Four pretty fun series grace us tonight between the LPL and LCK. We’re getting into the groove for LCK, while not many LPL teams have yet to play, with one of those teams being RA tonight. I’m breaking down the slates goodies, while assisting with some of my favorite DraftKings LoL DFS picks for tonight.
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LoL DFS Picks: DraftKings LPL/LCK Slate Breakdown
Rogue Warriors (RW) vs. eStar (ES)
Top Esports (TES) vs. Rare Atom (RA)
Fredit Brion (BRO) vs. Gen.G (GEN)
DWG KIA (DWG) vs. T1 (T1)
LPL Starting Lineups:
After unfortunate circumstances caused their withdrawal at Kespa Cup, BRO is truly one of the more unknown quantities this LCK split. Sporting a mix of not hyper talented LCK veterans, and rookies, it’s tricky to envision much success this split. Certainly growth is possible within the organization, however opening against GEN is a rough ask for the new LCK organization. When analyzing BRO, Lava stands out a little bit strictly due to his LCK experiences.
Opening against KT/BRO this LCK split is fortuitous for an already strong GEN roster, as they look to go 2-0. BRO appears to offer little resistance in terms of overall talent, whereas GEN has an entire roster that is capable of being the reason for success. LoL DFS wise this makes GEN an interesting option, as they rarely drop duds while at least one player tends to have an incredible performance. For this series, Ruler stands out as someone that should have little resistance on the path towards a 2-0.
One of the biggest upsets happened after RW went down 0-1, before eventually winning their series against TES 2-1. This team has talent, just not the consistency one would like. That bit makes me skittish about their chances against another underrated, not devoid of talent team in ES. If RW plays their game, winning is possible, but the inverse is also true, as their games never feel over until the nexus falls. Forge is one of my favorite RW options that I hope aren’t too popular. Michi is starting ADC tonight for RW which is weird, but he’s cheap so he might get forced into a lot of lineups because of that, or he might get overlooked since he’s a new player for RW.
ES feels like a team that could be overlooked in spots like this. RW is coming off a monster win, ES lost 1-2 to BLG, which isn’t a terrible loss. Talent wise, there’s not a massive gap between these teams, making ES a potentially attractive LoL DFS option as a middling priced team that could win their series. The biggest issue from the first series for ES is that they had a 3145 gold deficit at 15 minutes on average in the three games, and with how RW plays, that needs to be less of a problem for ES to win this series. H4cker needs to negotiate early game better for ES, which if succesfull places him in a great position against a team in RW that dies a ton.
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World Champions DWG, face off against T1 in a battle of two coaches that brought tons of success to the team they’re facing today. DWG has a clear advantage, and judging from the Kespa Cup, there’s no hangover. The best part of DWG? No worries about starting lineups. Sure Chasy is a promising top laner, however it’s tricky to see Khan being uprooted, but as always keep an eye on LCK rosters closer to lock. Anything but a 2-0 for DWG throughout this split will seem weird, and Canyon is someone I imagine having a fair amount of here.
We’re now seemingly in a world where T1 is a team that’ll be difficult to target when they’re the second series due to roster uncertainty. One thing is certain though, and that’s Gumayusi looks legitimate. He absolutely looked crisp in the 2-1 series win over HLE, and he would be the biggest surprise of the new arrivals to be subbed out this game. It still does need to be mentioned that they did lose game two to HLE after an absolute stomp game 1, so it’s tough to love their chances against the best team in the LCK. Canna grew as a player last year, and with Khan as the new piece for DWG, he’s someone I wouldn’t hate considering for LoL DFS.
We live in a world where TES could realistically start 0-3. Their loss to RW after winning game 1 was not great, and I’m hoping a lot of LoL DFS players overreact, keeping ownership down. There’s nowhere to go but up for this roster, and kickstarting that with a focused performance here feels appropriate. Only JackeyLove has a kill participation (KP) at 70%, further showing that even though they outkilled RW in their last series, LoL DFS wise is a little bit of a mess. With that said, I like Karsa to bounce back here, and TES is firmly on my radar.
Welcome to the start of your split RA. Your reward is an angry TES who sits at 0-2. Good luck. Fortunately, RA (formerly Vici Gaming) is a roster with plenty of talent. New arrival FoFo is an immediate slight upgrade, largely due to how experienced he is. RA opens their season with TES-SN-BLG-JDG, so while I’m not fully convinced about their chances in any of those series, they are capable of winning, although if they do go 0-4, I’ll be very excited about them possibly getting overlooked. That’s way down the line, but I don’t like their chances even if this should be a very entertaining series. iBoy is inconsistent, but he seems to have a fire lit under him after some of his Demacia Cup performances.
Favorite DraftKings LoL DFS picks on the slate
ADC-Ruler. Everyone on GEN is applicable here, just that Ruler is slightly my favorite, in a series that could easily be as one sided as their KT 2-0.
MID-Showmaker. Facing T1 still isn’t an easy task, but DWG are world champs, and they have every reason to come out strong to start 2021.
Favorite contrarian DraftKings LoL DFS pick on the slate
ADC-rat. It’s possible RW comes out and proves why they’re at or near the top of LoL DFS pricing. Their win against TES was incredible, I’m just not sold that RW is capable of smashing ES consistently, especially with a new ADC starting.