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After falling short to Splyce, H2k Gaming is facing Unicorns of Love for 3rd place. H2k Gaming is favored to win the series, however, Unicorns of Love are known for their unpredictable gameplays and this will give H2k Gaming a bit of a challenge. This game might go up to 5 games but we suggest to pick 2-3 players from the EU LCS and stack NA LCS players as we projected the CLG vs IMT series as a bloodbath from both teams. Let’s get on with the picks between H2k and UoL.
Unicorns of Love
Vizicsacsi (DK: $5,800): One of the core, veteran player for UoL. He has been producing decent amount of fantasy points and is priced fairly low. He provides a high ceiling and is a good pick for GPPs. Both top laners on both teams have been inconsistent throughout the season but we expect Vizicsacsi to outperform Odovamne during teamfights.
Veritas (DK: $6,600): Between Exileh and Veritas, many people would pick Exileh since he has been performing well (fantasy wise) this playoff season, a safe pick, and is priced less than Veritas. We would pick Veritas over Exileh because he will be low owned and he had a better fantasy score than Exileh when UoL faced H2k a few weeks ago. We feel that he is a good GPP and cash play.
FORG1VEN (DK: $7,500): Priced slightly lower than WildTurtle, FORG1VEN might be the highest scorer for H2k Gaming against UoL. Statistically, he has a low team death share percentage so he provides a safe floor. He put up decent points against Splyce and we project him to put up 90+ DK points against the inconsistent UoL team. Between him and Wildturtle, we would use FORG1VEN for GPPs due to low ownership with a high ceiling while WildTurtle can be a safe pick and popular pick for cash games.
The semifinal round of the EU LCS Summer Playoffs kicks off with H2k Gaming vs. Splyce. The slightly favored team to win this series is Splyce, however, with the recent changes made from H2k Gaming, Splyce might have a bit of a challenge against the reformed H2k squad. Both teams have met twice during the regular season. Their first game concluded with a draw, while the second game resulted a victory for Splyce. With the recent roster changes for H2k Gaming and the overwhelming victory against former the champions Fnatic, H2k Gaming will put up a good fight against Splyce. We expect this Bo5 series to go up to 5 rounds, closing the series in favor of H2k Gaming.
FORG1VEN (DK: $6,800): Ever since coming back to H2k Gaming, he has made a big impact on the team. On the final week of the EU LCS, H2k Gaming went on a winning spree, sweeping Unicorns of Love, Origen, and Fnatic. Based on those three teams H2k played against, FORG1VEN’s recent scores were 71 DKp, 32 DKp, and 99 DKp which is equivalent to the KDA scores he had. His performance with the team is decent, which is shown by his 14.5 KDA with a low 63% Kill Participation but has the lowest team deaths share percentage of 12.5%. Since returning to H2k Gaming with solid stats, we’re expecting him to do well against Splyce and put up a decent amount of points. Pairing him up with the Jankos (DK: 5,800) will provide you some salary space if you’re choosing to stack IMT players in your lineups.
Overall, Splyce is slightly favored to win this series but looking at H2k’s recent performances, they have been playing solid. Stacking H2k players in your lineup will provide some salary space and also a high risk GPP play.
C9 is heavily favored to win the matchup against Team NV on Saturday, and for good reason. C9 went 12-6 during the regular summer split, and won the last four out of five games they’ve played. On the other hand, NV was 8-10, and lost three out of their last five matches. C9 is already an overall better team, but Team NV has also struggled to play well together as a team recently, leading to the smart money being on C9.
Our favorite picks from C9 are Sneaky (DK: $7,900) and Jensen (DK: $7,800). While these are pretty obvious picks from C9, they shouldn’t be passed up in any lineup. Both these players average around 30 points per game, lead in points per game for their team, and have the most overall kills. Sneaky should be the first pick here since he has a 75% kill participation and only 17.9% death percentage. Overall Sneaky and Jensen should be the ones getting most of the points against NV, and if you’re only going to grab a couple players from C9 make sure to have these two.
