All posts by Tim Sevenhuysen

Founder of OraclesElixir.com. Former Statistical Consultant for Fnatic.

Three NA LCS coaches answer questions about drafting and Rift Herald

Recently, I picked the brains of some NA LCS coaches about drafting strategy, the new Rift Herald, and more. Each coach had their own set of insights, and rather than condense them and lose the unique elements, I’ve decided to share the raw audio of all three interviews below in full. Enjoy!

Core Questions

  • Drafting for comfort vs counterpicks.
  • The importance of flex picks to the draft.
  • How has Rift Herald affected the viability of playing around top lane?
  • What are the best ways to use the Rift Herald buff?

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Are Mountain Drakes Overrated? Statistical analysis of the value and priority of dragon types

Ever since Riot introduced the concept of randomly-spawning elemental drakes, there has been consistent debate around the relative value of each dragon type. Consensus dictates that infernal and mountain drakes are the most valuable, with cloud and ocean as also-rans.

Currently, the trend of opinion among many experts–somewhat unexpectedly–is that mountain drake is the most useful dragon, above even the ever-popular infernal.

Curiously, the data does not bear out this opinion.

Based on statistical analysis of 2017’s games to date, the value of mountain drakes is much lower than popular perception. Inferno drake is statistically the most valuable by far, while cloud and ocean drakes continue to be underrated. Continue reading Are Mountain Drakes Overrated? Statistical analysis of the value and priority of dragon types