Originally published at: https://esportsone.com/blog/lcs-lock-in-week-1-captains-2021/
Okay so your lineup is set, now upon which head do you lay the Captain Crown? Pick 2 Champions for your Captain, and if they play either one, you get 50% bonus to the fantasy points in those games. There are different strategies to use when picking a Captain, but the end goal is always to get those extra points. Getting the Captain bonuses separates the chumps from the champs, so be ready to read the meta and use that crystal ball!
- Best Overall Captain: A threat to lead all players in scoring with a predictable Champion pool
- Risky Captain: High upside value, but more risk due to Champion variety
- Safe Captain: Sacrificing some upside to make sure that you get the Champion picks correct
IMPORTANT: Flyquest only has 2 games this week, meaning they will have 1 less game score than every other team (Top 3 Scores are counted for all Players/Teams). Due to this, their prices are much lower than they normally would be.
CLG has 4 games this week, but we will still only take their Top 3 scores. However, this is still an advantage to them since they have an extra opportunity to get a high score.
Best Overall captain: C9 Zven: Samira & Jhin
Zven is dreamy for a lot of reasons. Strictly talking about Fantasy LoL, he is the highest priced Bot Laner available, the position that is the most predictable for Champions and scores the most points on average. Samira & Jhin are the two most popular and lethal Champs available, so you know what Zven will be hoping to play.
Risky Captain: TSM PowerOfEvil: Syndra & Orianna
PowerOfEvil & resource dependant Mages. Name a more iconic duo… Mid Lane is always the same story for Captains; just as much scoring upside as Bots but a little less predictable Champion pool. POE can absolutely pop off this week to prove he can fill Bjergsen’s shoes, and we all know he wants to lean on these 2 Mages to do so.
safe Captain: TL Tactical: Kaisa & Jhin
Even though Tactical may not have the scoring ceiling of Zven, he is a better bet to lead his team in Kills, as he did all Summer. Kaisa & Jhin are the most picked Bot Laners available, and we already know he has each option mastered.
Deeper Dive – Captain Role Meta
Renekton & Ornn are the big 2 at the position, but it is an absolute mess past that. Don’t rely on a position that feeds on counter-picks for your Captain (unless you are a big Alphari fan boy).
Another year of Olaf & Graves running the Jungle. Those two options actually make players like Blaber & Santorin (if he plays) very strong options for Captains. Look to the Jungle for your Captain if you go a little budget at Bot.
Oddly enough, Mid looks pretty stable and predictable right now. Syndra & Orianna are the Kill-centric options while Zoe & Twister Fate are the roamers. Just make sure you know the playstyle of your Mid before putting the crown on his head.
Why does it seem like every Champion seen as ‘broken’ is played by Bot Laners? Samira & Jhin are soooo strong right now and will be the premier picks at the position. Kaisa & Miss Fortune will be where most Bots end up with if the first two options are banned away.
Let’s just make this clear up front. Do not ever make your Support your Captain. Ever. Even if there is a fire.