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    BlizzCon Americas Championship Qualifier - Heroes of the Storm

    By Magicmooch

    This weekend marks the next stage in the 2015 Road to BlizzCon Heroes of the Storm World Championship. China already punched in their two tickets to BlizzCon for eStar Gaming and Team YL, it’s now time to focus on the Americas Championship. The 2015 Americas Championship is being held September 19-20 in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Teams from all over North America, Latin America, Southeast Asia, and Australia & New Zealand will come together to battle it out in the Nexus for top glory and a trip to BlizzCon.   The group stage of the tournament is different than most group stages out there. According to Reddit User eSportsMatt (Blizzard eSports Coordinator) the group stage can be considered “a double elimination bracket with a twist”. Reddit user TheBrillo made a chart that gives a nice breakdown here:     In Group A, the first matches will consist of Tempo Storm vs Murloc Geniuses and Immunity vs Cloud 9. The winner of each match will move onto the “Winner’s Finals” of Group A and the losers go to the “Elimination Game” with the loser exiting the tournament. The winner of “Winner’s Finals” moves onto one side of the playoff bracket, loser drops to the “Lower Finals” where they will face the winner of the “Elimination Game” with the loser taking their exit. Winner of the “Lower Finals” moves onto the complete other side of the playoff bracket from their group-mate.   The same format takes place in Group B with the first matches taking place after the Group A elimination game. The matchups for Group B are Relics vs COGnitive and Furious Gaming vs Complexity. Saturday ends with both Group A and Group B Winner’s Finals taking place. Sunday begins with both group’s Lower Finals, with the Grand Final taking place the same day. The tournament will be a Best of 3 format throughout with the exception of the Grand Finals which will be a Best of 5.   Winner takes home a share of the $100,000 USD prize purse; $40,000 to first place, $24,000 to second place, and 3rd-4th taking home $12,000 each. Along with the prize money the top two teams will get their tickets punched to BlizzCon on November 6-7th. Action starts Saturday, 10am Pacific Time on the official Blizzard Heroes of the Storm Twitch Channel (link).  
     
    Let's meet the teams competing this weekend, starting with Group A.  
    Tempo Storm (North America)
    Dreadnaught - Support (Captain) Arthelon - Carry
    So1dier - Tank Kaeyoh - Carry
    Zuna - Flex  
    Tempo Storm are the unofficial powerhouse of the North America region. They qualified for the HWC Americas Championship back in June with their first place finish but then went on to finish first in the next two opens in July and August as well. As a matter of fact in the last 10 majors/minors Tempo Storm has gone on to place first in 8 of them and only dropped to 2nd place for the ones they didn't place first, pretty impressive stuff. You can thank the "star-studded" roster that Tempo Storm has managed to gather over the course of the young esports' life. Some of you may remember Arthelon as a solo queue monster in League of Legends. Some of the older players might remember him from a time before LCS when he played on teams like Monomaniac Esports and Meat Playground. Although Arthelon's League career did not amount to much, he is not unfamiliar with the idea of professionalism that is needed in an infant esport like Heroes of the Storm.   As for more star-power a lot of people will look at Zuna and ask "Hey, is that the guy from...." yes, it is. Zuna, former AD Carry of team Vulcan and XDG is no stranger either when it comes to esports. Playing on Vulcan, a team who finished 3rd in both the 2013 League of Legends LCS Spring and Summer splits, and later on XDG before the team was ultimately relegated only to never return. Despite this, Zuna showed that he can be a big time player in big time situations. Tempo Storm's victorious run can be credited to him. After Zuna joined the team on May 21st, Tempo Storm began their NA domination.
    It isn’t all about the star power though. Dreadnaught, captain of the team, has shown a top notch Pick/Ban phase in almost all of their matchups. So1dier and Kaeyoh are also extremely talented and this team as a whole seems to be the favorite going into this weekend’s tournament.  
    Cloud 9 (North America)
    DunkTrain – Support (Captain) KingCaffeine – Tank
    iDream – Carry K1pro – Flex
    Fan – Carry  
    Cloud 9 is another North American power that has shown some consistency in their lifetime. Although, usually taking 2nd place while Tempo Storm takes first, they are still a force to be reckoned with. Consisting of the roster formerly known as Cloud 9 Maelstrom, who after qualifying in July, dissolved Cloud 9 Vortex and unified under the singular Cloud 9 banner.   Boasting a roster of Heroes veterans, they are no strangers to the tournament scene as well. After placing first in last year’s BlizzCon exhibition tournament, Cloud 9 had a lot to replace after the departure of Zuna, Jintae, and Kenma. On July 30th, Cloud 9 settled on the roster (shown above) and has shown promise since. After the team changes, Cloud 9 has been a consistent top 3 threat in North America, winning the latest Heroes Major League hosted by ESL.   With this young and promising roster, Cloud 9 is looking to secure one of the two spots for BlizzCon in hopes of accomplishing their championship dreams.  
    Murloc Geniuses (North America)
    Faye – Carry CauthonLuck – Carry
    MadTiimmy – Support (Captain) Equinox – Flex
    Fury - Tank  
    Formerly of the team Evil Geniuses in the 2014 BlizzCon Heroes of the Storm show match, MG has gone through a lot of changes since April 1st. Coined “The Challengers” by Josh Bury of theScore eSports (http://www.thescoreesports.com/news/2383) the roster was acquired by Zeveron before the June/July/August NA Open events. Before the August Open, Zeveron disbanded and once again took up the name Murloc Geniuses. Although one of the top 5 teams in North America, MG have not had much in the way of success as of late. More or less “backing into” the America Qualifiers as the last NA spot because the teams ahead of them had already placed; first place Tempo Storm, second place Cloud 9, and Complexity finishing 3rd.   Despite the team changes and struggles throughout 2015, MG are looking to have a strong showing and hopefully make it out of Group A.  
    Team Immunity (Australia)
    Shy – Carry (Captain) Robadobah – Tank
    Sashin – Flex Naeiou – Flex
    Enalgon - Support  
    Team Immunity, unifying after their victory in the AU & NZ qualifiers (formerly Immunity White), are the champions of the AU & NZ region and are looking to represent the two Pacific Island nations in Las Vegas. While the team itself is fairly new, and the region itself is substantially weaker than the world as a whole, Team Immunity bring a fairly interesting playstyle to the Storm. Having two preferred Flex players versus the standard two carries that we see from other western teams brings an interesting element to their game. Being able to rotate roles of a Specialist/Carry on two members means Team Immunity can adapt quickly in a Best of 3 scenario.   Can the Aussies make it out of groups and shock North America?   Group B  
    COGnitive Gaming (North America)
    Scylol – Tank Hospital – Carry (Captain)
    Iakona – Support Glaurung – Flex
    iVSlime – Carry  
    COGnitive Gaming (also known as COG) are no strangers to esports as an organization but are definitely new to the Heroes of the Storm scene. Having only acquired a roster in May, formerly known as “Shot and the Bullets: Reloaded”, the squad showed immediate promise finishing no worse than 3rd in their first 2 months together. Unfortunately after the MSI MGA 2015 Americas Qualifier the team has fallen off in terms of performance, finishing no better than 3rd. With the roster moving to San Jose, CA with apartments close by and a practice area in between them, the team has an easier way to build in-person communication which can be huge for any new lineup. The team’s hyper-aggressive style has been a treat to viewers while sometimes being a detriment to the team as well. Despite their shortcomings, the team is looking to be a favorite coming out of Group B due to their style and their practice regiment.   Is this the tournament that COG makes a resurgence and takes a top spot to prove they are among NA’s elite?  
    compLexity (North America)
    Blinks – Support (Captain) Trummel – Carry
    CattlePillar – Tank H0ns – Flex
    Jaximus - Carry  
    compLexity Gaming. Another name that is very well known in the esports scene that jumps on the early HotS bandwagon. compLexity acquired the roster of “Barrel Boys” and saw a lot of success in the ESL weekly tournaments but failed to materialize any meaningful results in any monthly, minor, or major tournaments. After the departure of Erho to Stellar Lotus, the team took to Reddit to search for a replacement. Jaximus contacted the team for a tryout and was immediately a great fit for the squad.   With the addition of Jaximus the coL squad is looking stronger than ever. They are looking to make a big splash at this weekend’s event.  
    Relics (Singapore)
    Revenant – Flex Mirr – Flex
    Trinity – Flex Relyzer – Flex
    Zeys – Support  
    The Southeast Asian qualifier, coming out of Singapore, is Relics. They are a relatively unknown name in the Western scene, pulled off an impressive performance in the SEA Qualifiers by not dropping a single game until the Grand Finals, taking out Philippines Champion Bibingka 2-1. The squad also has a lot of interesting play styles. According to GosuGamers, all players not named Zeys played some combination of a Carry, Specialist, Warrior, or Tank hero in their 6 tournament wins. So what does this mean? Well it means Relics are an unpredictable squad with an obvious amount of talent. Will their wild playstyle result in a spot at BlizzCon?  
    Furious Gaming (Argentina)
    Nittt – Flex Megalomaniac – Tank (Captain)
    Kobu – Support Malheven – Carry
    DEUS – Carry  
    Furious Gaming have a very interesting story on how they got to the Americas Championship. They actually finished 3rd at the Copa America Championships last month, Brave Ozone took the top spot for the Latin America region. Unfortunately, Brave Ozone had visa issues and could not attend. In steps Furious Gaming, known for their Starcraft II clan, to try to grab a spot at BlizzCon.   Unlike North America teams, Furious Gaming love their specialists and will focus on hard pushing and gaining an early lead to stomp out their opponent.   Predictions:   Group A   For me, it’s an easy decision who is going to make it out of group stages in Group A. While Murloc Geniuses and Team Immunity are strong in their own right, I do not think they can hold a candle to Tempo Storm’s impressive Pick/Ban and Cloud 9’s team play.
    Winner’s FInals: Tempo Storm vs Cloud 9
    In the North America July Open Tempo Storm showed to be very strong, beating Cloud 9 2-0. Cloud 9, at the time Cloud 9 Maelstrom, was able to first pick away Zuna’s Zeratul in game 1 but unfortunately the “Double Mage” comp of Tempo Storm was too much to handle. Game 2 saw Cloud 9 ban out Zeratul and Tempo Storm ban out Jaina, but again Tempo Storm was too much to handle. I expect Tempo Storm to be the Group A first seed.
    Elimination Game: Immunity vs Murloc Geniuses
    Despite Immunity’s promise as a squad, MG just have too much experience under their belt to worry much about Immunity. MG moves on 2-1 to the Lower Finals.     Lower Finals: Cloud 9 vs Murloc Geniuses
    The last time these two teams met in tournament play only once before back when MG was known as Zeveron and C9 as C9 Maelstrom. It was a close set in the opening round of the tournament and both teams have shown improvement since then. I give the favorable edge to Cloud 9 in this one based off of player skill alone. Cloud 9 grabs the second seed out of Group A with a 2-1 victory.  
    Group B   This one is a bit closer. COGnititve is an impressive team. They had a lot of time to prepare so I expect them to come out guns blazing in their opening group game versus Relics. Furious Gaming is a bit of an unknown, and for what it’s worth, shouldn’t technically be here anyways. There is also the big question mark about compLexity’s new carry in Jaximus. Will he be able to bring is League of Legends skill into Heroes or is there still a lot of learning to do?
    Winner’s Finals: COGnitive vs compLexity
    These teams have met twice before this tournament, the NA July Open and the NA August Open with both teams winning a game. Expect this to be one of the closest games of the group stage by far as both teams are fairly close in skill level and strategy. coL still has a new lineup at the end of the day and because of this I give COG the win in this very close series 2-1 and matching up against Cloud 9 in the bottom half of the playoff bracket.
    Elimination Game: Relics vs Furious Gaming
    Poor Furious Gaming. I mean, they were able to go to Las Vegas which is awesome. Unfortunately, the best finish they had was 3rd in a relatively weak region. Being that Relics is a bit of a wild card, I expect FG to bow out of the tournament in this game. Relic takes this series 2-0 and moves on to play compLexity in the Lower Finals.
    Lower Finals: Relics vs compLexity
    Relics has the potential to pull an upset here. Being a relatively unknown team they have the element of surprise with their line-up of mostly flex position players. Expect a closer series than the experts think. At the end of the day though, I have to pick coL winning 2-1 and facing Tempo Storm in the upper part of the playoff bracket.  
    Grand Finals  
    Tempo Storm vs Cloud 9  
    Another rematch for these two teams. I mean, it’s hard to pick against consistency and these two teams have it. Tempo Storm consistently finished in first place with Cloud 9 consistently in second place. At this point, it’s almost irrelevant who to pick as a winner here as both teams get to go to BlizzCon on November 6-7th. For the sake of potentially being right and getting to brag (and potentially being wrong and sulking) I will have to go with Tempo Storm 3-1. Cloud 9 will make the first 2 games close, actually taking game 1. However, i think Tempo Storm is just the better team and that will show after their second series of this weekend.
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  • Ballack

