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Group B is the 2nd strongest group from top to bottom in this year’s world championships. It features Fnatic, the team that now has the longest win streak in professional League history at 21 straight wins; Invictus Gaming, a Chinese team that has always had the talent but can’t quite seem to win on the big stage; Cloud 9, the team to beat in NA during their first four splits, but then had to fight through the regional gauntlet to even qualify for Worlds; and last AHQ, a Taiwanese team that has been one of the most dominant teams in Taiwan the last two years. All of the teams have the talent and the experience to make a run out of the group stages into the knockout round. It also will be a group where you can expect good fantasy value from multiple positions on each team. However, only two can make it out of the group stage, and these are the two that are considered by most as the favorites of group B!

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Fnatic – Fnatic has been around since the 1st League Championship way back in 2011, a tournament that they won. FNC is no stranger to the big stage having competed in the last three Worlds Championships, over 9 international tournaments and every split of the EU LCS. The old FNC featuring xPeke and Soaz has reformed under the banner Origen, but Yellowstar, the only original member of FNC, has built a powerhouse around his consistency and shot calling. FNC is not only a favorite to get out of the group stages, but many have even said they believe FNC could push for a top four finish this year at worlds. They were a dominant team this entire year, but Origen showed that they have some chinks in their armor, taking FNC to a 5 game series in the EU LCS finals. Overall FNC has a top 8 player at every position and a top 5 player at three positions (Top, Sup, and ADC). This team will be one of the more consistent teams to pick when choosing your daily fantasy lineups; they can play fast, methodical, and unpredictable- all of which lead to fantasy points. Huni and Reignover have great synergy and will want to prove they didn’t make the wrong choice coming to EU. Yellowstar has helped Rekkles recapture his former dominance he showed back in 2014, and Febiven has the chops to go toe-to-toe with the likes of Faker himself. This is the Western team that can finally topple the Asian teams for the World title!

Prediction in Group Stage: 5-1 1st place

 

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Invictus Gaming – Invictus is a team from China and they have been around as long as competitive League has been around in China. However, they haven’t been quite as dominant in their region as FNC has been in theirs. If you look through their history the last four years, the most common finish for Invictus is 3rd. That is what they placed in both splits of the LPL this year. They were a team that grabbed two highly touted Korean players in Rookie and KaKao during last splits “great migration.” Rookie has been called Mini-Faker or Faker Junior in some League circles and is a player that can single-handedly turn a game with his mechanical abilities. The same can be said about KaKao who won the MVP of the 2014 OGN season.  This is another team who will score fantastically in your daily leagues because of their talent at multiple positions (their bot lane was their weakest spot this season). Invictus has the players to make a deep run, but they haven’t shown that they are anything more than 3rd best in their own region. Many predict them to make it out of the group stage unscathed, but don’t count out the underdogs of group B to make Invictus’ struggle at times.

Prediction in Group Stage: 3-3 2nd place (winning tie breaker)

 

Now that we have seen the favorites of Group B let’s see who the underdogs are this year.

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AHQ eSports Club – AHQ has been the most dominant team from Taiwan the last year and a half; they qualified for Worlds last year and finished 3-3 in group stages just missing out on advancing to the knockout stage. The year before they lost to the eventual champs, Taipei Assassins, in the qualifiers for 2013 Worlds. They are best known for their talented midlaner, Westdoor. He has been critiqued for his weak laning phase and shallow champion pool, but always seems to find a way to become relevant in the mid game and most often is the one carrying in the late game. The other players that have performed well on the big stage are Mountain (Jungler) and Albis (Support). They will not be timid during the group stages which could cause problems for the other three teams. They are an aggressive team that is unafraid to get in skirmishes, which could provide them with enough to gain leads against the favorites of Group B. However, when it’s all said and done it doesn’t seem like AHQ has enough firepower to make it out of this group. Their players will be up and down in your daily fantasy leagues so pick them at your own risk. This will be a team that will make for entertaining games, but probably won’t lead to many victories.

