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Central Storylines of LCS Free Agency

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.


Free agency is a time of wonder and miracles, when every fan base dreams of landing the big superstar and each roster combination exists in a quantum state of possible outcomes ranging from total meltdowns to tantalizing best-case scenarios. Armchair analysts ready themselves for the viral hot take, content creators spin up their recording equipment, and Jacob Wolf sharpens his fangs. General Managers dream of the galaxy-brain maneuvers that will both set their team up to contend for a title and flesh out a talent pipeline that will secure their future.

Free agency is a time of hope.

As 2019 free agency opens, I’ve picked out three key players to watch, each of whom could significantly shift the tides for any team in 2020 and trigger chain reactions that affect the entire league.

Ssumday

Possibilities: 100 Thieves, Dignitas, Evil Geniuses, Immortals

To say the least, 2019 was a forgettable year for Ssumday. The 100T squad never really clicked, and Ssumday spent most of the summer split playing for the Academy team, where he put up a massive stat line of 5.2 KDA, +809 GXD10, 9.5 CSPM, and 501 DPM in 26 regular season and playoff games.

Don’t let his descent to the Academy league fool you: Ssumday is still a terrific player who could change the fortunes of an LCS team. Continue reading Central Storylines of LCS Free Agency

Analyst Challenge – Trade Play, July 30

The “trade play” challenge gives you a sequence of play where both teams gained some objective or advantage, and asks you to judge which team gained more. An effective response to this challenge needs to consider each team’s win conditions, and the game state at the start and end of the sequence.

July 30, 2019 Challenge

The Responses

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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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