    Worlds 2015: Quarterfinals Fantasy Advice

    By Ballack

    Worlds 2015: Quarterfinals Fantasy Advice Ready for the knockout rounds? The group stages were filled with plenty of exciting games, favorites and underdogs prevailing, teams from North America letting us all down, and some good fantasy picks and some bad. As in everything in life its impossible to be 100% correct on my picks everytime. I use my analysis, price points, and match ups to determine who to pick and although it doesn't always work out, the process is still correct. If we could all predict what would happen we'd all be rich. I've been getting a lot of good feedback from people and I appreciate it all. Thank you for following and reading these blogs as I enjoy putting the information out there for you to use. Here are the odds for the quarterfinals from http://www.pinnaclesports.com/en/odds/match/e-sports/league-of-legends/league-of-legends-world-championship

      Origen, SKT, EDG, and KTR are the favorites to make the Semi-Finals. That said, SKT are the only overwhelming favorite while it is certainly reasonable to think that the other three match ups can go anyway. The best probable route to go is to stack up on SKT carries (marin, faker/easyhoon, Bang) and look for values in the other roles. Here are my favorite players for the Quarterfinals: SKT is the best bet. Fit Faker, Marin, and Bang in wherever you can. My favorite value players come from FW in the form of Karsa and SwordArt, who has been underpriced all tournament. I have a lack of faith in the midlaners, not because of their skill but because of match ups. There are a ton of really good matchups in the midlane Nagne vs. KurO, Pawn vs. Febiven, xPeke vs. Maple. I think you either pay up for Faker or save and go with Maple, who has been great quietly great this tournament with the most kills and second most assists for any mid laner. I'm staying away from FNC and EDG for the most part. It's interesting because their players are relatively cheap, but I think this will be a really close match up that is hard to predict one way or the other. It could turn into a very objective focused series (as FNATIC does like to do this at times) which would limit fantasy output. Vulcun: Top: Marin (SKT) ($1301)
    Jungle: Karsa (FW) ($1264)
    Mid: Faker/Easyhoon (SKT) ($1625)
    ADC: Bang (SKT) ($1514)
    Sup: SwordArt (FW) ($962)
    Flex One: GorillA (KOO) ($961)
    Flex Two: ssumday (KTR) ($1371)
    Flex Three: Score (KTR) ($1053) You use your three SKT spots allowed on the three carries, while paying up they should be worth every penny. You also get to fit two top lane carries into your lineup with Marin and ssumday. You save by using two supports to pay up for value elsewhere, Karsa has the second most kills and third most assists among junglers and score provides a cheap jungle option even though he leads Worlds in assists from the jungle role. Alphadraft: Top: Marin (SKT) ($8900)
    Jungle: Karsa (FW) ($6500)
    Mid: Faker/Easyhoon (SKT) ($8800)
    ADC: Bang (SKT) ($9100)
    Sup: SwordArt (FW) ($6400)
    Flex: Hojin (KOO) ($7100)
    Team: Flash Wolves ($3000) Again you use the three SKT carries. The rest of the lineup is quite cheap among FW players. I talked about SwordArt and Karsa above, but Hojin provides good value as his agressive style has him first in KDA among junglers at 8.4. Cheap team as always in FW, who could easily win their Best of Five against Origen. Draftkings: Top: Marin (SKT) ($7700)
    Jungle: Karsa (FW) ($5100)
    Mid: Maple (FW) ($6300)
    ADC: Bang (SKT) ($8700)
    Sup: SwordArt (FW) ($4900)
    Flex One: Score (KTR) ($6400)
    Flex Two: ssumday (KTR) ($6800)
    Team: FNATIC ($3900) This time you only get two SKT carries. Let's talk about that for a second. Draftkings does not combine Faker and Easyhoon into one pick, they're separated. Because of this, it's extremely risky to pick one or the other unless you are 100% sure that they are playing. If SKT vs ahq was the first match up of the week it'd be easier to get a handle on who was playing for SKT, but your lineup will lock after day one and if you stick Faker in while easyhoon is playing (or vice versa) you'll be paying the highest mid lane salary for no points. I'm going with Maple here instead and saving money. The savings go straight into ssumday to replace Faker's carry spot. With the leftover money I'm using FNATIC who are in a close matchup, but usually play objective focus in big games and that's where your team points come from.   Good luck and enjoy the Quarterfinals!
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IEM Cologne: Day Two Fantasy Advice

IEM Cologne: Day Two Fantasy Advice Hope yesterday went well for you guys. Besides C9 losing I thought it was a really good day one. Here's a look at today's players:   Just a quick note that today's Vulcun contests will run over to tomorrow and include the finals. So make sure you take that into account as you make your lineup. QG looked very sloppy yesterday but eventually pulled off the series win vs DIG, I think there luck runs out today and they'll fall to FNATIC in the semi-finals. On the other side I think we could see a close 2-1 series and I'm leaning towards EVER at the moment. H2k could certainly pull off another series win, but I think it'll be tough for them. I don't know EVER well and I'm not sure anyone does but they won the KESPA cup defeating Korea's best teams in the process so let's give them some credit at least. As for players I'm steering away from QG where I can, using the FNATIC and EVER carries, and I wouldn't have a problem using Jankos, Vander, Ryu, or Odoamne, but I'm staying away from FORG1VEN as he didn't have a huge fantasy impact on day one.   Here are my lineups for today: Vulcun: Top: Crazyplay (EVER) ($1328)
Jungle: Spirit (FNC) ($1281)
Mid: Febiven (FNC) ($1421)
ADC: Rekkles (FNC) ($1570) - Shotcaller
Sup: VandeR (H2k) ($1023)
Flex One: TcT (QG) ($986)
Flex Two: Key (EVER) ($1063)
Flex Three: Athena (EVER) ($1264) AlphaDraft: Top: Gamsu (FNC) ($7300)
Jungle: Spirit (FNC) ($7100)
Mid: Febiven (FNC) ($8100)
ADC: Rekkles (FNC) ($8300)
Sup: Key (EVER) ($6700)
Flex: Athena (EVER) ($8000)
Team: Ever ($3700) DraftKings: Top: Gamsu (FNC) ($7200)
Jungle: Ares (EVER) ($5500)
Mid: Febiven (FNC) ($7900)
ADC: Rekkles (FNC) ($8400)
Sup: KeY (EVER) ($5300)
Flex One: Athena (EVER) ($6800)
Flex Two: Swift (QG) ($4600)
Team: EVER ($4100)

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IEM Cologne: Day One Fantasy Advice

IEM Cologne: Day One Fantasy Advice IEM Cologne Day One is on Friday and it's time to take a look at the match-ups and fantasy analysis for the weekend. Here are the players on day one:     Full disclosure I do not know a ton about Qiao Gu, but what I do know is the finished second in the LPL during the summer split falling to LGD in the finals in five games. In the games in which they won during that series their ADC TnT played hyper carries Vayne and Kog'maw and mid laner Doinb played control mages Lulu and Viktor. In all five games top laner, V, played supportive champions including three Maokai games. Personally, I think they'll beat DIG which makes QG players attractive on day one. They're priced as the most expensive options and will probably be worth the money. H2k and C9 could go either way, but I'm going to give the edge to C9 here. I expect Hai to start and when Hai is playing and shotcalling C9 are a much more effective team. Incarnati0n has started to come into his own after strong performances in the Regional Qualifiers and World Championships. Rush is a hyper aggressive jungler who will create a strong early game presence. That said I'm mainly focusing on using QG and C9 players, if you want to use H2k players I don't have a problem with that, but I'd stay away from DIG. Here are my Day One Lineups: Vulcun: Top: V (QG) ($1107)
Jungle: Rush (C9) ($1214)
Mid: Incarnati0n (C9) ($1402)
ADC: Sneaky (C9) ($1364) - Shotcaller
Sup: Vander (H2k) ($980)
Flex One: TnT (QG) ($1438)
Flex Two: Odoamne (H2k) ($1104)
Flex Three: Swift (QG) ($1091) AlphaDraft: Top: V (QG) ($7800)
Jungle: Rush (C9) ($7300)
Mid: Doinb (QG) ($8600)
ADC: Sneaky (C9) ($8400)
Sup: Hai (C9) ($6500)
Flex: Swift (QG) ($7100)
Team: QG ($3800) DraftKings: Top: V (QG) ($7100)
Jungle: Rush (C9) ($5400)
Mid: Doinb (QG) ($7800)
ADC: Sneaky (C9) ($7100)
Sup: Hai (C9) ($5200)
Flex One: Incarnati0n (C9) ($6600)
Flex Two: Swift (QG) ($6500)
Team: C9 ($3900)

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Allstars 2015: Day Two

Allstars 2015: Day Two Welcome back in for Day Two everyone. Yesterday went ok - could've been better but I still cashed in most games I played. Hopefully you did as well! Let's take a look at Day Two.   I like players from the NALCS, EULCS, and LCK in general today. In theory, NALCS has the easiest matchup and the LCK has a tough matchup, but I have faith in the LCK.   Here are my lineups for Day Two: Vulcun: Top: Marin (LCK) ($1137)
Jungle: Score (LCK) ($1092)
Mid: Faker (LCK) ($1454)
ADC: Doublelift (NALCS) ($1401) - Shotcaller
Sup: Aphromoo (NALCS) ($1010)
Flex One: Huni (EULCS) ($1326)
Flex Two: Bjergsen (NALCS) ($1512)
Flex Three: Karsa (LMS) ($1053) Marin and Score are criminally underpriced in my opinion. They have a tough matchup against the LCK All Stars, but they're two of the best players, if not the best in their roles and they're must plays at this price. Doublelift and Bjergsen are the carries on the NALCS team and have the easiest matchup of the day in theory, pairing Aphro with Doublelift seems like a good bet as well. To fit all these players I'm using Karsa as a cheap flex option over another support. Alphadraft: Top: Marin (LCK) ($8200)
Jungle: Score (LCK) ($7700)
Mid: Bjergsen (NALCS) ($8300)
ADC: Doublelift (NALCS) ($8200)
Sup: Aphromoo (NALCS) ($6900)
Flex: Meteos (NALCS) ($7100)
Team: EULCS ($3600) Going all in with the NALCS on Alphadraft today. We use the same three players we did from the Vulcun lineup, but I'm adding Meteos in as my flex. He played quite well yesterday on Zac and I think he'll have another good game today. Using the EULCS as my cheap team as we expect them to win. Draft Kings: Top: Marin (LCK) ($6500)
Jungle: Score (LCK) ($5900)
Mid: Faker (LCK) ($7100)
ADC: Doublelift (NALCS) ($8000)
Sup: Aphromoo (NALCS) ($6200)
Flex One: Clearlove (LPL) ($5500)
Flex Two: Meteos (NALCS) ($6200)
Team: EULCS ($4500) Again I think the LCK players are underpriced so we'll use Marin, Score, and Faker here. I think Clearlove is underpriced pretty badly as well, he's one of the best junglers in the world and $5500 is a price he can surely outperform. We round off the lineup with the pairing of Doublelift and Aphromoo and Meteos in our second flex spot.   Good luck on Day Two!

