Worlds 2017: SKT T1 vs Samsung Galaxy Finals preview, prediction & live stream

The 2017 World Championship culminates with a clash of SKT T1 and Samsung Galaxy! Can SSG upset SKT’s legacy? Who walks away champion?


Despite countless comments on SKT’s recent sluggish form, this is still the best team in the world. With strong players in every single position, this lineup has time and time again proven that it can—and will—overcome the direst of situations to clinch the win. And even though their early game leaves a lot to be desired, they pull through with immaculate play in the later stages of the game.

The phrase ‘cool, calm, and collected’ fits Samsung to a tee. Even though many of their players have been in the top 3 for their respective positions, SSG value teamwork and synergy above all else. Their intricate strategies revolve around taking the slightest lead and gradually snowballing it into a gargantuan advantage.

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Top Lane matchup

With Khan taking the Worlds spotlight for so long, it’s easy to forget that SSG CuVee is the original monster top laner. With a 4.3 KDA and 9.1 CS per minute, he excels on tanks and carries alike and makes his presence known through smart rotations and dominant laning.

SKT Huni has also shown up at the international stage. Sporting a 2.8 KDA and 9.3 CS per minute, he never fails to secure a CS lead and build himself up into a massive splitpushing threat. Even so, Huni tends to play with brash aggression, making him far more exploitable than CuVee.

Verdict: SSG CuVee takes over the top lane.

Jungle matchup

Even though SSG have a jungle substitute, they seem like headless chickens without Ambition. Holding a 3.5 KDA and 4.6 CS per minute, Samsung’s starter rarely—if ever—does anything flashy in the early game, but he makes up for it with solid pathing and great teamfighting. 

As for SKT, they’re alternating between their junglers. With a 4.8 KDA and 3.7 CS per minute, Peanut still has the flair for playmaking from his ROX Tigers days, but he’s taken up a much more supportive role on his new team. But if SKT ever need a true team player, they bring in Blank. Sporting a 3.0 KDA and 3.0 CS per minute, SKT’s substitute is a selfless jungler that has great synergy with his mid laner. Even so, we’d have to give the edge to Ambition for enabling Samsung’s A-game.  

Verdict: SSG Ambition claims the jungle.

Mid Lane matchup

We’re not quite convinced with Crown. Sporting a 5.3 KDA and 9.4 CS per minute, he’s flawless when it comes to 5v5s and mid game roams, but his laning could use a lot of work. 

Meanwhile, Faker has been the pillar of SKT. With a 4.3 KDA and 9.3 CS per minute, he’s consistently found the right openings to keep his team in the game and turn around massive gold deficits. 

Verdict: SKT Faker makes his presence known in the mid lane.

Bot Lane matchup 

Samsung’s bot lane has always been formidable. With a 6.3 KDA and 10.2 CS per minute, Ruler is a strong teamfighting marksman that performs best on utility champions. As for CoreJJ (7.1 KDA), he’s an insanely creative support that always seems to have a few pocket picks up his sleeve. 

But SKT also have a powerhouse duo. Sporting a 5.5 KDA and 9.5 CS per minute, Bang is the most consistent AD carry in the game that’s equally impressive in lane and out of it. And even though Wolf (4.4 KDA) doesn’t always show up on initiators, he has the mechanical skill and the champion pool to match CoreJJ at every stage of the game

Verdict: SKT’s Bang and Wolf edge out a win in the bottom lane.

Prediction

Samsung will be dying to get a rematch for their last World Championship, but they might’ve bitten off more than they can chew. SSG’s playstyle mirrors that of their opponents, but SKT are much more experienced when it comes to Bo5s, and they have the most clutch player—Faker—on their side. Sorry, Samsung, but we’re going to have to predict a 3-2 victory in favor of SKT!

  1. Who will win Worlds 2017?

    1. SKT T1
    2. Samsung Galaxy
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Daniil Volkov

I craft League of Legends narratives and cover LCK, NA & EU LCS.

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