The Analyst's Lineup: Playoffs Week 3

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Important Playoff Updates:

  • Lineups lock this FRIDAY @ 9 AM PT
  • The winner of the S04/MAD series on Friday will move on to play a second series this weekend against RGE on Sunday. This will be called the ‘Second Dinner’ schedule.
  • No Guardian Angel Schedule for LCS anymore
  • To account for the Best of 5 Series’, we take the 3 highest game scores for each player for their fantasy scores on the week
  • See Playoff Rules & Scoring for all changes: Read Here

To help provide some insight on the thought process that goes into building a lineup, I am (so graciously) sharing my actual lineup with you and talking through my decisions. There are many factors and strategies to consider when filling each slot, so hopefully, my perspective can help shed some light on your own! And besides, talking lineups with other fans is one of the best parts of E1 Fantasy! GLHF!

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Top: G2 Wunder vs FNC ($280k)

For every reason I loved RGE Finn last week, I love Wunder this week. What is even better about this week, is that I can trust Wunder’s teammates not to get embarrassed, allowing Wunder to punish Bwipo as he should. I think the $10k increase from TL Impact is a purchase everybody should make, but I was just relieved I could pay this much at Top, otherwise I would’ve had to invest in S04 Odoamne, which wasn’t ideal as I prefer having my 3 miracle members in other positions.

Other considerations: TL Impact ($270k), S04 Odoamne ($250k)

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Jungler: TL Broxah vs FLY ($270k)

No God in here this week. S04 GodGilius showed some worrying signs last week that are scaring me off him and onto Broxah as I expect TL’s play to be sped up by the fight-happy Flyquest. MAD Shadow was the dream here. He was 13 points away from leading the position last week after only winning 1 game. Imagine if he would win 3! But as you can tell by my next picks, I am investing in the S04 > MAD storyline, which persuaded me off of MAD and onto S04/G2. Also, Broxah vs FLY Santorin at the same price was very tricky, but I just went with the player who I think will be on the winning team.

Other considerations: MAD Shadow ($300k), FLY Santorin ($270k), TSM Spica ($220k)

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Mid: Mid: S04 Fakerdagge vs MAD & RGE if they win ($290k)

Back to Back weeks on the Fakerdagge hype train! I have said this before, but Fakerdagge should really be regarded as the leader for the S04 Miracle Run. The tricky part of this pick was: Do I go Fakerdagge/Perkz or Claps/Neon? I went this route as I see Humanoid’s recent struggles (2 games of 5+ Deaths last series) as a point that S04 can exploit.

Other considerations: G2 Claps ($340k)

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Bot: G2 Perkz vs FNC ($330k)

A lot of great options here this week, but it ultimately came down to Perkz vs C9 Zven. Zven had the monster week last week, leading the position, but I ended up going Perkz as I expect the G2/FNC series to feature more Kills than any series of the week. G2 has the 2nd highest Kills per Win, and FNC has the 2nd highest Deaths per Loss. A perfect storm for fantasy points!

Captain Pick: He is my captain for a second straight week in a row, but now I know he is all about the Senna if Kalista doesn’t get through. After whiffing last week, I can’t afford to do that again.

Other considerations: C9 Zven ($320k), S04 Neon ($290k)

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Support: S04 Dreams vs MAD & RGE if they win ($100k)

Don’t quite love this pick as I want guaranteed wins from my Support. However, as I have clearly invested in the idea of S04 beating MAD, I am doubling down on it with my Support. G2 Mikyx or TL CoreJJ would be ideal as they have the best chances of winning, but the wallet was tight.

Other considerations: TL CoreJJ ($130k), G2 Mikyx ($150k), TSM Biodaddy ($80k)

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Team: FC Schalke 04 vs MAD & RGE if they win ($250k)

Okay, yes, I am an absolute believer. Have you ever seen that movie where the person works his whole life and defeats all odds to fall one match short of Worlds?? NO. Because that movie ends up with that person winning that final series and making Worlds! #S04MiracleRun. But honestly, I feel that G2 is the only ‘lock’ of the week and S04 is as low as you can go without being shocked if they win their series. Everybody below TL to S04 has the same chances of winning, might as well save some money.

Other considerations: G2 ($280k), TL ($260k), TSM ($210k)

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