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Allstars 2015: Day One

Allstars 2015: Day One Welcome in everyone. With the allstar event about to start it's time to take a look at the fantasy aspects of the tournament for Alphadraft, Vulcun, and Draftkings. Let's dig in for day one.     I'm personally trying to fit Marin, Faker, and Pray in wherever it's possible. The LCK will be heavily favored throughout the tournament, but never more so than on Day One against the Wildcard Region. Expect them to stomp the IWC pretty easily. My favorite underdog of the day is the LMS vs the LPL. The LPL has a strong team, but it wouldn't shock me if the LMS beat them. Not saying that it will happen but I don't mind using a player or two at a good price from the LMS on Day One. Here's my lineups for day one. Draft Kings: Top: Marin (LCK) ($7300)
Jungle: Karsa (LMS) ($5400)
Mid: Faker (LCK) ($8200)
ADC: PraY (LCK) ($8700)
Sup: Aphromoo (NALCS) ($5000)
Flex One: Huni (EULCS) ($6500)
Flex Two: Meteos (NALCS) ($5200)
Team: NALCS (3600) Remember that I don't pay up for jungle, support, or team usually, so I'm going cheap by using Karsa, Aphromoo, the NALCS, and Meteos in order to fit Marin, Pray, and Faker into this lineup. Karsa played well at Worlds and presents the best upside for his cheap price.  Vulcun: Top: Huni (EULCS) ($1238)
Jungle: Karsa (LMS) ($1076)
Mid: Faker (LCK) ($1738)
ADC: Pray (LCK) ($1524) - Shotcaller
Sup: kaSing (EULCS) ($1001)
Flex One: Amazing (EULCS) ($1118)
Flex Two: Aphromoo (NALCS) ($1008)
Flex Three: Ziv (LMS) ($1173) It's pretty hard to fit Faker, Marin, and Pray into a lineup on Vulcun without sacrificing a lot, so I'm just going with Faker and Pray here as I think you can find value closer to Marin in the top lane easier. We all know what Huni brings to the table and if he's on a carry champion he can produce at a close level to Marin certainly.   Alphadraft: Top: Marin (LCK) ($8700)
Jungle: Karsa (LMS) ($6600)
Mid: Faker (LCK) ($9100)
ADC: PraY (LCK) ($9000)
Sup: aphromoo (NALCS) ($6500)
Flex: Ziv (LMS) ($6700)
Team: NALCS ($3400)
  Again by going cheap at jungle, support, team, and flex you can fit Marin, Faker, and PraY into your lineup. Like I said above I think the LMS is the best underdog of the day and feel comfortable with using Ziv and Karsa.    Good Luck on Day One!

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IEM San Jose: Day Two Fantasy Advice

IEM San Jose: Day Two Fantasy Advice Welcome back in. Yesterday didn't go quite as I expected. I got things half right with CLG beating UoL, but TSM's new roster did work against LGD with a nice 2-0. LGD looked bad, they should've probably won game two, but regardless both games put up some decent fantasy numbers for us, even being wrong about LGD. The biggest problem I had was that I used Flame on DraftKings and he only played one game. Going forward, I think it may be wise to stay away from using players who could be subbed out. I think ORG will beat TSM closely while JAG will beat CLG to make an Origen vs. Jin Air Final. I'm going to pick Origen to win the whole thing, but I'm somewhat thinking whoever wins the TSM/OG Match Up will take home the title at IEM San Jose. Here's a look at today's players: I'm gonna try to stay away from using any player who may be subbed out on Draft Kings today. Here's my lineups: Vulcun: Top: sOAZ (OG) ($1272)
Jungle: Xmithie (CLG) ($1120)
Mid: Bjergsen (TSM) ($1437)
ADC: Niels (OG) ($1427) - Shotcaller
Sup: Mithy (OG) ($976)
Flex One: Doublelift (TSM) ($1594)
Flex Two: Chei (JaG) ($941)
Flex Three: Trace (JaG) ($1233) I want Niels and Doublelift in every lineup I make today. If today is like yesterday, Doublelift is the main carry of TSM at the moment and even if they lose he will put up big numbers much like he did in CLG. That doesn't mean Bjergsen is a bad option especially when he's cheaper than others. He can still get plenty of kills and assists. I'm going cheap at jungle and support, but pairing Mithy with Niels seems like a good shout. Niels was the standout carry for OG at Worlds. Alphadraft: Top: sOAZ (OG) ($7600)
Jungle: Amazing (OG) ($7400)
Mid: PowerOfEvil (OG) ($8000)
ADC: Niels (OG) ($8400)
Sup: Aphromoo ($7000)
Flex: Doubelift (TSM) ($8200)
Team: TSM ($3400) Going cheap again at support and team to pay up for a mainly OG lineup. Like I said above I think OG will win this tournament so an OG stack here makes the most sense to me.  Draftkings: Top: sOAZ (OG) ($6500)
Jungle: Amazing (OG) ($6000)
Mid: Bjergsen (TSM) ($6600)
ADC: Niels (OG) ($7700)
Sup: kaSing (TSM) ($5100)
Flex One: Doublelift (TSM) ($6900)
Flex Two: Kuzan (JaG) ($7100)
Team: CLG ($4000) Draftkings is only using the semi-finals for their contests so you don't have to worry as much about getting players from the teams expected to make the finals. Doublelift is a much use as he's the cheapest ADC and should out perform his price. I'm using the cheapest team (CLG) and cheapest support (kaSing) to pay up for players like Niels. For some reason TSM is not available to pick in your team spot.   Good luck on day two!

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IEM San Jose: Day One Fantasy Advice

IEM San Jose: Day One Fantasy Advice Welcome everyone, it's been a month since Worlds and if you're like me you've been itching for some competitive League of Legends to watch again. Luckily this weekend gives us something good to watch with IEM San Jose taking place. The teams involved include CLG, TSM, OG, UoL, JaG, and LGD. There has been a lot of turnover in the last month as far as rosters are concerned, so let's take a look at the rosters for this tournament going into Day One. UoL - Vizi, Gilius, Fox, Steelback, Hylissang TSM - Hauntzer, Svenskeren, Bjerg, DLift, kaSing JaG - SoHwan, Chaser, Kuzan, Pilot, Chei CLG - Zion, Xmithie, Huhi, Stixxayy, Aphro ORG - sOAZ, Amazing, Peke/PoE, Niels, Mithy LGD - Acorn/Flame, TBQ, GodV, Imp, Pyl I think it's important taking in how much turnover there has been with some of these teams and what effect that might have this weekend. For example, TSM changed four positions this offseason and they haven't had a very long time to mesh together. They play LGD who disappointed at Worlds, but looked better towards the end of the tournament and haven't had the roster turnover TSM had. Although I think TSM roster will be very strong, they may need more time to mesh together before it really shows. My prediction is that LGD will beat TSM and CLG will beat UoL in the Quarterfinals. Even though CLG lost Doublelift and Pobelter they maintained most of their roster and should have experience with Huhi and even Stixxay to some extent. I think TSM got the hardest quarterfinal draw and while the best of three will be close I think LGD will pull it out. This column gives advice for Vulcun, Draft Kings, and Alpha Draft, Vulcun is the only site that is using all three best of three series for tomorrow. That will be reflected in my lineups. Here's a look at tomorrow's players: IEM San Jose is being played on patch 5.21 so expect a lot of focus to go to carry top laners much like at worlds. Flame, Zion, and sOAZ have shown they like to play a carry role while Hauntzer and Vizi have historically played more utility or tank top laners.  Here are my lineups for Day One across the three sites: Vulcun: Top: Flame (LGD) ($1291)
Jungle: Xmithie (CLG) ($1162)
Mid: Huhi (CLG) ($1290)
ADC: imp (LGD) ($1551) - Shotcaller
Sup: Mithy (OG) ($1018)
Flex One: ZionSpartan (CLG) ($1261)
Flex Two: Hylissang (UoL) ($965)
Flex Three: Niels (OG) ($1447) I'm using a lot of the maximum of three CLG players including cheap options in Huhi and Xmithie to pay up for two each from LGD and OG. Like I said above I think LGD will beat TSM which gives them two bo3 match ups on Day One on Vulcun. That should make LGD the best bet to end up with the most points as long as they beat TSM, just by simple logic as they'd play a minimum of four games where the max any other team could get on Day One is 3. LGD is expensive though and I can only fit imp and Flame into my lineups. I'm using two carry top laners in Zion and Flame and pairing OG's Mithy with his ADC and main carry Niels.  Alpha Draft: Top: Flame (LGD) ($7600)
Jungle: TBQ (LGD) ($7000)
Mid: Huhi (CLG) ($8000)
ADC: imp (LGD) ($8400)
Sup: Aphromoo (CLG) ($7400)
Flex: ZionSpartan (CLG) ($7800)
Team: LGD The LGD and CLG stack is in full effect here. Like I said I think they will beat TSM, albeit closely and I think CLG will beat UoL. I'm using three players each from these teams and using CLG for my team.  Draftkings: Top: Flame (LGD) ($6500)
Jungle: Xmithie (CLG) ($6,200)
Mid: Huhi (CLG) ($7,500)
ADC: imp (LGD) ($7,800)
Sup: kaSing (TSM) ($5,100)
Flex One: ZionSpartan (CLG) ($6,600)
Flex Two: TBQ (LGD) ($6,100)
Team: TSM ($3,900) By not paying up for a team or support (which I preach often as they usually net you the least amount of points), I can afford to spend up for imp, huhi, zion, tbq, flame, and Xmithie. I've strayed from GodV in all my teams mainly because the match up with Bjergsen is a tough one on paper as Bjerg is a strong mid laner and GodV is expensive. Same goes for Bjerg, but I considered him on Draftkings because he's cheap. Remember to make sure that a player like Flame is going to be starting over Acorn as Draftkings is the only site that does not use a teams "role" but instead each individual player. If you use Flame in your lineup but Acorn starts you will get 0 points on Draftkings.   I'll be watching the tournament all weekend and I invite anyone to join me on our teamspeak server to chat about the tournament. Information can be found here on how to join team speak: http://www.vvv-gaming.com/forum/announcement/4-we-moved-from-mumble-to-teamspeak/   Good luck on Day One!  
 

