The LPL resumes on Monday with two more games including Royal Never Give Up and Bilibili Gaming. We break down the players to consider for your DraftKings roster from the two-game slate.
Cryin ($11,400) is not a bad choice for Captain either, but I’d choose Gala simply because of the firepower an AD Carry can possess in the bottom lane. That’s also why his price is higher on DraftKings. Gala has been a steady bot-laner in the LPL. Without being too flashy, he has done his job and generated 69.2 DKFP per game. Against a newer entrant in TT, that could rise.
After a decent spring split in 2020, eStar had an appalling summer campaign. That led to drastic roster changes, including in the top lane. At 18 years old, zs has now been drafted into that position. He played primarily in the LDL last year before moving to Invictus Gaming for NEST. He finished the year with eStar in the Demacia Cup, averaging two kills and 5.5 assists with a stunning KDA of six.
Others to consider: Biubiu ($6,200)
Meteor had a consistent 2020 in the LPL. Even though his team didn’t make the playoffs, he provided stable output in the jungle across the board. He averaged 2.02 kills in spring and 2.48 kills in summer. His average death rate in the LPL was about 2.3, which isn’t bad considering he managed to maintain a KDA of 3.6 in spring and 4.57 in summer.
Others to consider: H4cker ($6,600)
Most of your kills on this slate will have to come from players in Royal Never Give Up. Cryin was terrific for eStar in the spring split last year before his move. He is arguably one of the most proficient mid-laners in the LPL, particularly if he can come close to replicating his 2020 pyrotechnics. He is averaging 67.4 DKFP per game — my guess is he’ll surpass that on Monday.
Others to consider: Zeka ($7,400)
The acquisition of Aiming from the LCK’s KT Rolster will provide plenty of firepower for Bilibili Gaming in the lanes ahead of neutral objective fights. Here are his LCK averages last year: 3.83 kills, 1.46 deaths and 3.89 assists with a KDA of 5.3 in spring and 3.91 kills, 1.81 deaths and 4.26 assists with a KDA of 4.5 in summer. That death rate will increase in the LPL with the quicker pace, but so will his kills.
Others to consider: SamD ($7,000)
ShiauC is a budget selection. There is no reason he can’t perform because he was one of the most consistent support players in the LPL last year. However, the major reason for his inclusion is to ease the burden on your average salary remaining per player to be able to draft a stronger team.
Royal Never Give Up ($5,200)
RNG is the team to back on this slate. RNG had an 8-8 series record in both the spring and summer splits last year. The team made the playoffs in spring but not in summer. RNG should be able to start well against TT and stay above .500 for the majority of the season.
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Nikhil Kalro is the Founder and CEO of Altletics Esports.