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

Fantasy LCS: Must Plays, Sleepers, Busts for EU Week Eight/Day Two   So about that GIANTS feeling yesterday.... Hopefully today goes better that's all there is to say.     Top:     Must Play: sOAZ (OG) ($1208) vs. SK: freddy has died a ton this split and this is a game OG should win. sOAZ is also quite cheap today which makes him my favorite play of the day as his upside should out value his price.     Sleeper: Cabochard (GMB) ($1176) vs. UoL: Gambit are starting to come together nicely and Cabochard has been there main carry all split. Throw in the fact that he's cheap and he makes for a nice sleeper play.     Bust: Vizicsacsi (UoL) ($1211) vs. GMB: UoL looked terrible yesterday and may need some time to mesh with new Jungler Gilius.     Jungle:     Must Play: Amazing (OG) ($1115) vs. SK: Again, SK have died a ton this split and Amazing has scored a lot of points with good aggression to be involved in a lot of Origen's kills. Like sOAZ his price is pretty cheap as well making him a great play.     Sleeper: DiamondProx (GMB) ($1049) vs. UoL: Hope for Diamond to play Nidalee again as we saw yesterday in two games that the champion is high in early aggression.     Bust: Gilius ($1075) vs. GMB: Again I'm going to wait and see how the new UoL jungler does this week before using them. They're the fourth most expensive in their role today as well.     Mid:     Must Play: Ryu (H2k) ($1512) vs. CW: I think H2k have the best match up of the day and even though they've been poor of late they should bounce back with a win against CW. Ryu has the best mid lane match up against Soren who doesn't provide much kill pressure.     Sleeper: NukeDuck (ROCCAT ($1119) vs. GIANTS: Giants looked awful yesterday and ROCCAT have been steadily getting better this split. Nukeduck has quietly been a pretty solid performer all split and he's dirt cheap today.     Bust: PowerofEvil (UoL) ($1518) vs. GMB: I think its possible he has the best game of any UoL player against Betsy, but UoL were awful yesterday and with his price being over 1.5k I'm looking elsewhere.     ADC:     Must Play: Hjarnan (H2k) ($1448) vs. CW: Best match up of the day and one of the top ADC's this split. Should be a big game.     Sleeper: Forg1ven (GMB) ($1293) vs. UoL: Forg1ven is finally showing why he was considered one of the best ADC's coming into this split, even winning a game on Lucian yesterday. He's a nice upside play for a cheap price among ADCs today.     Bust: CandyPanda (SK) ($1254) vs. OG: He's been playing better but I think this match up will be preventative of scoring points for SK. Stay away.     Sup:     Must Play: KaSing (H2k) ($997) vs. CW: Great match up again, KaSing has been solid all split, and he's under $1000? Sign me up.     Sleeper: Mithy (OG) ($1033) vs. SK: He's relatively cheap and although OG had a tough game yesterday, expect them to bounce back vs. SK.     Bust: Hylissang (UoL) ($1132) vs. GMB: I have UoL in a few bust spots mainly because they're more expensive than GMB. If GMB were more expensive they'd be showing up in this spot instead. I think this game could go either way but Hylissang is the second most expensive support and I'd rather use any of the two listed above or Mithy first.     Here's my lineup for Week Eight Day Two in the EULCS:     Top: sOAZ (OG) ($1208)
Jungle: Amazing (OG) ($1115)
Mid: Ryu (H2k) ($1512)
ADC: Hjarnan (H2k) ($1448)
Sup: Kasing (H2k) ($997)
Flex One: Huni (FNC) ($1486)
Flex Two: Cabochard (GMB) ($1176)
Flex Three: Mithy (OG) ($1033)

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

Fantasy LCS: Must Plays, Sleepers, Busts for EU Week Eight/Day One   There are a few good matches on Day One including FNATIC vs ROCCAT and EL vs. CW. Elements are priced pretty well to be able to spend up elsewhere. I have a sneaky feeling about GIANTS beating H2k this week for some reason. But I'll try not to go overboard on GIANTS players. UoL should beat SK and ORG should beat GMB but both games could be close. Let's take a look at the players.   Top:   Must Play: Huni (FNC) ($1545) vs. ROCCAT: FNATIC have a great match up in a game you'd expect them to continue the win streak. Huni is pricey but is one of the three cheapest FNC players. I think you're going to want to try and get some exposure to FNC, but Rekkles and Febiven are hard to fit into a lineup.   Sleeper: Jwaow (EL) ($1062) vs. CW: CW are still a mess and EL should take this game. Jwaow provides a nice cheap option to save some money while hopefully outperforming his value on day one.   Bust: Odoamne (H2k) ($1385) vs. GIANTS: I think H2k are a pretty strong team and will bounce back from their recent slump. However, I have a feeling that GIANTS are going to win this game this week making H2k's players not worth their high prices. Odoamne has been fine all split, but for his price I'm looking elsewhere today.   Jungle:   Must Play: Reignover (FNC) ($1429) vs. ROCCAT: Reignover has the most assists and second most kills in the EU LCS this split. I think FNC will beat ROCCAT and this provides Reignover a nice opportunity to have a strong game.   Sleeper: Dexter (EL) ($1261) vs. CW: He's been performing quite well lately even in games EL lose and this is a game they should win on day one. He's been leading the aggresion for EL and he sits in a great spot to have a strong game.   Bust: Dan/Gilius (UoL) ($1127) vs. SK: I'm going to be using the wait and see approach to the new UoL Jungler this week. Replacing Kikis is so small task and I'd rather see how the new jungler does than start him straight out of the gate.   Mid:   Must Play: Froggen (EL) ($1319) vs. CW: Again the match up is great and Froggen has proved he's a top mid laner even when EL lose. Soren also provides little to no kill threat in lane. Look for Froggen to have a huge game.   Sleeper: Pepiinero (GIANTS) ($1269) vs. H2k: GIANTS are inconsistent and H2k had been really strong until lately, but I have a feeling GIANTS are going to win this game. Pepii has proved he is the carry for GIANTS and has put up large point totals in wins and losses. I like him this week for his depressed price.   Bust: Ryu (H2k) ($1600) vs. GIANTS: For the reverse reasons I listed above I'm staying away from Ryu. He's been very good all split but the match up could be a tough one.   ADC:   Must Play: Rekkles (FNC) ($1647) vs. ROCCAT: Like the rest of FNC Rekkles has been great all split. He leads the LCS in kills and assists from the ADC position and against ROCCAT he should have a nice game.   Sleeper: Adryh (GIANTS) ($1178) vs. H2k: I'm not going to use him, but I can see the upside. They have a tough match up against a strong H2k bot lane, but if you think GIANTS are going to win like I do it may be worth using him. He seems to get his fair share of kills and assists but is also prone to error and dying a bit. Risky, but not without upside.   Bust: None: All the ADCs are pretty reasonably priced honestly. Hjarnan comes with his fair amount of risk this week in my opinion, but other than that there are no ADCs who's price reflects a terrible buy. That said, stay away from Freeze.   Sup:   Must Play: YellowStaR (FNC) ($1332) vs. ROCCAT: By far the best support in the game. He's been so great this split. Think about this, in 14 games he has 14 deaths, or one per game, while racking up 190 assists. That is an amazing KDA and in a great match up he's a must play if you can fit him in.   Sleeper: Nyph (EL) ($1014) vs. CW: Great match up and Nyph is priced reasonably. I think he's a solid bet to put up a decent total if you don't want to pay up for Yellowstar.   Bust: Mithy (OG) ($1360) vs. GMB: I think Mithy can have a fine game, but he falls here because he's more expensive than Yellowstar and I expect Yellowstar to have the better game. If you're paying up avoid Mithy.   Here's my lineup for Week Eight Day One in the EULCS:   I'm going to use two cheap Giants players in order to fit the rest of the players I want into my lineup. It's risky, as if GIANTS lose I'm probably screwed, but if they win this could be a great lineup with tons of upside.   Top: Huni (FNC) ($1545)
Jungle: Fr3deric (GIANTS) ($937)
Mid: Froggen (EL) ($1319)
ADC: Rekkles (FNC) ($1647)
Sup: YellowStaR (FNC) ($1332)
Flex One: Jwaow (EL) ($1062)
Flex Two: PePiiNeRo (GIANTS) ($1269)
Flex Three: G0DFRED (GIANTS) ($862)

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Fantasy LCS: Must Plays, Sleepers, Busts for NA Week Seven/Day Two

Fantasy LCS: Must Plays, Sleepers, Busts for NA Week Seven/Day Two   Today the best match ups belong to DIG against C9, GRV vs. NME, CLG vs. TDK, and TIP against Team8. Let's take a look at each lane.   Top:   Must Play: Hauntzer (GRV) ($1326) vs. NME: I think he's the safest option of the day over Impact who can at times be a little riskier. Hauntzer has performed well all split and should continue the trend against NME.   Sleeper: ZionSpartan (CLG) ($1255) vs. TDK: Reasonable price in a match up you'd expect CLG to win. Gives a little bit of savings over Hauntzer.   Bust: Gamsu (DIG) ($1283) vs. C9: In theory he has a great match up and should go off. But his play along with DIG's has been so unpredictable this split that I'm not sure he's worth it. In a tournament I have no problem using him, as the potential is there to go off, just hope he doesn't bust.   Jungle:   Must Play: Rush (TIP) ($1341) vs. Team8: Rush leads the TiP attack and the aggresive style usually pays off big in terms of fantasy points especially against weak teams like Team8. I think he's got the highest upside of the day.   Sleeper: Xmithie (CLG) ($1152) vs. TDK: Risky again, but you'd expect CLG to beat TDK and due to the fact that TDK tend to overextend, the points could be there in the form of ganks for Xmithie.   Bust: IWillDominate (TL) ($1211) vs. TSM: Tough match up hurts Dom on day two. I think for his price I'd rather look elsewhere.   Mid:   Must Play: XiaoWeiXiao (TiP) ($1576) vs. Team8: The match up provides huge advantage for XwX and the rest of TiP, but he's expensive and you'll have to make cuts somewhere, so you may not be able to fit him in.   Sleeper: Pobelter (CLG) ($1431) vs. TDK: He's reasonably priced against TDK and an at times over aggresive Ninja. Pobelter could punish that and have a nice game.   Bust: Fenix (TL) ($1329) vs. TSM: Fenix has been pretty good all split, but I could never recommend anyone against Bjergsen. It's such a tough match up and even though Fenix has a depressed price I don't think he's worth the risk.   ADC:   Must Play: Altec (GRV) ($1718) vs. NME: He's been solid all year averaging 20+ PPG each week. The match up is a strong one and he looks like the safest bet. He's expensive but worth a look for sure.   Sleeper: Apollo (TiP) ($1594) vs. Team8: You can safe a bit of money with Apollo who has almost as appealing of a match up. He's a little less steady as Altec but on day two you need to safe a little as again there isn't much value and Apollo looks to be a good pick.   Bust: CoreJJ (DiG) ($1427) vs. C9: Like Gamsu, the match up suggests using CoreJJ but he's been random in terms of scoring this split and is averaging only 16 PPG. I can't fault anyone for using him but just know there's risk involved.   Sup:   Must Play: BunnyFuFuu (GRV) ($1305) vs. NME: Best match up but he's so much more expensive today compared to yesterday that I just can't fit him in.   Sleeper: KiwiKid (DiG) ($1143) vs. C9: I've been talking about the randomness of DIG and Kiwi also comes with some risk, but he's the cheapest of the supports in favorable match ups and you'll probably need to use him.   Bust: Aphromoo (CLG) ($1329) vs. TDK: I think he'll have a good game, but he's here because he's way too pricey and it's just way too hard to spend up on a support today.   Here's my lineup for Week Seven Day Two in the NALCS:   Again I have to punt and am using the two cheapest players possible to fit in my top plays. I'm still toying with this strategy to see if it's worth doing, but there isn't a ton of value in the NALCS at the moment.   Top: ZionSpartan (CLG) ($1255)
Jungle: Move (GRV) ($1238)
Mid: Keane (GRV) ($1475)
ADC: Doublelift (CLG) ($1648)
Sup: KiwiKid (DIG) ($1143)
Flex One: Dyrus (TSM) ($1163)
Flex Two: Xmithie (CLG) ($1168)
Flex Three: Dodo8 (Team8) ($875)