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Gaming - :D

Have you ever had met a person in life who shared all of your interests? Thought the way you do? The Moriarty to your Sherlock - Sometimes the other way around? Well, my brother, Chris, was and is that to me. There is nothing in this world that gets my blood flowing like the thrill of a challenge, a competition, or pursuit of perfection.   The earliest memory I have is playing Mortal Kombat Ultimate. My brother was a beast at Nightwolf and Sindel. God, I couldn't stand that fucker and his axe combo; if you know the game, it started with a low kick... followed by an annihilation of your manhood (insert rage). Anyways, we'd play the game with large health pools so that the matches lasted for 7-10 minutes. We figured this would balance out the flukes and allow the better player to always win. It was always him. I would practice hours upon hours, character after character, just to find a way to beat his Nightwolf. I would go so far as to play into the AM's while everyone was asleep on a school night. Finally, a miracle happened. Jesus took the wheel, or in this case, control of the controller leading me to accidentally pick Noob Sabot in the select screen. Well, it turns out the timing of Sabots combos completely and utterly destroy Nightwolf. I ended up figuring out something called an "infinite combo" in the fighter genre, like Marvel vs Capcom. I was unbeatable. This led to my brother demanding the hero be banned from play, lol.   Fast forward a few years, and the best game of all time had been created; Starcraft: Brood War. Our second greatest rivalry. I can still remember the day my brother came home with a disc of this game. For all you youngins out there, we had to have cd-rom discs of the game to play it. This is back when windows 95 was the most up to date operating system. Anyways, our buddy Jeremy from down the street was all about this game. We installed, opened the game, picked protoss, and entered a world that would define our childhood. Even to this day, I find myself searching youtube for the game's music, old tournaments, and everything GomTV. The game was flawless.   Alright, enough gushing about Starcraft, down to the nitty gritty. Like all games, top tier players separate themselves from the community and create their own secret hideout. In Starcraft, this was Clan x17. To put this place in perspective; think of the biggest crush you've ever had. Now imagine her surrounded by a multitude of bouncers, and around these bouncers are other nerds ust like yourself. Just like the world of dating, clan x17 is the girl you want to bang, and the amount of horny teenagers trying to get in her circle represents the starcraft community.   This is where my brother played.   Having only 1 computer growing up, I spent a great deal of time watching my brother in a chair right beside him, learning from his every move. There was this one game I remember vividly, the game he played against Testie. This guy was one of the top terran players in North America at the time, a man ahead of his time in terms of skill. Testie decided to do a tank push/contain on my brother's protoss base very early in the game. However, my brother had created a build rushing zealot speed and shuttles in order to drop on top of the tanks, nullifying the terran advantage. The game was a 30 minute slugfest of epic proportion. The result: my brother was victorious.   Throughout the next few years, he would play against the top canadian protoss Smuft- from time to time, as well as many other Clan x17 members. I’m not sure of all the opponents anymore, but I am certain he had to of run into Artosis, Tasteless and Day9 at one point or another.   As for myself, I played in x17 as well. My defining moment came before my brother’s success in the game. One late night, my brother went over to our friend’s house in order to play me 1v1 online. We played for hours upon hours into the AM’s, digging deeper into competitive nature with each passing game. And so the moment came where I defeated him in 3 straight games, convincingly. My brother didn’t even type a word as his connection disappeared from the LAN screen. I was beside myself because I had never truly beaten him on even terms before. But… he crushed me in a harmful way. The following day he told me this, “I was just playing around you know? I’m still better than you.” As a young, 12 year old boy, I accepted my older brother’s statement and quit Starcraft for good.   There are times in my gaming career where I wonder, "what might have been if I had done 'x'?" Well, this is one of them.

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Worlds 2015: Semi-Final Advice

Worlds 2015: Semi-Final Advice Here are the Semi-Final Odds: FNATIC and SKT are the favorites to head to the World Finals. I would recommend fading ORG as SKT have looked near unstoppable. KOO provides some interesting salary relief plays. Here's a list of all the players left in the tournament: Vulcun: Top: Marin (SKT) ($1261)
Jungle: Hojin (KOO) ($1175)
Mid: Faker (SKT) ($1420)
ADC: Bang (SKT) ($1514)
Sup: GOrilla (KOO) ($994)
Flex One: Huni (FNC) ($1252)
Flex Two: YellowStar (FNC) ($1021)
Flex Three: Febiven (FNC) ($1358) The first thing to note is that Vulcun is combining the Semi-Final and Final rounds into their contests this week. With that in mind you need to select mostly players who are going to make it to the finals so you get two weeks worth of points. For me, it was SKT and FNC so I took the limit of three per team from each. The other two spots I gave to KOO Tigers as I think they have a better chance to make the finals than Origen. Alphadraft: Top: Marin (SKT) ($8600)
Jungle: Hojin (KOO) ($7100)
Mid: Febiven (FNC) ($7800)
ADC: Bang (SKT) ($8800)
Sup: Gorilla (KOO) ($6900)
Flex; Yellowstar (FNC) ($7100)
Team: FNATIC ($3700) Draftkings: Top: Marin (SKT) ($7500)
Jungle: Hojin (KOO) ($5600)
Mid: Febiven (FNC) ($7400)
ADC: Bang (SKT) ($8700)
Sup: Mithy (ORG) ($4100)
Flex; Huni (FNC) ($6700)
Flex; Gorilla (KOO) ($5400)
Team: FNATIC ($4500)

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Worlds 2015: Quarterfinals Fantasy Advice

Worlds 2015: Quarterfinals Fantasy Advice Ready for the knockout rounds? The group stages were filled with plenty of exciting games, favorites and underdogs prevailing, teams from North America letting us all down, and some good fantasy picks and some bad. As in everything in life its impossible to be 100% correct on my picks everytime. I use my analysis, price points, and match ups to determine who to pick and although it doesn't always work out, the process is still correct. If we could all predict what would happen we'd all be rich. I've been getting a lot of good feedback from people and I appreciate it all. Thank you for following and reading these blogs as I enjoy putting the information out there for you to use. Here are the odds for the quarterfinals from http://www.pinnaclesports.com/en/odds/match/e-sports/league-of-legends/league-of-legends-world-championship

  Origen, SKT, EDG, and KTR are the favorites to make the Semi-Finals. That said, SKT are the only overwhelming favorite while it is certainly reasonable to think that the other three match ups can go anyway. The best probable route to go is to stack up on SKT carries (marin, faker/easyhoon, Bang) and look for values in the other roles. Here are my favorite players for the Quarterfinals: SKT is the best bet. Fit Faker, Marin, and Bang in wherever you can. My favorite value players come from FW in the form of Karsa and SwordArt, who has been underpriced all tournament. I have a lack of faith in the midlaners, not because of their skill but because of match ups. There are a ton of really good matchups in the midlane Nagne vs. KurO, Pawn vs. Febiven, xPeke vs. Maple. I think you either pay up for Faker or save and go with Maple, who has been great quietly great this tournament with the most kills and second most assists for any mid laner. I'm staying away from FNC and EDG for the most part. It's interesting because their players are relatively cheap, but I think this will be a really close match up that is hard to predict one way or the other. It could turn into a very objective focused series (as FNATIC does like to do this at times) which would limit fantasy output. Vulcun: Top: Marin (SKT) ($1301)
Jungle: Karsa (FW) ($1264)
Mid: Faker/Easyhoon (SKT) ($1625)
ADC: Bang (SKT) ($1514)
Sup: SwordArt (FW) ($962)
Flex One: GorillA (KOO) ($961)
Flex Two: ssumday (KTR) ($1371)
Flex Three: Score (KTR) ($1053) You use your three SKT spots allowed on the three carries, while paying up they should be worth every penny. You also get to fit two top lane carries into your lineup with Marin and ssumday. You save by using two supports to pay up for value elsewhere, Karsa has the second most kills and third most assists among junglers and score provides a cheap jungle option even though he leads Worlds in assists from the jungle role. Alphadraft: Top: Marin (SKT) ($8900)
Jungle: Karsa (FW) ($6500)
Mid: Faker/Easyhoon (SKT) ($8800)
ADC: Bang (SKT) ($9100)
Sup: SwordArt (FW) ($6400)
Flex: Hojin (KOO) ($7100)
Team: Flash Wolves ($3000) Again you use the three SKT carries. The rest of the lineup is quite cheap among FW players. I talked about SwordArt and Karsa above, but Hojin provides good value as his agressive style has him first in KDA among junglers at 8.4. Cheap team as always in FW, who could easily win their Best of Five against Origen. Draftkings: Top: Marin (SKT) ($7700)
Jungle: Karsa (FW) ($5100)
Mid: Maple (FW) ($6300)
ADC: Bang (SKT) ($8700)
Sup: SwordArt (FW) ($4900)
Flex One: Score (KTR) ($6400)
Flex Two: ssumday (KTR) ($6800)
Team: FNATIC ($3900) This time you only get two SKT carries. Let's talk about that for a second. Draftkings does not combine Faker and Easyhoon into one pick, they're separated. Because of this, it's extremely risky to pick one or the other unless you are 100% sure that they are playing. If SKT vs ahq was the first match up of the week it'd be easier to get a handle on who was playing for SKT, but your lineup will lock after day one and if you stick Faker in while easyhoon is playing (or vice versa) you'll be paying the highest mid lane salary for no points. I'm going with Maple here instead and saving money. The savings go straight into ssumday to replace Faker's carry spot. With the leftover money I'm using FNATIC who are in a close matchup, but usually play objective focus in big games and that's where your team points come from.   Good luck and enjoy the Quarterfinals!

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Worlds 2015: Day Eight Fantasy Advice

Worlds 2015: Day Eight Fantasy Advice Here are today's odds: Here are today's players: Vulcun: Top: Ziv (ahq) ($1211)
Jungle: Kakao (iG) ($1260)
Mid: Incarnati0n (C9) ($1336)
ADC: Sneaky (C9) ($1312) - Shotcaller
Sup: LemonNation (C9) ($1022)
Flex One: Rookie (iG) ($1422)
Flex Two: Yellowstar (FNC) ($1058)
Flex Three: AN (ahq) ($1379) Alphadraft: Top: Ziv (ahq) ($6700)
Jungle: Kakao (iG) ($7600)
Mid: Feviven (FNC) ($8400)
ADC: Rekkles (FNC) ($8600)
Sup: Yellowstar (FNC) ($7800)
Flex: Westdoor (ahq) ($7000)
Team: FNATIC ($3900) Draft Kings Game One and Two: Top: Huni (FNC) ($6700)
Jungle: Kakao (iG) ($6300)
Mid: Rookie (iG) ($7900)
ADC: Rekkles (FNC) ($7600)
Sup: YellowStar (FNC) ($5900)
Flex One: Febiven (FNC) ($7400)
Flex Two: LemonNation (C9) ($4400)
Team: C9 ($3800) Draft Kings Game Three and Four: Top: Huni (FNC) ($6700)
Jungle: Hai (C9) ($5600)
Mid: Incarnati0n (C9) ($7000)
ADC: Sneaky (C9) ($6800)
Sup: LemonNation (C9) ($5300)
Flex One: Rekkles (FNC) ($7400)
Flex Two: Febiven (FNC) ($7200)
Team: C9 ($3800) Draft Kings Game Five and Six: Top: Huni (FNC) ($6700)
Jungle: Kakao (iG) ($6400)
Mid: Febiven (FNC) ($8000)
ADC: Sneaky (C9) ($6900)
Sup: Albis (ahq) ($4200)
Flex One: Yellowstar (FNC) ($6100)
Flex Two: Rekkles (FNC) ($7600)
Team: C9 ($3800)  

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Worlds 2015: Day Seven Fantasy Advice

Worlds 2015: Day Seven Fantasy Advice Here are the Day Seven Odds from http://www.pinnaclesports.com/en/odds/match/e-sports/league-of-legends/league-of-legends-championship-series : KTR and Origen by a hair are favored to advance. LGD has been awful and seem to have some dysfunction in their ranks while TSM simply haven't been good enough so far. Here's a look at the players for Day Seven: Vulcun: Top: ssumday (KTR) ($1245) - Shotcaller
Jungle: Score (KTR) ($1257)
Mid: Nagne (KTR) ($1521)
ADC: Niels (ORG) ($1378)
Sup: Mithy (ORG) ($999)
Flex One: Bjergsen (TSM) ($1389)
Flex Two: sOAZ (ORG) ($1145)
Flex Three: PYL (LGD) ($1052) Alphadraft: Top: ssumday (KTR) ($8100)
Jungle: Score (KTR) ($7600)
Mid: Bjergsen (TSM) ($7100)
ADC: Niels (ORG) ($8400)
Sup: Mithy (ORG) ($7100)
Flex: Arrow (KTR) ($8600)
Team: TSM ($3000) Draft Kings Game One and Two: Top: ssumday (KTR) ($6400)
Jungle: Score (KTR) ($6400)
Mid: Bjergsen (TSM) ($6900)
ADC: Niels (ORG) ($8200)
Sup: Mithy (ORG) ($5900)
Flex One: Arrow (KTR) ($7300)
Flex Two: PYL (LGD) ($5000)
Team: LGD ($3800) Draft Kings Game Three and Four: Top: ssumday (KTR) ($7300)
Jungle: Score (KTR) ($6700)
Mid: GodV (LGD) ($7600)
ADC: imp (LGD) ($7400)
Sup: PYL (LGD) ($5400)
Flex One: Lustboy (TSM) ($4400)
Flex Two: Niels (ORG) ($7000)
Team: Origen ($3900) Draft Kings Game Five and Six: Top: ssumday (KTR) ($6600)
Jungle: Score (KTR) ($5800)
Mid: Bjergsen (TSM) ($6700)
ADC: Arrow (KTR) ($7900)
Sup: Piccaboo (KTR) ($5900)
Flex One: Mithy (ORG) ($4900)
Flex Two: imp (LGD) ($8100)
Team: TSM ($3600)    

