Fantasy Thursdays Week 4

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I really thought I was going to win last week, but still ended up losing. There was a rumor that Doublelift wouldn’t play, and then went on to make a shitload of points including a pentakill. Go figure. Had he dropped out of playing, I would have most definitely won the weekend, but it’s all good. I actually was on a trip out of town over the weekend so I didn’t actually watch any of the games, so I can’t say why exactly I lost otherwise, aside from the fact that two of the teams in my league have most of the good players, and though I wouldn’t say the players I have are bad, they just aren’t the best when it comes to fantasy points. Anyway, here’s the results for the last week:

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I had a great showing from multiple players, but you can see where I fell a few points short here and there. You can also see how stacked the other team ended up being. It was still my highest point total for any week, and I was playing against the only team that hasn’t lost this split. I didn’t make many changes this week either:

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I picked up Lustboy from TSM who was suddenly free, and swapping him into my current rotation gave me a small edge over this week’s opponent as far as projected points go. Will it end up working out that way? Time will tell. I think due to the schedules and the way it has worked out so far, I might actually get a win this week, but again, there’s no real way to predict these things. As long as Powerofevil doesn’t tank on me again, I should be fine. Here’s the matchup I’m going into:

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I lost by a landslide last time I played against Teamsoapymid, but I did have a mid that produced 10 points in two games, and that really hurt. I think I might have a better chance this time around. I have a good feeling. Either way next week I’ll end up facing Nertle’s Turtles again, and that should at least be a win. Hopefully. Here’s the other matchups for the week:

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Nertle is sticking with his whole team, and though it hasn’t done him justice, I was talking with him earlier and it seems like he feels confident in the matchup. He appears to be content to just leave it be for the rest of the split, whereas I can’t seem to stay away from making adjustments. I think I’ve made changes for the better, but you never know what’s going to happen in the LCS. I’m looking forward to fantasy leagues during Worlds (which I believe happens, but not sure). It will make a big difference having that many more skilled players to choose from. At this point, a couple people get the best players and the others get screwed. It’s not like fantasy football where you have hundreds of players to choose from. This format is a bit limited when it comes to that, particularly in these smaller leagues. If we have 6 teams the best players would be more evenly distributed. Doing an auto draft also didn’t help. But this was the first time around. We’ve learned from it and hopefully the next time it will be bigger and better. That’s all for this week. See you on the rift!

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Fantasy Thursdays Week 3

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Week 3 Recap:

I felt my lineup was solid enough, and had only changed out a couple of positions (swapped Lemonnation with BunnyFuFuu on support, and changed my flex pick from a jungler to an ADC) for this past weekend’s matchup. The projected points for my team as opposed to my opponent was favorable, but I was handed an ass kicking anyway. I lost by over 100 points, and that’s just not right!

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Team Impulse got a win and a loss, and despite Rush and Apollo doing fairly well, all 3 members of that team underperformed for me compared to my matchups. Powerofevil really fucked me despite having a stellar week 2, and only posted 10 points for both games. I didn’t do my research and it turns out they had a rough schedule last weekend, but that’s just unacceptable. Lemonnation made more points than that last year. But you can see what I was going against, pretty much the best players from NA and a beast top lane from EU. I decided that I must have too many eggs in one basket, so I decided to make some line up changes again. More on this in a bit.

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The other teams matchups were also lop-sided, and as I said last week, it was probably a bad idea for Nertle to run a comp with only a single team. It appears though, that the highest producing fantasy players are taken up by Judentus and Teamsoapymid, so I think me and Nertle might be in for some hurt for a while. My 1-1 record isn’t terrible, and anything can happen, but if I lose this next game I might lose hope. We’ll see what happens I guess.

Week 4 Preview:

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I toyed with the idea of dropping Powerofevil altogether, but he has an easy schedule this week and I think he’ll actually produce close to what his projected numbers are. Maybe better, we’ll see. I Dropped Impact despite the fact that he’s a highly rated top laner, only because I think I had too many players from the same team, and he was the weakest link. I went with Hauntzer from Gravity not only because they have done some good things but because I think that he will get me more points than Impact this week. I did however hold on to Impact and Xiaoweixiao in case I need to swap them in later on. My ADCs have been doing good, and provided my mid performs I think that will balance things out. With Team Liquid having a harder schedule I decided to also put in Unicorns of Love as I think I might eek out a few more points with them. Overall, the projected matchup is more solid than it was, but still not quite where I need it to be:

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This changed a bit as I took the screen shot before the players were locked, and 1 round of EU games already went down today so I can’t show you what the projections actually were. My 271 stays the same, but Judentus actually picked up Doublelift as ADC, so the projection went up in the 280 range. Still, this is close enough for comfort. However, last week my projections were close to my opponent’s and I got hammered, so it really depends on player performance. I still have faith but really wish I could get some CLG or TSM players on my team. Probably not going to happen. Here’s the other matchups:

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Nertle is probably in a bad spot again, as Origen faces Fnatic who has a perfect record in the EU right now. However, they are projecting relatively close, but again, that’s a false sense of security. I’m glad there isn’t any sort of money riding on this because me and him would be losing it. We’ll check back in next week, and see how it all pans out.

