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Welcome to The Esports Department!

Some of you may know me from “the blog”, The Gold Card Podcast, or you have read my pieces at a number of different outlets, but for the foreseeable future this will be my new content home. For those that don’t know me, it’s a pleasure to meet you; my credentials are readily available, and I hope you’ll make yourself comfortable.

It’s going to take me a bit to break in the new digs (we’re still missing some furniture and I definitely need to unpack the kitchenware), but I’m glad you’re all here to christen the new place and hope you continue to join us as we bring you content almost every day for the rest of the season! From us to you, CHEERS!

Now… to the business…

The Mid-Season Cup

In place of the cancelled Mid-Season Invitational we have this mini-tournament between China’s League of Legends Pro League (LPL for short) and Korea’s League of Legends Champions Korea (LCK for short).

Before diving into any more granular analysis of this tournament, let’s take a look at the format.

Format:

The Mid-Season Cup will take place over four days (May 28th-31st) and brings the top four finishers from the LPL and the LCK. Groups were randomized with the stipulation that two teams from each region would go into each group. The group stage will be single round robin (play each other team in your group once) and best-of-one, with the top two teams from each group proceeding to a playoff bracket. In the playoffs, matches will be played in a best-of-five format with the first game in each match being blind pick (you do not see your opponent’s draft, and your opponent does not see your draft).

Teams will be playing from the major venues in their region LOL Park in Seoul and LPL Arena in Shanghai. Ping will be artificially standardized (to 30-40 m/s) to ensure an even playing field for both teams. Riot has already supplied each team with the tools necessary to adjust to playing on this ping as it’s significantly higher than the players are used to, especially the Korean players who normally play on 7-14 m/s. The patch will be 10.10. The total prize pool is US$ 600,000.

Group A: DAMWON Gaming (LCK #3), FunPlus Phoenix (LPL #3), T1 (LCK #1), TOP Esports (LPL #2)

Group B: DragonX (LCK #3), Gen.G (LCK #2), Invictus Gaming (LPL #4), JD Gaming (LPL #1)

It’s important to understand that the level of each of these teams is high enough that any one of these teams could beat any other on a given day. The majority of the players in this tournament have international experience, and with such a short format it’s not inconceivable for a team to “run hot.”  The standardized ping is going to be an interesting variable that could come into play as well. With that in mind, let’s take a detailed look at each competitor and my tier list heading into the tournament.

John, Josh, and I also had a detailed discussion of this tournament on The Gold Card Podcast (Ep. 58).

 

Mid-Season Cup Tier List

(Teams within tiers are in no particular order)

S+ Tier: T1, JD Gaming

S Tier: FunPlus Phoenix, DragonX, TOP Esports

A Tier: Gen.G

B Tier: Invictus Gaming, DAMWON Gaming

I like to organize pre-tournament or pre-league scenarios with tiers rather than rankings. The idea is to paint a picture of relative perceived strength; just ranking teams one through eight doesn’t accomplish as much as giving you the big picture. Realistically, there are five teams that I see with a reasonable chance to win this tournament.  The bottom three are still capable of showing up with great play, though, and are not lacking in talent whatsoever compared to the top teams.

 

S+ Tier:

T1 (LCK #1)

Projected Starting Roster: Canna, Cuzz, Faker, Teddy, Effort

Notable Substitutes: Ellim (Jungle), Roach (Top)

Odds to win tournament: +362 (Consensus), +450 (Best, 5Dimes)

T1 enter the MSC off of a dominant 3-0 shellacking of Gen.G in the LCK Spring Finals which finalized an undefeated 6-0 match record against the two other elite LCK teams (DragonX and Gen.G) over the course of the season. With a standout performance from rookie top laner Canna, silencing any pre-season skepticism over the position, it’s safe to say that T1 are the class of the LCK, even if a lot of the underlying metrics may not agree. That said, no team is infallible.

T1 are a good early game team, but they don’t exactly have a lot of competition in the LCK to test them. Their differential statistics at 15 minutes, as well as their overall gold percent rating (percentage of gold on the map in their control), pale in comparison to Gen.G and DragonX domestically. Some of the LPL teams in this tournament like JD Gaming, FunPlus Phoenix, and even Invictus Gaming could challenge them in this phase specifically. The LCK has arguably the best top lane players in the world, so it’s not like Canna has been stomping on inferior talent by any means, but the rookie will be tested by a few studs he hasn’t faced in professional play. In his group alone he is slated to face off with reigning World Champion GimGoon (or possibly former T1 top laner Khan), as well as 369 from TOP Esports. DWG’s Nuguri will be the only Top in his group that he has professional experience against, and even he was widely considered to be an elite top laner as recently as last Summer, so he’s no slouch either; Canna handled him well in their matchups this Spring.

