Royal Never Give Up will face their trickiest fixture of the LPL so far against JD Gaming, while four teams play their split openers in the LCK. We take a look at the players to target from each position for DraftKings’ LPL-LCK mixed slate on Thursday.
Set your lineups here: LOL $80K Shock Blast [$20K to 1st] (LPL-LCK)
Despite a straight-map series loss to Top Esports, Loken has still been quite consistent this split. That’s an indicator of his skill and experience. He was one of the best players in the spring season across categories. This season, he has averaged 3.75 kills, 2 deaths and 5 assists per game with a CSPM of 9.18.
Other to consider: Yagao ($11,700)
This might seem like an overly optimistic draft considering the spend. However, there is plenty of uncertainty around the first games of a new split. RNG has also used two top laners for this split. Zoom has played all four games for JD Gaming so you’re essentially paying for the luxury of certainty.
Other to consider: Kingen ($5,400)
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Here is where you could possibly save some of your average remaining salary. L3est16 has played all seven games for Bilibili Gaming, with an average of 2.29 kills and 4.57 assists. While that isn’t bad, Bilibili Gaming will require a lot more. I see this matchup as a potential turnaround for Bilibili Gaming so expect higher returns if that pans out.
Other to consider: Kanavi ($7,400)
Kuro didn’t quite find the same level of offensive fluency in the spring split as some of his mid-laner peers in the LCK. He had an average of just 2.26 kills, which is a bit low for his role. However, he kept his death rate low and built his KDA to 4.7 with a creep score of 264. He even played all 46 games for KT Rolster in spring.
Other to consider: Yagao ($7,800)
Aiming is a stacking play from KT Rolster. Owning a mid laner and ADC combination from the same team in League of Legends is an indicator of trust in the favored team, which is KT Rolster, albeit not by much. He led KT Rolster in spring with steady numbers across metrics. He had 3.83 kills, 1.46 deaths and 3.89 assists, giving him a team-leading KDA of 5.3 and CSPM of 9.77.
Others to consider: Betty ($7,200)
For a support player to have a KDA of 4 is strong. He has averaged 1.25 kills per game this split, which is also extremely high for this role. If he can maintain these averages despite the manner in which JD Gaming was demolished in their previous encounter against Top Esports, there is the plausibility of serious value in this selection.
Bilibili Gaming ($4,600)
Yes, Victory Five has started this season in fine form, having won two of their first three series after a spring split in which they failed to win even one series. Yes, Bilibili Gaming has begun their season sluggishly, with one win in three series. However, Bilibili Gaming has a stronger roster and the experience to carry them out of tricky situations, like this one, as was seen in spring where they finished with 7 wins in 16 series.
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Nikhil Kalro is the Founder and CEO of Altletics Esports.