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Worlds 2015: Day Six Fantasy Advice

Worlds 2015: Day Six Fantasy Advice Here are Day Six's odds from: http://www.pinnaclesports.com/en/odds/match/e-sports/league-of-legends/league-of-legends-championship-series EDG and SKT are the dominate teams that will advance. Try to stack your lineups with as many SKT/EDG players as possible. Here are the players, with salaries for Day 6: Vulcun: Top: Marin (SKT) ($1284)
Jungle: Clearlove (EDG) ($1221)
Mid: Pawn (EDG) ($1477)
ADC: Bang  (SKT) ($1531) - Shotcaller
Sup: Meiko (EDG) ($932)
Flex One: Hjarnan (H2k) ($1325)
Flex Two: Kasing (H2k) ($1003)
Flex Three: Wolf (SKT) ($1176) 3 from SKT, 3 from EDG as thats the max. Fading all BKT members and pairing the H2k bot lane as I think they won't feed and Hjarnan will carry against BKT. Alphadraft: Top: AmazingJ (EDG) ($8000)
Jungle: Clearlove (EDG) ($8500)
Mid: Ryu (H2k) ($6800)
ADC: Bang (SKT) ($9100)
Sup: Moss (BKT) ($5600)
Flex: Deft (EDG) ($8600)
Team: H2k ($3400) I'm punting support to pay up for other roles. It may be strange to go with Ryu over faker or pawn, but I think Ryu will be decent in the EDG/SKT games and will have a big game against BKT to make up for it. I'm also not paying up for a team as I've found it's not really worth it if you have to pay up at the expense of your players. DraftKings Game One and Two: Top: Marin (SKT) ($6800)
Jungle: Clearlove (EDG) ($5300)
Mid: Faker (SKT) ($7400)
ADC: Hjarnan (H2k) ($9300)
Sup: Meiko (EDG) ($4400)
Flex One: Deft (EDG) ($6900)
Flex Two: Wolf (SKT) ($5800)
Team: EDG ($3800) DraftKings Game Three and Four: Top: Marin (SKT) ($8800)
Jungle: Clearlove (EDG) ($7500)
Mid: Ryu (H2k) ($5500)
ADC: Deft (EDG) ($9500)
Sup: Meiko (EDG) ($6800)
Flex One: Hjarnan (H2k) ($5600)
Flex Two: kasing (H2k) ($3500)
Team: H2k ($2700) DraftKings Game Five and Six: Top: Marin (SKT) ($9000)
Jungle: Clearlove (EDG) ($6800)
Mid: Ryu (H2k) ($5500)
ADC: Deft (EDG) ($8300)
Sup: Kasing (H2k) ($4000)
Flex One: Bengi (SKT) ($7600)
Flex Two: Hjarnan (H2k) ($5800)
Team: H2k ($2900) *Note: If SKT beats EDG make sure that Easyhoon is not subbed in for faker for the following games. If he is make sure you adjust your Draftkings lineups accordingly.

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Worlds 2015: Day Five Fantasy Advice

Worlds 2015: Day Five Fantasy Advice Here are Day Five's Odds from http://www.pinnaclesports.com/en/odds/match/e-sports/league-of-legends/league-of-legends-championship-series : KOO are the favorite to win their group followed by CLG in second, FW in third, and paiN Gaming in fourth. Upsets can and may happen so take careful consideration into that when formatting your lineups. Here are today's players and their prices across the three sites I play on: DraftKings is doing a weird thing and instead of using the enitre day for their games they've split them into groups of two. I wish they had contests for the whole day but alas they do not. Note that prices change from game to game for the players. Vulcun and Alphadraft are using the entire day in their contests. I think on DraftKings it may be better to play tournaments so you can mix favorites with high upside cheap players. Vulcun: Top: ZionSpartan (CLG) ($1232)
Jungle: Hojin (KOO) ($1281)
Mid: Kuro (KOO) ($1532)
ADC: Pray (KOO) ($1528)
Support: Aphromoo (CLG) ($1008)
Flex One: Doublelift (CLG) ($1482)
Flex Two: SwordArt (FW) ($984)
Flex Three: Dioud (paiN) ($897) By using three cheap supports (two of which I think are fine to use) I can pay up for Kuro, Pray, Hojin, and Doublelift. I don't expect that CLG will feed again so Doublelift is a good bet even if they don't win their group. I'm expecting KOO to win the group so paying up for their carries is a good idea. Alphadraft: Top: Smeb (KOO) ($7600)
Jungle: Karsa (FW) ($7300)
Mid: KurO (KOO) ($8300)
ADC: Pray (KOO) ($8000)
Support: Aphromoo (CLG) ($7500)
Flex: ZionSpartan (CLG) ($7400)
Team: KOO ($3800) On Alphadraft you can use four players from one team instead of three on Alphadraft. I'm paying up for Smeb, KurO, Pray and using KOO as my team for my four KOO picks. I'm also using Aphro and Zion as I expect CLG to finish second in their group, while using Karsa over Xmithie as I just think he's a better player. They are the same price though so if you feel Xmithie > Karsa I can't fault you. DraftKings (Games 1-2): Top: Smeb (KOO) ($6800)
Jungle: Hojin (KOO) ($6300)
Mid: KurO (KOO) ($8700)
ADC: Pray (KOO) ($9000)
Support: Aphromoo (CLG) ($4200)
Flex One: Dioud (paiN) ($3900)
Flex Two: Kami (paiN) ($6300)
Team: KOO ($4600) By using three cheap players you can pay up for the KOO Tigers. Kami is the best player on paiN and performed well against FW last time. Just hope the three cheap players don't feed and that KOO win and you should be in good shape. DraftKings (Games 3-4): Top: ZionSpartan (CLG) ($6700)
Jungle: Karsa (FW) ($5100)
Mid: KurO (KOO) ($9000)
ADC: Doublelift (CLG) ($8400)
Support: Aphromoo (CLG) ($5400)
Flex One: Smeb (KOO) ($7300)
Flex Two: SwordArt (FW) ($3800)
Team: CLG ($4300) I think CLG beats FW, and Doublelift is the best play at ADC anyway as Pray is priced extremely high. Using a mix of CLG and FW players in what may be a close game allows you to pay up for Smeb and KurO in the best match up in this round of games. DraftKings (Games 5-6): Top: ZionSpartan (CLG) ($7100)
Jungle: Hojin (KOO) ($6700)
Mid: KurO (KOO) ($8500)
ADC: Pray (KOO) ($9100)
Support: SwordArt (FW) ($3800)
Flex One: Aphromoo (CLG) ($5500)
Flex Two: SirT (paiN) ($4100)
Team: CLG ($5200) Again using cheap players mixed with favored players to construct this lineup. Paying up for KOO's carries, Doublelift is out priced for me in this round.   Good Luck on Day Five!  

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Worlds 2015: Day Four Fantasy Advice

Worlds 2015: Day Four Fantasy Advice Here are the odds for Day Four via esports-betting.pro/lol : LGD are the biggest favorites of the day. The best underdog looks like CLG. I'm fading Pain Gaming vs. Flash Wolves even though the line is somewhat close.  Here are my picks for Day Four: CLG are the best dog of the day with a real chance to beat KOO Tigers. That said pairing Doublelift and Aphroo has paid off nicely so far, and they're both really good cheap options on Day Four. Double is CLG's carry, even in a loss he's good for the bulk of his teams kills and is almost a must play at such a cheap price at DraftKings. I think LGD beats TSM and KTR will beat ORG. FW provide the best stacking options against pnG. Vulcun: Top: Steak (FW) ($1288)
Jungle: Score (KTR) ($1221)
Mid: Nage (KTR) ($1351)
ADC: NL (FW) ($1582)
Sup: Aphromoo (CLG) ($960)
Flex One: imp (LGD) ($1522)
Flex Two: Kitties (iG) ($958)
Flex Three: ZionSpartan (CLG) ($1115) Again price comes into factor on Vulcun the most. I paid up for NL in a favorable matchup and grabbed steak to complete my FW picks. I also am paying up for imp as he is the main carry threat for LGD in a good match up. Zion and Aphro provide salary relief in a matchup they have a good chance to win as underdogs. AlphaDraft: Top: Acorn (LGD) ($7300)
Jungle: Score (KTR) ($6500)
Mid: Maple (FW) ($8500)
ADC: NL (FW) ($9100)
Sup: Piccaboo (KTR) ($6000)
Flex: imp (LGD) ($9100)
Team: KTR ($3500) Using cheap support (Piccaboo) jungler (Score) and team in KTR in a game I expect them to win to pay up for Maple, NL, and imp. Acorn is a good bet to score highly as well as Dyrus tends to get camped and give up kills. DraftKings: Top: Steak (FW) ($6000)
Jungle: Score (KTR) ($5200)
Mid: Maple (FW) ($7400)
ADC: NL (FW) ($8800)
Sup: Aphromoo (CLG) ($3900)
Flex One: Doublelift (CLG) ($6100)
Flex Two: imp (iG) ($8600)
Team: iG ($4000) I originally had KTR as my team and while there's less risk involved perhaps, the $100 savings allowed me to squeeze Doublelift into my lineup to stack with Aphro. I love this lineup, it has the high carries of Double and imp, cheap support, and the FW stack along with Score who is also cheap.   Good luck on Day 4!

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Worlds 2015: Day Three Fantasy Advice

Worlds 2015: Day Three Fantasy Advice Here's a look at the odds for Day 3: H2k are the heaviest favorites, but how much do you trust them? BKT have looked awful, true, but they've also faced arguably the two best teams in SKT and EDG. FNATIC are a heavy favorite but their games tend to be very objective focused, which is not the most fantasy friendly outcome. I still don't fully trust C9. The best underdogs are EDG and KTR.  Here are my favorite players for Day Three: I'm staying away from EDG and SKT as I find its tough to predict what will happen. That said their players are quite cheap and if you picked the winning side you'd be in good shape. I think Deft, Faker, and Pawn present the highest upside, but you could make an argument for all of the players. They're some of the best in the World. H2k on paper look like the best match up, but stay away from Loulex. I think Origen will beat TSM, but I'd stay away from xPeke even after his great game on Day Two.  Vulcun: Top: ssumday (KTR) ($1145)
Jungle: Amazing (ORG) ($1118)
Mid: Ryu (H2k) ($1572)
ADC: Hjarnan (H2k) ($1520)
Support: kasing (H2k) ($1052)
Flex One: Niels (ORG) ($1398)
Flex Two: sOAZ (ORG) ($1223)
Flex Three: LemonNation (C9) ($922) I'm going with the H2k stack, they just seem like the best option of the day after watching BKT. I also think Origen beats TSM, with sOAZ a good pick as Dyrus usually gets camped, and a cheap Amazing and carry Niels. I am staying away from EDG vs. SKT as it's a bit unpredicatable but like I said above if you pick the right side you're in good shape. AlphaDraft: Top: ssumday (KTR) ($6800)
Jungle: Score (KTR) ($6500)
Mid: Ryu (H2k) ($8300)
ADC: Hjarnan (H2k) ($9400)
Sup: kasing (H2k) ($7900)
Flex: sOAZ (ORG) ($7100)
Team: H2k ($4000) ssumday and score looked pretty great yesterday in their win over TSM. While LGD would seem to be a tougher match up I still like KTR going into it. Using the same three H2k players and sOAZ as well. DraftKings: Top: sOAZ (ORG) ($5900)
Jungle: Score (KTR) ($5000)
Mid: Ryu (H2k) ($7300)
ADC: Hjarnan (H2k) ($8200)
Sup: kaSing (H2k) ($5500)
Flex One: Niels (ORG) ($7400)
Flex Two: ssumday (KTR) ($5100)
Team: H2k ($4600) Pretty similar to the above lineups. Just hoping that H2k does not get upset and that having no EDG/SKT players doesn't bite me in the back side today.   Good luck on Day 3!

