The IEM Beijing-Haidian tournament kicks into gear with six teams and three games on Friday, including Vitality and Team Liquid. Here is a look at the picks to consider for Captain and the flex positions in your DraftKings roster.
If Vitality is part of a DraftKings slate, ZywOo is a fantastic candidate for Captain. If the opponent is Spirit, that option quickly turns into a requirement. ZywOo is one of the best players in the world right now. He has been in fantastic form right through 2020, irrespective of the format (LAN or online). He had a typically-efficiency 68 kills and 51 deaths in the previous game against BIG with an ADR of 86.7.
Others to consider: EliGE ($14,100)
High-priced flex options
EliGE would be a prime candidate for Captain even without this massive mismatch against Rugratz. He has been one of Liquid’s most potent offensive weapons in the last few months, particularly after the change to a role-less style of play. At IEM New York, Liquid finished fifth after beating New England Whalers in the place decider. EliGE had 48 kills and 36 deaths in that win. Liquid and EliGE will be looking for a higher finish in this tournament.
OG has been in tearaway form in the last few weeks in the professional circuit. The team has won four straight games, including two against Natus Vincere and one against Evil Geniuses in the Blast Fall Series. In that previous game against Na Vi, mantuu led OG, as he typically does, with 59 kills and 42 deaths. He had four USP-S kills in a single round in the first map, displaying his versatility with almost any weapon.
Liquid and Grim have both benefited from this acquisition. Grim has a bigger responsibility, playing for one of the best teams in the world. He hasn’t quite hit his best yet though. He had 36 kills and 33 deaths in Liquid’s previous game with an average damage per round of 75.6. Against Rugratz, his selection also becomes a stacking move.
Other to consider: NAF ($9,000)
Value flex options
NiKo’s departure to G2 has changed the dynamics of professional CS:GO. FaZe will undoubtedly feel the absence of one of the biggest stars in the sport. However, that is also an opportunity for players like broky to step up and find the spotlight. broky has been a consistent and reliable second-in-command player to NiKo, but he will have to take lead moving forward.
apEX isn’t coming into this game on the back of terrific form. He had 49 kills and 56 deaths in that 2-1 win against BIG. However, he is a stacking play from Vitality because there is a discernible difference in skill between Vitality and Spirit. He is currently averaging a decent 52.4 DKFP per game, which is indicative of some level of consistency on the big stage.
Other to consider: coldzera ($6,400)
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Nikhil Kalro is the Founder and CEO of Altletics Esports.