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Mobafire EMEA Fantasy Tournament - Intro, Tips...

Creator: Jovy January 21, 2023 12:41am
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β€Žβ€Ž β€Ž Introduction


Hello everyone and welcome to the first of our series of articles covering the LEC Winter Season and our EMEA Fantasy Tournament! This article will serve as a little introduction to our fantasy tournament, the LEC itself, and to all of the amazing players who are waiting to show off and win big in the Winter Season.


β€Žβ€Ž β€Ž Intro To The Fantasy Tournament


If you participated in our Worlds Fantasy Tournament last year then you know what to expect. If not, here's a quick breakdown of MOBAFire's EMEA Fantasy Tournament:

You will create a team of pro players from different teams playing in the LEC this year. You will then earn points based on the real world performance of the players you've chosen. Put together the best team you can and see how many points you can earn while you're enjoying the LEC. Some frequently asked questions and our answers for you...:

πŸ“‹ Which players should I choose?

That’s something that this article should hopefully help you with! Essentially, you’re meant to pick players that you think are going to do well in the LEC. You earn points when the player you’ve chosen has gotten a kill, an assist, has killed a minion, and you lose points when the player has died. Additionally, you’ll earn points when the player’s team destroys a turret, kills the Dragon or Baron Nashor, achieves First Blood, and, naturally, when the team wins an LEC game.

Sounds tempting to just pick up every player from the historically most dominating team, right? Well, there are two restrictions to keep in mind:

  • You may only have up to two players from each time. Unfortunately, it won't be as easy as just grabbing every single G2 or Fnatic player; you'll need to diversify!
  • Cost - each player is assigned a certain cost and you will only have $1000 to spend in total. This also forces you to diversify and mix β€˜n’ match players from different teams and of different costs.

πŸ’° What are the prizes?

The prizing distribution has been updated since our latest fantasy tournament to reward more players:
  • 1st place: $5,000 USD
  • 2nd Place: $2,500 USD
  • 3rd Place: $1,000 USD
  • 4th Place: $600 USD
  • 5th Place: $300 USD
  • Weekly Winner: $100 USD (6 weeks total)

🏁 How do I get started?

To curate your team, head on over to this link!


β€Žβ€Ž β€Ž Intro To The LEC


To make the best decisions about your team, watch the LEC! The European League is considered by many to be the best of the west, both production and game quality wise. After all, the only non LCK/LPL Worlds Win ever was done by a European team, waaay back in Season 1. We don’t need to go into specific details about that, just know it was really impressive.

Anyhow… The LEC has implemented some changes to its format this year. To sum up, instead of having two splits - the Spring and Summer split, the LEC now consists of three Splits - Winter, Spring, and Summer. Each Split is structured the same, and it starts with a Regular Season where teams duke it out in a series of BO1s. The top eight teams will move on to the Group Stage, where they will be separated into four seeded pools before being randomly drawn into two groups of four. These eight teams will now fight in a series of BO3s. Only four teams will come up on top (the top two of both groups) and advance to the Playoffs, which will now feature BO5s which will end in one team being crowned the Split Champion!

If that was a little difficult and too wordy to understand, please see the video to your left which should help you visualise and understand everything regarding the new format, narrated by the one and only Quickshot.



β€Žβ€Ž β€Ž LEC Team Breakdwon


Below you'll find an introduction to each team playing in the 2023 Season. The first eight teams are returning to the stage, whereas the final two, Heretics and KOI, are brand new. This breakdown should help you gauge how likely any given team is to do well this Split. However, do check out the "Players To Watch" section further below for more specific ideas on what players to add to your fantasy roster!

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Fnatic
.Wunder
.Razork
.Humanoid
.Rekkles
.Rhuckz
Fnatic is a team that needs no introduction. They have been in the League professional scene since 2011 and are the reason that EU can say they've won Worlds.

If you haven't watched the LEC in a hot minute, the roster might look a little strange. Fnatic has been undergoing changes these last few splits, parting ways with the iconic sOAZ and Caps in 2018, Broxah in 2019, Rekkles in 2020 (who has since returned), and now Hylissang. Not all these changes have been for the better, as Fnatic has been struggled in the LEC in the past few years, having earned their last win in 2018.

Following this 2018 victory, Fnatic had great difficulties, only finding their footing in the Spring of 2021. That year, they took second place, and have continued to end in the top three since. This year, we're sure they're aiming for #1 though, and with a roster as stacked as this one, they have a good chance.
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G2 Esports
.BrokenBlade
.Yike
.Caps
.Hans sama
.Mikyx
G2 Esports are another prestigious LEC team that's likely known to all League of Legends fans. They reached their peak in 2019 when they beat NA at Rift Rivals, or maybe it was the MSI trophy they lifted the same year? Either way, G2 has many impressive notches on their belt.

Like Fnatic, G2 have undergone some significant roster changes, parting ways with the iconic Polish jungler Jankos this year, and signing Yike, who will be playing in the LEC for the first time. G2 can fall back on their veterans of BrokenBlade, Mikyx, Hans Sama, and, of course, their ace in the sleeve, Caps.

Though G2 hasn't managed to snag a Worlds win (yet), they are one of the most dominating teams in the LEC. They've taken the LEC trophy home 5/8 times of the last 8 Splits. They’re hoping to retake the throne, having lost to Rogue in the Summer Playoff Finals in 2022.
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MAD Lions
.Chasy
.Elyoya
.Nisqy
.Carzzy
.Hylissang
MAD Lions joined the fray in 2020, delivering a surprisingly good performance for a brand new team, and snagging third place in the Spring Playoffs of 2020.

They really hit their stride in 2021, however, with the roster of Armut in the top lane, Elyoya in the jungle, Humanoid mid, and bot laners Carzzy and Kaiser. In 2021, they earned first place in both the Spring and Summer playoffs.

Since then, they've struggled a bit, and, to battle this, introduced some roster changes with varying levels of success. In 2023, they've got a new roster, and are looking to reclaim their former glory with returning bot laner Carzzy, and Fnatic's former star support Hylissang. In spite of what some might call Carzzy's weak-ish performance in the last year, this bot lane spells success, and we're looking forward to seeing how it will elevate the team.
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Excel Esports
.Odoamne
.Xerxe
.Vetheo
.Patrik
.Targamas
Excel entered the League in 2019 and has always struggled to keep up with the other LEC teams, sometimes in spite of the potential their roster had.

This year, they've managed to snag former Misfit Vetheo, EU's MVP of the 2022 Spring split. The young mid lane is known for spicy plays with assassins and mages, and may be just what Excel needs to pull ahead in the 2023 split.

Odoamne has also joined Excel this year, having just lifted the LEC trophy in the Summer of 2022 while on Rogue. The top laner has been noted to be one of the best in the EU and his trophy was said to be long overdue.

Though this poor track record may dissuade you from picking their players for your fantasy team, Excel does have a really impressive roster this year and could surprise everyone.


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Astralis
.Finn
.113
.Dajor
.Kobbe
.JeongHoon
When Astralis joined the LEC in 2021, a lot of people expected great things. Unfortunately, Astralis failed to meet these expectations. They've underperformed in every LEC split so far, usually ending in the bottom three teams, never even making Playoffs so far.

To that end, Astralis has totally revamped their team for the upcoming Winter split. They've signed two new players in December 2022 - Finn and 113 and are hoping they can turn things around. While 113 will be playing the LEC for the first time ever, Finn has previously played for Rogue, Excel, and briefly for NA's CLG in the last couple of years. Hopefully his experience can help steer Astralis in the right direction this time.











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Team Vitality
.Phonton
.Bo
.Perkz
.Neon
.Kaiser
Team Vitality joined the LEC in 2016 with mixed success.They came out with a monster roster in 2022, and they expected everything to change. They brought on former G2 superstar mid lane Perkz, which many thought alone would be enough for the team to soar up to top three. Additionally, they brought on Carzzy, who had formerly performed really well on MAD Lions, as well as Alphari in the top lane.

