Four more games from the LPL and the LCK are scheduled for Friday’s League of Legends action. Will eStar turn around woeful early-season form? Which LCK team can spring a surprise? We take a look with some picks for DraftKings’ slate below.
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Despite having lost nine of 16 maps in the summer split so far, Aiming has managed some solid numbers. That’s very hard to do in League of Legends because when oppositions collect the neutral objectives, it’s implausible to turn the game around. As a result, his averages of 3.56 kills and 5.06 assists with a KDA of 4.45 is a laudable achievement.
Other to consider: Puff ($12,000)
The problem with XiaoBai’s statistical returns in this summer season has been his high death rate. He has managed 2.45 kills but has also been killed an average of 2.91 deaths per game. Although he has helped his colleagues out with close to five assists per game, his KDA is lower than most other top laners. Still, he is worth his affordable price of $5,800.
Others to consider: Rascal ($6,400)
Bono is another player with a middling KDA on account of a higher death rate. He’ll have an opportunity here to make up some of that lack of production with an advantageous matchup against Sandbox Gaming. He has 2.31 kills and 5.56 assists a game along with 2.81 deaths.
Other to consider: Clid ($7,200)
Bdd has been Gen.G’s most prolific player from an all-around standpoint. He has the joint-most kills in his team, averaging 3.87 a game. Along with that, he has built his KDA to over five, the only player in Gen.G to cross that mark. He even has a creep score of 287 per map. These are all high returns, which rightly make him the most expensive mid laner in this slate.
Other to consider: Rookie ($7,600)
Bot laner would always be the category to splurge. Puff has been as consistent as any other player in the LPL. His returns this season have deteriorated slightly from spring but that comparison isn’t fair because summer is still quite young. He has 3.57 kills per game, highest in Invictus Gaming. His KDA of 4.49 is also highest in Invictus.
Other to consider: Ruler ($7,600)
To be fair, ShiauC has had some horrendous fight engagements in the LPL’s summer split, particularly against Victory Five. Misjudgments like that can cost heavily but it also displays his preferred aggressive style. That is often handy from a fantasy perspective with additional kills and assists.
This is a team that has underachieved this season. Even though the team has lost mid laner Cryin to Royal Never Give Up, the rest of the core has stayed the same. It’s time to put all those underwhelming performances behind, and improve on their 9-14 maps record.
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Nikhil Kalro is the Founder and CEO of Altletics Esports.