All-in-all I have T1 as co-favorites with JD Gaming to win this tournament and they’re priced accordingly with the top consensus outright of +362 to win the tournament (average of four different books).

 

JD Gaming (LPL #1)

Projected Starting Roster: Zoom, Kanavi, Yagao, LokeN, LvMao

Notable Substitutes: 705 (Top)

Odds to win tournament: +392 (Consensus), +425 (Best, Bovada)

The LPL Spring Champions are the other team that I’m placing in my S+ tier and for plenty of good reasons. Since Zoom returned to the lineup against LNG on April 5th, JDG have dropped a grand total of two individual games. They were a perfect 6-0 (12-0) to end the regular season, and followed that up with a 3-0 sweep of defending World Champions FunPlus Phoenix prior to a 3-2 win over TOP Esports in the finals. If you include week one before the LPL’s pandemic hiatus, where JDG went 2-0 (4-0), that pushes their record with Zoom in the lineup to a ridiculous 10-0 (22-2 in games). Whether or not Zoom is the best top laner on the planet is up for debate, but there’s no denying JDG have been utterly dominant when fielding this roster.

So what’s the difference? Is Zoom really that good? JDG remind me a lot of FPX last year when they won the World Championship. His ability to play at an elite level as a weakside top laner, as well as strong side or in split push situations, gives this team a level of versatility that very few teams on the planet have. JDG were one of my favorites going into the season. They upgraded the ADC position from a -10 to a +10 with the addition of LokeN, and the potential they saw in Kanavi to finish last season has panned out as he has developed into arguably the best jungler in the world. This team was close, made two massive upgrades to their two positions of need, and sure enough they took home a title.

JDG are incredibly well-rounded, talented, and perhaps most importantly, extremely confident. Similar to T1, it’s difficult to pick apart any real holes in their game. If they’re going to struggle it will be because Yagao doesn’t quite measure up to the elite mid laners at this tournament when he isn’t on his primary champion picks OR because Kanavi gets some stronger competition from the LCK junglers who outclass their counterparts in the LPL by a fair margin overall.

You could make an argument that there is some value at JDG +392 (consensus) outright but I feel it’s a fair price to pay for the other co-favorite to win this tournament.

 

S Tier:

DragonX (LCK #3)

Projected Starting Roster: Doran, Pyosik, Chovy, Deft, Keria

Notable Substitutes: none

Odds to win tournament: +877 (Consensus), +900 (Best, Bovada and 5Dimes)

Back-to-back disappointing showings in a 3-2 win against DAMWON and a 3-1 loss to T1 in the playoffs have most people a bit down on DragonX, but prior to those matches they were dominant. They took seven series in a row to finish the season, dropping only four games in that span. Three of DragonX’s four series losses this season were to T1 (twice) and Gen.G (once), the other two elite LCK teams. Coming into the season the biggest question marks were the two rookies, Pyosik (JNG) and Keria (SUP), but the two have managed to have a handful of standout performances even on a team with superstar carries in Chovy and Deft.

From a purely statistical perspective, DragonX were the best team in the two major Eastern leagues and arguably the world. Their absurd +1.08 GPR (gold percent rating), +6.4% GSPD (gold spent percentage difference), and +1434 GD@15 (gold differential at 15 minutes) were a cut above Gen.G who were also dominant on the stat sheet and likely the second best team world-wide in these categories. In short, they’re the best on paper team in the world (and it’s not particularly close), but that doesn’t always translate to the rift.

DragonX are significantly better than their 3rd place finish in the LCK, and are a more versatile and explosive team than Gen.G who finished above them only because they had a bye to the finals with their 1st place regular season finish. As such, DragonX are being priced far below their actual value. Other than a lack of experience, the only real weakness this team has is that they’ll occasionally just have an inexplicably “off” or weird game, which is concerning in a best of one group stage format against elite competition.  If you put weight on things like that, then by all means bet accordingly, but for my money DragonX are the most undervalued team going into this tournament and should be priced more in line with the elite teams closer to the +400 to +600 range.