In spite of what was marketed as a superteam of a roster, Team Vitality failed to fly in 2022. The team fumbled the bag in both Spring and Summer, ending the LEC 2022 Summer season in 7th place, and missing Playoffs.

Only Perkz is left on the roster, but he is now joined by former Misfit Neon and former MAD Lion Kaiser in the bot lane. While Phonton has no experience in the LEC, he has played in the academy teams of two prestigious LCK teams, Gen. G and T1, and we expect great things from him. With these changes, Team Vitality might be able to deliver on the expectations fans had for them last year.
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SK Gaming
.Irrelevant
.Gilius / Markoon
.Sertuss
.Exakick
.Doss
SK Gaming has a long history at the LEC, and mostly a rather unhappy one. They've made Playoffs three times since 2019, but usually end up lower on the rankings. However, they've got a brand new lineup this year.

SK Gaming brought Gilius on in December of 2021, and he's the only remaining player from their 2022 roster. Additionally, he's the only player on the roster who has any extensive experience playing in the LEC. Irrelevant and Markoon have played a split and two splits, respectively, in the LEC, and the remaining members of the roster are going to be playing on the big stage for the first time in 2023.

While this roster is very green, it was arguably a necessary shake-up for a team that hasn't really seen much success in recent years. That said, it's impossible to predict how successful this new lineup will be.




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Team BDS
.Adam
.Sheo
.nuc
.Crownie
.Labrov / Limit
BDS is another relatively new team, having joined the LEC last year in Spring. Unfortunately, their debut didn't go so well, and they were 9th in Spring and last place in Summer.

Like SK, BDS knew things had to change. That's why for this Split, they've near totally revamped their roster. They've signed on a new top laner, jungler, and a completely new bot lane. Of th newcomers, fans may remember Crownie, previously known as Crownshot, one of the highlights of the 2021 Team Vitality roster. Labrov, who played on Vitality for two years as well, has joined BDS. Sheo, BDS's new jungler, will be making their debut in the LEC this year while nuc and Adam have some experience on teams like Schalke and (briefly) Fnatic.

All in all, does this team have potential? It's hard to say. Their track record is not good, but the changes they made were pretty drastic. If there's hope to be had, it's likely in the bot lane though.

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Team Heretics
.Evi
.Jankos
.Ruby
.Jackspektra
.Mersa
Team Heretics is going to be making their LEC debut this year, having spent the past several years playing in the Spanish league.

Their LEC roster includes Evi, top laner who has spent the last five years playing for DetonatioN FocusMe, the most dominant team in the Japanese league. In the jungle, the one, the only, Jankos. Jankos has made himself a household name during his five years at G2, and in spite of his advanced age (I kid), he's sure to be an incredible asset to Team Heretics.

Mersa, Heretics' support, played for Misfits in the 2022 Season, but Ruby and Jackspektra are, just like the team itself, making their debut in the league. While we can't be as confident in these two players, we can believe that Jankos and Evi will be able to lead well and give the Heretics a great first season.
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KOI
.Szygenda
.Malrang
.Larssen
.Comp
.Trymbi
KOI, too, is joining the LEC this year, having also spent the last year playing in the Spanish league.

In the top lane, KOI has Szygenda, who had played for Team Vitality before they forged their superteam in 2022.

The rest of the roster might seem familiar. Malrang, Larssen, Comp, and Trymbi all played for Rogue last year with great success, having earned the team their first Split championship. These four have already built up some synergy together that they're hoping transfers nicely to KOI.

Considering they're on a bit of a hot streak, we're very much looking forward to what KOI can do!