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

Fantasy LCS: Must Plays, Sleepers, Busts for NA Week Seven/Day One   TSM, TL, and GRV have the best match ups on day one. Try to use as many players as you can from these three teams. CLG are also in a good matchup, but they're recent 0-4 run makes them risky. I'd reccomend avoiding TiP vs. DIG as I have no clue how that game will turn out.   Top:   Must Play: Hauntzer (GRV) ($1276) vs. C9: He's been very solid all split in both wins and losses and GRV probably have the best match up against C9 who have been poor all split. Hauntzer is reasonably priced and he's the cheapest of the top laners with the best match ups.   Sleeper: ZionSpartan (CLG) ($1196) vs. NME: He's cheap comapred to a lot of top laners and CLG have a match up you'd expect them to win against NME. The recent 0-4 streak is scary though, but it could be worth the risk.   Bust: Gamsu (DIG) ($1312) vs. TiP: Like I said above I'm avoiding this entire game as it's not easily predictable which way it'll go. Gamsu is also the third most expensive top laner and for the risk involved I don't think he's worth it.   Jungle:   Must Play: Santorin (TSM) ($1399) vs. Team8: TSM have a great matchup and exlcuding the match against GRV last week Santorin has been the most reliable jungler this split. He has a great KDA and seems like the best option on day one.   Sleeper: Xmithie (CLG) ($1219) vs. NME: Like Zion, Xmithie is cheaper this week after the 0-4 run CLG have been on. He comes with a fair amount of risk as he hasn't really been great lately, but CLG should break their streak of bad luck against NME and for his price he's worth a look.   Bust: Rush (TiP) ($1411) vs. DIG: He's the second most expensive jungler on the day in a game that I have no clue what to predict. He could either go off for big points or die so much he's not anywhere near worth it. I'm staying away.   Mid:   Must Play: Bjergsen (TSM) ($1783) vs. Team8: Great match up, but with that comes his huge salary. There isn't a ton of value on day one so I think it's almost impossible to fit Bjergsen into a lineup. I'm punting one spot in my line up for day one and still can't fit Bjergsen in. He's worth the price, it's just tough to make a lineup work with him in it.   Sleeper: Keane (GRV) ($1482) vs. C9: Keane is reasonably priced compared to the other mid laners, fifth most expensive on the day, and his match up could prove to be the most favorable. For his upside in a game GRV should win handily, he's certainly a good bet. Fenix and Pobelter also have good match ups on day one.   Bust: XiaoWeiXiao (TiP) ($1574) vs. DIG: He's too expensive and with my match up concerns I'm staying away.   ADC:   Must Play: Altec (GRV) ($1568) vs. C9: Great match up and Altec has been pretty solid all split. He's a bit pricy, but if you can fit him in I'd definitely use him. C9 have been a mess.   Sleeper: Doublelift (CLG) ($1476) vs. NME: I think CLG will beat NME and look for Doublelift to have a nice game. He's been the main carry for CLG and will be the biggest reason why CLG come out on top. He's also reasonably priced compared to other ADCs and should be able to outperform his price.   Bust: CoreJJ (DIG) ($1487) vs. TiP: I've harped on this game enough, but I'm avoiding CoreJJ as he hasn't really been that great all split even when DIG win, he's the fourth most expensive ADC and I'd rather look elsewhere.   Support:   Must Play: BunnyFuFuu (GRV) ($1023) vs. C9: Bunny has been really good all split and has really improved in his new role as the shotcaller for GRV. The match up is favorable and he should enjoy a nice game at a pretty cheap price.   Sleeper: Bodydrop (NME) ($897) vs. CLG: Alright, due to the fact that there isn't much value to be had on day one, I am using Bodydrop and Bunny on day one. This is strictly a punt, but it's the punt with the most upside as CLG have been sloppy during this 0-4 streak and bodydrop could pick up a fair number of assists.   Bust: KiwiKid (DIG) ($1119) vs. TiP: He's too risky due to the match up but also because he can tend to play over aggressive and have poor games. No thanks   Here's my lineup for Week Seven Day One in the NA LCS:   Top: Hauntzer (GRV) ($1276)
Jungle: Santorin (TSM) ($1399)
Mid: Keane (GRV) ($1482)
ADC: Doublelift (CLG) ($1476)
Sup: BunnyFuFuu (GRV) ($1023)
Flex One: ZionSpartan (CLG) ($1196)
Flex Two: Xmithie (CLG) ($1219)
Flex Three: Bodydrop (NME) ($897)

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

Fantasy LCS: Must Plays, Sleepers, Busts for EU Week Seven/Day Two   Day Two has some nice match ups to exploit, namely the cheap options on SK vs CW and by using these cheap players you can afford H2k players against ROCCAT. I also think UoL are priced pretty moderately against Elements in a game they can win. I'm hesitant about picking anyone in the FNC/OG game as FNC are expensive and both teams are a bit risky. Lets take a look.   Top:   Must Play: Odoamne (H2k) ($1372) vs. ROCCAT: H2k have a great match up against ROCCAT today and I like a lot of their players. Odoamne has been one of the best top laners all split and add to that the amount of deaths Steve has had and this makes for my favorite match up of the day for top laners.   Sleeper: freddy122 (SK) ($1099) vs. CW: SK have been playing better lately, especially against weaker teams. CW are the team to pick on right now in EU and I expect SK to be able to win this game. Freddy is also cheap which helps out a lot.   Bust: sOAZ (OG) ($1371) vs. FNC: Tough match up for Origen combined with his high salary makes me want to stay away. If you think OG can take down FNC then maybe he's worth it.   Jungle:   Must Play: Loulex (H2k) ($1279) vs. ROCCAT: Loulex has been solid all split and H2k have a favorable match up against ROCCAT. For his moderate salary I think he's a little safer than more expensive options like Amazing or Reignover.   Sleeper: Svenskeren (SK) ($1137) vs. CW: Again SK have punished weaker teams lately and like freddy, Svenskeren has upped his play to help SK be a bit better the last few weeks. Expect Sven to have a nice game against CW.   Bust: Reignover (FNC) ($1560) vs. OG: He's extremely expensive in a game that could go either way. He probably will have a good game as FNC have been great all split, but I like the safer picks for less money listed above.   Mid:   Must Play: Fox (SK) ($1257) vs. CW: Again the match up is the most appealing and although Fox has died a lot this split, Soren offers almost no kill pressure in lane. Ryu is probably the true must play but due to his price you need to decide which three members of H2k you want to spend up for between Ryu, Hjarnan, Loulex, and Odo.   Sleeper: PowerofEvil (UoL) ($1173) vs. EL: Dominant performance yesterday and although Froggen is a little scary, UoL have been looking good and should win this game. I think for his modest price PoE can outperform his value.   Bust: xPeke (OG) ($1496) vs. FNC: Tough match up again combined with his high price makes me want to stay away. I think the two options above are safer.   ADC:   Must Play: Hjarnan (H2k) ($1611) vs. ROCCAT: Favorite play of the day as I think H2k will handle ROCCAT and Hjarnan will be a big reason why. He's pretty steady, especially against weaker teams, and I think he has a big day. I'll use my shotcaller bonus on him.   Sleeper: CandyPanda (Sk) ($1382) vs. CW: After a slow start CandyPanda has been much better lately like the rest of SK. The favorable match up also gives him a boost.   Bust: Niels (OG) ($1559) vs. FNC: Was a non factor in the first meeting and although he's been really good this split I'm staying away.   Support:   Must Play: kaSing (H2k) ($1226) vs. ROCCAT: He's been great all split and is probably the best option of the day due to his match up. Like usual I am spending up elsewhere and can't pay up for him.   Sleeper: GosuPepper (GMB) ($986) vs. GIANTS: I think for his price he has solid upside potential. GIANTS can be sloppy at times and the synergy is finally starting to come together for GMB.   Bust: Mithy (OG) ($1189) vs. FNC: Like Niels he wasn't much of a factor against FNC last time and combined with his high price he's a good fade.   Here's my lineup for Week Seven Day Two in the EULCS:   Top: Odoamne (H2k) ($1372)
Jungle: Loulex (H2k) ($1279)
Mid: Fox (SK) ($1257)
ADC: Hjarnan (H2k) ($1611)
Sup: Gosu Pepper (GMB) ($986)
Flex One: freddy122 (SK) ($1099)
Flex Two: PowerofEvil (UoL) ($1173)
Flex Three: Svenskeren (SK) ($1137)

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

Fantasy LCS: Must Plays, Sleepers, Busts for EU Week Seven/Day One   Top:   Must Play: sOAZ (OG) ($1390) vs. GIANTS: Posted a 1/2/12 KDA against Giants in Week one and has been a consistent fantasy performer much of the split.   Sleeper: Cabochard (GMB) ($1162) vs. SK: Gambit have been playing much better lately, going 2-0 last week, and Cabochard has been stepping up his game lately as well. For his price I think he is in a very good match up against SK. I think Steve is also a nice sleeper one day one.   Bust: Odoamne (H2k) ($1170) vs. FNC: Odo has been very good all split, but he was dominated in the first match up against FNATIC and there's a good chance it happens again. You would think FNC have to lose at some point, but who can predict when?   Jungle:   Must Play: Kikis (UoL) ($1177) vs. CW: UoL have the best match up of the day against CW and expect Kikis to be a big reason why they win. He provides good value as the fifth highest salaried jungler and could outproduce other top options against a CW side who dies a lot.   Sleeper: Diamondprox (GMB) ($1043) vs. SK: He's cheap and against an SK team who have members near the top of the most deaths in each role this split. There is definitely risk involved though as the SK/GMB game could go either way.   Bust: Svenskeren (SK) ($1191) vs. GMB: He's the fourth most expensive jungler on day one and although he's been playing a lot better I think SK could struggle against an improved Gambit limiting his output.   Mid:   Must Play: PowerofEvil (UoL) ($1286) vs. CW: Best match up of the day and Soren doesn't provide much threat in lane. PowerofEvil hasn't been great this split but should have a nice game on day one.   Sleeper: Betsy (GMB) ($1109) vs. SK: Fox has the most deaths among mid laners this split and while Betsy hasn't been great, I think GMB have a good chance to win this match up.   Bust: Pepiinero (GIANTS) ($1377) vs. OG: Tough match up vs. OG and although he is GIANTS main carry, it's possible that OG look to shut him down because of that fact. He could have a good game, but he could also be shut out from carrying.   ADC:   Must Play: Niels (OG) ($1711) vs. GIANTS: Niels has been great all split and I expect that to continue against GIANTS. This game could turn into a bloodbath and I think Niels has the most upside to capitalize on that.   Sleeper: Vardags (UoL) ($1292) vs. CW: Again UoL have the best match up and Vardags has been steady all split. I want exposure against CW and Vardags is a cheap option.   Bust: Hjarnan (H2k) ($1300) vs. FNC: He's really cheap and it almost makes me want to play him because of it. But he's in a tough match up and the risk probably outweighs the upside.   Sup:   Must Play: Mithy (OG) ($1256) vs. GIANTS: Good spot for OG to pick up a win and for Mithy to get a lot of assists. He is pricy, so it's up to you whether to use him or not.   Sleeper: Gosu Pepper (GMB) ($998) vs. SK: Gambit have been looking better including their bot lane and he's so cheap that I think I'll be using him.   Bust: Kasing (H2k) ($1120) vs. FNC: Like Hjarnan he's in a tough match up but he's also kind of pricey. I'm passing.   Here's my lineup for Week Seven Day One in the EULCS:   Top: Cabochard (GMB) ($1162)
Jungle: Diamondprox (GMB) ($1043)
Mid: PowerOfEvil (UoL) ($1286)
ADC: Niels (OG) ($1711)
Sup: Gosu Pepper (GMB) ($998)
Flex One: Vardags (UoL) ($1292)
Flex Two: sOAZ (OG) ($1390)
Flex Three: Steve (ROCCAT) ($1103)

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Fantasy LCS: Must Plays, Sleepers, Busts for NA Week Six/Day Two

Fantasy LCS: Must Plays, Sleepers, Busts for NA Week Six/Day Two     I hope everyone had a good holiday and are ready to get back to business on Vulcun today. I think today the most important thing is going to be picking correctly in the TDK/NME game and the C9/Team8 game. If you pick the right side you could be in business. I'm on the road today and posting from mobile this morning so I can't go as in depth as usual.