 

TOP Esports (LPL #2)

Projected Starting Roster: 369, Karsa, Knight, JackeyLove, Yuyanjia*

Notable Substitutes: QiuQiu (Support)

Odds to win tournament: +457 (Consensus), +475 (Best, Bovada)

TOP Esports have been red hot since the addition of JackeyLove toward the end of the season, but lost an absolute slobberknocker of a series against JDG in the LPL finals. Prior to JKL joining their ranks, TOP were still a solid team; inconsistent performances from the bottom lane and veteran jungler Karsa was keeping them out of consideration to be one of the truly elite LPL teams. The bottom lane issues seem to have gone away, but Karsa has still had a lot of trouble maintaining a steady level from game-to-game, something we’ve never seen him struggle with in his long and successful career.

My concern with this team is that the top side of the map struggle against world class competition. Karsa has been inconsistent and 369, while solid, isn’t quite on the same level as the other top laners in this tournament and is arguably the worst at his position in Group A. If you look at the top+jungle duos in Group A, Nuguri+Canyon, GimGoon+Tian (or Khan+Tian), Canna+Cuzz are all formidable and better based on performances over the course of the season.

I’m a bit more bearish on TOP than my colleagues but still think they deserve to be in consideration to take this tournament down. Karsa could just as easily “turn it up” and while I think their top duo is the worst in the group, they’re by no means vastly outclassed. Don’t forget this team still has one of the best players in the world in Knight (or, as my colleague John refers to him, “The CEO of League of Legends”) holding down the mid lane.

 

FunPlus Phoenix (LPL #3)

Projected Starting Roster: GimGoon, Tian, Doinb, Lwx, Crisp

Notable Substitutes: Khan (Top, former T1)

Odds to win tournament: +536 (Consensus), +600 (Best, Bet365)

The reigning World Champions had a good, but not great, Spring season. After bringing in superstar top laner Khan from T1 and struggling to integrate him throughout the season, FunPlus returned to the tried-and-true championship winning lineup with GimGoon in the top lane. For the most part they recaptured their success, losing only four series over the course of the season, two of which were the first matches of the season.

While not as dominant as they were last year, FunPlus are still the second best team in the LPL to me. When you consider the bizarre circumstances of this pandemic-disrupted season, the attempted integration of a new top laner in Khan to a highly synergistic team, a degree of other teams “figuring out” some of FPX’s quirks, and an overall elevation of the league with a few more competitors like eStar added to the mix, it’s actually quite impressive that FunPlus still look as good as they have.

If FunPlus are to struggle in this tournament, it will likely be one of two things: they try Khan and it doesn’t work out, or Doinb’s unique picks aren’t as effective as they were last year against other elite mid lane talent. I don’t think either of these are very likely, although a Khan vs. T1 revenge narrative is intriguing.

Similar to DragonX, I actually think FunPlus enter this tournament underrated, although not quite to the same level. Finishing 3rd because you lost to the dominant eventual winner in JDG isn’t anything that should merit a massive downgrade. Overreacting to a 3-0 loss is very common; it’s also rarely correct. FPX were not bad at all during that series and played three close games. Do not sleep on the champs. They’re my second favorite value-based play of the tournament.

 

A Tier:

Gen.G Esports (LCK #2)

Projected Starting Roster: Rascal, Clid, Bdd, Ruler, Life

Notable Substitutes: Kellin (Support)

Odds to win tournament: +589 (consensus), +655 (best, Pinnacle)

Gen.G are one of the two very difficult teams to read going into this tournament (the other being Invictus which we’ll get to shortly).  They’re like a blend of the FunPlus and DragonX scenarios. The recency bias associated with a 3-0 loss in a finals is a strong psychological effect for many, which can erase an entire season of impressive performance in your head if you’re not careful about it (just like FunPlus’ 3-0 loss to JDG). Gen.G aren’t too far off of DragonX for the most impressive statistical team in the Eastern leagues and finished 1st in the LCK regular season. Gen.G were remarkably consistent this Spring as well, with three of their four regular season match losses coming to the other elite LCK teams, T1 (twice) and DragonX (once). If you ignore the tape, Gen.G are being undervalued at this number. To me, though, their film tells a much different story than their numbers do, and it suggests some potential problems when facing teams of this caliber.

