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IEM San Jose: Day One Fantasy Advice

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

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IEM San Jose: Day Two Fantasy Advice

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

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