Jin Air’s win against Afreeca seems to have been the peak of their LCK career, as the team is back to its old mediocre self. Even when they secure commanding leads, Jin Air always manage to drag out their games. Their macro play is just plain sloppy and Jin Air don’t have enough talent on the roster to make up for that.
Samsung have had an up and down season as well. They look good when facing bottom tier teams, but it’s the top dogs that they’re having trouble with. Samsung give up too much ground in the mid game and their late game shot calling could use some work, too. Still, they’re a formidable lineup that’s a favorite to make it to top-4.
Top Lane Matchup
The top laner, ikksu, has been a low-econ player for Jin Air. It seems that their strategy is to put ikksu on tanks and then forget about his existence until the mid game comes. Even though ikksu’s KDA of 2.5 isn’t that bad—after all, he’s capable of coming through in fights—his 7.1 CS per minute is abysmal. His opponent, CuVee, has had more breathing room in the top lane. Not only is CuVee a stronger mechanical player, but he also has better synergy with his jungler. CuVee overtakes ikksu with his 3.2 KDA and 8.2 CS per minute and secures a win for Samsung in the top lane.
In the jungle, Haru’s been great for Samsung’s somewhat weaker early game. Sporting 4.1 KDA and 5.7 CS per minute, Haru comes through with those clutch ganks and sets up nice leads for his teammates. His opponent, Jin Air Umti, has been the definition of hit or miss. While Umti’s play is decent, he often doesn’t respect his opponents and mispositions as a result. With a 2.5 KDA and 4.9 CS per minute, