position, but the most interesting thing to note going forward is if EG smoothed out some of the rough edges they’ve historically had. As long as they play smart, a win here appears to be in the book, and in that instance, Impact is someone I can see being a rock for this EG squad.
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Front to back, DIG overachieved in the spring split, and will need to continue doing so to have any success in the summer split. Fortunately for DIG, EG is a team fully capable of going off the deep end, providing DIG an opportunity to open the season with a win. Many will likely remember DIG as a LoL DFS darling for a period of time in spring, but if you look at those games, they really were fluky and unsustainable. Neo is up against the new ADC from EG, and if DIG does pop off, he’s very likely to be the benefactor.
Getting rid of the international players from their main roster is probably fair due to their performances in spring, nonetheless with a roster unlikely to achieve much, it’s quite peculiar to see Solo back on a starting roster. Chime might be fine, and it’s hard to not be an upgrade at the support position, but overall these two changes while making GG better, aren’t particularly exciting.
In a perplexing, if not intriguing move, after analyzing their MSI performance, management decided that K1ng will be the new starting ADC for C9 over Zven. He’s a promising enough prospect, and while the opening game couldn’t be better, time will be the decider on whether or not this is an upgrade. C9 is in a great position to start the season at 1-0, with an expensive C9 being an attractive LoL DFS option if you can get there.
Bringing over Abbedagge from Schalke is an exceptional bit of business for the team that now has zero North American players on it. On paper, 100 is a team now capable of contending with the upper tier of the league, and their opener against IMT is one that they should be winning relatively easily. FBI will remain someone I typically have strong interest in throughout the split for LoL DFS, and this will be no different.
IMT keeping their roster together for summer split is actually pretty smart, even if I’m not particularly optimistic about the potential. Keeping synergy and giving new players more than a split to find themselves is excellent, and we’ll see how successful it is at the end of the year. Even though I’m not particularly excited about them, I can see some worlds where they challenge 100, and if that’s the case, Xerxe might be a facilitator of that success.
There are very interesting pieces on this FLY roster, but not a lot went right for the fun, positive organization in the LCS spring split. On the whole, I like FLY and am interested in seeing how they progress through this split. My key person of interest is Johnsun, who didn’t look to be potentially the new face of North America after coming over from DIG in the off season. The lane matchup against Wildturtle might be tricky, but if FLY has success, I see him being a big part.
For a team with a lot of veteran talent that mostly isn’t too bad, CLG enters this split with absolutely no expectations from anybody except themselves. I am also in the boat of not expecting much more than a middle table performance at best from the historical North American organization, as even though this group can be a smart group of vets that really challenge the league, more than likely they’re just ok. Broxah finding his form from a few years ago would greatly benefit CLG, and he could be a solid LoL DFS option if CLG wins here.
ADC – FBI. The new-look 100 roster is very good, and even though they’re pretty expensive, the spot is excellent. FBI presents a high ceiling, and his nearly 75% kill participation in spring split makes him an excellent option in most situations 100 is favored.
Favorite Contrarian Pick
TOP – Finn. CLG isn’t a particularly attractive team on paper, but they have the pieces to not fall flat on their face. Playing smart, focused LoL with a squad of players full of experience will do them a world of good, and if that’s the case, someone like Finn who has a plus lane matchup could be an interesting LoL DFS option in a potentially unattractive game on the whole.
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