EDIT: I'm going to just elaborate on the match ups a little bit:   NME vs. TDK: If you're going to use anyone from this match up, and I suggest it because there's value here, you have to decide who you think is going to win and play some players from that team. I'm leaning towards TDK and would be willing to use Seraph (flaresz most deahts), Kez, and Emperor (looked strong in first game last week). Ninja makes me a little nervous because innox has played well all split, but i can't fault anyone for using him.   CLG vs. TiP: CLG have looked poor three games in a row. Double that with how expensive they are and I think they're a good fade. If you think TiP can make this a high kill game they're worth a play. I like Impact and Rush, who has been on fire, the best and don't love Apollo.   TSM vs. Gravity: Big game here. This is one of those times I'm not willing to pay up for Bjergsen. He struggled vs. Keane in the past and this game could go either way. I like the solidness of Santorin and Hauntzer if I'm using anyone.   DIG vs. TL: TL looked really good yesterday but DIG could pose a threat. I'm leaning a bit toward TL though (however I admittedly have been wrong almost every game about DIG) and am going to probably use Fenix. He's been pretty good the last couple weeks. I can't fault anyone for picking either side though.   T8 vs. C9: Like the first game you have to decide who you think is going to win. I'm giving C9 the benefit of the doubt but maybe I shouldn't be. I honestly don't know how this game will go so I can't fault anyone for picking either side. Nien is a really cheap high upside ADC pick for this day.     Here's my lineup for Week 6 Day 2 of the NALCS:     Top: Impact (TiP) ($1224) Jungle: Rush (TiP) ($1215)
Mid: Fenix (TL) ($1308) ADC: Emperor (TDK) ($1238)
Sup: LemonNation (C9) ($977) Flex One: Incarnati0n (C9) ($1111)
Flex Two: Santorin (TSM) ($1403) Flex Three: Sneaky (C9) ($1242)

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NA LCS W6D1 - Vulcun Fantasy Picks

With just over 10 hours till the NA LCS Week 6 Day 1 begins, here my roster for this day.   3x TDK / 3x TiP/ 1x TL/ 1x DIG   Safe Picks IMO:
Shiphtur - is consitent and he's going against T8 so he should ultimately do well in this matchup.
Quas - dominated C9 they last played.
TiP Picks - is going against Enemy Esports, Last time they crushed them.   The risky picks of the week:
TDK Picks - I'm going for a 3 person TDK. Seraph is great, he's one of the best top's in the game and has fought hard to get back to the LCS. They had a very rough start but now that Emperor is back as their ADC, Smoothie should have a good game. The whole team will build momentum off his return and their dominant game last week.   This is a bit of high risk Roster but if TDK hits off, this should be a top contender.
(TDK) TOP: Seraph (Kina) - $899
(TiP) JUNGLER: Rush - $1363
(TiP) MID: XiaoWeiXiao - $1577
(TDK) ADC: Emperor - $946
(TDK) SUPPORT: Smoothie - $831
(TiP) FLEX: Apollo - $1516 (Shotcaller)
(DIG) FLEX: Shiphtur - $1431
(TL) FLEX: Quas - $1395   I'm really looking forward to hearing what you guys are doing for Week 6 Day 1 NA LCS.   -Kraft

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

Fantasy LCS: Must Plays, Sleepers, Busts for NA Week Six/Day One   Yesterday I found myself on the wrong side of the Gambit/ROCCAT game and it cost me. Can't get them all right I guess. Happy Fourth everyone, here are my picks for Week 6 Day 1 of the NALCS.   Top:   Must Play: Impact (TiP) ($1434) vs. NME: TiP have been putting up some big fantasy totals lately and their bloody style of play has paid off in terms of production. Impact has the best matchup of day one against NME and Flarez who has died the most this split.   Sleeper: Hauntzer (GV) ($1247) vs. CLG: There isn't much in terms of value on day one in the top lane. Hauntzer is a little bit cheaper and has been solid for Gravity all split even in games they lose. GV will give CLG a good game and I expect Hauntzer to have a solid point total.   Bust: ZionSpartan (CLG) ($1336) vs. GV: He's expensive and if you believe in the CLG second half collapse jinx then you're better off staying away. The match up is no sure thing either   Jungle:   Must Play: Rush (TiP) ($1363) vs. NME: He's been spearheading the TiP attack the last couple weeks playing aggresive junglers and looking great in the process. The match up against NME makes me think he's in line for another big game.   Sleeper: IWillDominate (TL) ($1229) vs. C9: He's a little cheaper and C9 have looked awful all split. Factor in that Hai will be jungling this week and I think Dom may have his way in the jungle.   Bust: Xmithie (CLG) ($1287) vs. GV: He was awful last week and he's pretty expensive this week. The match up vs. Gravity is no sure thing either and for his price I'd look elsewhere.   Mid:   Must Play: Bjergsen (TSM) ($1891) vs. TDK: He's so expensive and there is hardly any value on day one that it's probably impossible to fit him in. But he has the best match up of the day against TDK.   Sleeper: Fenix (TL) ($1578) vs. C9: He's $300 cheaper and the match up is almost as favorable. C9 have been poor and Fenix has been looking pretty good the last couple weeks. For the savings he might be the way to go.   Bust: XiaoWeiXiao (TiP) ($1577) vs. NME: Good match up vs. NME and he probably has a solid game, but for the price there isn't as much upside. Innox has been solid all split and that may limit the output potential for XWX. Just pay one more dollar for Fenix.   ADC:   Must Play: Apollo (TiP) ($1516) vs. NME: I don't need to keep harping on the match up but Apollo has been really good all split and is primed for a big day.   Sleeper: Emperor (TDK) ($946) vs. TSM: This one is really risky. But if you believe the TDK miracle season has started then he is worth a look. He looked really good against DIG last week and with TSM playing Keith the synergy may not completely be there.   Bust: Keith (TSM) ($1568) vs. TDK: Like I mentioned above the synergy may not be there for Keith today and he's the second highest ADC. I'm looking elsewhere   Sup:   Must Play: Adrian (TiP) ($1154) vs. NME: Best match up of the day but pretty expensive. You probably can't pay up for a support today.   Sleeper: Smoothie (TDK) ($831) vs. TSM: To go along with the upside of Emperor and also it might make sense to just punt on your support and take the cheapest one possible as there isn't much value in any role on the day.   Bust: Aphromoo (CLG) ($1136) vs. GV: Match up is no sure thing and he's expensive.   NA LCS Week Six Day One Lineup:   I'm actually not sure if I'm going to even play today with it being the fourth and all I won't be around. But this is what my lineup would look like if I did.   Top: Impact (TIP) ($1434)
Jungle: Rush (TIP) ($1363)
Mid: Fenix (TL) ($1578)
ADC: Apollo (TIP) ($1516)
SUP: Smoothie (TDK) ($831)
Flex One: IWillDominate (TL) ($1229)
Flex Two: GoldenGlue (T8) ($1052)
Flex Three: Emperor (TDK) ($946)

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

Fantasy LCS: Must Plays, Sleepers, Busts for EU Week Six/Day Two     Yesterday was a great day for me. I was able to take third in two separate tournaments with a lineup I loved. Today's lineup looks pretty strong once again, although with less potential than yesterdays. Good luck to everyone playing today!     Top:     Must Play: Huni (FNC) ($1634) vs. CW: It's going to be a common theme on day two that FNATIC have the best match ups against a CW team that is a bit of a mess at the moment. Huni is the best play in the top lane but is also the most expensive.     Sleeper: Cabochard (GMB) ($976) vs. ROCCAT: I like Cabochard again today as a cheaper option with good upside. Steve has the most deaths in the LCS among top laners and Cabochard has been pretty solid all split. If you're looking to save in the top lane go with Cabo.     Bust: Jwaow (EL) ($1021) vs. OG: He's the fourth most expensive top laner but goes against Origen in a game I expect Elements to lose. Usually when a team loses it's hard for the players to score valuable points. sOAZ is also the hardest top laner to kill and I just don't see the upside to Jwaow for the price.     Jungle:     Must Play: Reginover (FNC) ($1511) vs. CW: Like Huni, Reignover is expensive, but provides the most point potential. It's going to be hard to fit a lot of FNC players into your lineup today so you are going to have to pick and choose where you pay up.     Sleeper: Fr3deric (GIANTS) ($1013) vs. SK: It's been an up and down split so far for Fr3deric and GIANTS but they're currently in fourth place and should have a solid game against SK. There is no guarantee that GIANTS beat an improving SK team but I think Fr3deric is in a good spot to put up solid points for a good price. SK have died a lot this split and Fr3deric has shown he can be aggresive in helping snowball lanes.     Bust: Dexter (EL) ($1008) vs. OG: He's not priced that highly but I don't see much upside in a tough match up. Origen are tough to kill and usually play very smart making it hard for them to be ganked. I'd look elsewhere.     Mid:     Must Play: Febiven (FNC) ($1823) vs. CW: Again he's the most expensive player on the day, but I think he's worth it and will probably look to fit him in again. I've already talked about the nice match up for FNC against CW, but Soren offers almost no kill threat in lane and Febiven should have a really nice game.     Sleeper: Nukeduck (ROCCAT) ($1255) vs. GMB: GMB vs. ROCCAT could be a bit of a bloodbath and I find myself leaning in favor of ROCCAT, and for that reason I like Nukeduck against Betsy. Nukeduck has been pretty solid all split, currently third in assists for mid laners, and Betsy is second in deaths. For a nice cheaper upside play you could do worse than Nukeduck.     Bust: xPeke (OG) ($1708) vs. EL: I think xPeke has a solid game and in your Fantasy LCS format you definitely start him. But he's the second most expensive mid laner and for his price I think there's more upside elsewhere. Maybe I'm showing Froggen too much respect but he's proved he can have good games even when Elements lose and it may limit Peke's point output.     ADC:     Must Play: Rekkles (FNC) ($1754) vs. CW: Rekkles was great yesterday and looks like he'll have another big game against a weakened CW side. Niels is also in a good spot to put up some points today, but comes with a bit more risk.     Sleeper: MrRallez (ROCCAT) ($1201) vs. GMB: He's a nice play at a cheaper price. The Gambit bot lane has been poor all split, compare the fact that Forg1ven has only one more kill in six more games than MrRallez, and that GosuPepper leads in deaths in the support role and I think MrRallez is in a good spot for a nice game.     Bust: Forg1ven (GMB) ($1132) vs. ROCCAT: I'm not going to pay up for him while he's over $1000 on Vulcun. Like I said above he's been poor all split and I just don't see the upside.     SUP:     Must Play: Mithy (OG) ($1245) vs. EL: I like Mithy even more than Yellowstar today for the upside. Both will have good games. That said, I can't pay up for a support today as there isn't much value to be had in a lot of the other roles. I'm going to use the support position as a savings spot today. Mithy was poor yesterday, but I'm thinking he and OG bounce back nicely today.     Sleeper: nRated (SK) ($767) vs. GIANTS: The main reason I like nRated is because he's so cheap. I think this is a game that could go either way, but with the improved play of SK, nRated is a nice buy at this price. If you go this route you don't need him to put up huge point totals but just have a decent game and allow the savings you get from using him to pay up for some of the big names to carry your team.     Bust: Everyone but the top three: This is a day where you need to either save and go with the cheap option with the most upside in nRated or pay up for Mithy, YellowstaR, or Kasing. I just can't pay up for one of them today. No real support has a great match up this week outside of the top three.     Here's my lineup for Week Six Day Two in the EULCS:     Top: Cabochard (GMB) ($976)
Jungle: Fr3deric (GIANTS) ($1013)
Mid: Febiven (FNC) ($1823)
ADC: Rekkles (FNC) ($1754) Shotcaller
Sup: nRated (SK) ($767)
Flex One: Nukeduck ($1255)
Flex Two: MrRallez ($1201)
Flex Three: Jankos ($1156)

