Archive for May, 2015

The fantasy LCS season is finally upon us. I am very excited for the new season.  I personally can’t wait to see if FNC can carry their momentum from last split? If SK will fall off without “godgiven?” Will UoL continue their climb as one of the best European teams? Can Elements rebound from a disappointing season? Will the veterans of Origen be able to carry them to a top 3 finish? Can H2K capture their win streak from the end of last split and carry that momentum into the summer split? And all of this is just the EU LCS. In NA, I can’t wait to see if TSM can recapture their dominance of last split or if the MSI was what they will be know that teams have figured out how they work? Can C9 regain its former glory without Hai? Will either of the new LCS teams (TDK or NME) be able to make a splash in their first split i.e. Team 8, H2K, or UoL? Can Liquid finally start clicking on a week to week basis like they showed the last week of the spring split and in the playoffs? Will CLG finally get over the hump of a late season collapse? Is Team 8 a spring split fluke or a team to be reckoned with? So many questions going into this split which should make for an exciting year!

This is the first of a weekly series I like to call “all-in or fold.” The way it works is I give one person for each position that I think will outscore their projection, they will be the “all-in” candidates for the week. Then I will give one person for each position that I think will underscore their projection, they will be the “fold” candidates for the week. So know that we all know how it works lets get into the nitty-gritty!

All-in (players that I think will outscore their projections)

Top – GMB CaboChard (projection: 31pts) I’m really high on Gambit this year. I think with the progress they made the end of last split, and adding Forg1ven has made them very formidable. They also have decent match-ups in week 1 against Elements and Roccat. I would start any and all Gambit players if given the chance, but CaboChard is the most appealing based on his projection.

Jungle – Liquid IWillDominate (projection: 30pts) I think Dom could see a big week 1 much like last split. Liquid is up against TDK and T8. Even though Team 8 fared well against enemy junglers last split, I think he will do well enough against them, and score pretty big against TDK. I would guess he will get around 38-42 points this week so go all-in!

Mid – CLG Pobelter (projection: 35pts) I’ve always had high hopes for Pobelter and he has let me down more often that not. But I’m going to put myself out their again this week and assume he will be able to put up similar points as Link did last year (possibly more if “communication” isn’t an issue). We all know that Pobelter is a solo q monster and he gets the privilege of playing Dig and Impulse, which should allow room for him to surpass his projection.

ADC – OG Niels (projection: 36pts) I’m still really unsure what to expect out of Origen. They have 4 players that have been there and then Niels who was a monster throughout the CS scene. If Origen didn’t have favorable match-ups for week 1 (Giants and H2K) I would say wait and see with most of their team, but instead I’m saying go all-in on Niels!

Support – FNC Yellowstar (projection: 25pts) I think FNC could have a disappointing week in comparison to some of the weeks they had last split, but 25 pts from Yellowstar is just too low. This one was too easy! Go all-in on Yellowstar.

Team – H2K (projection: 29pts) H2K is the other team that I think very highly of this Fantasy split. They face Origen and Roccat this week, which could very easily be 2 wins. If there is anything I learned from last split is that when a team goes 2-0 in a week they almost always break the 30 point threshold. H2K is a go for week 1.

 

Fold (players that I think will underscore their projections)

Top – T8 CaliTrlolz (projection: 27pts) Cali is the shot caller and one of the main play-makers for Team 8 and that lead them to a surprising late season surge last split. I think he could have some big weeks again this split, but I don’t think week 1 will be that week. He plays against Impact and Quas (arguably the two best top laners in NA). Because of the match-ups I am going to fold on Cali this week.

Jungle – C9 Meteos (projection: 40pts) C9 is the team that got me interested in the LCS 2 years ago so I always want to see them succeed. But week 1 for Meteos will be hard to get to the 40 point mark. Even though he was one of the better fantasy options from C9 last split he still didn’t exceed his projections consistently. Because of that and facing TSM in the first match-up I have to say 40 points is too much.

Mid – FNC Febiven (projection: 40pts) Febiven was a fantasy surprise (much like his entire team last split). He is able to play safe enough to not give up any advantages in lane, but has the ability to outplay most mid laners in EU. I normally would be high on Febiven, but 40 points is a big number especially when he is facing PowerofEvil and Fox week 1. I think he will still be a good fantasy option but it will probably be more in the 35-37 point range.

ADC – Ele Tabzz (projection: 35pts) Elements did a complete team overhaul, but Tabzz is a familiar face for Froggen. Tabzz is a great ADC and will probably be an excellent option most weeks. However he goes up against 2 of the top 4 teams in UoL and Gambit. I don’t think this will be a breakout week for Tabzz so I’m going to say fold him for week 1.

Support – GV BunnyFuFu (projection: 35pts) BunnyFuFu might be my favorite support in the entire League scene right now. He is able to make plays during all parts of the game, and it seems like he hardly ever makes mistakes. Overall he is a great support, but sometimes he doesn’t always get the most from a fantasy perspective. I think with a change at ADC and Jungle Gravity will have some struggles the first few weeks until they figure each other out. So I don’t think Bunny can reach that 35 point projection,

Team – Dignitas (projection: 18pts) I usually try to pick higher point totals for my fold candidates (gotta be smart about my picks), but Dig has a rough schedule week 1 (CLG and C9). I think Dig will do their normal thing this split win some games here and there but overall be a bottom 3 team. This week I think they will be the lowest scoring team in Fantasy LCS so I would give them a hard fold in week 1.

