Okay so your lineup is set, now upon which head do you lay the Captain Crown? Pick 2 Champions for your Captain, and if they play either one, you get 50% bonus to the fantasy points in those games. There are different strategies to use when picking a Captain, but the end goal is always to get those extra points. Getting the Captain bonuses separates the chumps from the champs, so be ready to read the meta and use that crystal ball!
- Best Overall Captain: A threat to lead all players in scoring with a predictable Champion pool
- Risky Captain: High upside value, but more risk due to Champion variety
- Safe Captain: Sacrificing some upside to make sure that you get the Champion picks correct
Best Overall captain: TL Tactical: Kai'sa & Aphelios
Just as a whole, this is a get right week for Team Liquid. Best schedule on the slate and their lineup is still the most talented in the LCS, with them getting better each week. Alphari and Santorin had great games last week, but Tactical is still the guy to lead this team in Kills on a daily basis.
Risky Captain: C9 Perkz: Tristana & Zoe
How many Champions can Perkz play this week? A lot. How many Fantasy Points will Perkz score this week? A lot. This is the definition of a Risk-Reward Captain. He has been saving his pick for the end of draft lately as a counter, but if you get your picks just right, it is the biggest counter to all the Bot Lane Captains out there.
Safe Captain: EG Deftly: Xayah & Kai'sa
Everybody sleeps on Deftly. E1 players don’t pick him, casters don’t praise him, and opposing teams don’t ban him out at all. He just keeps getting Kai’sa and keeps producing on her!
Deeper Dive - Captain Role Meta
Even if the meta of this position makes for exciting games, it is not fun to write about. Renekton & Gragas easy, with Camille and Gnar as fallbacks. However, it wouldn’t be NA if Aatrox and Gangplank didn’t see play.
The nerfs definitely made a difference for this position. I would say Lillia and Udyr are still firmly atop the Jungle picks, but there is an angry tier of Jarvan IV, Hecarim, Graves, Nidalee and Skarner fighting for their chance to join them. If you spend up for Jungler, they are worth a Captain.
I mean, you can’t talk about Mid without talking about Azir, Orianna and Syndra (regardless of what year it is). This position definitely is worth Captaining if you spend up, but make sure you check your Mid’s specific pool in game history. For example, if you have Perkz, take the upside play with Tristana.
Kai’sa and Senna are the new queens in town. Jhin, Aphelios and Xayah make up the second tier and Samira will find the sidelines after heavy nerfs on the latest patch. Regardless, this is the default Captain position. It will be tough to get every game right, but you are practically guaranteed 1 game if you pick from these Champs.
If only we saw the Senna Support with Support Wukong Carry meta again instead of Farm Kench…