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:
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.
Top: Flame (LGD) ($7600)
Jungle: TBQ (LGD) ($7000)
Mid: Huhi (CLG) ($8000)
ADC: imp (LGD) ($8400)
Sup: Aphromoo (CLG) ($7400)
Flex: ZionSpartan (CLG) ($7800)
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.
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!