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

Fantasy LCS: Must Plays, Sleepers, Busts for EU Week Six/Day One   Welcome to week six everyone. I'd love to hear from some of our members on their first week experiences with Vulcun. How's it going so far? Have you won money? Which games are you playing? I'm interested in who's playing and how it's going. Remember, use this link: https://vulcun.com/a/vVvgaming, when signing up to get a 100% deposit match.   I absolutely love my lineup for day one of the EU LCS this week. There are a lot of really good value plays this week that make it possible to get some of the top players. Because I like my lineup so much I'll probably even play a tournament or two on Thursday in addition to a 50/50 game. Let's take a look.   EU Day One Picks:   Top:   Must Play: Cabochard (GMB) ($950) vs. CW: I'm a big fan of two value plays this week in the top lane and Cabochard is my favorite play of the week in this role. CW look a bit of a mess right now with lineup changes and some drama going on within their ranks, GMB are no sure thing but I think they pick up the victory this week. Cabochard was one of the best top laners last split and has been playing solid all split. I expect him to have a nice game against CW.   Sleeper: freddy122 (SK) ($949) vs. ROCCAT: I'm on the bandwagon with SK this week. They started this split horribly but things have been looking up the last couple of weeks and it has a lot to do with improved play from freddy. After dying 37 times the first three weeks he's only died seven times the last two while racking up 12 kills and 41 assists. I think for his price he's a very good choice on day one.   Bust: None. I really don't think there's a bust on day one in the top lane. You have Odo, Huni, and sOAZ as the most expensive but if you wanted to play any of them they're all in good match ups. I like my two value picks I listed above better because they allow me to spend up in other roles on day one. That said, I'd stay away from Steve, Jwaow and Lenny, who is CW's new top laner.   Jungle:   Must Play: Reignover (FNC) ($1485) vs. GIANTS: He's very expensive, and I won't be using him because of it, but he's definitely in a great spot to put up major points on day one. FNATIC should beat Giants and Reignover will look to punish the aggressive Spanish side with lots and lots of ganks.   Sleeper: Svenskeren (SK) ($882) vs. ROCCAT: Much like I talked about above SK have been playing a lot better the last two weeks and like freddy, Svenskeren's improvements have been a big reason why. He has a 10/10/46 KDA the last two weeks and his extremely cheap price make him my favorite option in a game I think SK will win.   Bust: Shook (CW) ($1083) vs. GMB: He's the fourth most expensive jungler and I'm not sure why. I know Gambit haven't been great this split, but CW look like a bit of a mess at the moment. It's possible he could have a decent game, but I'd rather save some money and use Svenskeren than use Shook on day one.   Mid:   Must Play: Febiven (FNC) ($1815) vs. GIANTS: Here's where I start paying up a bit. Febiven is the most expensive player of the day but I think he's worth it. He leads the EU LCS in Kills and Assists from mid laners and has the third least deaths. Pepiinero is a solid mid laner, but I expect FNATIC to win the game and for Febiven to win the match up in the mid lane making him a great play.   Sleeper: Fox (SK) ($1159) vs. ROCCAT: Fox, like the other members of SK I've mentioned, has stepped up his game the last two weeks. Nukeduck is a decent mid laner, but since I think SK will win this game I think Fox is a nice cheaper priced mid laner if you want to spend up elsewhere.   Bust: Ryu (H2k) ($1545) vs. EL: I think H2k will beat Elements and Ryu will have a solid game in the process. But the risk lies with the fact that he's the third most expensive mid laner, and also that Froggen has proved he can have a big game even when his team loses. I think for the price Ryu isn't worth it in this match up.   ADC:   Must Play: Rekkles (FNC) ($1680) vs. GIANTS: Rekkles will be in my lineup this week as he's been able to punish overly aggresive teams so far this split and has been solid all split. GIANTS tend to over extend at times and I expect Rekkles to be able to dish out a major amount of damage against them. He's my favorite play of the day and I'll be using my "Shotcaller" bonus on him on day one.   Sleeper: CandyPanda (SK) ($979) vs. ROCCAT: I'm personally not going to use him, in fact I'm going to use a second support over him for the same price, but I debated putting him into my lineup. He could have a nice game vs. ROCCAT, but in the end I decided he was too much risk. I like the other cheap SK members much better than CandyPanda.   Bust: Forg1ven (GMB) ($1321) vs. CW: He's the fourth most expensive ADC against CW who have looked pretty poor lately. But, he only has 15 kills the entire split and just hasn't looked like himself. Compare the fact that MrRallez has 14 kills and has played six less games than Forg1ven to understand just how much he's been struggling. GMB vs. CW could potentially be a bloodbath, but I'm kind of nervous about picking to heavily in either direction. Better to just stay away.   Support:   Must Play: YellowstaR (FNC) ($1096) vs. GIANTS: Been the best support in the EU LCS so far and is pretty cheap (he's almost $400 less than Kasing). I think the nice match up against GIANTS coupled with the cheap price make him by far the best play of all the supports.   Sleeper: Mithy (OG) ($979) vs. UoL: I'm going to do something I'd usually advise against: play two supports this week. There is so much value in this role this week with YellowstaR and Mithy that it makes it possible to pay up for two ADCs and Febiven. I can't pass up Mithy for such a cheap price when he's been so good all split.   Bust: Kasing (H2k) ($1476) vs. Elements: Good match up, will have a good game. But he's so expensive and I'm not paying up for that. Especially when you can get the two guys listed above for so much less.   Here's my lineup for Week Six Day One in the EULCS:   I love my lineup. If SK wins as I expect it should be a really strong lineup. I'm using Mithy over CandyPanda as they're the same price, but the risk isn't there with Mithy like it is with CandyPanda. I'm thinking my value plays have good games and they allow me to pay up for Febiven, Rekkles, and Hjarnan who I expect to carry my lineup.   Top: Cabochard (GMB) ($950) Jungle: Svenskeren (SK) ($882)
Mid: Febiven (FNC) ($1815) ADC: Rekkles (FNC) ($1680) Shotcaller
Sup: YellowstaR (FNC) ($1096) Flex One: freddy122 (SK) ($949)
Flex Two: Hjarnan (H2k) ($1643) Flex Three: Mithy (OG) ($979)

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Fantasy LCS: Must Plays, Sleepers, Busts for NA Week Five/Day Two

Fantasy LCS: Must Plays, Sleepers, Busts for NA Week Five/Day Two     Welcome in everyone. This is my first official blog post since we partnered with Vulcun. What's Vulcun you ask? Check this out for more information. Here are my picks for week five, day two of the NA LCS.     NA Day Two Rankings:     Top:     Must Play: Gamsu (DIG) ($1273) vs. TDK: I'm all in on DIG this week after hating on them most of the split. They play TDK who still look to be a mess and Gamsu will be facing off against Seraph who has the most deaths in the top lane this split. Look for Gamsu to also be a big reason why DIG dominates team fights.     Sleeper: Dyrus (TSM) ($1150) vs. CLG: Dyrus has been playing really well lately including in the week two win over CLG when he put up a 2/1/8 KDA. He's cut back on his deaths this split and although CLG provide a tough matchup, TSM have been CLG's Achilles heel.     Bust: Quas (TL) ($1310) vs. GV: He's expensive, GV provides a tough match up for Team Liquid and Hauntzer has been very good this split. For his price there are better options available.     Jungle:     Must Play: Rush (TIP) ($1380) vs. C9: I used him yesterday and it worked out well but he was cheaper than he is today. I think he could have a really nice game against C9 but due to his high price I think I'll look elsewhere. If you can fit him in he's definitely a nice play.     Sleeper: Helios (DIG) ($1250) vs. TDK: I want as much exposure to DIG in this game for the cheapest price. Helios provides a nice bargain at Jungle in a game that should hand DIG a lot of kills.     Bust: Meteos (C9) ($1017) vs. TIP: Meteos is cheap today but I don't see the upside. He's last in kills and assists for all full time junglers in the LCS and C9 haven't looked good all split. Not a risk due to price, but I don't see the production being there today.     Mid:     Must Play: Fenix (TL) ($1380) vs. GV: Bjergsen is actually the best play, but he is SO expensive it's really hard to fit him into a lineup. Fenix looked awesome on Azir yesterday and has a good match up against Keane who has died the most of any mid laner in the LCS.     Sleeper: Innox (NME) ($1227) vs. Team8: Innox has quietly been very good this split and is a good pick for today going up against Team8 and their back up midlaner goldenglue. He comes at a nice price discount as well and has a good chance to out produce his salary.     Bust: Pobelter (CLG) ($1498) vs TSM: For the price, he's the third highest priced midlaner, I'm going elsewhere. Tough matchup against Bjergsen and TSM. Not worth the risk.     ADC:     Must Play: Otter (NME) ($1163) vs. Team8: Otter is a nice cheap option at ADC but has huge upside. Nien has not looked very good since joining Team8 and Otter has been not outstanding, but solid, all season. He provides some salary relief with the potential to have a very good return on investment.     Sleeper: Altec (GV) ($1514) vs. TL: He's more expensive than Otter by quite a bit but I don't see as much upside. I think Altec could have a very good game, that's why he's listed here, but is no sure thing that's why he isn't my must play.     Bust: Apollo (TiP) ($1568) vs. C9: This has more to do with his price than his match up as I think he will have a good game against C9. He's the most expensive ADC though and I like the two names listed above a little bit better for the price.     Support:     Must Play: KiwiKid (DIG) ($1104) vs. TDK: Again I want the cheap DIG exposure. He's reasonably priced with high upside in a great match up. I'm not paying up for CoreJJ, but I want his Support in my lineup.     Sleeper: Bodydrop (NME) ($1009) vs. Team8: Good cheap option against a weak team. If you need to save a little bit of money I don't think he's a bad pick.     Bust: Xpecial (TL) ($1188) vs. Gravity: I don't like paying top dollar for supports and Xpecial is the second highest priced on the day. His match up is no sure thing and I don't think he's worth this high price.     Here's my lineup for Week Five, Day Two in the NA LCS:     Top: Gamsu (DIG) ($1273)
Jungle: Helios (DIG) ($1250)
Mid: Fenix (TL) ($1380)
ADC: Otter (NME) ($1163)
SUP: Kiwikid (DIG) ($1104)
Flex One: Dyrus (TSM) ($1150)
Flex Two: Rush (TiP) ($1380)
Flex Three: Innox (NME) ($1227)

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As One Flag Falls, Another Flag Rises

I’m taking things personally. It’s been a historic couple of weeks. Friday was a historic day. It started for me with the President’s eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinkney and ended with the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of gay marriage. Yesterday, got me thinking. Actually, it got me feeling.
It’s a feeling I haven’t had in a long time. The last time I had this feeling was in 1989. I was in Orlando, Florida getting ready to graduate from Naval Nuclear Propulsion School. I was watching the Berlin wall fall. It marked, for me, the end of the Cold War. I felt optimistic. Having spent many summers in Germany visiting my relatives on my mother’s side, it was also strangely personal. It was that unique feeling of history happening to me versus history happening around me.   History doesn’t always feel personal. The tragedy of September 11th didn’t feel personal. I remember being angry and disappointed, but I didn’t feel it personally. Friday’s events, however, felt very personal.   As I mentioned earlier, it started with the president’s eulogy. Although I’m an atheist, I was moved by the president’s comments about grace. He spoke about the violent act and how it sits in a long history of bombs and arson and shots fired at churches. He spoke about how the killer imagined he would incite fear and recrimination; violence and suspicion. What the killer didn’t understand was the grace surrounding that Bible study group.   According to the Christian tradition, grace is not earned. Grace is not merited. It’s not something we deserve. From my understanding, grace is the free and benevolent favor of God as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings. The president specifically mentioned that this terrible tragedy allowed us to see where we’ve been blind. He mentioned that despite our rancor and complacency, our shortsightedness and fear of each other, we still received grace. Grace in the form of awareness that the Confederate flag is much more than just ancestral pride, but is actually a reminder of systemic oppression and racial subjugation. It’s clear that this flag will finally fall. Much like the Berlin wall fell. I felt hopeful.  
 
Amazingly, the hope train would continue to chug along on this particular Friday. The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold gay marriage across the land was a very special kind of hopeful vindication. It was an exoneration. People were set free, free to lay claim to a historic and ancient institution: marriage.   Yeah, this is personal. From “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” to the Christian Right’s efforts to paint gays and lesbians as pedophiles, not fit to parent and certainly not deserving of the right to marry to the bullying, insults and abuses aimed at gays and lesbians, it’s been a long road. That road has had many highs and lows.   For me, the highs have always been about the people. While in the Navy, I spent a decade in Virginia. During that time, while serving in the U.S. Navy, I was surrounded by an amazingly open, welcoming and loving gay community. It was there that I learned to become a gay man: to wear that identity with pride, to learn the history that I was never taught in school and then to discover an amazing culture and legacy. Thankfully, the lows for me were few and far between. They were there. It was always in small moments.   For those of you who know me well, it’s safe to say that I’m direct and confident. Having spent a decade being a consultant, I often need to establish credibility with executives who I really don’t know in a matter of one or two minutes. In my most recent job, that approach created a very unique situation. I’d been on the job for only a few months when I had discovered a coworker had come up with a very interesting theory. The coworker described my behavior as a “byproduct of me being gay in the military.” She had observed similar confidence in her uncle who was gay. Therefore, she concluded that all gay men who served in the military had to be overly confident and direct to make up for their insecurities about being gay.   And there it was, one of those frustrating, little moments, where another person’s ignorance, like nails on a chalkboard to my rational mind, reminded me of the perceptions that we still need to overcome. I remember coming home that night and telling the story to Jordan, who at the time was just my “domestic partner." We were not allowed to marry back in 2012. We both laughed about it. Yet, it happened. One of those small moments of awareness. Awareness that ignorance and prejudice still existed.   In 2013, the great state of California allowed Jordan and I to become married. Of course, I knew that our marriage wouldn’t be recognized everywhere. Somehow, it wasn’t important. It really wasn’t important until yesterday. Yesterday, I realize the depth of the problem with hate, bigotry and ignorance. You see, I had accepted that my marriage was only valid in California. Almost the same way many whites “accept” the Confederate flag is a symbol of ancestral pride. I had become complacent. Hard to confess that, strangely. It’s almost that I had allowed a truth to disappear.  

[side note: Don't let anyone tell you that the truth can't disappear. If I believe in anything, rather than God, it is that I am part of something that goes all the way back to Antigone, and that whatever speaks the truth of our hearts can only make us stronger. Can only give us the power to counter the hate and bigotry and heal this addled world. Just remember: You are not alone.---R.I.P. Paul Monette]  
Of course, the good fight is far from over. There is so much more work to do. Hate, ignorance and misinformation still exist everywhere. Hate is still taught from one generation to another. Friday’s events are actually a call to action. We all need to take these things very seriously. Each of us has the power to make a difference. By being a little more vigilant, a little more outspoken, by being, dare I say, direct and confident by standing up to those who speak out of ignorance or hate, we can make a difference. As one flag falls, I’m optimistic that another is rising in its place, but this time a flag that celebrates diversity and inclusiveness.   I for one am taking it all personally-too personally, in fact. You see, I don't really have the choice to ignore it, because it's happening on my watch.

