The semifinals of Worlds have arrived. Damwon Gaming will face G2, while Top Esports will meet Suning in an all-LPL semi. Here is a breakdown of the players to consider from each position for DraftKings’ League of Legends slate on Saturday morning.
By his usual killing standards, JackeyLove has been a bit passive at Worlds. He is averaging just three kills per game, atypically low returns for a player of his offensive caliber. He has made up for that with 8.27 assists per map. Overall, his kill participation of over 11 and a death rate of just 2.09 has built his KDA to a commendable 5.39.
Other to consider: Knight ($11,400)
For 369, all his key metrics are strong. He has 2.91 kills, 2.09 deaths and 4.27 assists with a KDA of 3.43. He even has a creep score per minute of 8.57. For a top laner, these are extremely valuable numbers. For a top laner at this price, his selection becomes almost mandatory. He has averaged 63.7 DKFP per game over a large sample size.
Other to consider: Nuguri ($6,600)
Canyon has enjoyed a terrific Worlds so far. In fact, he is comfortably leading Damwon Gaming in kills per game with an average of 5.44 per game. Stellar defense has kept his death rate to just 1.11 per map. He even has a KDA of 10.6. You wouldn’t expect a jungler to have this level of offensive output.
Other to consider: Jankos ($6,400)
Damwon Gaming is the team to beat at Worlds. However, from a fantasy standpoint, it’s important to look at potential for kills, particularly for mid and bot laner. Knight is far too strong because he will generate more kills than his Damwon counterpart. As expected, he is leading Top Esports in kills with four per game. He should comfortably match these returns.
Other to consider: ShowMaker ($7,400)
Ghost doesn’t quite have the kill rate he would like, but stacking from Damwon Gaming is crucial. He has managed three kills per game. Considering the team’s exceptional defense, I’d back Ghost to maintain his death rate of 1.11 per map. He has a KDA of 9.6 at Worlds as well. He’s not a difficult choice for mid laner if JackeyLove was your Captain on this slate.
Other to consider: Perkz ($7,400)
Apart from his affordable price (he is the least expensive player on this slate), Mikyx has a decent fixture. G2 won’t be pushed over, even though Damwon seems unstoppable in the lanes. Mikyx has the highest assist average at Worlds, averaging 11.2 assists per game.
Top Esports ($5,200)
I wouldn’t rule out an upset for Damwon Gaming ($5,400) because G2 ($4,400) has peaked at the right time at this tournament. The safer pick here could be Top Esports, who are well aware of Suning’s strengths in the LPL. Top Esports is one of the most explosive teams in the world, capable of beating any team with a consistent barrage of weapons in the lanes.
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Nikhil Kalro is the Founder and CEO of Altletics Esports.