If there’s ever been a meta where RNG can shine, it’s this one. Not only did they go 5-1 in the hardest group of the tournaments, but they did it in style. The AD carry—Uzi—played out of his mind, but Xiahu and Mlxg have also proven they can show up on the international stage.
Fnatic had to go through thick and thin to qualify from their group. After they went 0-3 in week 1, it seemed like their Worlds run was about to come to an end, but the team picked up the slack and managed to qualify for the knocked stage. Fnatic work best when it’s playing around side lanes with Caps soaking pressure in the middle of the map.
Top Lane matchup
If you look at the first week of the competition, it’d seem that sOAZ is abysmal. Hell, his 1.9 KDA and 6.7 CS per minute look underwhelming to the point where you wonder if he’s Fnatic’s weakest link. But the numbers don’t reflect the main things sOAZ brings to the table—solid macro play and great decision-making.
RNG LetMe performs a similar role on his team. With a 5.1 KDA and 7.9 CS per minute, he’s mainly there to support his team on bulky frontliners, although he can sprinkle in one or two carry games. Still, LetMe’s mid game presence isn’t as strong as sOAZ’s, so we’d have to give the edge to Fnatic.
Verdict: FNC sOAZ wins out in the top lane.
Despite an underwhelming start, Broxah put on an absolute clinic in week 2 of the World Championship! Sporting a 4.5 KDA and 4.5 CS per minute, he took over the Summoner Rift with dominant performances on Elise and Rek’Sai. Even so, we can’t help but question whether he can replicate this success on other picks.
As for Mlxg, he’s definitely proven his worth as a world-class player. Holding a 4.5 KDA and 4.3 CS per minute, he’s a gank-heavy jungler with a vast champion pool that does everything in his power to set RNG’s laners ahead.
Verdict: RNG Mlxg outmuscles Broxah in the jungle.
Mid Lane matchup
We’ve been very impressed with what we’ve seen from Xiaohu. Sporting a 24.0 KDA and 9.3 CS per minute, RNG’s mid laner might not be at the superstar level yet, but his mechanics and strong laning presence place him very, very close.
Of course, FNC Caps has also performed well in his games. With a 3.6 KDA and 9.2 CS per minute, he’s a mechanical prodigy that can go toe-to-toe with some of the best mid laners in the tournament. Unfortunately, his synergy with Broxah leaves a lot to be desired, and Caps often crumbles in the mid/jungle 2v2s.
Verdict: RNG Xiaohu edges out a win in the mid lane.
Bot Lane matchup
RNG’s bot lane has been killing it this tournament. With a 16.0 KDA and 10.7 CS per minute, Uzi is a legendary AD carry that thrives on aggression and playmaking. And considering how well Ming (10.8 KDA) performs on Ardent Censer supports, his marksman is in a great spot to carry.
And while Rekkles stepped up to become the star player on Fnatic, he still has ways to go. Sporting a 4.7 KDA and 10.5 CS per minute, he’s a strong marksman that routinely dominates teamfights, but he has a tendency to overstep his limits in those do-or-die moments. As for Jesiz (5.6 KDA), he’s often lacking in laning presence, which makes it very hard for Fnatic to outperform RNG’s duo.
Verdict: RNG’s Uzi and Ming claim the bot lane as their own.
Fnatic are just a worse version of RNG. If Rekkles holds off Uzi’s onslaught, if sOAZ overwhelms LetMe in the top lane, and if Broxah shows up, they have a fighting chance. But that’s a lot of ‘ifs’, and unless they all happen for 5 games in a row, RNG will take the series with a 3-1 score.
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