First plays last, Team Liquid are desperate for a win and a crowded mid-table. We take a look at how some of these factors might impact your roster selection from Sunday’s LCS slate on DraftKings, which locks at 3:00 p.m. ET.
Set your lineups here: LOL $100K Titan’s Fury [$20K to 1st] (LCS).
There are several tempting left field options for Captain in this slate. Immortals’ Apollo, the form of Bang and Blaber as jungler. Despite those choices, a good rule to follow would be to pick a mid-laner or an AD-Carry from a top team as your Captain since it’s the most crucial position in your LoL roster. Nisqy fits both those requisites. His consistent KDA of 8.17 ranks him fourth in the Spring Split, with a high kill participation rate.
Others to consider: Zven ($12,600)
With the top laners expected to contribute in more intangible terms on a LoL team, they provide an opportunity to save up some of your salary for more aggressive roles, such as mid-laners or ADCs. Hauntzer is priced at $5,400 and still provides a productive option. He is averaging 15.6 DKFP with a KDA of just over 2, steady returns from any vantage point for his price.
Others to consider: Licorice ($6,800)
Like Hauntzer, Wiggily provides both an affordable price and a solid return on investment for that price. Wiggily has played all 14 games so far for Counter Logic Gaming, with a KDA of 1.43/2.79/6.21 (2.74 overall). He averages 17.9 DKFP, fifth in the split for junglers, but all those above him are also priced higher. CLG has had a disastrous campaign so far with a 3-11 record, but that’s not due to Wiggily’s inefficiency.
Jensen is also a left field pick here. He has not found any rhythm or fluency in this campaign for Liquid. However, backing class and quality is never a bad option in fantasy regardless of temporary form. Jensen has a KDA of 5.31 with a kill rate of 2.5 per game. That killing efficiency has been Jensen’s form and he should return to his best soon.
Others to consider: Pobelter ($6,000)
This slate has several players that promise a lot but their sample sizes in this split are too small, including Apollo ($6,600, four games), Wind ($6,400, two games) and Tactical ($7,200, three games). Kobbe has played all 14 games for TSM so far. His numbers and form have been steady right through the season. He averages three kills and five assists, solid returns for an ADC.
Others to consider: Zven ($8,400)
IgNar’s kill rate isn’t too high. With 0.71 kills, he has accumulated a KDA ratio of 4.11. That’s mostly because he does his primary role of assisting quite well. His 7.21 assists rank him third in the entire split, which makes his price increasingly attractive. IgNar could become one of the most efficient support players in the circuit if he improves that kill rate, although that isn’t his game.
Others to consider: Vulcan ($6,200)
Cloud9 will always dominate the LCS. They have been one of the best teams in the LCS on the back of a strong roster, consistency and efficient franchise management. Cloud9 are currently sitting atop the LCS with a 13-1 record. Their upcoming opponents, Counter Logic Gaming, are the opposite. They are last in the standings with a woefully underwhelming 3-11 record.
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Nikhil Kalro is the Founder and CEO of Altletics Esports.