Closing out quarters, we get another excellent two games, with the closing series offering up what should be an excellent series. Few slates remain for the year, but I’m breaking the two series down.
Top Esports (TES) vs. Fnatic (FNC)
Gen.G (GEN) vs. G2 Esports (G2)
We’re back to best of fives, and continuing the LPL dominated side of the bracket with TES taking on FNC. Outside of their loss to FLY, which they did get thoroughly outplayed in, TES appeared to be every bit one of the teams that should contend for the title. I really like their matchup against FNC, as even though FNC is a good team, TES has sheer talent advantages across the board. The biggest individual skill gap comes from Knight, who if he desires, should have few issues in dealing with Nemesis. Unfortunately Knight really hasn’t performed as well as LoL DFS fans would like, and I’m personally hoping we see his ownership be a little bit less than it should be from jaded players.
It’s going to be a monumental task for the LEC squad to take down the favorite to win Worlds 2020. Hopefully for viewers, it’s a competitive series that doesn’t end up going 3-0, and the good news is that FNC is better than FLY who presented TES their only group stage loss. Even with their impressive group stage showing, FNC wasn’t the most impressive LoL DFS team, averaging 12.7 kills per game, and only 2.2 assists per kill. Team wise though, FNC is smart, and with only two series to choose from, if you think FNC wins, there aren’t many of those worlds where they wouldn’t be necessary plays. Selfmade presents the smallest skill difference to his TES counterpart, and him outplaying Karsa would likely allow FNC their best avenue to be competitive in this series.
What many (incorrectly, in my opinion) believe to be the LCK’s actual second best team, GEN rounds out the quarterfinals taking on an up and down G2. GEN comes in as a more stable, well rounded team, with any lane capable of being the difference maker in any individual game. Most signs point towards GEN eeking out a series win here if both teams play their best, but G2 is volatile enough to defeat them. Averaging just under 15 kills per game in group stages, Ruler was the most impressive GEN performer with a 71.3% kill participation (KP), as well as an impressive 32.5% damage share. With Perkz being a different breed of ADC, Ruler and Life are my favorite LoL DFS options from GEN.
When you’re in the top three of kills and deaths per game, your results might look a little less stable than one would like. Thus is the story of G2, a team perpetually rotating between looking like the west’s best chance to win Worlds, and a wild card region team. LoL DFS fans might end up on another rollercoaster ride here, as any result is within reach of this team. Naturally if you’re rostering G2, you want them to ride a wave of confidence, where Jankos finds a lane, or lanes to get massive leads, before G2 rides that wave to victories. If Jankos is able to find these openings, not only would he be a great LoL DFS option, but likely everyone ends up looking pretty good. With all that said, I still do favor GEN a little bit, but G2’s volatility always makes for an enticing play.
MID – Knight. I’m unsure how to justify Knight’s poor play from groups. TES losing likely means Knight will be in consideration for the Dade award, which is essentially when an extremely hyped player falls flat at Worlds. Luckily for Knight, he should be able to do as he pleases in this matchup, and failure to do so would be quite unexpected.
ADC – Ruler. I believe this is the most exploitable lane for GEN. Ruler is exceptional, and the MID laner turned ADC might not be consistent enough to take down GEN.
Favorite Contrarian Play
MID – Caps. BDD is very good. Caps is also very good. Should Caps outplay BDD with or without the help of Jankos, it will greatly help G2’s at taking down the series. Caps is fully capable of showing up, and with this being likely the closest quarterfinal, really anybody on G2 is worth looking at.