Stylistically, Gen.G are not as one-dimensional as people seem to think. With that being said, they are still a fairly predictable team, and aren’t one you associate with creativity either. They want to play a more controlled, macro-focused game which makes sense because that’s what they’re good at. The biggest issue I saw with Gen.G’s play over the course of the season is their inability to adapt in-game, in-draft, and quickly over the course of a metagame’s lifespan. This could be a huge problem in a short tournament like this, or it could not. All of that depends on Gen.G’s read on the metagame, and their pre-tournament gameplan, as well as the types of opponents they face; that’s where the issue arises.

Invictus might not be one of my favorites to take this tournament, quite the contrary actually, but they are a really bizarre team that won’t hesitate to bust out a unique pick or composition as a curveball.  JD Gaming and DragonX aren’t exactly wild and crazy, but they’re highly versatile teams as well. How far Gen.G go in this tournament hinges entirely on whether or not they’re thrown off by any of the unique things they’ll encounter along the way.

As an additional note, Gen.G just lost their head coach Edgar who has historically been a good coach despite my dislike for some of his strategic choices. This shouldn’t be taken lightly. Gen.G are my third choice for value. It’s tough to see them beating T1, FPX, DragonX, or JDG but if the metagame is fairly boring or they have a good read on it, they’re just as good as the top five teams which is why I have them a cut above the bottom but a half a tier below those.

 

B Tier:

Invictus Gaming (LPL #4)

Projected Starting Roster: TheShy, Ning, Rookie, Puff, Southwind

Notable Substitutes: Leyan (Jungle, rumored to be leaving), Baolan (Support, not likely to see play)

Odds to win tournament: +732 (Consensus), +830 (Best, Pinnacle)

IG is the other challenging team to handicap going into this tournament.

Cutting straight to it, Invictus had been on a steady decline since winning the World Championship in 2018. The characteristic knife’s edge, timing-based skirmishes that defined them have become a thing of the past and they’re now simply just a good-not-great version of most other teams. In other words, Invictus have been homogenized and their talent level reduced over time. The addition of Puff and Southwind was a welcome option given the potential disaster that could have come without a suitable replacement for JackeyLove and Baolan, but they don’t bring the same upside as their predecessors in the bottom lane.

“But Vince, Invictus did finish first in the LPL this season, that’s got to count for something right?”

It does. What’s interesting about this iteration of Invictus is that their play on the rift was less consistent than previous versions but their results were more consistent than previous versions. I don’t entirely want to call them lucky, but…well…Invictus were quite lucky in a lot of spots this regular season, as teams punted leads to them on multiple occasions.

The scoop with Invictus is this: they’ve seemingly been solved domestically by good teams. People know to just get fed off of TheShy by focusing top side, trying to weather the tremendous pressure Rookie can create, and just winning late because you’ve accrued a big enough advantage. Good teams can execute on this consistently; bad teams can’t. There are six elite teams at this tournament, including a few that have taken down Invictus recently, that should be able to follow the blueprint.

Perhaps my biggest concern with Invictus comes in the jungle. I think Leyan is by far the worst jungler at this tournament. He’s been mediocre this season. Not only has he been inconsistent, but his best games haven’t exactly impressed. Even more concerning is that Ning hasn’t been particularly effective off of the bench either. With rumors that Leyan and IG may be parting ways, but no confirmed transfer news as of writing, this position is even more up in the air. Jungle play is critically important, especially at the highest level when most of the laners are at the elite level, and Invictus are bringing very little to the table in the position which severely limits their outlook.

With that said, TheShy and Rookie are still tremendously talented and capable of stealing games as well as anybody. Rookie in particular has been an absolute monster this season, and was the primary reason for most of Invictus’ wins. This team has become the Rookie show more than the TheShy show.  Invictus are also a scary team in best-of-one or blind pick situations. While they’re not as crazy as they used to be, Invictus is still the most willing to play something weird out of all the teams in this tournament.  That doesn’t mean that they will, or that it’s right for them to, but it could potentially throw teams for a loop.

Invictus have a history of silencing deniers in both ways, disappointing high expectations and overachieving low expectations, but I think they’re just outmatched in this tournament. I wouldn’t pay the +732 consensus at all with the inconsistency they’ve shown in-game this season. If they win a game in groups, the most likely one to target would be against Gen.G who might struggle to adapt to them. TheShy should have his way with Rascal, but other than that it’s tough to imagine betting Invictus unless the numbers get to an absurd level.