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Worlds 2015: Day Two Fantasy Advice

Worlds 2015: Day Two Fantasy Advice   Here are Day Two's odds according to http://www.esports-betting.pro/lol/

SKT are the heaviest favorites of the day, while the best underdogs look like Flash Wolves. I would recommend fading H2k, Bangkok Titans, and Origen. I personally don't have a good feeling about TSM against KT Rolster either. After EDG's destruction of BKT, I think its safe to think a similar result will take place when SKT plays BKT on Day Two. Here are my favorite plays for Day Two: Again it's all about price. Doublelift provides good value on Vulcun but is the highest priced ADC on AlphaDraft. Just look for the values and try to take advantage of underpriced players in good match ups. Vulcun: Top: ssumday (KTR) ($1231)
Jungle: hojin (KOO) ($1174)
Mid: GodV (LGD) ($1511)
ADC: Doublelift (CLG) ($1437)
Support: Aphromoo (CLG) ($992)
Flex One: Xmithie (CLG) ($1023)
Flex Two: Pawn (EDG) ($1521)
Flex Three: Piccaboo (KTR) ($1074) I'm gonna be honest I don't love the look of this lineup. It pains me to have 0, non, notta single SKT player involved. But it's hard on Vulcun. It's really hard to fit an SKT player in today. Every single member is either the most expensive or the second most in their role and it's really hard to fit them in while keeping a balanced roster elsewhere. The best value can be found in the jungle and I'm using Xmithie and Hojin who are two of the cheapest junglers. I'm also pairing Doublelift and Aphromoo against paiN while paying up for Pawn and GodV, who I think will have a big game and exploit xPeke. AlphaDraft: Top: Marin (SKT) ($8200)
Jungle: Score (KTR) ($6900)
Mid: Faker (SKT) ($8000)
ADC: Deft (EDG) ($8800)
Support: Piccaboo (KTR) ($6300)
Flex: Bang (SKT) ($8100)
Team: KT Rolster ($3500) About as opposite as I can get to my Vulcun lineup. I'm going cheap with KTR as my team and using Piccaboo and Score vs. TSM. Then it's all about paying up for SKT and Deft. SKT should smash BKT and you should look to fit as many of their players into lineups as possible. DraftKings: Top: ZionSpartan (CLG) ($6300)
Jungle: Karsa (FW) ($4300)
Mid: Faker (SKT) ($8200)
ADC: Deft (EDG) ($7900)
Support: SwordArt (FW) ($3500)
Flex One: GodV (LGD) ($8100)
Flex Two: Ssumday (KTR) ($6900)
Team: EDG ($4700) There isn't much of a price difference between the cheapest favored team and the top dogs so I'm using EDG here. I'm going cheap in the jungle and support again with Karsa and SwordArt and then paying up for favorites. Faker disappointed a bit yesterday but I think he'll be fine today, he's the best player in the world. Make sure if you use Faker that he is going to play or you need to make a pivot to either Easyhoon or another mid laner to avoid getting 0 points. Unlike the other sites DraftKings does not combine starters and subs from teams!   Good luck on day two!
 

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Worlds 2015: Day One Fantasy Advice

Worlds 2015: Day One Fantasy Advice   I am HYPED for Worlds to start. This lay off of competitive League has really taken me out of my usual Thursday through Sunday routine. But it's back, baby! I'm pretty pumped up, as I'm sure most of you are. Remember if you're playing fantasy, use the vVv Gaming link to get a 100% deposit match on Vulcun!   As usual I tend to want to go with players who are on teams favored to win and players who have high KDA potential as that's where the bulk of your points are going to come from. I tend to not pay up for support players, junglers or teams (where applicable) due to the fact that these roles on average score less points than solo laners and ADCs. That said here are the current odds for day one from http://www.esports-betting.pro/lol/. As you can see EDG, SKT, and KOO are the heaviest favorites of the day, while FNATIC and Flash Wolves look like the best underdogs. I'm not sure what to think about C9 as they were pretty poor all split but had a great run through the regional qualifier to make Worlds. I'd recommend fading Bangkok Titans, paiN Gaming, and H2k on day one.   Here are my favorite players for Day One listed with their Salaries on Vulcun, AlphaDraft, and DraftKings. The sum in parenthesis represents total budget for each site:   From the above chart you can probable tell I think it is the best idea to spend up on Mid Laners and ADCs. A few other points I'd like to mention is to make sure you know the price of players on each site, as players are not consistently priced across the industry. For example, I mentioned I never pay up for supports, so I will be using SwordArt on all three sites due to his cheap price. But, I'd consider using Aphromoo on Vulcun or DraftKings, but never on AlphaDraft due to his high salary. Let's take a look at my lineups now.   Vulcun: Top: Smeb (KOO) ($1241) Jungle: Reignover (FNC) ($1233) Mid: Pawn (EDG) ($1532) ADC: Pray (KOO) ($1502) SUP: SwordArt (FW) ($984) Flex One: Doubelift (CLG) ($1403) Flex Two: Karsa (FW) ($1071) Flex Three: Aphromoo (CLG) ($1006)   On Vulcun it is difficult to fit a lot of top players in due to the sites tendency to price out a lot of high profile players. With this lineup I am using high profile players, Pray, Pawn, and Smeb who each have highly favorable matchups and are the cheapest in their roles compared to the other highly favored teams. The bulk of my team comes in from the FW/CLG game, which in my opinion could be a toss up. Aphromoo and SwordArt are both highly consistent performers for their teams, while Doublelift provides a cheaper ADC, but one who is the main carry of his team. Reignover and Karsa round out the team as cheap junglers in decent match ups.   Alpha Draft: Top: Koro1 (EDG) ($7600) Jungle: Bengi (SKT) ($7100) MID: Pawn (EDG) ($8800) ADC: Bang (SKT) ($8300) Sup: SwordArt (FW) ($6200) Flex One: Westdoor (AHQ) ($7700) Team: EDG ($4000)   In my opinion on AlphaDraft, SKT and EDG players are extremely underpriced. This is good however, as you can fit a lot of them into your lineup. The midlaners are still expensive, but Koro1 and Bengi were so cheap considering how favored they are that I can't pass them up. I mean ZionSpartan is $1200 more than Koro1 and nothing against Zion, but you'd be nuts to take him over Koro. Because of this, you save a lot of money and can actually pay up for a team. I went with EDG. Also, I'm paying up for Pawn and Bang, while using Westdoor (good match up) and SwordArt (cheap).   Draft Kings: Top: ZionSpartan (CLG) ($6400) Jungle: Karsa (FW) ($4900) Mid: Faker (SKT) ($7,800) ADC: Bang (SKT) ($7,300) Sup: SwordArt (FW) ($4,200) Flex One: Pawn (EDG) ($8,000) Flex Two: Kuro (KOO) ($8,200) Team: Flash Wolves ($3,200)   See I'm giving Zion some love here! He's cheap on DraftKings and if he's on a carry champ he has a good chance to outperform his price. I am using some cheap players like Zion, Karsa, SwordArt, and a cheap Team in Flash Wolves, because I believe they all have a shot at good games, but mainly because look at the rest of my lineup. By going cheap I can fit Faker, Pawn, Kuro, and Bang into my lineups. Each has a great shot at being the top day one performers and I'm sure they'll all score highly. If you do use Faker, make sure he starts or you'll need a quick pivot to either Easyhoon or another Midlaner.   Good luck on Day One!

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BlizzCon Americas Championship Qualifier - Heroes of the Storm

This weekend marks the next stage in the 2015 Road to BlizzCon Heroes of the Storm World Championship. China already punched in their two tickets to BlizzCon for eStar Gaming and Team YL, it’s now time to focus on the Americas Championship. The 2015 Americas Championship is being held September 19-20 in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Teams from all over North America, Latin America, Southeast Asia, and Australia & New Zealand will come together to battle it out in the Nexus for top glory and a trip to BlizzCon.   The group stage of the tournament is different than most group stages out there. According to Reddit User eSportsMatt (Blizzard eSports Coordinator) the group stage can be considered “a double elimination bracket with a twist”. Reddit user TheBrillo made a chart that gives a nice breakdown here:     In Group A, the first matches will consist of Tempo Storm vs Murloc Geniuses and Immunity vs Cloud 9. The winner of each match will move onto the “Winner’s Finals” of Group A and the losers go to the “Elimination Game” with the loser exiting the tournament. The winner of “Winner’s Finals” moves onto one side of the playoff bracket, loser drops to the “Lower Finals” where they will face the winner of the “Elimination Game” with the loser taking their exit. Winner of the “Lower Finals” moves onto the complete other side of the playoff bracket from their group-mate.   The same format takes place in Group B with the first matches taking place after the Group A elimination game. The matchups for Group B are Relics vs COGnitive and Furious Gaming vs Complexity. Saturday ends with both Group A and Group B Winner’s Finals taking place. Sunday begins with both group’s Lower Finals, with the Grand Final taking place the same day. The tournament will be a Best of 3 format throughout with the exception of the Grand Finals which will be a Best of 5.   Winner takes home a share of the $100,000 USD prize purse; $40,000 to first place, $24,000 to second place, and 3rd-4th taking home $12,000 each. Along with the prize money the top two teams will get their tickets punched to BlizzCon on November 6-7th. Action starts Saturday, 10am Pacific Time on the official Blizzard Heroes of the Storm Twitch Channel (link).  
 
