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Hello everyone and welcome back to our article series covering the EMEA Fantasy Tournament for the upcoming Spring split! Looking for a recap and update on our teams? Or some recommendations when looking to finalise your Fantasy squad? Dive in, we've got your covered!
Intro To The Fantasy Tournament
If you participated in our previous Fantasy Tournaments, for Worlds 2022 and recently for the LEC Winter Split 2023, you know how it works. 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...:
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:
💰 What are the prizes?
The prizing distribution has been updated since our latest fantasy tournament to reward more players:
🏁 How do I get started?
To curate your team, head on over to this link!
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.
Those who watched the Winter split already know how this year's new format works. If not, continue reading.
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.
LEC Team Breakdown
We've just seen these 10 teams in action during the Winter split, but as with any offseason there have been some small roster changes. Whether you need a reminder or want to find out about updates, we've got you covered. We'll also give a general idea on where to expect these teams in the standings, so you can make the most thorough decisions while creating your fantasy team.
Wunder and Rhuckz stepped down from the starter positions while Fnatic promoted toplaner Oscarinin and Advienne from their academy roster. Advienne has already proven himself in the LEC on XL and is to bring more versatility and direction to the squad. Oscarinin is a rookie, but he and Advienne have easily been FNCTQ's best players in the Superliga. And in the past Fnatic especially was known for succesfully bringing in rookies (Caps, Broxah, Nemesis...), so might be a good way to get the team back on track.
Razork, Humanoid and Rekkles will be sticking around, even though neither had a very good showing. Time will tell how good this Fnatic can be, but first goal should be the middle of the table and making it to the top 8.
Obviously the roster sticks together. Mikyx and Hans Sama are in form again after a mediocre 2022. Caps is the best midlaner in the league as usual. Yike has integrated into the team wonderfully and BrokenBlade is a rock in the toplane. Only questions might be regarding Yike's champion pool if the meta where to change and BrokenBlade struggling a bit having to play more weakside at the start of the split. But so far G2 has always found an answer in their play.
An undefeated split is the goal, but other teams might be picking up steam as well.
Can anyone crack G2's code and take them down in a Bo5?
The members who stuck around, Elyoya and Nisqy, have massively stepped up this year so far. Elyoya is as good as always, probably the very best jungler in the league since a couple of years, while Nisqy has shown incredible form and growth. Carzzy rejoined MAD after a year at Vitality and immediately had a much better showing alongside Hylissang, who joined after 5 years at Fnatic. Both seem to match well in game, as is evident in their redemption. Chasy was wildcard in this squad, but he has really impressed as one of the most capable carry-style toplaners in the league.
MAD should look for the top of the standings once again, with the large goal being MSI. But the competition will be fierce and perhaps they won't be able to take the competition by storm again.
The team clearly lacked direction, and so they looked to bring in more leadership. They found a strong voice with LIMIT, who will replace Targamas as the starting support. In terms of raw talent, he might be considered a downgrade. However, the team did not mesh well together and this change might improve their dynamic. LIMIT is also an experienced player with passages on Schalke 04, SK and BDS.
The rest of the squad remains very talented as well obviously. Odoamne is the experienced rock in the toplane and LEC champion, Vetheo former MVP, Patrik consistent (sub)top tier ADC and Xerxe had a great 2022 summer on Astralis. All the pieces are there to have a solid upper-mid tier team, but we can only wait and see.
It was not an easy split for Dajor, and as he was clearly the weak link he got benched. Astralis' replacement for the midlane is LIDER, a player many will recognise from earlier stints on Misfits and Vitality. He is an atypical player, known for playing almost exclusively melee midlaners and assassins. This is a rarity in proplay where mages usually reign supreme. The only mages he really plays are Azir and Ryze. Exciting to watch how he does, but his champion pool might also prove a liability at times, especially if the meta does not favour him.
First objective for Astralis should be to make top 8 again, which they should be able to off their strong botlane, Finn showing up in clutch moments and 113 having a solid showing in winter despite being only 18. The mid table would be realistic, maybe more, maybe less.
