By all means, CLG were supposed to hit a home run. They’ve entered the 2017 Summer Split with their most powerful roster to date, and yet, by replacing Dardoch with OmarGod, they’ve rendered their efforts void. Don’t get us wrong, CLG is still a strong team. But the lack of firepower in the jungle is ever so noticeable and it’s a bad time to show it.
Team EnVyUs have had a similar experience. While the mid lane swaps certainly worked wonders for them, they’ve only managed to qualify for the playoffs by the skin of their teeth. Their issues largely remain the same, and this is a team that can secure massive leads only to throw them away in the late game.
Top Lane Matchup
While we’ve criticized Darshan in the past, he’s been putting on an absolute clinic this split. With a 4.2 KDA and 7.6 CS per minute, CLG’s top laner is an incredibly versatile player that synergizes well with his teammates and thrives on tanks and carries alike.
Meanwhile, Seraph continues to be the glaring weakness of NV. Sporting a 2.3 KDA and 8.4 CS per minute, he often opts in for potent bruisers or challenging carries, but doesn’t have nearly enough impact to warrant these picks.
Verdict: CLG Darshan overpowers Seraph in the top lane.
It would be a stretch to call OmarGod bad. But he isn’t good either. Holding a 4.0 KDA and 3.8 CS per minute, he has had far too many shaky showings to make us believe that he’s anything more than a rookie who’s in over his head. And that’s not someone you want to field against LirA. With a 3.6 KDA and 5.0 CS per minute, NV’s jungler has the brain and the brawn to dominate even the best junglers in the NA LCS, so we struggle to think what OmarGod can do to oppose him.
Verdict: NV LirA wins the jungle conquest.
Mid Lane Matchup
The situation is reversed in the mid lane. With a 3.6 KDA and 8.9 CS per minute, NV Nisqy is a promising rookie, but he’s far too inexperienced to stand up to most top-tier LCS mid laners. And as weird as it sounds, Huhi is exactly that. Sporting a 4.7 KDA and 8.9 CS per minute, he is having his best split of his life, and his explosive playmaking is absolutely vital to CLG’s victories.
Verdict: CLG Huhi breaks open the mid lane.
Bot Lane Matchup
The bottom lane is where things get a little tricky. Holding a 3.9 KDA and 9.3 CS per minute, Apollo has gone through massive improvements that made him the star player of Team EnVyUs while Hakuho (4.3 KDA) complements his lane-dominant playstyle with a wide range of aggressive supports.
On the other hand, CLG’s bot lane is a duo of veterans. With a 5.7 KDA and 8.7 CS per minute, Stixxay is a calm, cool, and collected marksman that knows how to get the most out of his champions in teamfights and skirmishes. And even though Aphromoo (3.3 KDA) hasn’t exactly made a splash this split, the current meta favors his playmaking style. Sorry, EnVyUs, but you won’t be able to put a dent into this duo.
Verdict: CLG’s Stixxay and Aphromoo edge out a win in the bot lane.
LirA is going to have to do a lot of work if EnVyUs want to win this one. Unfortunately, the era of carry junglers has passed, and he isn’t likely to claim the W on his own. When you consider solo lane discrepancies, CLG have all the tools they need to close out the series with a confident 3-1.
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