This article has been prepared by John “TheEsportsPlug” George, an esports daily fantasy player, bettor, and former professional poker player.
With the group stages completed, it’s time for us to take a look at the Quarterfinal matchups! It played out in a wild fashion but ended up with the result I had locked in on Pick ‘Ems, and we’ve found ourselves with arguably 7 of the top 8 teams in the tournament all headed to the knockout stage.
There’s no doubt for me that this is the highest quality of competition we’ve ever had at the World Championships, and we will really get to see how the different styles and strategies play out against one another given these quarterfinal draws. Continue reading Plug’s Breakdowns: The Quarterfinals
There has been a lot of diversity in the of role of mid lane at the 2018 Mid-Season Invitational, from supportive champions like Karma and Sion to melee assassins like Yasuo, and even some roaming mages like Taliyah and Aurelion Sol.
This chart of damage share vs. CS share post-15-minutes shows how each team balanced their mid laner’s role throughout the group stage.
Caps is a standout, with three games on Yasuo and only one on a support champion (Karma). That has led to the highest damage share among mid laners, while also netting him high farm share, especially as he split pushes.
Meanwhile, Bdd’s use of Galio and Karma (two games each) as well as one game on Sion helped produce the lowest share of his team’s farm by a wide margin. Between that champion pool and Khan’s higher proportion of carries (Camille x3, Illaoi, Gnar, Vladimir), Bdd was relied on less for his damage output than most other mid laners.
It’s worth noting, though, that Bdd’s damage contributions were quite similar to Xiaohu’s and Pobelter’s even despite allowing his ADC and top laner to pick up so much more of his team’s farm. That’s a positive trait, even if it won’t earn much of a spotlight.
The winds of change that blow through the offseason always create a fascinating set of loose threads ready to be woven into new storylines. And while North American and Chinese franchising has dominated headlines, there’s plenty of reason for excitement and curiosity in Europe, too.
Here are three of the EU LCS’s offseason moves that have captured my imagination the most going into 2018.
Hylissang joins Fnatic
Anything Fnatic does generates plenty of attention, simply given who they are as a brand and what they represent for Europe as a region. But Hylissang doesn’t just deserve discussion because of the team he’s joining. In my opinion, he has the potential to be among the most influential pick-ups for any team in Europe. Continue reading Three EU LCS Roster Moves to Watch