Prediction in Group Stage: 1-5 4th place

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Cloud 9 – C9 has been one of the most dominant teams in the NA scene since they joined in 2013. They are no strangers to the world stage or big tournaments competing in the last two World Championships and several IEM tournaments. C9 however started off the split looking like they might not even retain their spot in the NA LCS. Luckily for C9 fans (I count myself as one of them), Hai was asked to step in and take control of the Jungle and help C9 with his shot calling, his leadership, and his desire to make the game fun. After his stepping in, C9 started playing like a fearless team again. They barely got the 7th seed in the LCS which allowed them to compete in the regional gauntlet. They proceeded to reverse sweep two teams and beat Liquid to earn their spot at Worlds. Their struggles are well known. Hai isn’t “mechanically gifted,” Lemonnation gets too creative in champ select, and Balls isn’t elite anymore in LCS or Solo Queue. Despite their deficiencies, they have a knack for beating their opponents. Incarnation has performed much better since Hai arrived and Sneaky has been the consistent carry throughout their struggles and success. With those two carries and the other three providing support, peel, and timely dives, this team could make a splash in the group stages. If we have learned one thing from C9 over the last few years it is A) don’t ever count them out of a game, and B) Hai’s an x-factor with his shot calling and the gambles he is willing to take. Expect Hai, Lemon, and Balls to be feast or famine in their fantasy points, and Incarnation and Sneaky to be high scorers and consistent. Overall, it would seem like Cloud 9 doesn’t have a shot of getting out of this group, but I for one will not count them out until everything is said and done.

Prediction in Group Stage: 3-3 3rd place (lose tiebreaker)

Overall, expect group B to have many memorable moments and games simply because all four teams know how to play under pressure and on the big stage. One can also expect a high amount of fantasy points from this group. Expect FNC to have the highest producers, but all three teams will have players that shine in your daily fantasy leagues.

What do you expect from Group B?

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Week 5 has come and gone, and what a great week of games. The powerhouse teams looked vulnerable, and the middle teams looked good. The final weeks of the season are going to be fun to watch to see what the final standings are going to be. It was hard to pick the games of the week this week, because at least 6 or 7 were worth watching from the competitive/upset nature of those games. So I ended up picking the ones that I enjoyed most. Also, I went 3-1 in my leagues this week first week not to go 2-2 (GO ME)!

Legendary

(Players that played well or scored much better than their fantasy projections)

Freeze, Airwaks, and Soren – These guys are carrying hard right now. They have now put together three straight really good weeks. If you happen to own them in Fantasy you have also been very happy with their performances. Great work by these three. I would assume going forward these are guys to own if they are available in your league.

WildTurtle – Just watch the TSM game in the games of the week below, and you will see why he was Legendary this week. Had 65 points and lost me one of my matches by 5 points because of his back to back Pentakill to Quadra kill. He had great positioning and aggressiveness when needed.

Hai – Hai hasn’t had the best few weeks of the LCS, but this week he seemed to be his old self. Playing aggressively, trying to cause havoc in other lanes and the jungle, and initiating team fights. He was allowed to play one of his best and most comfortable champs in both games (Zed) so not surprised C9 went 2-0 this week.

 

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(Players that played poorly or scored lower than their fantasy projections)

Nyph – I’m officially saying Nyph isn’t worth owning unless there are absolutely no other supports. This is three weeks now where he has gone less than 25 (2 of them he scored less than 11). Until Elements shows they can get their stuff together I’m willing to sell him. Plus, with how Rekkles plays, I don’t think it allows much play-making for Nyph which hurts his fantasy value.

SK and UoL Teams – The individual players played good from a fantasy perspective, but they were either behind in their games, or got meaningless kills which lead to no towers, objectives, or objective control. They both scored WAY lower than they should of, and I’d imagine they lost some people their matchups.

Coast (all players) – Every Coast player scored in the bottom 6 this week, it would have been bottom 5 if not for Nyph. No one scored more than 16 points on their team this week. They got DESTROYED (surrendered at 23 min) in their first game, and then followed it up by getting Crushed in the 2nd game (32 min game). None of their players are worth owning at this point.

