League of Legends China LPL and Korea LCK Breakdown (6/22-6/24): Suning Is a Top Team
- The Chinese and Korean leagues are now in Week 2 of the new split.
- Betting lines haven’t adjusted to the changing strengths of teams.
- The new patch continues to cause chaos, and many teams are experiments with unconventional compositions.
Week 1 is in the books for every region, and the evolution of this new metagame continues to shake up the League of Legends landscape. Some teams have embraced surprising new compositions while other teams are still hoping for success with a classic style. The market still hasn’t adjusted to the current meta, so many betting lines this week are exploitable.
The summer-split picks I’ve recommended in articles and on Twitter are 18-9 (+11.33 units).
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For DFS, pay attention to the Kills per Win (KPW) and Deaths per Loss (DPL) numbers for this split. In general, you’ll want to roster players on teams with high KPWs playing against teams with high DPLs.
For more League action, see my other regional breakdowns for this weekend.
All lines are from Bovada.
- JD Gaming: 18.0
- Suning Gaming: 17.0
- Invictus Gaming: 16.5
- Royal Never Give Up: 21.0
- JD Gaming: 18.0
- OMG: 17.75
Rogue Warriors vs. Snake: Friday 6/22 at 5 a.m. ET
- Rogue Warriors: -260
- Snake: +205
- Bet: Snake +205
The Rogue Warriors look fantastic, but at these plus odds I’ll take a Snake team that showcased some wild and forward-thinking comps and player combinations in Week 1.
OMG vs. World Elite: Friday 6/22 at 7 a.m. ET
- OMG: +135
- Team WE: -170
- Bet: OMG +135
Team WE looked so awful in Week 1 that I’ll take pretty much anyone against them at reasonable odds. They have the fourth-worst kill-to-death ratio in the league and haven’t found any solutions to this new patch thus far.
Suning Gaming vs. JD Gaming: Saturday 6/23 at 5 a.m. ET
- Suning: +110
- JD: -140
- Bet: Suning +110
Despite a tough parlay-killing loss to Royal Never Give Up earlier this week, Suning is among the best teams in the league right now. They have the third-best kill-to-death ratio and the second-best dragon rating in the LPL, and their aggressive style makes them tough for anyone. JD has looked solid in this patch, but until Suning loses to a team other than Royal or Invictus Gaming they are gonna get my money.
OMG vs. Topsports Gaming: Sunday 6/24 at 2 a.m. ET
- OMG: -165
- Top: +130
- Bet: Top +130
Even though I like OMG to win earlier in the weekend, I think they’ll lose to Top, a fellow bottom-of-the-table team. Top hasn’t had much to show off yet, but I love MaRin in the top lane of this meta, and the team as a whole looks better in this patch relative to those from previous seasons.
- Team MVP: 16.5
- Hanwha Life Esports: 14.3
- Afreeca Freecs: 14.1
- KINGZONE DragonX: 16.6
- KT Rolster: 15.8
- Griffin: 15
Griffin vs. SK Telecom T1: Friday 6/22 at 4 a.m. ET
- Griffin: -275
- SKT: +210
- Bet: Griffin -275
Griffin has looked fantastic thus far in this patch with a 3-0 record while SKT has managed only a single-game win. With Faker (mid-laner), Bang (bottom-laner), and Wolf (support) all seemingly benched, I doubt their backups will be any match for the new stars.
That’s all I’ve got for China and Korea. Hopefully we see strategies continue to develop in this new meta; this is some of the best League we’ve seen in years. For additional information throughout the weekend and into next week follow me on Twitter @Nty9problemsDFS, where I regularly post additional picks as the action unfolds.
Until next time, I’ll see you on the rift.