All cards are on the table as the final two spots of the knockout stage are up for grabs. Group D is anyone’s group as LNG and GenG sit at the top with 2-1 records, with Team Liquid and MAD Lions not too far behind at 1-2.
Here’s a core lineup of three players who will have big days should their team find success on DraftKings and FanDuel for October 18
|Top Lane||Ale (LNG)||$6,200 DK, $8,100 FD|
|Jungle||Clid (GENG)||$7,200 DK, $8,900 FD|
|AD Carry||Carzzy (MAD)||$7,200 DK, $9,600 FD|
You can’t go wrong with Ale ($6,200 DK, $8,100 FD) to lead LNG for their revenge match against GenG which will likely determine the number one seed in the group. He was on a completely different level compared to the top laners he faced in the play-in stage and is clearly the best top laner in this group. His mastery of carry champions shows against the other carry-heavy top laners in this group, Alphari and Armut. His willingness to be aggressive in very volatile lanes seems to catch everyone off guard constantly backing the opponent up in lane giving Ale control.
Clid ($7,200 DK, $8,900 FD) acts as the stabilizer for GenG in most of their games. He’s one of the few junglers at Worlds 2021 who plays less carry intensive champions and focuses on keeping the lanes under control. He acts as a shield for Bdd and Rascal in the early game, getting them through the first 10 minutes without dying before Bdd and Ruler can take over past 15 minutes. Clid is the safest top jungle pick versus the more aggressive Elyoya and Tarzan.
Carzzy ($7,200 DK, $9,600 FD) came out of the gate slow at MSI 2021 before turning it on in the second round-robin and the knockout stage. By the end of it Carzzy was managing to have successful games against both RNG and Damwon’s bot lane almost leading MAD Lions to the MSI finals. Carrzy is once against slow out of the gate at Worlds 2021 with tough games against GenG and LNG. All of Team Liquid, LNG, and GenG have very slow bot lanes who much prefer to play safe and scale rather than play aggressive for early tower plates. When Carzzy found success at MSI and during the LEC playoffs it was through his traditionally aggressive playstyle with Kaiser. So, if the MAD Lions can get that bot lane aggression back, they can get out this group.
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For some reason FanDuel only includes the matches between GenG versus MAD Lions and Team Liquid versus LNG as opposed to all six games for their slate. DraftKings still has the normal six games. So be careful about picking your roster on FanDuel has the players are only playing one game against one specific team.
Tarzan ($10,200 [MVP] DK, $9,400 FD) came into Worlds 2021 with a boatload of hype after leading the charge for LNG through the LPL playoffs and gauntlet. It feels like the stars have aligned for Tarzan as the meta is full of carry junglers who thrive on strong early games plus the other members on team playing very well. Lee Sin and Olaf seem to have risen back in priority during the second half of group stage, two of Tarzan’s best champions. These strong early game junglers give Tarzan the ability to take over the game should he get one small advantage.
In all three of GenG’s games so far Bdd ($11,100 [MVP] DK, $9,300 FD) has put the team on his back. He solo killed icon two times in lane within 10 minutes to take control of the game as Zoe. He almost 1v9’ed their game against MAD Lions on Azir while being on the team with weaker scaling plus down an ocean soul. Lastly, Team Liquid stood no chance against his Sylas, winning multiple fights while at a numbers disadvantage. Bdd is looking like the best player in this group along with Ale and should have no problems against any of the other mid laners in this group.
Tier One Picks
Humanoid ($7,000 DK, $9,200 FD) took his place at the top of LEC mid laners in 2021. Many thought that Humanoid was a step below Caps, Larssen, and Nisqy meaning that the success of the MAD Lions would come elsewhere. However, Humanoid has turned into the most important player on MAD Lions when it comes to their trademark teamfighting. MAD Lions is known in the LEC for flipping the script on its head, taking over G2’s throne. MAD Lions have made many comebacks in the past so be weary for Humanoid’s Twisted Fate or Ryze which are his two best champions in 2021.
Ruler ($7,600 DK, $9,800 FD) is the late game insurance for GenG. GenG’s early game is all about surviving and getting Ruler and Bdd in the best position possible to carry. The teams in group D should be lucky that Ruler only played Miss Fortune and Kalista as opposed to Aphelios, Lucian, or Ezreal. GenG took a more aggressive approach for bot lane putting Ruler on an early game champion and Life on an engage champion. GenG’s bot lane is much better when Ruler is on a late game scaler and Life is playing some form of peel/disengage. Should he get his hands on any of those champions he’ll be a menace past 15 minutes.
Tier Two Picks
Santorin ($6,600 DK, $8,600 FD) has quietly had a very good showing at Worlds 2021. Despite Team Liquid struggling against LNG and GenG, Santorin sits in the top half of all major scoring categories for junglers at Worlds 2021. His early game against GenG was fantastic, netting multiple early kills to his laners who were just unfortunately outclassed by their opponents in those games. Santorin’s game against LNG was over from the beginning due to great vision that LNG was able to get in Santorin’s jungle, giving LNG constant vision of where he was from start to finish. If Team Liquid wants to run the table, they’ll need continued strong early games from Santorin.
Iwandy’s ($5,400 DK, $7,400 FD) differing champion pool at Worlds 2021 is what makes it difficult for opponents to solve the LNG puzzle. LNG’s clear strengths reside in the topside of the map which at times can leave their botside vulnerable. Iwandy’s Thresh and Rakan allow for that safety in the bot lane to protect Light and evade tower dives. Iwandy has also done a great job finding roam timings to mid lane to get icon ahead, continuing the topside snowballing that occurs in most games.
TEAM Picks + Gameplan
It feels like anyone could leave group D as the first seed with GenG and LNG sitting at 2-1, and not too far behind Team Liquid and MAD Lions 1-2. LNG’s ($5,000 DK, $7,700 FD) only loss came against GenG where the game was pretty much over after icon got solo killed twice by Bdd but had very convincing wins over Team Liquid and MAD Lions. LNG should be the favorite to make it out of the group as GenG didn’t look as good against Team Liquid and MAD Lions. MAD Lions ($4,800 DK, $7,300) are my dark horse to make it out of the group as they played all three teams in their group very closely and a simple nudge in the right direction could see them going 3-0. All TEAM and player picks are up for grabs so it should be about deciding if you favor LNG or GenG, then filling up the holes with whoever you favor between Team Liquid and MAD Lions.
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