β€Žβ€Ž β€Ž LEC Players To Watch


TOP LANE

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>$200 Cost
<$199 Cost
Bonus Suggestion



BrokenBlade ($221)


Evi ($196)


Finn ($188)

BrokenBlade has had a pretty happy 2022 Season at G2 Esports. The team managed to win the Spring Split, during which BrokenBlade managed a solid KDA of 3.38. In the Summer Season, BrokenBlade impressed with his signature Gwen and Gangplank picks, averaging a KDA of nearly 4.87 throughout the Split. His good performance combined with the fact that he is the top laner of a team that's projected to do quite well in 2023 makes BrokenBlade a great pick up for any fantasy roster.
Evi is a newcomer to the LEC, but has extensive professional play experience in the LJL. Evi boasts an incredible KDA of over 7 during the Spring and Summer Season, though his KDA did slump quite a bit in the Summer Playoffs. Evi joined Team Heretics, who are making their debut this season. This might be a bit of a gamble considering we can't really predict how synergetic the team will be; however, at the low price of $199, Evi is surely a fantastic choice for your roster.
Although his former team Excel did not have a fantastic 2022, Finn had a solid year, averaging a KDA of just under 3 in Spring and Summer. This is especially impressive considering the team struggled throughout the Split. Before considering Finn fo your fantasy team, you should keep Astralis' poor track record in mind, however.
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JUNGLE

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>$200 Cost
<$199 Cost
Bonus Suggestion



Jankos ($200)


Bo ($199)


Malrang ($208)

If you're looking to invest in an expensive jungler for your fantasy roster, look no further than the First Blood King Jankos. Though he's departed from the historically dominating G2 Esports, Jankos is poised to do well on Team Heretics alongside LJL veteran Evi.
Bo is perhaps the most exciting addition to Team Vitality in 2023. He's a relatively new talent, but a fierce one, having played jungle for FunPlus Phoenix in the Spring of 2021, averaging a KDA of nearly 5.5. As this is Bo's first Split in the LEC, and you can snag this excellent player for your fantasy roster for the low low price of $199.
Malrang has joined the newly-formed KOI alongside fellow former Rogues, Larssen, Comp, and Trymbi. These former teammates have just won their first LEC championship in the Summer of 2022, after having narrowly gotten second place in Spring, and we're sure they're looking to win again.
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MID LANE

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>$200 Cost
<$199 Cost
Bonus Suggestion



Perkz ($210)


nuc ($185)


Caps ($226)

Perkz is likely a name that needs no introduction. Some call him the best European mid laner. However, his return from across the sea has not been as glorious as anticipiated. Team Vitality has struggled to come together in 2022, but hopefully the changes they made during the off-season will prove to be enough for the team to shine. Regardless of how Vitality does, we're sure Perkz will give us lots of highlights.
nuc is one of few mid laners you can acquire for under $200 for your fantasy roster. In general, it might be best to invest big $ in mid lane, as they tend to provide the most impressive stats. However, if you're in a pinch, nuc might be the right choice. In spite of a very rough 2022, BDS has a potentially good roster for 2023, which means nuc will have more opportunities to shine.
Caps isn't the most expensive player available for nothing. Nicknamed "Baby Faker," Caps is one of the most impressive mid laners in pro play right now. This coupled with the fact that he's the mid laner of a team that's expected to do very well in 2023, he might just be a must-pick for your fantasy team.
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BOT LANE

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>$200 Cost
<$199 Cost
Bonus Suggestion



Rekkles ($212)


Crownie ($195)


Carzzy ($197)

Another player who needs no introduction, Rekkles is back on the big stage after a brief stint in Karmine Corp. Rekkles is considered by many to be one of the best, if not the very best, western bot laners in pro play. More than that, he's known to be a very careful player, who tends to have very impressive KDAs. This is an especially attractive quality in a player for a fantasy league.
On the lower price side, we humbly present Crownie. Crownie's played on several LEC teams in the past. Usually, these teams were not so successful, but Crownie has always been a dependable player. For example, in 2021, Crownie played for a poorly performing Vitality, averaging a KDA of nearly 4, and then over 6 in the Spring and Summer Seasons respectively. If BDS can pull ahead in the 2023 Season, we're sure Crownie will be able to show us what he's really made of.
Carzzy joined the LEC in 2021 when he was signed by MAD Lions. The 2021 MAD Lions roster did spectacularly well and in no small part thanks to the performance of this bot laner. Unfortunately, Carzzy did not enjoy as much success on his new team Vitality in 2021. Many have written him off, but now that he's back on the MAD Lions alongside the support titan of Hylissang, we expect great things from both Carzzy and the MAD Lions as well!
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SUPPORT

