LOL All Stars Weekend: Best of the Best 12/07 - 12/10
It’s that time of year again, for what?, yes of course: All Stars Weekend.
You may think to yourself: what the heck is this garbage tournament? In all cases it doesn’t really matter. It’s LOL, it’s supported on the DK interface. That’s largely what we care about. We dealt thru the Kespa Cup (some of us at least), and played with those nonsense player pools of pros we’ve never heard of.
Thankfully this is not the case for All Stars, and players are directly voted in by every region to assemble the “best of” teams for each region (for a breakdown of rosters and voting, follow the next link).
For more info about the tournament in it’s entirety, click the next link
12/07: Slate 1
LCK vs EU LCS
LMS vs TCL
NAlcs vs BR
LPL vs GPL
(if you’re struggling on keeping up with each specific region don’t fret, it can be overwhelming: just follow the first link and take a look at regions and rosters)
To start, the All Stars tournament is constructed of a red robin single elimination first round. This is the first slate of the tourny, and it may look overwhelming on Draftkings.
This problem largely stems from the heavy favorites in each game. However, these are one game sets. The cardinal rule of LOL and especially these 1 game sets is that anything can happen.
Let’s remember that this new Meta also heavily favors a back and forth type of game, but I for one am hesitant to throw out a game-stack of all if not all but one player from a selected game.
Depending on whether you are seeing most of these games blow out (as LCK at least isn’t even on the books anymore, seems like NOBODY in the world was taking EU), then a game-stack could potentially be the way to go. Remember you’re pay down player(s) don’t necessarily need to win. They need to score DK points which can be a tricky concept to nail down. All 4 games could easily go the way of the favorite, and in a game of predicting outcomes, it’s all about who nails down the most competitive underdog.
Now, with the 1 game sets, we often see teams play extremely conservatively. Understanding this newer meta can be difficult, and for all intents and purposes it seems to favor 10 minutes of stagnant play followed by a barrage of team fights that largely dictate the first dragons and eventually baron. One good team fight could bring home the bacon for say Brazil v US.
Game Notes and Predictions
LCK vs EU:
LCK players are too high priced, and even though they’ll win I don’t see them hitting value. Barring a Faker show-up game where he asserts his dominance and gets like 10 kills this game will be irrelevant (and yes Gorilla will be like 50% owned because yes we’ve never got to play him in a lu with Faker!).
EU stands 0 chance unless you want to be the only person in your tournaments with them.
LMS vs TCL
As a brief, LMS is the smaller Asian countries, and as you will see this is where we get the flash wolves from (Karsa and others are on this roster, FW are like the best/most notable team in the region and have been for some time). TCL is the Turkish league, and if you caught the early rounds of worlds maybe you saw these guy make a half decent run. They can handle the world stage as they proved in that scenario.
This is a hard game to predict, and I’m not quite sure whether to just go all in on Turkey and hope for the best. FW can be mightily overrated on a world LOL spectrum. The Turkish guys are priced as massive underdogs and yes, our pay down guys don’t even have to win. They just need to do relatively better than the next underdog.
CASH: None (LMS too high $)
GPP: TCL Players (Stomaged, Thaldrin, Frozen I recognize, the other 2 not so much)
NALCS vs Brazil
This game is where I think we get a lot of ownership on NA strictly because the people playing LOL are fans of the game and their country (I’m American but I have no real affiliation to any team fwiw).
Once again, the US players are very high salary. Noticing the construction of the NALCS team, we have : Hauntzer (TSM), MikeYeung (P1) , Bjergsen (TSM), Sneaky (TSM), Aphromoo (CLG). Doesn’t take a genius to see that US basically voted in TSM with some add ons. I personally don’t think MikeYeung is an elite player. He is young and still flawed. I am in awe of his play style which worked so well early in the NALCS this past season. At the end his jungle pathing caught up with him and his ridiculous fight first jungler mentality came back to haunt. He still won rookie of the year and was named to this team although I’d have probably gone for Lira from NV who is much more experienced (maybe there was a language barrier too, lira might only speak 1 language that isn’t English.. EDIT: he speaks a little English).
CASH: NALCS but still to expensive
GPP: Brazil; game-stack the whole set and mix and match. BR team slot would allow for a Bjergsen/ Sneaky stack with the ADC/Mid from BR as well.
LPL vs GPL
And last but not least, the “closest” set we have on the day. If you’re looking for an upset, DK algorithm is pointing at this game. As somebody who watched tons of LPL I would say that this should be a cake walk for them.
I’m honestly not sure who will call shots here. The team is 2 RNGU (Uzi/ MLXG), 2 WE (957 / Xiye) and one EG (Meiko). Meiko is the shot caller on Edward and I wouldn’t be surprised if he is the shot caller on this absolutely loaded squad. I’m actually not sure if they will play MID or ADC heavy, but it will largely be determined by the drafting stage which of course comes post lock. They’re so strong because the team is flat out stacked in every facet.
GPL is just a hard team to predict before we get any action in this tournament. It’s hard to see them winning here, but it’s definitely not out of the question. Levi is a “great” player and ended up with 96% of fan votes for SE Asia region. Naul is their next most talented and we saw what he can do in the Kespa cup. I was unaware of him before that but the guy is a real player, and if GPL do somehow win a team fight and bring this home Naul will be in the winning lus no doubt.
GPP: GPL; game-stack of both teams
12/07 Slate 2
LPL vs NALCS
LCK vs LMS
This slate should be a bit more well rounded as the first game is seemingly a pickem. I like the LPL/Chinese side, but with video game betting I will be adamant that my policy is take the Asians over anyone (sorry if this comes off badly, but this largely should be used by everyone strictly because if we look at world rankings it’s really just Korea et cetera…)
LPL seems to get a lot of flack because their meta is so much sloppier than that of their counterparts in the LCK. This could be key for this slate as the second game could blowout leaving the first gamestack to be a potentially juicy choice.
LCK I see dominating this game. I won’t be touching the LMS side except maybe the team slot if I make tons of lineups.
Conclusions and Follow Up:
This covers the first 2 slates on DK, both on 12/07. I’ll be following up this blog with a subsequent one after the “one-on-one” rounds that this tournament does for seemingly 0 reason. If you’re wondering what those are, check out the past links to see how the full tournament is structured. I am guessing that DK will have one final day when there are still enough games to make a slate for, and I’ll come back with a blog for that when we know the match-ups.
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