SKT T1 ran through their group 5-1, but the games didn’t go without a hitch. The Korean powerhouse routinely fell behind in the early game, and it was only through a combination of potent teamfighting and enemy mistakes that they could mount much-needed comebacks. With SKT losing this much ground in the group stage, could it be that they’re finally mortal?
Misfits had a thorny road out of the group stage, but they persevered. Perhaps the biggest strength of this lineup is its ability to adapt, and the difference between Misfits at the beginning of the tournament and the end of the group stage was almost palpable. Still, can any amount of practice save them from the LCK veterans?
Top Lane matchup
MSF Alphari has definitely made a splash at Worlds. With a 3.8 KDA and 8.5 CS per minute, he’s equally strong in the laning phase and in teamfights. But Huni has also proven his worth when it comes to mechanics and dominant laning. Sporting a 2.7 KDA and 9.7 CS per minute, SKT’s top laner has trouble measuring his aggression, but if he’s left unattended, he’ll be sure to blow Alphari out of the water.
Verdict: SKT Huni breaks open the top lane.
Maxlore is the main reason behind Misfits’ success. With a 3.5 KDA and 4.2 CS per minute, the English jungler pulls through with amazing displays of smart pathing and adaptation. But this time he’s in for an uphill battle against not one, but two junglers.
Holding a 3.5 KDA and 3.8 CS per minute, Peanut is a strong and aggressive jungler, but his natural playstyle sometimes doesn’t sync well with his team. For those cases, SKT have a substitute. Sporting 4.3 KDA and 2.9 CS per minute, Blank is a selfless jungler that does his best to work with his laners and propel them to victory. In a pure 1v1, Maxlore could put up a fight against both of them, but together they pose a challenge that he’ll have a hard time overcoming.
Verdict: SKT’s Peanut and Blank edge out a win in the jungle.
Mid Lane matchup
PowerOfEvil made his presence known at the Worlds stage. With a 6.6 KDA and 9.0 CS per minute, he combines strong mechanics with off-meta strategies to take over the mid lane. Even so, it’s hard to imagine these tactics working on the god of mid lane himself, Faker. Sporting a 4.0 KDA and 8.8 CS per minute, SKT’s mid laner is as solid as a rock, and it will take a much better player than PowerOfEvil to crack him.
Verdict: SKT Faker reigns supreme in the mid lane.
Bot Lane matchup
To everyone’s surprise, Misfits’ duo did quite well against world-class bot lanes. With a 5.5 KDA and 9.6 CS per minute, Hans Sama overcame his week 1 nerves and put together a string of great showings on hypercarries. As for IgNar (5.9 KDA), he’s a wildcard that always finds a way to mix in some playmaking.
Unfortunately for them, if there’s one part of SKT that’s been working well, it’s the bottom lane. With a 14.3 KDA and 9.8 CS per minute, Bang is a monstrous marksman that seamlessly tears through every teamfight. It certainly helps that his support—Wolf—thrives in the current Ardent Censer meta, and has a 4.7 KDA to show for it.
Verdict: SKT’s Bang and Wolf find a win in the bot lane.
Even with their preparation, Misfits are going to have a hard time with this one. Their players aren’t strong enough to challenge SKT individually, and unless they come up with a few surprise tactics, they don’t have a chance macro-wise either. Our prediction: a 3-0 in favor of SKT T1!
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