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Hey everyone, it’s that time of the year again where TI groups are announced and you are trying to rake in as many points as possible to be in the top tier and get some sweet levels. To make our picks we will be using is this season’s averages for each player as a base to start with for the group stage and then be more based on current performance as each day goes by. For each day I will have what I think the best picks will be and also what cards I will be using to fill my team that day.
The first and foremost thing one and all should consider is to strike out "poor" teams from consideration right off the bat. Reason being, players tend to score more points by winning their games and also when the game goes on for a longer duration.
Players on teams that tend to lose a lot don't perform well in fantasy, so one must be very careful while making the selection.
The next thing to look at is schedule. Believe it or not, it is THE most important consideration. Players who play more games score more FP than players who play fewer games. Period.
ONLY consider players on teams with full dance-cards on the day in question. On day one, six of the nine teams in Group A will be the most active with three two-game sets a piece. That means you're only looking at players from Team Secret, Liquid, TnC, PSG.LGD, Chaos E.C and Keen Gaming for Day One.
Let us take a look at the top five players for each slot; Core, Mid, and Support.
Miracle- - 15.86
Gabbi - 15.22
Paparazi - 15.03
RAMZES666 - 14.73
miCKe - 14.39
Abed - 15.59
SumaiL - 15.09
Somnus - 15.05
No[o]ne - 14.58
Armel - 14.57
SoNNeikO - 15.74
Puppey - 15.69
xNova - 15.54
Fly - 15.30
Pieliedie - 15.27
MY PICKS FOR DAY ONE!!!
Personally speaking, I prefer to keep a diversified line-up for Day 1. As the expression goes, "Don't put all your eggs in one basket"
. Why to mess up your chances by going top heavy on any one team? Makes sense, right?
Let me be very honest, if you've a Miracle-
gold card, then you should use that by default just the way I'm using it. There is a cosmically rare chance on Miracle- performing poor and he has the highest player average in terms of fantasy points.
Going by the player average, my second core pick on Day 1 is Gabbi
. Keep in mind, TnC is one of those teams that has averaged the longest duration of games this past season. Anyone remember Kuala Lumpur Major? So it is without a doubt a solid pick to select and he also has good fantasy average.
These two players have averaged the best throughout the season and without any idea on how they will do yet or how anyone will do yet at TI, I will put my faith in them.
Sticking to this idea, I am going to go with Somnus
as my mid core, who I trust will do better than Armel, Matumbaman or Midone. Whilst I've no doubt that Midone is also a viable pick considering his skills, however, I cannot ignore the fact that he isn't in the top 5 list in terms of player average.
Finally our supports are going to be the top two players on our list, xNova & Puppey
! As you can see in the featured image, xNova's gold card doesn't necessarily align to that of a support. However, he holds the third position in terms of player average on a support, below Sonneiko and Puppey. Meanwhile, supports from other teams playing the same amount of series on Day 1 are nowhere near the top 5 mark.
With these five players I am confident in my first day picks. I'm also confident that we'll get the highest possible points with this line-up.
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