Groups C and D intensify with a couple more games on Saturday. We break down the games along with selections to consider for DraftKings’ two-game League of Legends NEST slate.
There are several advantages of this selection. Firstly, you are unlikely to face any budgetary constraints for the rest of your lineup construction. Secondly, Puff is a terrific player, even if his team can occasionally be lackadaisical. Puff was one of the best offensive players in the LPL this year in both splits. He is coming off 4.44 kills as an average per map in summer.
Others to consider: iBoy ($11,700)
Spending $6,600 on a top laner in League of Legends is extremely risky, and therefore quite rare. However, on this slate, it makes a lot of sense after an inexpensive Captain. Cube averaged 2.12 kills and 2.54 deaths per map with 5.29 assists in summer. These statistical returns came about despite Vici Gaming struggling right from the outset of the season.
Others to consider: Aliez ($6,200)
Oh My God was underwhelming through the summer split of the LPL this year. That can often impact a player’s confidence. That was definitely the case for H4cker as he stumbled and stuttered in the top lane against some explosive counterparts. He had just two kills, but also chipped in with an average of 6.1 assists per map. These are tournaments ripe for H4cker to utilize to return to form.
Others to consider: Leyan ($7,200)
Yuuki’s story with LGD Gaming is fascinating. He has had a tumultuous year already, having been an integral part of LGD Gaming’s set-up for the spring split before losing favor in the summer season. He had solid offensive metrics in spring (3.08 kills and 5.75 assists). He also had 3.17 deaths, which has been his weakness. He could maybe work well if he can draft Qiyana as his champion again.
Others to consider: Captain ($7,000)
Through the summer split, iBoy maintained some stellar metrics across the board. It can be argued that he could have been more aggressive in the bottom lane, but that comes down to the strategy of the team. He had 3.39 kills, 2.29 deaths and 5.15 assists, giving him a KDA of 3.72. He even had a creep score of 305 per map. He is expected to improve on those statistical returns in this game.
Others to consider: ylj ($7,400)
Hang had a kill participation of just 7.0 in the summer split (0.5 kills and 6.5 assists), but his stability as a support had a lot to do with Vici Gaming resurrecting a terrible season. Again, that experience against the best will hold him in good stead in a tournament that doesn’t include the best players.
LGD Gaming ($5,400)
LGD Gaming opened NEST with a 2-1 defeat to Team WE. That will hurt the team more because there isn’t a lot that separates those two teams. In order to revive this season, LGD Gaming will have to first beat OMG ($4,600). I’d back LGD to do that.
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Nikhil Kalro is the Founder and CEO of Altletics Esports.