What is League of Legends?

League of Legends (LoL) is a multiplayer online battle arena (or MOBA for short) and one of the most popular esports in the world. It was released in 2009 and is heading into its 9th World Championships in 2019.

In the game, two teams of five fight to destroy the other team’s base. In order to do that they have to deal with the enemy players, destroy defensive structures and slay computer-controlled monsters for favorable enhancements and boosts.

Players pick their champions from a shared pool of over 140 champions, each with their own unique set of abilities, strengths and weaknesses. Picking champions that synergize well together and counter the enemy champions’ strengths is a key to victory on the battlefield.

How does League of Legends esports work?

Teams across the world compete in regional leagues to best other teams in the region and earn the right to represent their country and region at the World Championships.
Two seasons, generally spanning January through April and June through September, determine the participants at the World Championships in October.
The World Championships include 24 teams from all over the world, with historically stronger regions having up to three teams each in attendance.
In the 2019 World Championships, the participants based on their qualifying region come from South Korea (3), China (3), Europe (3), North America (3) , Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau (3), Vietnam (2), Southeast Asia (1), Brazil (1), Commonwealth of Independent States (1), Japan (1), Latin America (1), Oceania (1) and Turkey (1)

How does Daily Fantasy (DFS) LoL work?

LoL Daily Fantasy on DraftKings works like all traditional sports – pick players from available games while remaining under the $50,000 salary cap. Your lineup scores as drafted players perform actions and accrue stats in the real games. Full scoring rules are available here.

Positions explained

League of Legends DFS player positions represent the roles that players hold in actual games. Lane assignments are reflective of where players position themselves in the early stages of the game (the “laning phase”), after which, teams move around the map to control neutral objectives that help them win the game.
The Top Laner occupies the topmost of the three lanes on the map in the laning phase. Generally, the top laner’s role is to stay safe and watch over the rest of the map. Top laners’ contributions are often coming in as reinforcements to a team fight elsewhere or creating pressure on the map away from their teammates.

The Mid Laner plays in the middle lane on the map in the laning phase. Mid laners are often the central role of a team who pairs with the Jungler to support the other lanes. The mid laner is usually a mobile, offensive unit who is near the top of the team in kills.

AD (Attack Damage) Carry and Support are generally paired up together and play in the bottom of the three lanes. The ad carry usually plays champions that are weak early but become the biggest source of damage in the later stages of the game. AD Carry champions are not usually durable, and so the support is paired with the AD Carry to protect the ADC during its weak early stages.

The Jungler roams the “jungle” – the area between each lane, and supports other lanes to help teammates secure early advantages in the laning phase. Junglers can help defend a losing lane, extend pressure in a winning lane, or focus on pressuring the enemy Jungler. Junglers are also the most important role in securing neutral objectives.

Strategy tips and tricks to consider

Team playstyle is important – some teams prefer to play a slow, calculated game to maximize the strengths of their players, while other teams continuously fight for advantages early and look to finish games early. For fantasy purposes, games with more expected fighting generally lead to players with higher fantasy point totals. Longer games can also lead to higher fantasy point totals if the game includes many team fights (where all five players from each team are involved). In these scenarios, more points are scored from assists, as each kill may have up to four assists.

Identify the superstars – knowing which player a team prioritizes can be important in identifying the best fantasy player. Some teams will make sure to put their superstars in the best possible situations to allow them to do the most damage.

Lane matchups matter – gaining an advantage early in lane over a weaker opponent can be an easy way to rack up high amounts of fantasy points in a game. Early success in lane leads to more items for the player, which gives them an advantage over their lane opponent in accruing more fantasy points.

Team synergies – The success of some positions are highly correlated, like that of the AD Carry and Support. Kills scored by AD Carries often come with assists by their supports. In addition, understanding which lane a team’s Jungler supports the most can also be a good way to identify correlations in players’ fantasy point totals. Lastly, players on winning teams also generally score higher than players on losing teams.