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Feet on the Mountain, Head in the Clouds: Comprehensive measurement of elemental drake value

Tim Sevenhuysen is the founder of OraclesElixir.com and Head of Esports Data Science for Esports One. He led Shadow.gg from 2017-19 and was Statistical Consultant for Fnatic in 2015.


I’ve investigated the relative value of different elemental drake types in the past, and the topic has continued to fascinate me as LoL has evolved over time, with both direct and indirect changes to the elemental drake buffs. With the development of new, more comprehensive LoL win probability models, which I’ve been building for Esports One, there’s a better toolset than ever for diving deeper into the elemental drake question.

Since Riot recently revealed that the dragon system is getting a big overhaul for 2020, there will never be a better time to share some findings about the current iteration of the system! In future, this will give us a comparison point, so we can conduct similar analysis on the new dragon system and see how much has changed.

The analysis below extends my previous work on the statistical value of elemental drakes. I’ve come away with the following main findings:

  • Mountain drakes are the only drake type to gain in value as more game time passes.
  • Infernal drakes have the most direct value at almost all stages of the game.
  • Cloud drakes start out as the most directly valuable type, but their value falls off more compared to infernals.
  • Ocean drakes have the least overall value, from the very start of the game onwards.

Details and discussion below!
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Game Changers: The Keys To Winning

This article has been prepared by John “TheEsportsPlug” George, an esports daily fantasy player, bettor, and former professional poker player.

During this period before the World Championships begin, a lot of people will be doing a list of the best players to attend the tournament. You’ll see top 10 lists, top 20 lists, and even top 50 lists all putting in a thought on the best players at the event. Normally I’d do the same, but I’ve decided to try something just a little different this year. Rather than trying to figure out the 20 best players, I’ve fashioned a list of the twenty biggest game-changers.

What I mean by “game-changer” is a player who can single-handedly lift their team to the next level. They may not be the best players in the world, or even the best players on their team, but these are the players that will have to elevate to the next level if championship dreams are going to become a reality for their squads. These players can make or break a matchup, and if any of these players’ teams wins Worlds I’m going to bet that these are the guys who made the difference. The guys who changed the game.

#20 Levi (GAM Esports)

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