The quarterfinals of Worlds is here. Two strong LCK teams will face each other in the first quarterfinal, followed on Friday by two strong LPL teams. Here is a look at the players to consider for the DraftKings slate, which consists of the first two knockout games.
Ghost ($11,700 CP)
Ghost hasn’t quite had a terrific kill rate at Worlds. Part of that comes down to the LCK’s slower pace of play. His efficiency is not doubted, though. He has averaged 3.0 kills and 8.67 assists with a KDA of 10. His defense has been stellar in team engagements. Also, Damwon Gaming will start as heavy favorites against DragonX.
Others to consider: ShowMaker ($11,400 CP)
Zoom has been a very popular name in the last few months, not just in video conferencing, but also in the LPL and this Worlds event. He has comfortably led JD Gaming in production at this tournament, with a stunning five kills per game. For a top laner, that’s an astounding offensive return. He also has 4.5 assists per map.
Others to consider: bin ($6,000)
This would be my only hedge of the slate. Sacrificing a jungler from a team not expected to win should also ensure that you have the requisite salary remaining to draft the players you need in the other categories. SofM has been quite steady, with a kill participation of 10 (3 kills and 7 assists per game).
Others to consider: Kanavi ($6,600)
ShowMaker is a rather easy choice for mid laner, not just because of his performance at Worlds but also because he has maintained his stellar output right from the LCK’s summer split. He has kept his death rate to just 1.5 per map. That has helped him build his KDA to a respectable 6.67. He even has a creep score of 257 and a CSPM of 8.73.
Others to consider: Yagao ($7,400)
Loken is another player that hasn’t quite hit the same level of offensive output after another terrific summer split in the LPL. Still, he has stayed consistent and carried JD Gaming to the knockouts. He has the lowest death rate on his team (1.5 per game). He even has a kill participation of over 10. This is a big game, so you could reasonably expect Loken to step it up even further.
Others to consider: huanfeng ($7,400)
At $5.6K, LvMao is slightly too expensive, but he could provide serious differential value to your fantasy team. He has averaged 9.67 assists per game at Worlds — fourth best in the entire tournament. He will help Loken in engagements and team fights as well.
JD Gaming ($5,000)
By now, you might not have the budget remaining to draft Damwon Gaming ($5,400). However, JD Gaming at $5K isn’t a bad price, either. Even though the team isn’t expected to blow away Suning ($4,800), JD Gaming should win three maps in this quarterfinal.
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Nikhil Kalro is the Founder and CEO of Altletics Esports.