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>$200 Cost
<$199 Cost
Bonus Suggestion



Targamas ($209)


Hylissang ($191)


Kaiser ($195)

Targamas had an incredibly impressive year in G2 Esports in 2022 and if you're looking to spend big in the support role for your fantasy roster he might be your best pick. Targamas plays a wide variety of supports and managed to maintain an impressive KDA of 7 during the last regular season. He's since moved on from G2 and joined Excel. While Excel didn't have a great year in 2022, the 2023 roster looks excellent, and should allow Targamas to keep doing great.
Fnatic didn't have a great 2022 Season, but any time they executed a perfect team fight, it was likely due to a patented Hylissang engage. He's one of Europe's best and most experiences supports of all time, so for such a low cost he's an absolute steal. Hyli has spent the last four years on Fnatic and we're excited to see how he'll do in a totally new enviroment.
Our last, but not least, bonus suggestion is Kaiser. Like Hylissang, Kaiser has essentially only ever played on one team; in this case, the MAD Lions. Kaiser was their support for three years and performed admirably whether the Lions were having a good year or bad. This year, he's joining Perkz and co on Team Vitality. If Team Vitality can finally turn it around this year, we know it'll be in no small part thanks to Kaiser.
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β€Žβ€Ž β€Ž Fantasy Tournament Tips & Tricks


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Assign the right captain. Captains will earn you 1.5x more points across the board, so do a little research once you've assembled your team to figure out which player should be made captain. In general, mid laners and bot laners tend to make great captains, as they tend to garner the most kills and creep score across the games. Supports, on the other hand, may be a bigger gamble because they are comparatively weaker which could spell dying a lot.
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Choose teams that you predict will do well. Sounds obvious, but basically, you'll earn points if your fantasy players' teams win. Moreover, if your fantasy player is on a team that keeps losing, they'll probably not be able to deliver on fantastic stats. It's a lot harder to not die when your whole team is losing inhibitors by the 15th minute mark. There are players that tend to do well even on underperforming teams, but make sure to have at least a few players on your roster that are on winning teams.
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If you do end up in a situation where you've selected and captained a player that, against all odds, is now on the 10th place team, you can always sell them. You have one sell token per stage, so this is a precious resource and you should treat it this way though. Some teams/players might take a little to get their groove on, but others will show you by the second or third week that it might be best to call it and move on.
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Invest more $$ on mid lane and bot lane. As mentioned previously, these are the key roles when it comes to KDA. You won't be able to purchase five $200+ cost players, so focus your funds on mid lane > bot lane > .... > supports. While supports can have great KDAs, and often do, most of the supports cost less than $200 and are actually fantastic. This is one category where it's totally okay to go low and not feel like you're missing out at all.
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β€Žβ€Ž β€Ž Conclusion


Phew! That's it from us this week. We hope this article helps you finalize your choice before the games start later today. Whether you're an old LEC fan or totally new, this Split should prove to be very interesting. There are lots of great players, and lots of storylines are waiting to unfold. Will Rekkles’ return herald a new dawn at Fnatic? Will Team Vitality deliver on the promises of superteamdoom from last year? How will all of the new players settle into the league? There are so many stacked rosters and expectations that it's truly hard to predict how it'll all play out.

Credits go to LoL.fandom Wiki for their collection of player portraits, up-to-date statistics, overviews and all-around fantastic work documenting LoL esports. A huge thank you to Silverman who helped me craft this article, and gave me lots of inspiration from when he covered Worlds.
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Great article! Very excited for the new season, rosters overall are very competitive on paper, very hard to predict who will come out on top! Lots of great new players to the LEC as well, curious to see Bo and Evi, and especially the return of Rekkles!

Thanks to @ Jovy for the signature!
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Amazin article Boss! GL HF and see you in the leaderboards ;)

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