With four decently sized favorites on the slate, this LPL + LCK LoL DFS slate could be a pretty interesting one to dissect. The breakdown is below for each series, as well as some of my favorite DraftKings LoL DFS picks for the night.
Hanwha Life Esports (HLE) vs. Nongshim RedForce (NS)
Gen.G (GEN) bs. Liiv Sandbox (LSB)
eStar (ES) vs. JD Gaming (JDG)
Victory Five (V5) vs. Suning Gaming (SN)
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HANWHA LIFE ESPORTS
Out of all of the LCK teams, HLE manages to have that little bit of LPL in them. Caution can be tossed out the window, as players like Chovy have the stones to try and make individual outplays across the map. It’s an exciting style, and currently HLE sits at 3rd in the LCK, however it’s not refined, which causes HLE to drop games they shouldn’t like they did against LSB. Luckily for them, and LoL DFS players, NS sits just behind LSB in deaths per game in the LCK, making players like Chovy, who has a plus matchup, all the more appealing.
Currently sitting just out of the playoff picture, NS most likely has four winnable series total left out of their left, although getting to four will be difficult. They’re not without a slim chance in this series however, as HLE isn’t infallible, and if NS somehow finds a way to get ahead early, they’re capable of getting a win like they did the last time these teams met. Speaking of last time these teams met, there were a combined 106 kills in three games with NS coming out on top with 57 in a loss. Banking on them scoring well in a loss is chasing fool’s gold, however if they win the series, Peanut is someone that could be influential.
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Realistically ES should’ve beaten RA in game 2 of that series… twice. They opened game two strong, with purpose, then it all came crashing down before RA tried to give them the game again. It’s tough to find where ES will succeed here, and with them being essentially out of the playoff race, more experimentation whether it be roster, or gameplay might occur. LoL DFS wise, if they beat me, they beat me, however if I were to go there, irma being back is a semi intriguing option coming off of being benched last time out.
14 kills and just over 49 minutes was all JDG could muster up against a then struggling, but still talented FPX squad in their 0-2 loss. Luckily for JDG, ES is a much easier opponent, and if all goes as expected, a 2-0 is in their future. LoL DFS wise, JDG is naturally an obvious target, however they’re expensive making it likely a difficult task to get as much as one might like. Middling teens of kills in a sweep might not be enough, and if ownership is crazy on a team likely to get said 2-0, I might just match the field or be under, although Kanavi really has a shot to shine tonight.
Currently sitting at third in the LCK in kills per game, GEN gets a chance to sweep LSB once again after their first series saw them put up 41 kills against LSB. Losing a game to AF was interesting to say the least last time out, but tonight appears to be a much more straightforward affair, and with GEN needing to win to maintain a top two spot, messing around doesn’t benefit them in the slightest. Unfortunately as great of a spot as this is, once again the world needs to be reminded of the paltry kill participations (KP) with Clid being the highest player at 65.9%
LSB appears to be one of those teams that will just continually underperform, while producing sporadic upset victories. Heading into this series it’s tricky to pinpoint where exactly they’re going to have success as they’re outmanned all across the map. Finding success here likely stems on OnFleek steamrolling a lane early, preferably Summit’s lane, and if the big upset comes through, those two are likely to be a big reason why.
Unfortunately for V5 their “easy” series are done, and their schedule is easily the most difficult one on paper for the teams challenging for a playoff spot. Their last series against LNG was very bad, and coming into this series with a talented, and hungry SN team is unlikely to bring them much success. Even if V5 does manage to find success, SN sits near the bottom of the LPL in deaths per game at 11.1, making LoL DFS prospects potentially tricky. Weiwei is still legitimately a solid jungler, and his 77.1% KP is nothing to scoff at.
Welcome to the playoff picture SN, and with one of the easier remaining schedules, it’s possible that they’ll avoid the 6-10 range. Tonight should bring the SN winning streak to three, and while if they are on form a 2-0 is likely, V5 can pull some tricks out of their back to cause some annoyance. SN tends to put up a fair amount of kills in game wins with seven of their 11 wins providing 15+ kills, however their last two series have only produced just under 2 assists per kill. Overall V5 has six losses with over 20 deaths, making SN, and huanfeng solid looking options.
MID – Chovy. My trust in HLE is less than I would like it to be, however this first series was a banger, and HLE has enough crazy in them to where if they channel it for good, they become interesting LoL DFS plays.
ADC – LokeN. There are many reasons to love JDG against ES tonight, and LokeN is likely to go out and put up a solid scoreline in a likely 2-0.
Favorite Contrarian Pick
Top – Rascal. GEN is not exactly LoL DFS friendly many nights, still this series being anything other than a 2-0 for GEN would cause shock, and hopefully they’ll be unpopular so I don’t need to force much.
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