Let's meet the teams competing this weekend, starting with Group A.  
Tempo Storm (North America)
Dreadnaught - Support (Captain) Arthelon - Carry
So1dier - Tank Kaeyoh - Carry
Zuna - Flex  
Tempo Storm are the unofficial powerhouse of the North America region. They qualified for the HWC Americas Championship back in June with their first place finish but then went on to finish first in the next two opens in July and August as well. As a matter of fact in the last 10 majors/minors Tempo Storm has gone on to place first in 8 of them and only dropped to 2nd place for the ones they didn't place first, pretty impressive stuff. You can thank the "star-studded" roster that Tempo Storm has managed to gather over the course of the young esports' life. Some of you may remember Arthelon as a solo queue monster in League of Legends. Some of the older players might remember him from a time before LCS when he played on teams like Monomaniac Esports and Meat Playground. Although Arthelon's League career did not amount to much, he is not unfamiliar with the idea of professionalism that is needed in an infant esport like Heroes of the Storm.   As for more star-power a lot of people will look at Zuna and ask "Hey, is that the guy from...." yes, it is. Zuna, former AD Carry of team Vulcan and XDG is no stranger either when it comes to esports. Playing on Vulcan, a team who finished 3rd in both the 2013 League of Legends LCS Spring and Summer splits, and later on XDG before the team was ultimately relegated only to never return. Despite this, Zuna showed that he can be a big time player in big time situations. Tempo Storm's victorious run can be credited to him. After Zuna joined the team on May 21st, Tempo Storm began their NA domination.
It isn’t all about the star power though. Dreadnaught, captain of the team, has shown a top notch Pick/Ban phase in almost all of their matchups. So1dier and Kaeyoh are also extremely talented and this team as a whole seems to be the favorite going into this weekend’s tournament.  
Cloud 9 (North America)
DunkTrain – Support (Captain) KingCaffeine – Tank
iDream – Carry K1pro – Flex
Fan – Carry  
Cloud 9 is another North American power that has shown some consistency in their lifetime. Although, usually taking 2nd place while Tempo Storm takes first, they are still a force to be reckoned with. Consisting of the roster formerly known as Cloud 9 Maelstrom, who after qualifying in July, dissolved Cloud 9 Vortex and unified under the singular Cloud 9 banner.   Boasting a roster of Heroes veterans, they are no strangers to the tournament scene as well. After placing first in last year’s BlizzCon exhibition tournament, Cloud 9 had a lot to replace after the departure of Zuna, Jintae, and Kenma. On July 30th, Cloud 9 settled on the roster (shown above) and has shown promise since. After the team changes, Cloud 9 has been a consistent top 3 threat in North America, winning the latest Heroes Major League hosted by ESL.   With this young and promising roster, Cloud 9 is looking to secure one of the two spots for BlizzCon in hopes of accomplishing their championship dreams.  
Murloc Geniuses (North America)
Faye – Carry CauthonLuck – Carry
MadTiimmy – Support (Captain) Equinox – Flex
Fury - Tank  
Formerly of the team Evil Geniuses in the 2014 BlizzCon Heroes of the Storm show match, MG has gone through a lot of changes since April 1st. Coined “The Challengers” by Josh Bury of theScore eSports (http://www.thescoreesports.com/news/2383) the roster was acquired by Zeveron before the June/July/August NA Open events. Before the August Open, Zeveron disbanded and once again took up the name Murloc Geniuses. Although one of the top 5 teams in North America, MG have not had much in the way of success as of late. More or less “backing into” the America Qualifiers as the last NA spot because the teams ahead of them had already placed; first place Tempo Storm, second place Cloud 9, and Complexity finishing 3rd.   Despite the team changes and struggles throughout 2015, MG are looking to have a strong showing and hopefully make it out of Group A.  
Team Immunity (Australia)
Shy – Carry (Captain) Robadobah – Tank
Sashin – Flex Naeiou – Flex
Enalgon - Support  
Team Immunity, unifying after their victory in the AU & NZ qualifiers (formerly Immunity White), are the champions of the AU & NZ region and are looking to represent the two Pacific Island nations in Las Vegas. While the team itself is fairly new, and the region itself is substantially weaker than the world as a whole, Team Immunity bring a fairly interesting playstyle to the Storm. Having two preferred Flex players versus the standard two carries that we see from other western teams brings an interesting element to their game. Being able to rotate roles of a Specialist/Carry on two members means Team Immunity can adapt quickly in a Best of 3 scenario.   Can the Aussies make it out of groups and shock North America?   Group B  
COGnitive Gaming (North America)
Scylol – Tank Hospital – Carry (Captain)
Iakona – Support Glaurung – Flex
iVSlime – Carry  
COGnitive Gaming (also known as COG) are no strangers to esports as an organization but are definitely new to the Heroes of the Storm scene. Having only acquired a roster in May, formerly known as “Shot and the Bullets: Reloaded”, the squad showed immediate promise finishing no worse than 3rd in their first 2 months together. Unfortunately after the MSI MGA 2015 Americas Qualifier the team has fallen off in terms of performance, finishing no better than 3rd. With the roster moving to San Jose, CA with apartments close by and a practice area in between them, the team has an easier way to build in-person communication which can be huge for any new lineup. The team’s hyper-aggressive style has been a treat to viewers while sometimes being a detriment to the team as well. Despite their shortcomings, the team is looking to be a favorite coming out of Group B due to their style and their practice regiment.   Is this the tournament that COG makes a resurgence and takes a top spot to prove they are among NA’s elite?  
compLexity (North America)
Blinks – Support (Captain) Trummel – Carry
CattlePillar – Tank H0ns – Flex
Jaximus - Carry  
compLexity Gaming. Another name that is very well known in the esports scene that jumps on the early HotS bandwagon. compLexity acquired the roster of “Barrel Boys” and saw a lot of success in the ESL weekly tournaments but failed to materialize any meaningful results in any monthly, minor, or major tournaments. After the departure of Erho to Stellar Lotus, the team took to Reddit to search for a replacement. Jaximus contacted the team for a tryout and was immediately a great fit for the squad.   With the addition of Jaximus the coL squad is looking stronger than ever. They are looking to make a big splash at this weekend’s event.  
Relics (Singapore)
Revenant – Flex Mirr – Flex
Trinity – Flex Relyzer – Flex
Zeys – Support  
The Southeast Asian qualifier, coming out of Singapore, is Relics. They are a relatively unknown name in the Western scene, pulled off an impressive performance in the SEA Qualifiers by not dropping a single game until the Grand Finals, taking out Philippines Champion Bibingka 2-1. The squad also has a lot of interesting play styles. According to GosuGamers, all players not named Zeys played some combination of a Carry, Specialist, Warrior, or Tank hero in their 6 tournament wins. So what does this mean? Well it means Relics are an unpredictable squad with an obvious amount of talent. Will their wild playstyle result in a spot at BlizzCon?  
Furious Gaming (Argentina)
Nittt – Flex Megalomaniac – Tank (Captain)
Kobu – Support Malheven – Carry
DEUS – Carry  
Furious Gaming have a very interesting story on how they got to the Americas Championship. They actually finished 3rd at the Copa America Championships last month, Brave Ozone took the top spot for the Latin America region. Unfortunately, Brave Ozone had visa issues and could not attend. In steps Furious Gaming, known for their Starcraft II clan, to try to grab a spot at BlizzCon.   Unlike North America teams, Furious Gaming love their specialists and will focus on hard pushing and gaining an early lead to stomp out their opponent.   Predictions:   Group A   For me, it’s an easy decision who is going to make it out of group stages in Group A. While Murloc Geniuses and Team Immunity are strong in their own right, I do not think they can hold a candle to Tempo Storm’s impressive Pick/Ban and Cloud 9’s team play.
Winner’s FInals: Tempo Storm vs Cloud 9
In the North America July Open Tempo Storm showed to be very strong, beating Cloud 9 2-0. Cloud 9, at the time Cloud 9 Maelstrom, was able to first pick away Zuna’s Zeratul in game 1 but unfortunately the “Double Mage” comp of Tempo Storm was too much to handle. Game 2 saw Cloud 9 ban out Zeratul and Tempo Storm ban out Jaina, but again Tempo Storm was too much to handle. I expect Tempo Storm to be the Group A first seed.
Elimination Game: Immunity vs Murloc Geniuses
Despite Immunity’s promise as a squad, MG just have too much experience under their belt to worry much about Immunity. MG moves on 2-1 to the Lower Finals.     Lower Finals: Cloud 9 vs Murloc Geniuses
The last time these two teams met in tournament play only once before back when MG was known as Zeveron and C9 as C9 Maelstrom. It was a close set in the opening round of the tournament and both teams have shown improvement since then. I give the favorable edge to Cloud 9 in this one based off of player skill alone. Cloud 9 grabs the second seed out of Group A with a 2-1 victory.  
Group B   This one is a bit closer. COGnititve is an impressive team. They had a lot of time to prepare so I expect them to come out guns blazing in their opening group game versus Relics. Furious Gaming is a bit of an unknown, and for what it’s worth, shouldn’t technically be here anyways. There is also the big question mark about compLexity’s new carry in Jaximus. Will he be able to bring is League of Legends skill into Heroes or is there still a lot of learning to do?
Winner’s Finals: COGnitive vs compLexity
These teams have met twice before this tournament, the NA July Open and the NA August Open with both teams winning a game. Expect this to be one of the closest games of the group stage by far as both teams are fairly close in skill level and strategy. coL still has a new lineup at the end of the day and because of this I give COG the win in this very close series 2-1 and matching up against Cloud 9 in the bottom half of the playoff bracket.
Elimination Game: Relics vs Furious Gaming
Poor Furious Gaming. I mean, they were able to go to Las Vegas which is awesome. Unfortunately, the best finish they had was 3rd in a relatively weak region. Being that Relics is a bit of a wild card, I expect FG to bow out of the tournament in this game. Relic takes this series 2-0 and moves on to play compLexity in the Lower Finals.
Lower Finals: Relics vs compLexity
Relics has the potential to pull an upset here. Being a relatively unknown team they have the element of surprise with their line-up of mostly flex position players. Expect a closer series than the experts think. At the end of the day though, I have to pick coL winning 2-1 and facing Tempo Storm in the upper part of the playoff bracket.  
Grand Finals  
Tempo Storm vs Cloud 9  
Another rematch for these two teams. I mean, it’s hard to pick against consistency and these two teams have it. Tempo Storm consistently finished in first place with Cloud 9 consistently in second place. At this point, it’s almost irrelevant who to pick as a winner here as both teams get to go to BlizzCon on November 6-7th. For the sake of potentially being right and getting to brag (and potentially being wrong and sulking) I will have to go with Tempo Storm 3-1. Cloud 9 will make the first 2 games close, actually taking game 1. However, i think Tempo Storm is just the better team and that will show after their second series of this weekend.

Magicmooch

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Well than. Part 1

Everything must go, it's a fact. But it doesn't mean it's going to be easy to accept.   Have you ever just sat in a coffee shop and asked yourself, "What if I made smaller, better choices in my past?" I don't think many people really think about that, sorry, think about those kinds of simple questions very often, or at all.   I mean come on, what if you were that teenager in High School that never did any of those drugs that everyone thought was so "cool?" .. Or what if you were that teenager that went to parties and did drugs?   Switch those two roles around, from if you didn't to you did, and if you did to you didn't.   ~ Would you be any different than what you are today? ~ Would your social group be any different today from what it was, or how it is now?   What if you had your parents through out every single choice you had to make growing up? But then again, what if you didn't have that growing up? Would you be who you are today?.. or hey, what if you were one of the many children/teenagers that didn't have parents growing up, or you did but they were never supportive in your life choices?   ~ How would you be different today?   Have you ever thought about how your life could of been with making different choices than what you have through out your life? Or how different your life could be today if you did things differently?   Do you think about how fortunate you really are? To be able to have a roof over your head, food in your stomach, and a group of friends and family that loves you? It boggles my mind to know in the back of my head that there are so many countries out there that are populated with children that have absolutely nothing, and are literally just skin and bones, and EVERY choice they make is a choice between life and death. Doesn't that just tug at your heart strings, to know that a child or a family somewhere far off is literally suffering and having to make some seriously tough choices, just to get by? We waste so much materials, and produce on a every day basis, every where on this universe, yet very few people ever think about how much we are taking for granted.. We appreciate very little of what we have today..   When the world has decided it has had enough of or vulgarity of life, and it just destroys itself, or we destroy it, all we will have is each other, politics, money, fame, and everything in between will no longer exist. We will have to learn to let others help us, and vice versa because in reality, to survive it can either be, survival of the fit, or death of the weak, just like it is every day we live now, or we can take things with a grain of salt and start helping each other more.   Some day it won't just be just humans vs humans, it'll be humans vs animals, vs the universe, who do you honestly think will win that battle?     To be continued...