Games of the Week

TSM vs Liquid (This was the game that wouldn’t end. The game should have been over 3 different times. By far the most fun game of the week)

Elements vs Giants (I didn’t know what to think at the end of this one. When the game is over look at Froggen’s face)

C9 vs TiP (Classic C9 game, objective control, getting early leads, and pushing their advantages. The other C9 game is also good, but the first win was how C9 used to dominate the mediocre or bad teams in the LCS)

 

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Week 1 is over and there were a lot of entertaining games, high scoring fantasy surprises, and a lot of disappointed fantasy players (probably 50% of the readers are upset after week 1).  I personally went 2-2 in my 4 leagues so not a great start, but at least I don’t have a losing record. Every week I’m going to try to do a recap post of the games. I will be outlining the players that surprised (Legendary), the players that disappointed (Shut Down), and post a few games that I enjoyed most each week (I’ll try to include at least 1 game from each region). Here is my week 1 recap!

LEGENDARY

(guys who played better than expected or who were dominant this week)

Pepiireno & Werlyb – First two games in the LCS for Giant Gaming, and these two guys showed that they belong. Werlyb scored over 50 points (props to anyone who actually played him this week). I think it is safe to say EU might want to ban his Jax. Pepii scored over 35 and just played really well. Even though he didn’t end up with 40+ points I really liked what I saw from his play.

Forg1venre – Played fantastic in both of SK’s games, ended up just short of 45 fantasy points this week. All of SK played well their first two games, but Forg1venre showed that he might be a fantasy beast.

Fnatic – Wow, just WOW. They were the team of EU this week. Demolished both Elements and H2K. In both games they seemed in sync and made great plays. If they can keep playing even close to this level the rest of the split, they will be fun to watch.

IWillDominate – He did exactly what his name says…DOMINATE! He ended week 1 with the 2nd most fantasy points with over 70. He played great in both games, he was having an impact in every lane, and controlled the major objectives for his team. He was the main cog in the Liquid engine this week. Great week for Dominate and Team Liquid.

Special shout-out to LiquidKeith who scored the most fantasy points in week 1, and is forcing Piglet to fill some pretty “big shoes” 😛

SHUTDOWN

(guys who played worse than expected or who were just bad this week)

MYM – It started before they even played a game losing their mid laner, and then it got worse once they played the matches. They went 0-2 on the week and only got 7 fantasy points. I knew once they lost Kori that they wouldn’t be as good, but not 7 points bad. I would say all of their guys are unplayable going into week 2 until they figure out what exactly their team is going to look like.

C9 (specifically Hai) – C9 went 0-2 and were winning both games in the first 12-15 minutes. Hai played especially bad in both games, gave up first blood 1v1 to Bjerg against TSM then just couldn’t really make an impact in-game two against Gravity. C9 only got 17 points and was expected to get 31 this week, Hai only got 18.91. Overall very disappointing performance from C9. I think they will recover in the next few weeks, but they looked sloppy and indecisive these first two games.

Wickd – He forgot to show up week 1. Lucky for him, his team is really good so they ended up going 1-1 in week 1. However Wickd, only got 12.69. He was in the bottom 5 of all players in week 1. It was an ugly week for Wickd. I wouldn’t expect him to be the lowest scoring top laner this season, but if he struggles again next week, then maybe it would be safe to say he won’t be a top 5 top laner like most expected.

Crumbzz – I don’t think anyone expected Crumbzz to be a top-tier jungler (don’t look at my Jungle rankings…we all make mistakes right?) He did even worse than everyone thought though. He was the WORST player that scored points this week. He barely scored more points than all of the guys having visa issues, that is how bad he was (8.3 pts…really crumbzz really?) When Dig plays well Crumbzz plays well, and well he didn’t play well.

Games of the week

(the 2 or 3 games that I found most entertaining this week)

CLG vs Team Liquid (really fun game to watch, team fights all over the place, and it was a high scoring fantasy game for almost everyone involved)

Fnatic vs Elements (this was just a surprise for everyone, really great performance by Fnatic)

 

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