It’s win or go home for the four teams that are scheduled to play the elimination round of the play-in stage of Worlds on Tuesday morning. Mad Lions and LGD Gaming are favorites, but they’ve both had below-par tournaments. We break down DraftKings’ slate from the elimination games on Tuesday.
LGD Gaming started this tournament in underwhelming fashion but has picked up some momentum as the play-in progressed. Now, in the pressure of an elimination round, the Chinese team will need its best players to stand up. Kramer will be the person the team looks at for offensive output. He has improved his KDA by increasing his kill rate to 3.8 per game.
Others to consider: Carzzy ($11,100)
Roster construction in League of Legends can be quite methodical, especially in two-game slates. An expensive Captain almost always has to be followed by an inexpensive top laner. Orome is not necessarily cheap, but he isn’t as pricey as LangX ($6,600). That extra $200 could make a massive difference later in your roster.
Others to consider: LangX ($6,600)
Shad0w’s engagement game in this Worlds event has been well below par. He has been killed an average of 4.4 times per game, which is an indicator he is flanking into team fights with the wrong technique. He has a decent kill participation rate (2.2 kills and 5.4 assists per game), but he needs to improve his defense. He will do that on Tuesday.
Others to consider: KaKao ($6,600)
LGD, at this tournament, has looked a little bit like its 2015 version. The roster has struggled to find any momentum or fluency but have somehow found a spot in the elimination round. Xiye will have to lead his team through the middle lane in a crucial contest. With a kill participation rate of 10 in this event, he has the form to do so.
Others to consider: Humanoid ($7,200)
As expected, Carzzy has led the offensive production for Mad Lions at Worlds. He has averaged four kills per map, which is still below his best. He even has the best KDA in his team (3.07). Even if he improves on these numbers, there is sufficient fantasy value to be derived from this selection.
Others to consider: Zeitnot ($7,000)
It’s not a bad choice to sacrifice this position with the most inexpensive support player on this slate. He has been quite solid right through this event as well, which makes his inclusion even more compelling. He has been averaging nine assists per game, with a team-leading KDA of 3.73.
Mad Lions ($5,200)
Mad Lions has already lost to SuperMassive Esports ($4,600) at this event. In an elimination game, though, the stakes are different. Mad Lions, on paper, have undoubtedly the better team. That should show in the pressure of a knockout matchup.
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Nikhil Kalro is the Founder and CEO of Altletics Esports.