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Vulcun Daily LCS: An Introduction

Vulcun Daily LCS: An Introduction  
Exciting news yesterday as vVv Gaming announced a partnership with Vulcun.com! Vulcun offers daily fantasy tournaments for LoL, DOTA2, CS:GO, Hearthstone, and CoD. Use this link: https://vulcun.com/a/vVvgaming when signing up for 100% deposit bonus!   If you saw this information yesterday and were wondering, what the hell is this? Do not fear, I'm here to help you gain some basic understadning of how daily fantasy tournaments work. Daily fantasy sports has risen to ascendancy in the last few years. Daily and weekly games on sites like Draft Kings and Fan Duel offer a cash prize in various game forms. Head to Head games against another person, 50/50 games where players in the top 50% win money, and Guaranteed Prize Pool tournaments where the big payouts are. Vulcun is now offering this same format for LoL, CsGo, and DOTA 2, Hearthstone, and CoD.   I am going to be specifically focusing on League of Legends, but the general information I provide here goes for all games. The scoring for other games will obviously be different but the general principles of daily fantasy are the same. Before you begin my first piece of advice would be to watch the following video after you sign up:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8T97LhrP9hU   Also please read the contest rules provided by Vulcun here: https://vulcun.com/main/contestrules you can search by each individual game for important information like how to draft, what roster roles you need, and the most important: how you score points.   Vulcun users can construct a team of eight players using a salary cap format of $10000. Each player you choose from has a set price. The roster construction includes one player in each role, plus three flex roles where you can use anyone. It is important to note that these prices influence the game greatly. It is hard to fit in all the top players making bargains a huge deal. You expect Bjergsen to play well each week and as such he will always be priced highly. But who are the value plays that have an easier match up you can use to fill out your roster? You need to consider the pricing when looking at who to select on any given day.   Alright here is my general advice for Daily Fantasy eSports:   If you're wondering how much you need to deposit to start with, the general rule is to start with $100 if you can afford it. I'm not telling you that you have to deposit $100 but that is a good starting point when looking to get into daily. However, deposit whatever you're comfortable with to start. Let's talk about bankroll management, or how to manage your money once you've made a deposit. Once you've made a deposit, no matter how much it is, it is strongly advised to only play 10% of your bankroll on a given day. So for example, if you deposit $50, your first day you would only play $5. This keeps you from burning through your bankroll too fast and keeps you in the game. Now, if you play that 10% and lose it, you would go from $50 to $45 making your 10% for the next day only $4.50. You can use this 10% rule whether your bankroll increases or decreases. If you don't need to worry about how you spend your money then this 10% rule doesn't apply. PLAY 50/50 TOURNAMENTS! We all have dreams of winning huge sums of money playing daily fantasy, but let's be real it's not that likely. Sure it could happen, but the best way to steadily increase your bank roll is to play 50/50 tournaments. In this format you only need to place in the top 50% of all competitors. Contrast that to a tournament where the top prize is huge, but steadily decreases with less spots to even finish in the money. My general rule I use for myself in daily is that if I am not cashing in my 50/50's I do not allow myself to play in tournaments. 50/50's are the best way to increase your bankroll. This one goes hand in hand with #3. If you can, play in 50/50's with large player pools. On Vulcun you can play in 50/50's with 10 people or 100 people, but give yourself the better odds to finish in the top 50% by playing with more people. The variance will be less and although it's still the top 50%, it's easier to take top 50 out of 100 than top 5 out of 10. Don't get discouraged if you aren't cashing in tournaments. You really aren't supposed to win your tournaments on a consistent basis. The player pool is much larger making the competition stiffer. That's why I recommend playing 50/50's to start. Last but not least - HAVE FUN. It's what it's all about. Oh, and don't get addicted. If you're having a rough go of things getting started, there's no shame in taking a break for a day.
 
I hope this general information helped. Remember to check out the links above for Vulcun's contest rules and information. Good luck!

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

Fantasy LCS: Must Plays, Sleepers, Busts for NA Week Five/Day One   Sorry for missing EU Day Two today. I saw Rush in concert Thursday night and Unfortunately had to travel four hours to do so and with Alpha Draft not having pricing information available I was unable to get a blog post together in time. Let's get back to work and take a look at NA Day One for Week Five.   Note: If you see me referring to price below, it's for AlphaDraft's pricing of players for their daily tournaments. If you're not playing AlphaDraft, don't fear, the analysis should work for Fantasy LCS as well.   NA Day One Rankings:   Top:   Must Play: Gamsu (DIG) ($8700) vs. Enemy Esports: After hating on DIG in previous weeks I'm all in on them this week. They play NME on day one and will have a favorable match up. Gamsu played pretty great last week and Flaresz leads the LCS in deaths for top laners. Gamsu is the second most expensive top laner, but looks like he'll be worth it if he can play like he did last week again.   Sleeper: Hauntzer (GV) ($8200) vs. TIP: Hauntzer leads the NA LCS in top lane kills and Impulse have been a bit sloppy at times. He doesn't provide much savings with a high salary so he may not be able to provide the kind of upside his price suggests.   Deep Sleeper: Seraph (TDK) ($6300) vs. Cloud9: He's really cheap and really risky. He has the second most deaths but Balls is right behind him and doesn't provide much kill pressure in lane. I think TDK are unfortunately a mess right now but it's possible Seraph could have a decent day against C9.   Bust: Balls (C9) ($8400) vs. TDK: He's the third most expensive top lane player which has more to do with facing TDK than it does his own play. Both Balls and C9 as a whole have not been great this split and I think you can look elsewhere, especially for the price you have to pay for him. I think one thing to keep in mind though is that TDK cannot ban Rumble and if Balls gets his hands on Rumble, he may be worth the price.   Jungle:   Must Play: Santorin (TSM) ($9100) vs. Team8: Has a 13/8/88 KDA record coming into the week and faces a weak Team8. He's the most expensive jungler but should be worth the price.   Sleeper: Meteos (C9) ($7700) vs. TDK: Faces the worst team in the LCS and although C9 are no sure thing, he should be able to have a pretty good week for a reasonable price.   Bust: No Jungler. To be honest all the NA junglers on day one are pretty reasonably priced. The biggest risk might be Xmithie who is priced at $8100, $1100 less than Santorin, but I think he has a good enough game that that price shouldn't scare you off. Other than that there's no one who's price really represents much bust potential. I would however stay away from Porpoise even though he's only $6000.   Mid:   Must Play: Bjergsen (TSM) ($10700) vs. Team8: He's the most expensive player on day one and for good reason. He leads the NA LCS in kills from mid laners and faces a replacement mid laner for Team 8. If you can fit him in he looks like a sure thing this week.   Sleeper: Innox (NME) ($7400) vs. DIG: Innox has actually performed quite well this split, fourth in kills, seventh in assists, and has the least deaths among all full time mid laners in NA. Shiphtur and DIG have been really good this split, but I think Innox can have a nice game for a cheap price.   Bust: Incarnati0n (C9) ($8300) vs. TDK: He's near the bottom in kills and assists and doesn't quite provide the upside you'd want for his relatively high price. I'd rather go elsewhere.   ADC:   Must Play: Doublelift (CLG) ($9300) vs. TL: Although TL are no cake walk, Doublelift has been the best ADC so far this split and CLG have looked very good. I was considering putting WildTurtle here as his match up is very favorable against Team8. But I'm not sure how well he can play for his $9000 price. Doublelift gets the nod here.   Sleeper: Lattman (TDK) ($7100) vs. C9: Sneaky and LemonNation have not been playing well making it somewhat appealing to use Lattman in a tournament format. You'd have to be pretty confident though as Lattman has the most deaths and least kills from the ADC position this split.   Bust: Sneaky (C9) ($10000) vs. TDK: As I said above he faces the ADC who has the most deaths and least kills this split making it a pretty tasty match up. But he hasn't played very well this split and is the most expensive ADC. I don't think he's worth the price personally and am going to use a different ADC.   Support:   Must Play: Lustboy (TSM) ($8000) vs. Team8: He's the most expensive support option and I won't be using him because of that. That said, he has the most favorable match up against a weak team8 and will probably be worth the price.   Sleeper: Smoothie/Baby (TDK) ($3200) vs. C9: Whichever player starts, their price is so ridiculously cheap that I think in a tournament its worth the risk. I don't think TDK will beat C9 but at $3200 their support player can have a decent game and be worth the price while allowing you to fit some of the top plays into your lineup this week. C9 haven't been great and who's to say TDK can't score some nice fantasy point totals even if they don't win the game?   Bust: LemonNation (C9) ($7100) vs. TDK: Simply too expensive for me to want to use this week, like I said above he hasn't been playing well and even though he's in a good match up I'm going elsewhere.   Team:   Must Play: TSM ($4000) vs. Team8: They're the closest thing to a sure win on Day One. Near the top in Baron Kills, Dragon Kills, and Tower kills while team 8 is near the bottom in all 3 categories. Expect a nice point total from TSM.   Sleeper: Cloud9 ($3400) vs. TDK: They've been pretty poor this split, but TDK are a mess. Expect C9 to win, but I'm not sure how high of a point total they can put up even with a win.   Bust: CLG ($3900) vs. TL: TL will push CLG to the limit and have had good control of objective kills this split which may limit CLG's team total point score on day one. I'd rather spend $100 more and get TSM who are more of a sure thing this week.   My Lineup for NA Day One/Week Five:   Top: Gamsu (DIG) ($8700) Jungle: Rush (TIP) ($6700)
Mid: Bjergsen (TSM) ($10700) ADC: Doublelift (CLG) ($9300)
SUP: Baby/Smoothie (TDK) ($3200) Team: TSM ($4000)