Stacking C9 players in your lineup is ideal, but they are also expensive and we can’t grab too many, so picking value plays is important here. NV’s players are the cheapest, and while they aren’t likely to get a lot of points, you can save some money by drafting LoD (DK: $5,900). LoD has the fourth most kills between ADC’s, and the third highest KDA. LoD also has the least deaths on his team by far, sharing only 13% of his team’s deaths, while also leading in kills. Even if NV is losing this matchup LoD isn’t likely to lose many points from deaths, and his team will try hard to keep him protected during team fights, hopefully allowing him to reach value.
Another thing to consider when looking for cheaper picks is to look at the overall team roster spot. Team Envy (DK: $3,500) is incredibly low priced, especially compared to C9’s price tag. This pricing makes sense when looking at who will win the game, but it doesn’t consider the possibilities of reaching value when looking at the amount of points that a team can get even if they lose. A team can get points from killing objective monsters on the map or destroying enemy towers, and this is where NV thrives compared to C9. Looking at the summer season stats, compared to C9, NV has a much higher first dragon kill rate, higher dragon control rate, and first to destroy three enemy towers. Now were not saying NV will get more points than C9 as a team overall, but they have potential to easily reach value at such a cheap price, allowing you to spend up for higher priced players.
Unicorns of Love (DK: $4,200) vs Giants Gaming (DK: $5,000):
The EU LCS Summer Playoffs starts off with Unicorns of Love vs. Giants Gaming. These teams met twice during the regular season and there seems to be no decisive clear-cut favorite. They’re both inconsistent teams and it’s difficult to predict the outcome of this match. However, Unicorns of Love might take this series away from Giants Gaming and here are some reasons why.
Unicorns of Love is out on a quest and that quest is to gain respect. They feel they’re underrated, but are considered the underdogs in this playoff series due to roster problems. They tried to recruit talented and well-known players to match and team up with UoL’s veteran players Vizicsacsi and Hylissang (DK: $4,900). Instead, they acquired two rookies Move and Veritas, and the free agent Exileh. Even though they’re not popular like the other big LoL teams, they’re popular and beloved by their fans due to their theme “Power of Friendship”. Moral support might be a factor to UoL’s victory.
Unicorns of Love’s playing style is very unpredictable, which makes it hard for their enemies to figure them out. On the final week of the EU LCS, UoL lost to the 3rd place team H2K Gaming, but beat 2nd place Splyce. UoL’s unpredictability could be a double-edged sword against Giants Gaming.
The last time UoL played against Giants Gaming, they went on a rampage, most specifically Exileh (DK: $6,600) and Veritas (DK: $6,600). Respectively, both players had a KDA score of 10K-0D-15A and 10K-0D-17A, which is 60 DKp and 64 DKp. Furthermore, UoL’s victory against Splyce showed that they’re capable of competing against elite teams and we expect them to be confident and meet our expectations against Giants Gaming.
H2K vs. UOL (H2K: $5,700 UOL: $3,600): Although H2K is the favorite in this matchup, we wouldn’t be surprised if these two teams fought a messy battle, upping the point total for the match. Last time these teams met, there were almost 40 kills between them, and it was a fantasy point gold mine. Both teams have had some roster changes, and H2K has gotten stronger while UOL has gotten weaker. However, UOL is still an aggressive team and may be able to pick up points even if they lose. If you plan on betting on an upset and choose UOL, make sure to pick up Steeelback (DK: $6,200) and Fox (DK: $6,100). Fox and Steeelback lead in kills between these two teams, and both have almost 70% kill participation; if UOL takes the lead, there will be a massive amount of points coming their way. And, even though UOL lost to H2K in their last contest, Fox and Steeelback still secured around 25 points each. With such low prices and consistent scoring, it may be worth it to lock Steeelback and Fox into your lineup.
Now, if you have the cash to spend on H2K players, start with FORG1VEN (DK: $8,000) and Jankos (DK: $6,900). FORG1VEN has been averaging 27 points per game, has the most kills for H2K, and retains a very respectable 7.4 KDA. He is one of the best players in the EU LCS right now, and if you’re betting on H2K winning this game, FORG1VEN will deliver the points. Now, if FORG1VEN is carrying, Jankos will be the one setting him up and getting assists all game long. Jankos has very high kill participation at 76.5%, and 63% participation in first blood kills. With this strong combination it should be easy for H2K to get a lot of points in Thursday’s matchup.