Fhrosty

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LCK W11D1 - Kraft's Fantasy Picks

I've been doing well with the LCK in Fantasy drafts so I thought I'd share my picks this week.
It's actually a tough week because upsets could easily happen with these two best of threes.   However I am going with the stats and based off previous performances the following picks I believe are going to put me in the money pool.   TOP Apple - $1136
JUNGLER Chaser - $1252
MID Crown - $1332
ADC Fury - $1412
SUPPORT IgNar - $930
FLEX Roar - $1260 SHOTCALLER
FLEX TrAce - $1209
FLEX Pilot - $1321   I avoided all players from SBENU SONICBOOM. They are trash.   So I started off my draft by picking the best to players from SG, hoping they get decent points.
SAMSUNG GALAXY:
Fury
Crown   After reviewing previous match ups I went through and made my picks.   LONGZHU INCREDIBLE:
Roar
Apple
IgNar

JIN AIR GREEN WINGS:
Pilot
Chaser
TrAce   These picks are based off performance from the pervious two weeks and from their first match ups against each other from earlier in the season.   Thanks and good luck if you use my picks.   Kraft

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Fantasy LCS: Must Plays, Sleepers, Busts for NA Week Nine/Day One

Fantasy LCS: Must Plays, Sleepers, Busts for NA Week Nine/Day One   The best matchup's of the day are C9 vs. TDK, TSM vs. NME, and TL vs. T8.   Top:   Must Play: Quas (TL) ($1312) vs. T8: He's the most expensive top laner on a day when it's going to be hard to fit all the top options in, but he probably has the most upside.   Sleeper: Balls (C9) ($1067) vs. TDK: C9 have been playing much better sicne Hai rejoined and I think they will beat TDK. Balls is a nice cheap option with good upside.   Bust: ZionSpartan (CLG) ($1198) vs. DIG: I'm avoiding this game entirely as CLG players are expensive and I have no clue how to predict DIG's games.   Jungle:   Must Play: Santorin (TSM) ($1325) vs. NME: Steady jungler in a game TSM should win.   Sleeper: Hai (C9) ($1072) vs. TDK: Hai is dirt cheap in a game I think C9 will win. Even though he hasn't been jungling long it's clear that his shotcalling had been missed.   Bust: Rush (TiP) ($1182) vs. GRV: I think Rush will try too hard to make up for the loss of XiaoWeiXiao and that'll cause some sloppy play. Not worth the risk for his price.   Mid:   Must Play: Bjergsen (TSM) ($1854) vs. NME: He's really expensive but in this match up he's definitely worth it. Expect a huge game for Bjergerking.   Sleeper: Keane (GRV) ($1246) vs. TiP: I expect GRV to bounce back and win this game and Keane will be laning against Gate who was originally listed as the incoming Support. He's also cheaper than Gate and should provide nice upside.   Bust: Gate (TiP) ($1277) vs. GRV: He's a support main playing in his first game of the LCS and he's also the fourth most expensive mid laner. Stay away.   ADC:   Must Play: Piglet (TL) ($1563) vs. Team8: Good match up and he's been playing very well. It's really hard to fit him into a lineup with the other expensive must plays unless you punt however.   Sleeper: Sneaky (C9) ($1254) vs. TDK: Another cheap C9 option in a game I expect them to win.   Bust: Doublelift (CLG) ($1610) vs. DIG: He's just too expensive for me to use in such a random game. I never know what is going to happen with DIG.   Sup:   Must Play: Lustboy (TSM) ($1180) vs. NME: He's expensive but probably will put up the most points of any support this week.   Sleeper: LemonNation (C9) ($980) vs. TDK: Cheaper option in a game C9 should win.   Bust: Aphromoo (CLG) ($1148) vs. DIG: Like his teammates he's too expensive for me to want to use in a game that could go either way.   Here's my lineup for Week Nine Day One in the NALCS:   Top: Quas (TL) ($1312)
Jungle: Santorin (TSM) ($1325)
Mid: Bjergsen (TSM) ($1854)
ADC: Sneaky (C9) ($1254)
Sup: LemonNation (C9) ($980)
Flex One: Dyrus (TSM) ($1195)
Flex Two: Hai (C9) ($1072)
Flex Three: Ninja (TDK) ($996)

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Fantasy LCS: Must Plays, Sleepers, Busts for EU Week Nine/Day Two

Fantasy LCS: Must Plays, Sleepers, Busts for EU Week Nine/Day Two   Top:   Must Play: sOAZ (OG) ($1224) vs. ROCCAT: I expect Origen to win this game even though ROCCAT gave them a hard time last time. sOAZ has been pretty solid all split and comes at less than a $300 price tag than Huni who is in a little tougher match up anyway.   Sleeper: Werlyb (GIANTS) ($1151) vs. CW: I find it hard to trust GIANTS and CW are on a hot streak but I think GIANTS will ruin CW's dream of staying in the LCS and Werlyb could have a solid game.   Bust: Huni (FNC) ($1584) vs. UoL: He's just so expensive for what could be a very tricky match for FNATIC. He's probably a solid option but I'm not sure I trust him to outperform a sOAZ, Odoamne, or others by such a huge margin that he'd be worth the price.   Jungle:   Must Play: Amazing (OG) ($1245) vs. ROCCAT: Like yesterday I think Amazing is the best play as he's cheaper than Reignover and has a better match up. He's been solid all split and should have another good game.   Sleeper: Dexter (EL) ($1097) vs. SK: Dexter and Froggen have been hard carrying Elements this split and I think they will continue the trend in a win over SK.   Bust: Jankos (ROCCAT) ($1116) vs. OG: I think ROCCAT will struggle in round two against Origen and that'll lead to not many points being scored.   Mid:   Must Play: Ryu (H2k) ($1229) vs. GMB: Although H2k have been under performing recently, I think they can bounce back with a win over a Gambit squad without Forg1ven. Ryu has been solid all split and is at a nice price point to outperform his cost.   Sleeper: Froggen (EL) ($1232) vs. SK: Like I said about Dexter, it applies to Froggen. He's been hard carrying Elements all split in their wins and I expect them to win today against SK.   Bust: Pepiinero (GIANTS) ($1526) vs. CW: CW have posted back to back wins and are fighting for their lives to avoid relegation and while it's possible this game could go either way I think Peppiinero is just too dangerous. He could go off or could be way too over aggresive and not worth his high price.   ADC:   Must Play: Niels (OG) ($1532) vs. ROCCAT: I think Origen will beat ROCCAT pretty solidly and Niels will have a big game.   Sleeper: Hjarnan (H2k) ($1255) vs. GMB: He's too good of a player for this cheap of a price and I think he's a must play. GMB is missing their main ADC and Hjarnan and Kasing have been good for most of this split. Look for a big game.   Bust: Rekkles (FNC) ($1706) vs. UoL: Again a tough match up + his high salary + the potential to not have a ton of fantasy points in this game make me think he won't be worth his high price.   Sup:   Must Play: kaSing (H2k) ($1121) vs. GMB: Facing a team without their main ADC and in a good spot to pick up a win.   Sleeper: Nyph ($993) vs. SK: Cheap option in a game I think SK will win.   Bust: YellowstaR (FNC) ($1462) vs. UoL: Just plain and simple he's way to expensive even for the upside.   Here's my lineup for Week Nine Day Two of the EULCS:   Top: sOAZ (OG) ($1224)
Jungle: Dexter (EL) ($1097)
Mid: Ryu (H2k) ($1229)
ADC: Hjarnan (H2k) ($1255)
Sup: Kasing (H2k) ($1121)
Flex One: Froggen (EL) ($1232)
Flex Two: Niels (OG) ($1532)
Flex Three: Amazing (OG) ($1245)

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Fantasy LCS: Must Plays, Sleepers, Busts for EU Week Nine/Day One

Fantasy LCS: Must Plays, Sleepers, Busts for EU Week Nine/Day One   One week remains in the LCS as teams jostle for playoff positions and to avoid relegation. There are some big match ups this week including Elements vs. Gambit and GIANTS vs. UoL. Let's take a look at this weeks picks as we enter the final week of the LCS regular season.   Top:   Must Play: Huni (FNC) ($1564) vs. SK: SK have died a ton this split and Huni has the best match up of day one. He's almost $400 more expensive than the next top laner though so it may be difficult to fit him into a lineup. There is some risk involved as well as FNATIC keep winning, but at times play very objective focused which limits their point outputs.   Sleeper: Steve (ROCCAT) ($1175) vs. CW: CW may be fighting for their lives to get out of relegation, but ROCCAT are fighting for a playoff spot and I think that will drive them to win this game. ROCCAT have been getting better, while not dominant, all split. Steve has been a big part of ROCCAT's wins this split and I would expect him to have a good game.   Bust: None. In my opinion all top laners are reasonably priced based on their match ups. sOAZ and Odoamne face each other so they have tough match ups, but are not so far overpriced that they aren't useable. I'd avoid freddy122.   Jungle:   Must Play: Jankos (ROCCAT) ($1356) vs. CW: Jankos has been very good all split for ROCCAT and I'd expect him to have a good game against CW. Like Steve he's been very involved in his teams kills this split.   Sleeper: Amazing (OG) ($1178) vs. H2k: Even though this is a tough match up for OG, Amazing has been steady all split averaging right around 20 points per game. He's relatively cheap as well.   Bust: Diamondprox (GMB) ($1107) vs. EL: This game could go either way, but the thing about Diamondprox is that he just hasn't put up very many fantasy points this split. He's only averaging 13 PPG and I just don't think he's worth using.   Mid:   Must Play: Nukeduck (ROCCAT) ($1502) vs. CW: Again the match up is in favor of ROCCAT and Nukeduck has been the main carry for ROCCAT all split. The fact that Soren provides almost no kill pressure in lane also builds the case for Nukeduck.   Sleeper: PowerofEvil (UoL) ($1214) vs. GIANTS: I think even though Pepiinero presents a tough match up, UoL will win this game. PowerofEvil has been playing really well the last two weeks scoring over 30+ points a few times.   Bust: Febiven (FNC) ($1651) vs. SK: He's safe and will probably have a fine game, but do to his price tag he's going to need to give you 30-40 points and I'm not sure he'll get there. As I said about Huni, FNC have been winning, but the fantasy points aren't quite there.   ADC:   Must Play: Niels (OG) ($1322) vs. H2k: It's a tough match up but he's cheaper than MrRallez and I think he's safer. Hjarnan and Kasing are a tough duo, but I think Origen will win this game and Niels will be a big reason why.   Sleeper: Vardags (UoL) ($1122) vs. GIANTS: If you are in on UoL this week then Vardags becomes a cheaper upside option who could have a very good game.   Bust: Rekkles (FNC) ($1715) vs. SK: Like Febiven he's safe and will probably have a nice game. But he's the most expensive player on the day and he's almost $300 more expensive than the next ADC. If you feel comfortable that he'll outscore all other ADCs in a range to justify his price then feel free to spend up for him, otherwise stay away.   Sup:   Must Play: Mithy (OG) ($1073) vs. H2k: He's a safe option who is pretty cheap. I feel comfortable that he'll score around 20 points which is a good buy for a support at this price.   Sleeper: Hylissang (UoL) ($1035) vs. GIANTS: The cheapest of the supports I expect to win today. He does come with risk as he's had an up and down split but I think UoL will win this game and allow Hylissang to put up a solid point total.   Bust: YellowstaR (FNC) ($1469) vs. SK: Just like his brothers in FNC he's solid but expensive. He only scored 14 points last week, or one point per $100. Just not worth the price.   Here's my lineup for Week Nine Day One in the EULCS:   Top: Steve (ROCCAT) ($1175)
Jungle: Jankos (ROCCAT) ($1356)
Mid: Nukeduck (ROCCAT) ($1502)
ADC: Niels (OG) ($1322)
SUP: Hyllisang (UoL) ($1035)
Flex One: PowerOfEvil (UoL) ($1214)
Flex Two: Amazing (OG) ($1178)
Flex Three: xPeke (OG) ($1204)

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