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Fantasy Thursdays Week 2

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League of Legends Pro play takes place in the Spring, Summer and Fall each year. It’s no secret that I’ve been a fan of playing League of Legends for years, but I didn’t really start watching the pros play until a couple of years ago, and then it was only the playoff hype that piqued my interest. Since watching that Worlds (Season 3) I have watched nearly all of the LCS games that have been broadcast (and some of the EU and Asian games as well).

I believe it was last year that the Fantasy LCS made its debut, but I didn’t take part either way. Since joining The Obsidian, there have been many attempts for members of the guild to get involved with one another, as our main game, Crowfall, hasn’t been released yet. There was ESO, then SWTOR, some of us made a ranked team in LoL, and many other games have been at least discussed. Aside from a game or two in League, I haven’t participated in anything with the guild just yet, but new opportunities always arise.

Though I watched all of the Spring Split, the MSI invitational, and a couple of other pro events this year, I still didn’t sign up for Fantasy. There were several posts on the official League site about Fantasy and the upcoming Summer Split, and I decided it was time. I’ve been talking about playing Fantasy Football for years (and even helped friends with advice at times) but still haven’t, so I decided I shouldn’t let Fantasy LCS pass me by again. I ran the idea by some of the people in Obsidian, and we created a league.

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We only had enough people to start a 4-player league, but there were options to have more, so perhaps we’ll attract more people at the next juncture. We couldn’t really settle on a time to have the draft, as people were in differing time zones with differing schedules, so this was understandable. As such we decided to do an auto draft, and after that it was a mad dash to add/drop players from the free agent pool or attempt trades with other teams. My team, “ELO Hell”, was set to face off against Nertle’s Turtles (ran by Nertle, as you might have guessed), and I made a couple of tweaks to the lineup but pretty much rolled the dice with what I had.

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The scoring system and the way your slotting and alternates work is pretty much as you would expect and similar to Fantasy Football. The designers did their homework. So of course you have the Top, Jungle, etc, and then a flex pick along with a Team. The team’s score runs off of first bloods and objectives, whereas K/D/A and CS are for the players. There’s more to it but you get the idea. Flex players can be any position, and out of what I had available to me with free agents, I ended up with a pretty good jungler in that slot. I also put in Lemonnation for support thinking he would do me some good, but he was the weakest link. I expected this from a support, as they aren’t the types to get carry points, but still, he’s usually very good and was rather pathetic, but so was Cloud 9 as a whole all weekend, which really screwed over Nertle:

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Impact and Rush under performed in one of their games, but still put out better numbers that all of C9, and I only had one player from that team so it didn’t hurt me nearly as much. My flex pick also really out performed his. Either way, I could have never called Cloud 9 playing that poorly, two games in a row, so I think I just go lucky. Still, I’m going into next week with nearly the same team make up:

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I swapped out Lemonnation for Bunny FuFuu who had great games during week 2, so I’m expecting at least a few extra points there. I’m slightly worried about Team Liquid this week, as they have some tough games so I dropped IWDominate from the flex slot and threw in Apollo. This is putting most of my eggs in the Team Impulse wagon, but I think they have potential to surprise this week. I also swapped out two of my alternates for players I may potentially use in the future. Xspecial has the potential to play better than Bunny, so I might swap supports again after week 3, and if for some reason Powerofevil or Apollo start slipping, perhaps I’ll utilize Xiaoweixiao. I’m obviously not going to give all of my strategies away here, in case some of the obsidian guys pick up on it 😛

Here’s the other two teams scores from last week:

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Teamsoapymid and Judentus both outscored me and Nertle, but thankfully I was matched up with Nertle! I’m matched up against Teamsoapymid next week as well, and they have much better players than Nertle’s Turtles did, but there isn’t much of a discrepancy when it comes to estimated points, so it could really go either way.

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And here’s the other matchup, and you can see that Nertle revamped his entire team, and is basically Origen altogether. Hard to say if that strategy will play out well, it lives and dies on the backs of a lone team. They are a high placed team in the EU right now, but if they happen to hit a slump he’s screwed. Also, Judentus isn’t exactly lacking when it comes to good players. Bjergsen is a beast by himself.

I’ll be back next week at this time to highlight week 3’s games and take a look at week 4.

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