 

DAMWON Gaming (LCK #4)

Projected Starting Roster: Nuguri, Canyon, ShowMaker, Ghost, BeryL

Notable Substitutes: Nuclear (Bottom), Hoit (Support)

Odds to win tournament: +1610 (Consensus), +2000 (Best, Bet365)

DAMWON were a colossal disappointment this season. Other than a short win streak and a good playoff series against KT Rolster, they were quite poor. Simply put, DAMWON didn’t adjust to playing 2020 League of Legends. Their slightly higher risk-higher reward style worked well for them last year, but in 2020, where mistakes are much more amplified, it loses you more games than you win. It took DAMWON until the final weeks of the season to finally admit defeat and adapt, and even that’s up for debate. They had series where they appeared to have stepped into this decade before immediately regressing back to old habits.

The thing that’s interesting about DAMWON is that they were still able to make playoffs, and could still make some drastic improvements with the time off. They looked better with Ghost in the lineup and ShowMaker is currently dominating the Korean solo queue ladder which has been a stronger indicator for performance than you’d think over the years. A lot of DAMWON’s problems this season, apart from their reliance on last year’s style, was that Nuguri appeared to be the only one that could consistently carry a game for them. If he wasn’t fed, they’d lose; this rendered them very easy to beat.

DAMWON were barely a top five team in Korea this season, and if not for an epic collapse by Afreeca in the second half would not have even made the playoffs. They’re capable of improving significantly, but their stubbornness as well as the lack of ability for the non-Nuguri players to take over a game should give you a lot of skepticism about their chances in this tournament. If the rest of the map besides Nuguri can show well in this tournament and DAMWON used this off-time to acclimate to 2020 League of Legends, then I wouldn’t rule out a surprise run.

In a short tournament a team can “run hot” and far exceed expectations, but I think DAMWON need too many things to go right to actually take this event down altogether. Nuguri and ShowMaker are their best players and they’re outclassed in this tournament so they won’t be able to rely on them every single game. If you can find a +450 or better to get out of groups I like that angle more than an outright on DAMWON.

 

Best Prices:

#1) DragonX +900 (5Dimes or Bovada)

#2) FunPlus +600 (Bet365 or +596 at Pinnacle)

#3) Gen.G +655 (Pinnacle)

As with all futures, “value” is a loose term. These are the top three best prices on the board to me. The fourth would be JDG, but they’re only slightly off where I’d handicap them to win this tournament. DragonX and FunPlus stand out to me.

Worst Prices:

#1) Invictus ~ +732

#2) TOP ~ +457

TOP have the ability to win this tournament, but I just think this price is too rich to pay when you could get a team that I’d rate similarly (and slightly better) in FunPlus at more favorable odds. Invictus are a shadow of their former selves, and this price has too much name brand value cooked into it.

 

Futures Strategy:

Futures aren’t for everybody. They’re higher risk and have a higher overall vig (hold%), but in a small tournament like this you can use them to create leverage for yourself if you choose the correct application.

As always shop around for the best numbers available to you for any position you plan to take.

If you have access to multiple books like those mentioned above, then there are some decent arbitrage setups you can create for yourself depending on your bankroll and risk tolerance to “lock” in a profit. This is simply a matter of doing the math but just for an example I’ll lay one out.

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Example:

“As long as it isn’t TOP or Gen.G”

JDG +425 / T1 +450 / FPX +600 / DRX +900

(1 unit each to win a minimum of 0.25u if one takes it down or a maximum net of 5.0u)

From this position you could re-evaluate after the group stage or see if one of your heavier dogs makes the final and either hedge or let it ride at your discretion.

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Another thing to consider is comparing where lines opened, where they move to, and whether or not the outright/futures market has adjusted accordingly or not. For example, at 5Dimes, many of the underdog opening lines have taken on money but the outrights haven’t changed. If you really want to min-max, there are opportunities that should be available to you.

