We’re down to four teams, and each team brings something a little different to the table. With three regions represented, I’m peeking at the LoL DFS options while breaking down the semifinals of Worlds 2020.
LoL DFS Series
G2 Esports (G2) vs. Damwon Gaming (DWG)
Top Esports (TES) vs. Suning Gaming (SN)
LoL DFS Teams
Maybe G2 are legitimately just the “LCK Killers” that the broadcast team wants us all to believe. It goes without saying that G2 were at the top of their game against GEN, however it is also true that none of the prior LCK teams they’ve faced were as good as this iteration of DWG, including the 2019 DWG squad they beat 3-1 in the quarterfinals. G2 has many gears, and are a difficult team to pin down, as their highs see them challenging or defeating the best teams in the world, while their lows see them getting swept by last place LEC team Origen in the summer. As the last “Western” team at Words, I hope G2 gives us a show, and if they do, it’s difficult to see how four of them won’t be optimal in LoL DFS. Having said all of that, I don’t expect G2 to win the series, but should they pull off the upset, it’s very likely Caps has himself another excellent series.
You’ll probably hear, or read about G2 taking down DWG 3-1 in the quarterfinals of 2019 Worlds, but rest assured this DWG is different. While G2 did look great last year against DWG, that DWG squad lost a game to LowKey Esports during play-ins, they had Nuclear at ADC, as well as a completely different coach. This DWG is built differently, as they’re less prone to big mental blunders, while maintaining a generally positive gameplan. LoL DFS fans should be fans of DWG, as they’ve done everything well up to this point, and they should have enough to take down G2. While I expect DWG to come out on top, any amount of games could be necessary based on which G2 shows up. Normally I would highlight ShowMaker here, and don’t get me wrong that matchup should be very exciting, but LoL DFS wise, it’s gotta be the person making the action happen in Canyon.
LPL playoffs were a while ago, however unlike when SN took on JDG in the quarterfinals who they hadn’t faced since the opening week of the summer split, TES did face SN during their playoff run. The result was a TES 3-0 victory. It’s extremely premature to put all of your eggs in one basket based just on that result, but I’m not sure this will be as close as others may think. I agree that TES weren’t up to par in their series win against FNC, but game five was a stomp, and the final two games took a combined 53 minutes and 10 seconds. Even an expensive TES on DraftKings won’t deter me from having a ton of them, and given that they’re not as favored as DWG are over G2, I’m hoping that some ownership bleeds off of them. Karsa was the MVP of the FNC comeback, but JackeyLove is one of the players I’m most interested in for LoL DFS. He honestly was pretty bad, and whilehuanfeng and SwordArt are formidable lane opponents, I’m a fan of the former World Champion.
I’ve already mentioned that SN faced off against TES in the LPL playoffs, losing 0-3, however I do believe they’re capable of making this series competitive. Their 69 kill 3-1 victory over JDG in the quarterfinals was a throwback to their spring level of LoL DFS output, where they were erratic, but capable of putting up monster numbers. They’ve used summer split as a sort of marinating process to rid themselves of some of their inconsistencies, and it appears we’ve potentially seen their final form in that JDG series win. The question then becomes is that enough to take down TES? I’m not sure it is, but I’m rooting for a competitive series, with SN being capable of taking game wins. LoL DFS wise we’ve once again seen what they’re capable of in series wins, and if they take down TES, they’ll be necessary in lineups. Huanfeng/SwordArt vs. JackeyLove/yuyanjia is a double-edged sword, where on one side you can bank on JackeyLove regaining form, or hoping he once again plays poorly where huanfeng might end up as the best LoL DFS player on the slate.
ADC – Ghost. Ghost tends to be overlooked by many people, including more than once by LoL DFS players, and for most of the year it’s been pretty easy to be over the field on him. He’s very good. He might not always be expected to carry the team, but he tends to be very involved, as shown by his very nice 69% kill participation (KP), which is the second best on DWG at Worlds.
MID – Knight. Find me going back to this well again and again. Knight may not have been the most impactful player against FNC, but the mid laner only died five times over five games, while consistently neutralizing Nemesis. He should feel comfortable against Angel, and in a series TES should win, Knight is an excellent option.
Favorite Contrarian Play
JNG – Jankos. This is contingent on G2 not being as popular as I think they could be. Both teams on this side of the bracket beat their quarterfinal opponents 3-0, and G2 on their game are extremely scary. Ownership numbers should be considered when deciding how much G2 you want, as a popular G2 could end up being a very scary proposition.
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