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

Fantasy LCS: Must Plays, Sleepers, Busts for EU Week Five/Day One     This week I want to make a slight switch by taking a look at each day separately from the entire week. This gives a better idea of how match ups can benefit or hinder a certain player or team. I'm certainly still trying to learn the best way to go about this whole Fantasy LCS stuff, but for my first time doing it I think its going pretty well. I appreciate all the views. Lets take our first look at Week Five starting with EU Day One.     Note: If you see me referring to price below, it's for AlphaDraft's pricing of players for their daily tournaments. If you're not playing AlphaDraft, don't fear, the analysis should work for Fantasy LCS as well.     EU Day One Rankings:     Top:     Must Play: sOAZ (Origen) ($7900) vs. Gambit Gaming - Cabochard is a pretty solid top laner and has been playing a lot better, but sOAZ provides much more to his team than just in the laning phase. sOAZ leads the EU LCS in Assists and is third in kills among all top laners. With Origen a good bet to beat Gambit and sOAZ moderate price, I think he makes for the best top lane pick day one.     Slepper: freddy122 (SK Gaming) ($6800) vs. Elements - In split long I think Jwaow is actually a better play this week. But when I look at this from a daily perspective, Jwaow is the second highest priced top laner this week ahead ahead of sOAZ and only $300 less than Huni. The huge savings with freddy and the potential for SK to win this game makes him the better sleeper. SK went 2-0 last week and looked better as a team including much better performances from freddy and Svenskeren. This is a little risky because freddy has died a TON this split, but I think he could definitely out perform his price on day one.     Bust: Huni (FNATIC) ($9000) vs. H2k - Don't take this the wrong way, if you have Huni in the split long Fantasy LCS format you start him. But he is the highest priced top laner on AlphaDraft and I think there's some risk involved. Odoamne has also been one of the best top laners this split, H2k are a good team who don't give up a lot of fantasy points, and Huni could be targeted in terms of bans and in early gank pressure. Huni will still probably have a good game, but for his price I'm going elsewhere.     Jungle:     Must Play: Amazing (Origen) ($8,600) vs. Gambit - It's going to be a common theme in this post today as I think Origen have the best fantasy potential of any team on day one. But because of that they're also highly priced making it hard to fit them all into your lineup. Amazing leads EU in kills and assists from the jungle role and against a Gambit team that dies a lot, he's a good bet to have a great game. If you save at another position you may be able to fit him in... if not try this next player.     Sleeper: Loulex (H2k) ($5200) vs. FNATIC - This one is all about value. At $5200 Loulex is priced lower than every Support player besides GosuPepper. To me thats crazy! I know H2k play FNATIC and it will be a tough game, but Loulex has been pretty great this split. He's third in assists and while he doesn't get as many kills as other junglers he's also died less than all but one player. I'm using his depressed price to buff my lineup elsewhere. I think he will out score his price by far this week. I also think Kikis is a nice option as well this week, but hes a bit pricier.     Bust: Fr3deric (GIANTS Gaming) ($6400) vs. UoL - Giants have been trending downward after their hot start and I expect it to continue vs. UoL. It's possible this game could turn into a blood bath with huge fantasy totals, but I think Fr3deric is risky as he's died a lot the last two weeks with not as much to show.     Mid:     Must Play: xPeke (Origen) ($9000) vs. Gambit - Another Origen player tops the list. Peke is the third most expensive mid laner this week but faces Betsy who ranks second in deaths, and second to last in kills and assists from the mid lane.     Sleeper: Nukeduck (ROCCAT) ($6600) vs. CW - If you are spending big elsewhere and need to save at mid, Nukeduck could provide good value this week. I think this match up could prove to be a sloppy one with lots of kills going around, but Nukeduck could take advantage of that. He will be laning against Soren who has the least kills and assists in the EU LCS this split so far making the kill threat not bad. Nukeduck also ranks fourth in assists among mid laners, making his upside pretty solid for his price.     Bust: Froggen (Elements) ($9700) vs. SK - He's a good play in split long with two pretty solid match ups this week, but on AlphaDraft he's the second most expensive player in any role. With that in mind I'm fading him and looking elsewhere. I think Froggen can have a good game and week, but for the price he'd need to put up 60+ fantasy points on day one. While possible, I don't think it's likely.     ADC:     Must Play: Niels (Origen) ($10000) vs. Gambit - The most expensive player in AlphaDraft this week but worth it in my opinion. He's second in kills, first in assists, and second to last in deaths and faces an aggressive Gambit team who he can punish. If you can fit him into your lineup do it, he's going to be worth it.     Sleeper: Hjarnan (H2k) ($7900) vs. FNATIC - Not really a sleeper as he's been the best ADC in EU lately, but I'm putting him here in case the match up scares you. Rekkles and YellowstaR have been great, but Hjarnan's upside and his value (there are six ADCs priced ahead of him) provide a nice play. He may not have his best week, but I like his depressed price even against FNATIC and think he's worth the play.     Bust: Adryh (GIANTS Gaming) ($8200) vs. UoL - He hasn't been as effective the last two weeks as Giants have crashed back to earth. He's more expensive than Hjarnan and has a tough match up against UoL. I'd rather use the better player for the lower price in Hjarnan than go with Adryh.     Support:     Must Play: Mithy (Origen) ($7800) vs. Gambit - The best option and also the most expensive one. I recommend never spending up for supports, but if you have the extra money you could certainly go this route.     Sleeper: Unlimited (CW) ($6000) vs. ROCCAT - Lowest PPG total, most deaths, second least assists. Am I crazy? It's possible honestly... I was debating between Unlimited and Vander, but here's the thing. ROCCAT have just added MrRallez and the synergy was not there last week. Freeze has punished weaker teams this split and could have a really good game boosting Unlimited's value. If you go this route just hope Unlimited doesn't die a ton and it could pay off. Vander is the exact same price so if you'd rather go with him I can't fault you.     Bust: Promisq (Elements) ($7600) vs. SK - He's the second most expensive support and I just don't think he'll be worth it. Never pay up for a support player if you can help it.     Teams:     Must Play: Origen ($4000) vs. Gambit - I have all their players ranked as the top in their position so this was probably a given. Their second in the EU for dragon kills, baron kills, and third in tower kills, which is where you get your points. Gambit also rank near the bottom for all of those categories, making this an appealing match up.     Sleeper: H2k ($3200) vs. FNATIC - It's too risky for me personally, but if you think H2k can beat FNATIC you can save $800 to use elsewhere. I'm personally not going to be this ballsy.     Bust: CW ($3800) vs. ROCCAT - They're the third highest priced team in a game that can go either way. They're also last in turret kills, baron kills, and second to last in dragon kills. No thanks.     Here's my lineup for Week Five Day One in the EU:     Top: sOAZ (OG) ($7900) Jungle: Loulex (H2k) ($5200)
Mid: xPeke (OG) ($9000) ADC: Niels (OG) ($10000)
Support: Unlimited (CW) ($6000) Flex: Hjarnan (H2k) ($7900)
Team: Origen ($4000)

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Fantasy LCS: Must Plays, Sleepers, Busts for Week Four

Fantasy LCS: Must Plays, Sleepers, Busts for Week Four     Welcome back again everyone. I hope you all had a successful week three and can keep things rolling in week four. I was able to take 20th out of 7000+ participants in a tournament on AlphaDraft Sunday using analysis that I provided here in this column. It's easier to take things one day at a time in terms of picks, which may be something I do in the future instead of looking at the entire week. Anyway, let's see how my picks went last week.     NOTE: MrRallez has replaced Woolite as ROCCAT's ADC starting this week. Goldenglue is in as Team8's starting Mid laner with Slooshi away for an unknown time. TDK gets their starters, Ninja and Emperor, in this week as well.     Must Plays:     TSM and Origen- Both teams went 1-1 including surprising losses to DIG and ROCCAT. It's hard to really put up worthwhile points as a team if you only go 1-1 but TSM managed to total 29 points this week. I usually like to try to get at least 30 points from my team so they didn't quite meet that. Origen only totaled 21 points. Despite the 1-1 week every member of TSM finished in the top five of their respective roles so the TSM call will count as a good call while the Origen call counts as a bad call.     Freeze - Finished 14th at ADC. Not a good call.     Sleepers:     Adryh - Unfortunately, I could not have predicted that he would play Mid against FNATIC and one of the best mid laners in Febiven. That didn't really help this pick at all. He finished 15th in PPG for ADCs. Not a good call.     Werlyb - Another bad call. Only averaged 10.12 PPG and finished 15th in the Top Lane. Bad week for GIANTS.     Odoamne - Got back on track with this pick. H2k look really good in general and Odoamne had another good week totaling 54.22 points good enough for third on the week.     Loulex - Also finished third this week in his role with 49.55 total points.     XiaoWeiXiao - Had a really good game against TDK but TIP struggled on Sunday against Team Liquid and his PPG was only good enough for 9th this week. Not terrible, but not really a great week.     TIP - Like XiaoWeiXiao, most of TIP's points came against TDK. They finished sixth as a team with 29 total points so a solid week.     GV and NME - Finished with 20 and 18 total points respectively, not worth.     C9 - Hopefully you used C9 on Sunday if you played in a daily format. Went 1-1 and only totaled 23.50 points, most of which came on Sunday. Not really worth it in a weekly format. I used Sneaky, Incarnation, and Lemonnation Sunday as part of my team that took 20th out of 7000+.     Busts:     Froggen - Good avoid here. Only finished with 23.52 total points.     Jankos - A down week for Jankos even with the surprising win over Origen. Finished 14th in PPG for all junglers.     DIG - Beat TSM surprisingly, but still only finished with 21 total points. Good avoid, as even when they win they have no players close to the top ten in points.     Giving myself a 7-8 record in terms of good calls to bad calls. Not my best. Let's look at this week.     Must Plays:     Hjarnan - He looks like the best ADC in EU at the moment. H2k play CW and GIANTS this week who have solid bot lanes, but Hjarnan has shown value throughout the laning phase and in team fights. Hell, maybe Pepiinero's arrogance will have him play ADC again and make things even easier for H2k.     Mithy - Origen fell for the first time to ROCCAT last week and have a tough match up against FNATIC in their first game this week. Even with the tough matchup I think the potential for points from both teams is there. Mithy has been a steady and solid performer and if they lack for points against FNC they will make up for it against Elements in game two.     CLG - CLG are playing really really well at the moment and have a pretty easy week against TDK and a struggling C9. Start CLG with confidence.     Sleepers:     Steve - ROCCAT have actually played decently this split despite what their record shows. Steve has died the second most of any top laner this split, but I like him this week. He's involved in a lot of kills and goes up against fred122 and Jwoaw who are also near the top of deaths for top laners. Steve has a good chance to perform well this week at a cheap price.     Jankos - Jankos has looked pretty solid against weaker competition this split for ROCCAT and ROCCAT have a good schedule for him to put up points again this week.     ROCCAT - I think ROCCAT can go 2-0 this week against weaker teams and get to that 30+ points we're looking for out of our teams. I see myself using a lot of ROCCAT players in AlphaDraft this week.     XiaoWeiXiao - TIP have looked good against weak teams and have a weaker schedule (although maybe I should stop underestimating DIG) this week and I think XiaoWeiXiao can take advantage of that. Going back to the well on this one.     Altec - Gravity have a tough match up against TSM but also have an easy game against Team8 this week. Altec has been a steady performer scoring over 39 points in every week so far. Whatever they don't get against TSM, Gravity can make up for against Team8.     Busts:     GIANTS - I'm a little salty over GIANTS performances last week especially Pepii going ADC against FNC. Come on man. Anyway, GIANTS showed some weakness last week and have a tough game against H2k and a game against an improving Gambit. I'm not expecting huge points from GIANTS this week.     TSM - This pertains to using them as your team, not the individual players as TSM have a tough week against Team Liquid and Gravity. Sure they could easily go 2-0, but they haven't been as dominate this split and could go 0-2 as well. I think TSM are safe to start, just don't expect them to all go top five in their roles again this week.     Good luck in week four!

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My Time With vVv - Keykat

Hello Hello!
So I figured I should write a hopefully small blog about my time with vVv and the people within it.
I joined vVv in April of 2014 and was kicked from vVv in June of 2015 so i just passed my 1 year mark. At the time vVv was about the Community and the people it strived to create and mold into awesome gamers that you'd want on your team.   To start the story off I'll talk about my first encounter with vVv. I was introduced to Rob and Jerry through an old member named Ivan. Ivan would rave about vVv and would never shut up about how awesome and great the community was for his career for whatever the heck he wanted to be (he could never decide). One day in April Ivan and I went to one of the League's LCS games and that's where Ivan introduced me to Rob. One way or another we all end up at the vVv gaming house chatting the night away about many topics and this is where I was introduced to Jerry. Now I already heard many things about vVv from Ivan but to talk directly to the owner himself, that's a way better conversation in itself. I've never been sure if Jerry actually didn't mind me as a human but in my eyes I had some what of an approval from him. I mean the first day I met him he was trying to recruit me into vVv and talking about being on staff. So that night I Google the vVv page and started my journey as an applicant!   As an applicant of course I wanted to be an "A+ student" so i did my forum post, I was in Mumble all the time and tried to make it to events. Sooner or later i ended up getting my Vs! And not so soon after I was put on staff. I was the application manager and oh man how I loved to tell people about it events XD I'm sure I had a few eyerolls about it but I was proud! Proud to have my Vs and be apart of the process for others! Although I could never make staff meeting because of my weird schedule, I would write reports on all the applicants and talk to the other staff about it as much as possible. One day I actually was able to make an event; The glorious ADL I've always heard about but never able to attend! I was so excited since a friend of mine picked me and we won both games! But then I get pulled to a room by the ADL Lead at the time Pleague and told that I can't play in ADL anymore because I was reported for spamming laugh. Now for me, I'm a silly person some times and I like to make League a fun environment but when told that for spamming laugh I can't play anymore is quite absurd. So I blew it off, I mean I never make the event so it didn't seem to be a problem. But for Pleague that apparently was and he brought it to Sugarbear's attention right afterwards to where the three of us were in a channel talking about not two minutes later. Pleague believed that I should have a harsher punishment because I, at the time was staff, but Sugarbear said it being ban for awhile was a fine punishment and we left it at that. To me it was all just a pointless battle.
But that very weekend after the incident the staff meeting was canceled because Jerry had Sugarbear as a guessed in his home, and that Sunday November 16 i got a message saying "I just wanted to send you a message letting you know that we're going to be going through some changes in how we run vVv. As a result of those changes we won't need you on staff anymore and want you to return to being an awesome community member."
Once I saw this in my head and even out loud I said "Wait, What?! Why????" No explanation nothing to tell me if I did anything wrong or why I wasnt apart of the transition to the new staff team and even when I did ask I never got a straight answer. Here I was think I was doing a great job getting good community members into vVv and lightening the load on the other staff members at the time. Of course I was quite upset, very pissed off actually. How could some one just throw away another person so emotionlessly? It broke my heart to have to be forced out of my place and thrown aside with out even a tissue from the other party. But I continued on as a member but a bit of me was now disconnected with vVv and its unprofessional like ways made me salty towards it.

