We’re getting two very fun series tonight, both of which could easily go 2-1. I’m breaking down the action, and the LoL DFS implications for the second day of the LPL LoL DFS.
WE (WE) vs. Rogue Warriors (RW)
JD Gaming (JDG) vs. Invictus Gaming (IG)
LPL Starting Lineups
Teacherma is gone! Well, he’s still on the roster, but WE seems to understand that their potential is limited with him starting. Shanks is an immediate upgrade for them, which we saw a little bit of with WE taking 2nd at the Demacia Cup. Breathe, formerly known as Curse from OMG, is the other new addition to the squad, and he should be more than capable of holding the top lane down. WE has some interesting LoL DFS appeal this year, and while RW is improved, WE needs to be winning these types of series to cement themselves as contenders. Beishang vs Haro is my favorite matchup this series, making it likely the winning team’s JNG is very relevant for LoL DFS.
The odds on this series look a little bit off to me. RW is a much improved team after their offseason moves. The skill gap between them and WE isn’t insane. Forge and Haro are extremely talented and involved players, they should easily make RW not only interesting for LoL DFS, but also a team that could sneak up on the competition. Other new additions Ziv, Betty, and QiuQiu are fully capable players, whereas kelin is more of an unknown. However, RW is more than just two players. WE is talented, and I’d like RW more here if Betty were starting, though I still believe these games are going to be interesting. Forge would be my preferred option from RW, as it makes sense for Haro to get him ahead over either of the other two lanes.
JDG is very good and should once again challenge every team in the LPL. Mystic and xiye are the new additions to the squad, and it’s going to be interesting to see how each features with their new team. IG is a tough opening match as they’re capable of looking like Worlds contenders and Iron IV scrubs all in the same series. I do like JD to take down the series, with LokeN being one of the players I like quite a bit.
It’s neat to get a two game slate where everyone is viable. Xun is an exciting prospect that IG brought up from their LDL squad, and he should have a decent amount of success throughout the season. Realistically IG still rides the ebb and flow of how Rookie and TheShy perform. The latter is capable of being the best, and the worst, player on the slate, whereas Rookie tends to be pretty good all the time. It’s difficult to see how this year will be any different. Fortunately, IG is capable of challenging any LPL squad, making them totally viable LoL DFS options most nights. Rookie is my favorite overall option from IG, as he’s facing off against (xiye/Yagao) who isn’t entirely threatening.
Favorite LoL DFS plays on the slate:
ADC-Jiumeng. He’s very good, and WE can make a statement pulling off a crisp 2-0 here. Jiumeng is always capable of putting up big LoL DFS scores, and if RW comes out flat, he’ll be an exciting option. He’s also facing off against a newcomer to the LPL in kelin who also has minimal LDL experience, and not a top tier support.
JNG-Kanavi. While he didn’t put up a superstar performance at Worlds, Kanavi is still easily one of the most consistent junglers in the LPL. It shouldn’t be easy to take down IG, however on the off chance JDG blows out IG, Kanavi is probably going to be very involved.
Favorite contrarian LoL DFS play on the slate:
JNG-Haro. Even though RW has a new coach, old habits die hard, and RW was still a team with a high kill count in their Demacia Cup showing. Kills are great, and I’m a bit higher on RW than most, so it makes me like Haro in a spot where he might get overlooked. IG is obviously the safer underdog to roster, I’m just not sure it’s smart to fully disregard RW.