Neither Neon nor Kaiser had a good performance this split, and the ADC paid the price. Vitality acquired Upset from a substitute position on Fnatic. This should be a huge upgrade as Upset has shown he's an elite player at many times. The rest of the squad is stacked as well, with Photon our 1st all-pro team toplaner, prodigy Bo in the jungle and one of the EU G.O.A.Ts Perkz in the midlane. 2 times LEC champion Kaiser completes the German botlane.
The ultimate goal of this Vitality lineup is to challenge G2 for the title. Upset should give them a significant upgrade, but it's unsure whether that'll be enough. All issues won't be fixed with this roster change. Still this team should have a good shot at top 3-4 and making Worlds at the end of the year.
The roster sticks together, and with reason. The big attraction is obviously Exakick, who has quickly established himself as a top tier ADC and hottest EU prospect at the moment. Part of his success is due to playing with support Doss, who has also been very good individually as well as playing alongside Exakick on LDLC last year. Markoon continues to show good things and functions as a leader to the team. Irrelevant is improving rapidly despite only debuting in the LEC less than a year ago. And Sertuss has shown several pop-off performances against the likes of Caps and Perkz. Impressive stuff from a team without big established names.
Last split there were almost no expectations, but now many eyes will be set on SK. Will they be able to handle the additional pressure? Maybe other teams will be preparing more carefully against them. The team has the potential to try and reach top 4 again, but if Excel and Fnatic bounce back while Vitality also upgraded, it may prove a daunting task.
Crownie (aka Crownshot) is back in the LEC and had a good showing alongside former teammate Labrov. They both were able to prove some doubters wrong and carry BDS towards some victories. Meanwhile Adam also returned from academy as a better player. He still boasts his unqiue champion pool, but it has been working out for BDS, at least most of the time. He also had some rougher moments towards the end of the split. Jungler Sheo also moved over from academy and has been a pleasant surprise. Midlaner nuc (formerly known as Nuclearint) and him form a solid playmaking duo to rule the early game.
It is hard to rank BDS, on paper probably a lower-mid tier team, but perhaps they can surprise a few teams again. Top 8 should be doable either way.
Main man is obviously Jankos. The EU G.O.A.T. jungler had decent performances last split and leads the roster. The other veteran on the topside, Evi was also a pleasant surprise, most notably on K'Sante. But the Japanese toplaner couldn't always find success after the laning phase. Ruby has been doing okay in the midlane, with some standout games like on Cassiopeia, but he still has to work on consistency. The young botlane didn't have an easy time and might need additional time to find their footing. Mersa was on Misfits last year and is a decent support. He'll be very pleased when the meta shifts towards engage supports as that's clearly his comfort. Jackspektra is a very hyped prospect, had some great games like on Draven and Zeri, but has otherwise not find the biggest impact.
It'll be curious to see how much work Heretics got done during the offseason, as there is definitely lots of potential to forge a good squad. But for now they are probably aiming for a top 8 spot.
We've seen how good KOI's botlane can be, Trymbi and Comp are insane when they're on. Consistency was a problem early on in the split, but as the weeks passed they came back into their own right. No coincidence Comp got another pentakill vs G2. Larssen is still consistent in the midlane, with another all-pro team among his accolades. Malrang didn't show his best form for most of the split, but in Bo3s and Bo5s he proved he has not yet forgotten his psychopathic spam-ganking gameplay that has won KOI/Rogue so many games. Szygenda came in replacing Odoamne, and he has been decent, but the team has not yet committed to playing around his carry-style. Time will tell whether we'll see KOI pulling out things like Fiora and Camille instead of weakside only.
Beforehand KOI was expected to challenge for the title, and top 3 is likely. For now making MSI seems like a reasonable objective, as defeating G2 will be very difficult.
LEC Players To Watch
Fantasy Tournament Tips & Tricks
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.
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.
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.
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.
Week 1 Preview
That's the end of this week's article! Some time left to finalise your fantasy teams, and hopefully you learned something new to help with those decisions. At the start of another exciting LEC split - who are you rooting for? The reigning titans of G2? Underdogs like Astralis or Heretics? For Fnatic and Excel to take revenge after last split? Another split title and the final EU MSI slot on the line. Watch the LEC spring split during the next few weeks, from Saturday - Monday and find out. Have fun and good luck with the fantasy league. May the odds ever be in your favour!
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