The best part of vVv is it's members old and new. God these guys are amazing people! And I really do mean that. The only great thing i honestly got out of vVv was these friendships and bonds I've created.
PAX South was coming around in January and a group of us plan to go. And we all thankfully got to go together and have a blast! We went as vVv repping gear and looking awesome and I'm so glad I was able to met up and hang out with people I talked to every day in Mumble.
But then PAX East came around in March OHHHH BOY!!! The group at PAX east was amazing as well and I loved how well some of us got along and some of the people I went with are very dear to my heart now. But it was 5 of us in a room for 4 nights and of course most of us were already comfortable with one another and we joked and drank. But we had a complication within the room, there was a snorer. Only one. And non of us minded but if you didn't have earplugs you might as well been sleeping next to a freight train. Now every night we were all drinking and every night we had to deal with snorebear and on I believe the Sataurday morning(4am) I decided to Snapchat a ten sec video to just the others in the room of the snoring. The video was pitch black and you could faintly hear the snores in the video, no name was placed just blackness and the sound. Of course when every one awoke they saw the video and it was the talk of the morning. Apparently that was not okay in Sugarbear's eyes because on the Monday morning when everyone was leaving I was threatened in front of everyone in the room. Sugarbear told me if he ever hears of me doing that to another community member he would delete me from vVv and make me disappear from the community and wouldnt be able to communicate with anyone from the community. Yeah what a heavy goodbye morning we had. So here was another tick away at vVv in my eyes and I unlatched myself from vVv for a bit because of that. How could a blatant joke made for only people within the room be so blown out of proportion? But yet again here I was joking around with some one who I considered as friend and then given an unprofessional and robotic response.   Then 3 months passed and I've been semi afk with the vVv community, mumble and forums because of the incidences.
I was just about to start coming back from this when I finally figured out why my mumble wouldn't let me log in, I thought I was ban and I was like "oh no.... it's happening." But the servers changed and I logged on to see one of my friends there. We started talking and then he told me the news about the chop list. I was on it and so i logged onto the forums once again to see the list but...you have to be a member to see it ( which personally I think is fucking stupid because if I didn't have my friend to tell me, I would still be sitting here saying "oh im still in vVv" so that shit needs to be seen for the people chopped also maybe a twitter blast about dat shit? like come on! half the community has twitter ffs.)
No explanation for why I was chopped either, not one message or note, anything to tell me what is going on. Which once again shows me how unprofessional some people are. Ex. Hey we're going to fire you from your job and not tell you so you'll still come to work until one of your co-workers go "dude didn't you hear? you got fired last week."
^ In no way is that acceptable so why is vVv doing that? Because it's a community? This is not in anyway a good reason for this behavior. We applied for this, we waited our months through the process and we donating time and money to it, so why is it so hard to tell some one a simple "Hey, I'm sorry to tell you this but we are going to have to cut you from our team for "reasons listed". Because nothing makes a better experience in ending a relationship than doing it the RIGHT WAY! Why is the vVv staff so impersonable about these things and yet screams that we are a "Community" based organization? This baffles me to even think that this is the same vVv! The same one that Ivan told me about what feels like so long ago.
Now that vVv is making changes towards Pro-gaming I think it just switched tracks all together and said hope all the passengers survive.  
So here I am post vVv and yet I feel that the only thing tying me to it is the people.
I'll possibly still be around every so often just to chat with friends.
And sadly this didn't end as a shot blog as i hoped sorry ^u^;;;
Thanks for reading ^w^ and good luck gamers!

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Fantasy LCS: Must Plays, Sleepers, Busts for Week Three

I hope everyone had some success in week two. Last weeks column was very up and down. Let's take a look.     Must Plays:     Huni - Had a better week, but still only fished as the seventh best top laner in terms of scoring. He's been targeted a lot both in bans and in getting camped in the top lane. If he gets put on a carry top lane champion he is still amazing. Anyway, I consider this a loss in terms of whether he was a good pick or not last week.     Amazing - Averaged 34.55 PPG this week in two blood baths that Origen dominated. Carried quite well with good ganks and all around good play. Good call here.     Sleepers:     Impact - Finished 12th among top laners and only averaged 12.95 PPG. We needed more kills boys!     Pobelter - Not bad, finished seventh among mid laners and averaged over 20 points a game. Couldn't take on Bjergsen head to head which limited his upside. That was the risk involved in taking him, but not an awful week.     Team Liquid - Went 1-1 and totaled only 23 points. Not a good call     Adryh - scored 62.58 points and looked really good in both games for Giants. Finished only behind Niels in ADC PPG this week.     Team Dignitas - Another good call as they went 2-0 and scored the second most points behind TSM with 43.     Busts:     Gambit Gaming - Scored 12 points and went 0-2.     FeniX - Good call here as he only averaged 9.3 PPG this week, 16th among Mid laners.     Altec - Had a second strong week in a row, Gravity looked very good this week as well. Averaged 21.3 points good for eight among ADCs.     Apollo - Decent week averaged over 18 PPG. Finished 11th among ADCs. I kind of gave myself a cop out I notice now saying that Altec/Apollo wouldn't finish top six, so I guess these count as good calls.     I'm giving myself a 7-4 score in favor of good calls to bad ones. What about this week? Let's check it out below. Once again I'll try to focus on the less obvious names when providing my picks for the week.     Must Plays:     TSM and Origen- It probably goes without saying but I'm going to say it anyway. TSM have an extremely favorable schedule this week against DIG and TDK. Yes DIG are 3-1 but they've had a pretty light schedule and I think this is the week they come crashing down. Start your TSM players and expect a big week. Origen are the best team for fantasy points at the moment and have another great chance to go 2-0 if they keep up with how they've started the split.     Freeze - I know CW were bad last week, trust me I saw it first hand in the vVv Fantasy League, but Freeze had a great week one and I think he is a good bet to provide solid fantasy points this week as well. GosuPepper and Promisq are near the top of the support role in terms of deaths and Forgiven is tied for third in deaths from the ADC role. I think CW can go 2-0 this week and look for Freeze to lead the scoring for them.     Sleepers:     Adryh - This paid off big last week and I'm not sure he can really be called a sleeper anymore, but just in case you aren't buying in I'll leave him here. He's fourth in kills and assists for all ADCs in the LCS. I know they play FNATIC this week, but Giants have looked good and FNATIC is sloppy at times. Expect the bulk of his points to come in Day 1 against ROCCAT and Woolite who has died more than any other ADC in the LCS.     Werlyb - Same here. I know Huni is the best top laner, but if Giants take after what other teams have done they will target ban Huni and then look to gank him early. If Huni isn't on a carry top laner he provides much less of a threat and Werlyb has looked good. Like Adryh, look for big points in Day 1 against ROCCAT and Steve who has died 27 times already this split.     Odoamne - H2k have looked good so far and while they have a tough matchup against UoL this week I think Odoamne will be able to hold his own. He carried last week on Rumble and while the UoL matchup looks tough he also gets to go against SK and fredy122 who has died 27 times this split.  
Loulex - Same as Odoamne, expect big points against an SK team that has died a lot so far this split.  
XiaoWeiXiao - Faces two mid laners this week who are near the top in deaths while his KDA ratio of 17/7/21 is solid after two weeks. Good bet to win his lane in both matchups     TIP - Hinted at above but I think TIP are in a good spot this week to go 2-0. They should beat a struggling TDK and I think they can take Team Liquid to the wire and possibly beat them as well.     GV and NME - Both have tough matchups against CLG, but is this the week we start to see CLG slow down after their loss to TSM? It's possible and I think NME and GV can have good weeks even if they go 1-1. NME have an easy match up against Team8 and should put up big points there while I expect Gravity to beat DIG.     C9 - Risky, they've looked pretty bad the last two weeks. However, if they come out this week at their best they can beat Team Liquid and should roll Team8. Play at your own peril.     Busts:     Froggen - Elements looked pretty rough last week and I wouldn't go near Froggen until things turn around. He's fourth among mid laners in deaths and faces Febiven and Soren, who may not have the star power of Febiven but hasn't died much this split.     Jankos - Second among all Junglers in points last week, but I wouldn't expect anywhere close to that against Giants and Origen this week. Nothing to see here.     DIG - The cinderellas of the split so far as they're tied for the lead in NALCS with a 3-1 record. But they've played three of the worst teams, record wise, to achieve that mark. This is the week DIG start to fall behind against TSM and Gravity. I wouldn't expect much out of the team or the players this week.     Good luck in Week Three!

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Fantasy LCS: EU Week Two Day Two Notes

Fantasy LCS: EU Week Two Day Two Notes   FNC vs. GMB   *GMB much better ban/pick including the pick of Sivir for Forgiven even though he doesn’t like playing her. *Betsy has been the best player for GMB so far this split, did a good job of poking down Febiven early and dealt the most damage of any player in the game
*Cabochard not as comfortable on Ryze as others in Day One *GMB were better on a better comp but still were outshined in the team fights by FNC ultimately leading to the loss   Giants vs SK   *Really close game, Svenskeren looked much better on a tankier jungler but still died too much. *Werlyb was dynamic on Jax and helped carry the game
*Adryh with another strong game, pick him up if you need ADC help *Fredric looked good again on Evelyn, look for that to be banned against him in the future
*SK are dying a ton, use that to your advantage when facing them   UoL vs ROC   *Really nice early game pressure from both Junglers as they were involved with most of the early game kills *UoL started the game a bit sloppy, especially Vizicsacsi on Nocturne
*Hylissang also played sloppy, dying a lot and missing flash tibbers *Nukeduck countered PoE’s Kog’maw well with LB early
*Vander’s thresh hooks were really good helping Woolite get big *UoL’s wave clear ability was able to keep them in the game
*ROCCAT had a pretty strong week, but lost because they let the game slip away. Woolite needs to work on his positioning to become a better ADC option.   EL vs H2k   *Rough start with Jwaow and Promisq getting killed early while trying to ward *Good early gank from Dexter gets Elements back in the game. Dexter has been a solid jungle option so far this split.
*Odoamne was able to heavily out farm Jwaow and provide a big advantage early picking up an assist and two kills *H2k are a strong team to use on your roster if you’re in need. They have a strong team that takes control of objectives very well.   OG vs CW   *I don't have a ton to say because it'd all be me repeating myself about Origen. They are extremely well coordinated. The good synergy across the team is producing big fantasy numbers thus far. *CW will have better weeks, the UoL game could’ve went either way, but I think they were always expected to lose against Origen.

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Fantasy LCS: EU Week Two Day One Notes

Fantasy LCS: EU Week Two Day One Notes     EL vs. GIA     *Giants dominated Elements, great team fight comp. Pepiinero and Adryh can carry and should be picked up if available. Werlyb great on Maokai. *Elements struggled for control.     ROC vs. FNC     *ROC heavy pressure on Huni early to shut down Huni but also to build confidence on Steve *Huni first pick Ryze, advantageous for FNC to know how to use Ryze ahead of the LCS curve. Ryze been used in Korean pro play.
*YellowstaR 3 kill steals on Huni early *ROCCAT dominated team fights early with back to back aces at one point. Strong early game ganks, lost control mid game.
*ROCCAT focused Huni hard all game which allowed Rekkles and Febiven to farm and carry. You can shut one door on FNC but they have too many options. *FNC were sloppy but still good enough to win. Against stronger teams they may be punished.     H2k vs Gambit     *Gambit had a weird champ select with Gragas top and Volibear Jungle again *Gambit’s communication is not there. The aggressive style of the Gambit bot lane gives up too many early kills.
*H2k had an early lead before getting a little bit greedy allowing Gambit a 3 for 0 to get back into the game *Hjarnan looks like one of the top ADCs in the LCS so far
*H2k dominated with superior team play. Gambit just aren’t functioning at the moment.     SK vs OG   *Both Lane swaps were effective in denying the top lane players farm and experience. But Soaz did a great job catching up. *Both teams respected each other early game, swapping towers while SK took first dragon, until the first team fight where OG took a decisive 3 for 1. SK was able to take second dragon.
*SK didn’t play poorly, with good objective control, but OG was able to dominate the team fights and kills eventually giving them the huge advantage * Origen are a force to be reckoned with and each member is a must owns and must starts depending on your other options. Everything is calculated right now and they are playing smart and safe
*Svenskeren and Fredy are dying a lot in the early part of this split *Mithy and Niels look like the best duo in EU at the moment.     CW vs UoL     *Vizicsacsi looked good on Ryze getting an early double kill to help snowball *CW feared Ryze as airwaks did not commit to ganks that he could’ve made
*UoL got a good amount of roaming picks to help push themselves ahead *UoL dominated the objectives and brought the stronger team fight comp
*Much better day for Vardags but still only 3 kills, Power of Evil looks like a strong mid lane option *Kikis had some great barrels and a strong showing on gragas.

