Fantasy LCS Winners and Losers: Week 2
Welcome to this week’s edition of fantasy winners and losers for the 2016 Spring Split.
Winners - EU AD Carrys
Pierre “Steelback” Medjaldi: AD Carry of Team ROCCAT - 118.78 Points
Steelback is the first of two European League Championship Series ADCs to top the leaderboard for overall points scored this week. Steelback may not have had the most kills but the 1,528 he put up in the CS category certainly helped him gain many of his points. He was 8-5-17 in the tie against G2 Esports, though he played much better in the win against Vitality, going 18-6-9.
Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen: AD Carry of G2 Esports - 100.68 Points
Zven was second in the total points category behind only fellow EU ADC Steelback. A triple kill in his series against Team ROCCAT helped him break the 100 mark, along with a 7-1-18 total KDA in his 2-0 victory over Splyce.
Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen: Mid Laner of Cloud9 - 99.73 Points
Jensen was the top scoring player in the North American LCS with his 99 point performance. Like Steelback, Jensen gained a serious amount of points with his CS total of 1,905, which lead both North America and Europe in week two. Jensen also lead the league in most kills with 37, with the next closest coming from his Cloud9 teammate Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi with 32. He also found one triple kill in the series against Phoenix1.
Lee “Parang” Sang-won: Top Laner of Team ROCCAT - 98.35 Points
Parang was started in just .7% of leagues going into week two, so if you found yourself within that .7, you were very pleased with the ROCCAT top laner. He found himself just 12 kills through the two series he played in, but made most of his point gains in the assist column, racking up a total of 41. In addition, he only died five times, the second lowest of our winners for this week. After his outstanding week two performance, he is now owned in 27.8% of leagues, up from 6.3% before week two.
Lucas “Santorin” Larsen: Jungler of NRG eSports - 94.85 Points
Santorin was the highest scoring jungler in week two, so he was an obvious choice to be the last person on our winners list. Santorin’s initial return to North America was pretty successful, even though NRG is struggling to get going. The former TSM jungler found his stride quickly, putting up 56 assists, which is more than any other jungler, and only one less than Vincent “Biofrost” Wang, who led the category. Santorin spent the least amount of time looking at the gray screen, dying just four times, the least among players who played in five games this week.
Losers - Counter Logic Gaming Laners
Choi “Huhi” Jae-hyun: Mid Laner of Counter Logic Gaming - 42.92 Points
The Spring Split champions had high expectations set for them coming into this split. A performance at the Mid-Season Invitational set the bar even higher for the newly formed squad that found success in their first season together. However, in week two, many of their players struggled, and this performance is reflected in the fact that CLG sits in ninth place in the standings. Huhi only found five kills in the two series he played in, and doubled that number when it came to his deaths, finding the gray screen ten times this past week. His assist and CS numbers were both average, but dragged down by his poor performance in kills, making for a below average score from the mid laner.
Darshan “Darshan” Upadhyaya: Top Laner of CLG - 41.91 Points
Unfortunately for his owners, Darshan had no trouble locating the death column, posting a total of 15 deaths through two series. The highlight of Darshan’s week came in the form of a triple kill against Team Liquid, in which he scored three out of his five kills. Averaging about 10 points per game, he will look to do much better when CLG plays Echo Fox and Team EnVyUs in week three.
Zaqueri “Aphromoo” Black: Support of CLG - 36.07 Points
Aphromoo could not do much better than his teammates this week, putting up a less than ideal score, even for a support player. He was unable to find a kill, though this can partly be accredited to the fact he is a support, his assist numbers were not much better. He finished the week with a scoreline of 0-12-35, 17 assists short of assist leader and rival support Biofrost. He averaged just 7.5 points per game in his series against Cloud9, which they lost 2-0.
Chae “Piglet” Gwang-jin: AD Carry of Team Liquid - 47.05 Points
While Piglet’s score of 47.05 is the most out of anyone on the losers list this week, it is still far off from where it needs to be, especially considering that competing ADCs are putting up numbers more than double that. He concluded the week with a scoreline of 12-10-15, so the only ideal number there would be his assists. When it comes to his kills, it’s just not enough, and he has a few more deaths than you would like to see. If you are desperate for an ADC and you had Piglet this week, you are probably not too upset, but if you went out of your way to snag him in the draft, you would most likely want to see more out of the 22-year-old Korean.
Alex “Xpecial” Chu: Support of Apex Gaming - 26.31 Points
Xpecial is a veteran in the league, as is the rest of his Apex Gaming team, though that veteranship was topped by younger talent in Team EnVyUs, and a very strong TSM team. With those two matchups, it’s hard to put up major numbers but a sub-30 point performance from Xpecial is not at all what you are looking for when you put him in your lineup. His 1-12-20 scoreline just got worse as you read it from left to right. He was about 30 assists off the pace of top supports, and a few more deaths than you would like to see, which all combines for a poor points total from Xpecial.
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