 

Last split I got 54% of my picks right in my all-in and fold posts. This split I’m shooting for 60% right. I will keep track and post the results in next weeks post so you can see how well I did. Remember these picks aren’t who I think is going to do best or worst at their positions. But it is simply who I think will over perform or under perform their projections. Good luck to all of you in the opening week of the summer split, may your picks be “Legendary” and your opponents get “Shut Down.” As always don’t forget to  follow the blog, follow on Twitter, or “like” H2hhombre on Facebook so you can get updated as soon as a new post goes live.

 

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The final rankings post for the Summer Split. Thanks again for all the support, feedback, and views to the blog. I really appreciate it. All my positional rankings are live so you can click on the name to go to the homepage, or click on fantasy league of legends to the left and it will pull them up also. I will do a numerical list of how I think the teams will finish the year from a fantasy point perspective, then a tier list after.

1. Gambit

2. Fanatic

3. Unicorns of Love

4. Team Solo Mid

5. H2K

6. TiP

7. CLG

8. Liquid

9. C9

10. Origen

11. Copenhagen Wolves

12. Team 8

13. SK Gaming

14. Elements

15. Gravity

16. Roccat

17. Dignitas

18. Giants

19. NME

20. TDK

 

1-5 There will be chunks of EU teams and chunks of NA teams. EU teams usually score more points because of the style of games they play, and on average they were about 3 min longer, which will result in an extra baron and dragon in a game. Which again is more points. These 5 are the safest bets in terms of teams. I really like UoL in this split, I will be going for a lot of their players. TSM is the only NA team in the top because their consistency and team-fighting is one of the best in the West.

6-11 These are the next best and most are in NA. I put Origen and CW in this group because of the EU factor that might propel them over a few of the NA teams. All 4 of the NA teams in this chunk should be competitive in every single game this year, which should mean longer games and more points scored. If I had to pick just one from this group it would be CLG because they are the most objective focused of the group. 2nd would be Impulse because they play all-in all the time which should result in lots of advantages on the map.

12-17 These are the teams that will have a few good weeks and a few bad weeks. I would say these are the best to play on good match-up weeks.

18-20 I hope I’m wrong on some of my bottom 4 of my rankings otherwise it is going to be a LONG season for NME, TDK, and Giants. If you are a fan of them I apologize for putting them in the cellar on pretty much every rankings list, but sometimes numbers don’t lie.

 

Now that the rankings are done, I will be working on my first all-in or fold post. Expect it to be up sometime Monday evening or Tuesday. As always don’t forget to subscribe, follow on facebook, or follow on twitter to get notifications when a new post goes live. I would love to see who you all drafted let me know in the comments below!

5th ranking post, only one more to go. This is my favorite post because I main support when I play league (yes, a bronze/silver player mains support…pray for me). Even though support is the lowest scoring position overall, it also created some of the biggest gaps in points scored, so grab a good support when you can, or you will get the joy of playing who is the support on a hot streak. I will put the supports in numerical order then I will break them into tier lists.

1. FNC Yellowstar

2. TSM Lustboy

3. GMB Gosu Pepper

4. H2K Kasing

5. CLG Aphromoo

6. Gravity BunnyFuFu

7. CW Unlimited

8. SK nRated

9. Liquid Xpecial

10. TiP Adrian

11. UoL Hylisang

12. Origen Mithy

13. C9 Lemonnation 

14. T8 Dodo8

15. Roccat Vander

16. Dig KiwiKid

17. Elements PromisQ

18. NME Bodydrop

19. Giants Rydle

20. TDK Smoothie

1-4 These are the top dogs of support, they make plays for their teams, and they have high scoring ADCs to help boost their assist numbers. They will probably have the biggest weeks of all the supports, and they will have the least amount of down weeks. These are the ones to pull the trigger on early in your draft.

5-9 I think I like this group of supports more than the first, but I recognize from a fantasy perspective they haven’t shown to be quite as good as the first group. I’m high on Liquid performing well this split which is why Xpecial made it in the top 10. And even though nRated and Gravity probably won’t have the highest scoring ADCs each week they both are very good in the roam/team fighting parts of the game that their numbers should be high without having dominate ADCs.

10-14 These 5 were tough for me, because I wanted to put them higher, but had to be realistic about what they do for their teams, and what they have shown in previous splits. I do think C9 will be higher scoring across the board this split, but I think they will still play a C9 calculated style more often than not, which will lead towards lower scoring games. Mithy also could be to high on my list, but I like the veteran aspect of Origen’s team.

15-17 These 3 are the ones who will have a few weeks of big points when their teams or carries get going, but more often than not they won’t be worth owning at all. These are the gut picks. If you like them grab them as a backup, but I won’t be taking them until they show me something.

18-20 I think these guys will just be at the bottom most weeks. Its always easy to put the newer teams players at the bottom of rankings simply because its hard to predict how well a team will do from the CS league to the LCS stage.

 

Those are my support rankings and I’m sticking to them! I hope you enjoyed the post, and stay tuned for the Team rankings that will go up later tonight. Let me know who your sleepers are for support in the comments below. As always, don’t forget  to subscribe, follow on facebook, or follow ontwitter to get notifications when a new post goes live.