The LPL and LCK continue on Thursday with four games across both leagues. We take a look at some players to consider from each position for your DraftKings roster on Thursday’s LCK-LPL slate.
More than Loken’s selection, I’d fade huanfeng ($12,000) as captain because his price is far too high considering the quality of opponent Suning is up against. Loken started the spring split in sub-par fashion. He had just two kills and three assists and was also killed seven times over two maps. It can only get better for Loken from here.
Others to consider: Yagao ($11,100)
Suning was the runner-up at Worlds before beating Top Esports in straight maps in the opening game of spring. This level of form has led to a drastic increase in price of players from Suning and a corresponding reduction in price for RNG players on this slate. Xiaohu started the season with a combined KDA of 8.67 (4 kills, 1.5 deaths and 9 assists).
Others to consider: Kiin ($6,000)
In the summer split of the LCK last year, Pyosik was even rivaling mid and bot laners for most production. He has been one of the best junglers in the Korean league for a while now. Even though Afreeca Freecs will be a tough opponent for DRX, there is just too much skill and talent in Pyosik not to draft him at this very affordable price.
Others to consider: Kanavi ($7,200)
With a KDA of just 1, xiye was the most efficient player in JD Gaming’s season opener. That was one performance the team would like to forget. That happens often in the LPL because of the faster pace. Xiye and JD Gaming will undoubtedly be better on Thursday against Bilibili Gaming, led by steady output in the middle lane from xiye.
Others to consider: Angel ($7,800)
huanfeng as captain would just not provide the right balance. Based on pure probability, it’s best to find a moneyball approach to this slate rather than just backing the obvious picks. huanfeng is still an important choice but he fits well at ADC instead of Captain. He started with sheer dominance, with 15 kills, 13 assists and no deaths in the opening game.
Others to consider: Gala ($7,000)
This is another stacking play from JD Gaming. This is not exactly an all-eggs-in-one-basket strategy, but it’s quite close to that. LvMao was killed 10 times in the opener but that’s not surprising with him being a support player. He had seven assists in two maps, which will increase on Thursday.
In spring last year, DRX had a 14-4 series record in the regular season. In summer, DRX improved with a 15-3 series record. That stamped the team’s authority on the LCK as one of the most consistent teams in the league. DRX might not be able to replicate that level of success but won’t be too far apart either.
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Nikhil Kalro is the Founder and CEO of Altletics Esports.