 

The Skinny (my approach):

The biggest difference between myself and the masses on this tournament is my stance on the relative strength on these regions. The LPL is considered by most people to be the strongest league in the world and deservingly so. They’re fielding five or six worlds-caliber teams at the least (1/3rd of the league). The LCK has three worlds-caliber teams in DRX, T1, and Gen.G with KT about a half tier down, and DAMWON half a tier down from them, but the potential to be that good if they can get it together (also about 1/3rd of the league). Given that the LPL has 17 teams to the LCK’s 10, they’re roughly the same. Generally, if you get practice reps against more high caliber teams then it’s going to make the league stronger. China has won the last two world championships in dominant fashion. A Korean team hasn’t made the finals in the past two world championships.

What am I getting at with all of this? The LPL is a stronger league, but my opinion is that the gap isn’t as big as people think. LPL teams are going to be favored in this tournament, but in all likelihood their lines will be inflated. The best teams in both of these regions are all excellent and with margins so thin toward the outside of that Bell Curve, the reality is often much closer than perception.

I’m taking a simpler approach to this tournament with my predicted winner from each group and the best “value” on the board for the outrights but I’ll discuss some group thoughts for those that have access to group winner(s) and “to reach finals” type bets as well.

Group A:

I see T1 and FunPlus as the two emerging from this group. Who gets out #1 is tougher to decide between the two. I could see Group A having multiple 2-1 teams and tiebreakers factoring in. Obviously TOP have the next best opportunity but I think they’re the most likely to lose a game to DAMWON if it comes down to that. 369+Karsa have shown some inconsistency this season which could bite them against the top centric DAMWON with Nuguri and Canyon almost always performing well together.

Group B:

DragonX and JD Gaming are my two picks to get out of this group. Probably JDG #1 with a 3-0 and DRX #2 with a 2-1 or 3-1 (depending on how they do tiebreakers). Gen.G and Invictus are both more than capable, but they each have more question marks to me than both DRX and JDG.

I’m assuming we get a cross-group knockout stage and not a truly randomized one. What I mean by this is that the two teams to get out of each group won’t face each other again in the first round of the knockout stage. This hasn’t been officially announced yet.  If we assume this to be true,then you can narrow your options a bit. I don’t see a likely scenario where T1 and JDG don’t get out of groups. DragonX and FPX are my next choices but you could make good arguments for TOP or others.

Given that we can get both favorites at +400 or better and I don’t think they’re overpriced, I think the best approach to this tournament is to have exposure to both favorites and one or two other teams of your choosing based on who you favor or value.

Additional markets:

Bet365 is offering multiple futures variants regarding groups and “to reach finals.” If this is an option to you, I very much like DragonX to qualify out of Group B at +125. Group A there isn’t a lot there for unless you want to play parlays.

You can also take JD Gaming +150 and T1 +175 for an even amount each “to make the finals” and scoop up the change (+125 or so) since I have a difficult time imagining at least one of the two not making finals.

I also like DragonX to make the finals at +400, although I’d rather take the outright at +900 at a different book.

 

Gelati’s Picks:

Outright: T1 +450 (2 units)(5Dimes)

Outright: JD Gaming +400 (2 units)(5Dimes)(+425 at Bovada if avail)

This tournament should be highly competitive, but when you can get the two co-favorites at better than +400 each it’s tough not to have exposure. If nothing else, you likely open yourself up to the potential to hedge against these positions at large plus odds during the later stages of the tournament.

T1 are listed as the favorites to win the tournament at most books (as low as +297). They’re my favorite to win this tournament, and I was able to get a +450 over at 5Dimes. Most teams are going to have good odds against them, too, which could open up some opportunities for us later in the tournament.

JD Gaming are available at +425 at Bovada if that is available to you, but I’ll be taking them at +400 on 5Dimes. There is a chance these two favorites meet in the first knockout round and not the finals, but that still puts at least one of them into the finals in most scenarios.

Outright: DragonX +900 (1 unit)(5Dimes)

I’m making one more selection which is my best value as well as my personal dark horse to take this tournament down. DragonX have all the metrics, the experience and the hungry young rookies, yet they’re being priced like the third best team in their region which I see as a mistake. Again, don’t let a 3-1 or 3-0 series sway your opinion too much, especially between two good teams.

You could choose another option over DragonX here. FPX would be in my portfolio if I had access to a better number like the +600 hung over at Bet365 or +596 over at Pinnacle.

This setup not only gives me exposure to three of my four favorite selections to win the tournament (the other being FPX), but at great numbers.

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I’ll have a post early in the week breaking down the slate as well as my selections for the group stage which starts on Thursday and Friday May 28th-29th. See you soon!

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