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Practice #2 9Line eSports Bravo

Practice #2 on the Ranked 5s team 9Line eSports Bravo, June 2nd 2015.  
Practice Start: Gold V 30 lp  
Game 1: Practice makes you bad  
Result: Defeat  
 
Commentary:  
Coming into this night I was optimistic. We were coming off a great first night of practice and I was excited to get into night two to see if our success would continue. Our first game was a rough one but it was rather close until one pivotal fight around the 20 minute mark. Starting with champion select we put together a team that could deal with the kite and peel they were looking to put together. They first picked Ekko after our Hecriam which lead us to believe they were either looking to burst or kite so we decided to counter that with an Annie pick. We finished out the comp with a hypercarry and Thresh to provide peel and lockdown. It's not the best looking team on paper verses theirs but it has its strengths and we were going to try to play to our win conditions of locking down Vayne and Ekko and bursting them out of fights.   Getting into the game we decided that we had a stronger level 1 than them so we decided to invade through bot. We managed to pick off Ekko who was getting vision down and got an early lead on our Hecariam. Moving into laning phase we struggled to keep up with the poke that Vayne and Nautilus were dealing. We gave up two easy kills to Vayne while at the same time giving 2 kills to their jungle in a 2v2 on top. This swung the momentum in their favor. We managed to stall out the next 6 minutes grabbing 3 kills to their 1. At this point they managed to vision on dragon and we were unable to safely contest so we conceded it. They then proceeded to sweep our 3 outer turrets in a series of skirmishes that went either 1 for 1 or 2 for 1 in their favor. We managed to grab a tower back in the midst of it but they established a 3k gold lead by the 18 minute mark as the 2nd dragon was becoming a target. We managed to secure the 2nd dragon of the game while picking up 2 quick 2 for 1's. We rolled this momentum into two more towers and evened out the gold difference.   At this point I was calling for a group mid to push onto their T2 mid. We got our side waves pushing in our favor and grouped mid. I saw an opportunity and called for an engage which we got and we nuked their Ekko fairly quickly. Unfortunately they managed to keep their Vayne alive who tore us to shreds. The fight ended up 4 for 1 in their favor. They then turned and got baron, with which they secured 4 towers, 2nd dragon, and an inhibitor as well as securing more kills along the way. This swung the gold from about even to a 7k deficit. The game was lost at this point and they slow played it until they pressured down our nexus.  
Game 2: vs The Hearts of Gold  
Result: Victory  
 
Commentary:  
Moving into our second game, our mid player had to go help his significant other as she is dealing with a loss in the family. We put in a sub that has worked with us before, First Time TF. In this champion select we were looking to work around his play on Azir or Twisted Fate, two of his best champions, so I decided to make a protect the carry comp. We started by picking up Nunu to provide a slow field for our carries to kite over as well as providing the blood boil buff to either Kalista or Azir to shred their team. We then rounded off the comp with 2 hard peel champions in Janna and Gnar to keep our carries safely in the back with little to no pressure on them.   Getting into game we decided that we didn't have that strong of a level one so we set up vision instead and played safe. Getting into lane it was a rather slow game to start off with. First blood didn't come until the 6th minute when we got dragon with Nunu and then moved into bot lane for a gank. Lanes continued to go even until the 12th minute mark when we set up the second dragon. We were able to grab it quickly and then turn on the converging enemy team. We caught them in their lower jungle and set up or comp perfectly. As they tried to engage on us with Sion and Wukong we put up Azir ult to knock them away. Once they had blown Sion ult and Wukong ult the only CC they had was Malzahar ult which we were able to cancel rather quickly with the CC we had. We swept them 5 for 1 getting 3 kills on to our Azir. After this fight we used our 6k gold advantage to pressure down 2 turrets and secure another dragon. At this point the enemy team either gave up or were trying to stall hardcore and put Vayne in a solo lane. She managed to push down both our bot towers at the expense of their middle inhibitor and multiple kills. We then picked up Baron and quickly ended the game after.  
Game 3: vs The Origin  
Result: Vicotry  
 
Commentary:  
Going into champion select this game we were looking to set up a similar comp to the one we ran last game. We wanted to put our AD on a hyper carry and build a team that could snowball that advantage. We picked up Sejuani and Janna after their first pick Thresh. We then rounded out the team with Vayne as our hypercarry, Gnar as a hard CC peel champ, and Twisted Fate to help snowball Vayne early with level 6 teleport ganks. The win conditions were similar to the last game, keep their damage off of our Vayne and let her carry mid and late game teamfights.   In game we played our level one differently and set up deep vision. They managed to secure first blood on top after a misplay by our top laner caused him to take tower shots. Across the map in bot lane they had also applied immense pressure in the bot lane and, with a gank from Volibear, managed to secure 2 kills bot while giving one back to the counter gank from Sejuani. Gnar is also able to pick up a solo kill in the top lane rounding out the kills. At around the 6 minute mark a 4v4 happens in the bot lane when Volibear ganks again. We manage to send both Gnar and Twisted Fate bot with their teleports and go 2 for 0 in the fight putting both kills on to our Vayne. We then turn and secure dragon. The game settles down for a while after this. Ahri manages to push down mid early and continues to apply hard pressure on Twisted Fate forcing him to stay in lane or be punished by losing a lot of cs. At around the 14 minute mark the enemy team sets up a tower dive on bot tower allowing them to secure kills, tower, and dragon. We were forced to trade that for top T1 and damage on T2.   Over the next 10 minutes we manage to win multiple skirmishes across the map putting kills on our Vayne and allowing her to hit her late game spikes. We manage to secure 3 towers and second dragon. At around the 24 minute mark we have absent vision on the enemy team and on baron so I call for a rotate to ensure that they aren't doing a desperation Baron. While rotating they pick me off in a bush and move over to baron. Unfortunately for them, we are too far a head (6k gold at this point) and manage to get in to the pit with baron still around 2k HP. We secure the Baron and clean up 3 kills. We had 2 huge waves on bot and top to work with as well as a baron buff, however we miscommunicate and dive too early on top. This allowed for Ahri to kill our Twisted Fate and stall long enough for death timers to come up. We still manage to secure the top and bot inhibitor towers, however this misplay forces the game to go on 5 to 10 minutes longer than it should have. At this point we retreat and secure 3rd dragon. We then slow play and secure the 2 open inhibs, dive them under their mid inhibitor tower, acing them and ending the game.   Here is a video of the replay, unfortunately the data gets cut off at the 27 minute mark, however you only miss us setting up the tripple inhib play and the last team fight to end the game. I hope you are still able to see how we set up our lead from this video.  
http://www.twitch.tv/aeroglow/c/6786664
    Night Results: 2-1   Practice End: Gold V 75 lp   Again I would say that this was another successful practice. It was unfortunate that our Mid had to step out half way through practice but it happens and I am thankful that First Time TF was able to step in at such short notice to allow us to finish out practice. I am looking forward to our next practice on Thursday!   Till then, thanks for reading and I will see you all next time!

Yui

Yui

 

Practice #1 9Line eSports Bravo

Practice #1 on the Ranked 5s team 9Line eSports Bravo, June 1st 2015.   Practice Start: Gold V 0 lp   Game 1: vs Royal Negus Gaming   Result: Victory     Commentary:   Coming into this game I was a little unsure on how we would perform. It was our first practice with this new roster and we hadn't had much time to work together as 5 and work out the kinks in our communication. We picked up Canz as our new jungler and Duty will be subbing for ADC over the next two weeks and the tournament on June 14th. As a support working with a new ADC can be interesting since the nuances in lane that you have grown accustomed to are no longer there. However once the game started we gelled pretty well and were able to pull out a through stomp.   Starting with our comp, we were looking to put together a team that could peel for Kalista. This is why we picked up Cho'gath, Gnar, and Nautilus. We were able to sit back on our carry while she put stacks up on their champions. Picking up Rengar ensured that we had adequate damage as well as gave us a tool to nuke one of their carries at the beginning of fights. It also allowed us to abuse Evelynn in her jungle and gave our Rengar an early lead.   In game it started out rather even up until the 10 minute mark. We traded even kills how ever our kills went onto Kalista and Rengar while theres went on to Sion and Zyra mainly. This showed at the first dragon fight, which occurred at the 10 minute mark where we secured dragon and traded 1 for 1 again (Kalista killing Lucain and Zyra killing Kalista). Once we established a gold lead on our carries we swept the outer turrets on top and mid and pushed down mid T2 by 14 minutes. At this point we had a 6 k gold lead and we were able to pressure out the rest of the game until the surrendered at 26 minutes.   Game 2: vs MrChewsAsianBeavers   Result: Defeat     Commentary:   Our second game of the night was much tougher and was a pretty even match up until 35 minutes or so. Looking at our team we switched out our style and went for a hard engage comp. We were looking to layer CC with Vi, Lissandra, and Gnar while providing Lulu ult to the target they focused first. We picked up Jinx because she is a long ranged marksman that has strong AOE damage and can fast push when provided the opportunity to do so.   Going into game we we started out strong with kills in the mid and bot lane. We were able to abuse our high CC comp to lock down their champs. However we gave up ground after the first few minutes and let them establish themselves in the mid game. They were able to pick up a tower, dragon and a 4 kill advantage by the 10th minute resulting in a 2k gold deficit. From this point we knew we had to fight around our ults and planned to fight around the next dragon. Our slow play and their uncoordinated calls allowed us to pressure down two towers, top and mid, and set up vision for the 16 minute dragon fight. With all of our ults up we managed to initiate a huge fight that gave us 5 kills, dragon, and bot tower for 2 deaths. This swung the gold from 1 k down to 3 k up.   At this point I failed as the shot caller and was unable to pressure down any building for the next 15 minutes. We were able to find skirmishes but we played into their win conditions with a double ad comp. I failed to direct the team to push down the lanes and we stalled out. The only objective that we could control was dragon. The decisive fight happened at 34 minutes where they managed to establish vision control over dragon and were looking to nuke it down before we could converge. I saw this and called for baron, looking to trade their 2nd dragon for baron on our team giving us the tool to push down towers. However I underestimated their neutral objective damage with the double ad comp and they finished dragon in seconds and convered on Baron. They managed to get their with baron at around 3k hp and engaged on us allowing Nunu to get in range to Smite Consume Baron. They secured baron, killed 3 (Gnar, Jinx, and Lissandra) and pushed down an inhib. After that they had too much of a lead and they pushed bot while supers pushed on to our nexus turrets from top. Once the supers were in place they dove turret and wiped us then ended the game.   Game 3: vs Pentatek   Result: Victory     Commentary:   Here we continued to use a variation of the hard engage comp using what I like to call the submarine engage. The idea behind it is to have Rengar ult, put the Orianna ball on him and have him jump in and then blow everything. We picked up Cho'gath to provide a tank line from their poke as well as providing sustain in lane verses the Yorick. The Janna and Ezreal picks were to provide high mobility and peel verses their all in lane as well as in team fights verses their high volume of skill shots.   Going into game we called for an invade as our level one provided much more burst and cc then their level one. We invaded through tri-brush and picked off Leona right away. We pushed into their red and secured vision control. As lanes started we called for a hard push to allow our Rengar to rush to their red after Gromp and pick off Fizz. They tried to rotate their bot lane to help but since our lanes were pushed we pinched with Orianna, Ezreal, and Janna and secured 2 more kills. At this point it was 4-0 in kills and we had a 2k gold advantage. Our Ezreal had a 6 minute BF Sword which allowed for us to poke bot lane down super hard and effectively make them useless all game. We used this advantage to pressure down turrets securing their T2 bot at 12 minutes. They were unable to ever use their comp correctly as we were too far ahead and they surrendered at 25 minutes.   Game 4: vs kevin vu is my boo   Result: Defeat     Commentary:   This game was a disaster. This was probably my worst game of 5s play in a year or so. The whole game was flawed from picks/bans to shot calling and mechanical play. Lets start with champion select. I started out wanting to go the same comp as we did the last game, so I first picked Cho'gath. However in their first 2 picks they secured the Orianna pick, taking away that avenue of play. Now instead of falling back into the more traditional engage comps (Lissandra, Vi, Sej, etc.) I decided to try and build a Yasuo comp. Looking back on this champion select we were doomed to fail as our initiates relied on either a hook, a rupture, or a flash Nautilus ult. That's pretty much it. So we had 3 ways to set up a fight in a comp that relied on team fighting, which allowed for the enemy team to counter that play with a heavy disengage comp. All they had to do to win was bait out my hook and then they were relatively safe to engage.   Getting into game we saw these flaws rather quickly. The one positive note was that we caught out Orianna trying to early ward and got first blood. From here it was down hill. In lane they went even and once we started to fight over objectives, they destroyed us. Their positioning was excellent which forced me to put my self in danger to try and land CC on their carries. I had one shot to land it each fight before I was chunked out and if I missed, I would be at half hp for nothing. They did this over and over to the point where they had a 8k gold, 4 tower, and 2 dragon advantage at 14 minutes. At this point we kinda just gave up, accepted our loss, and worked on our communication in attempting to engage (calling out targets, timers, etc.). They finally pushed down our Nexus at 28 minutes with a 20k gold advantage.   Night Results: 2-2   Practice End: Gold V 30 lp   Overall it was a rather successful night of practice. With 2 new players, going 2-2 in our first night isn't bad and I feel confident moving on into future practices and tournaments.   Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more posts!

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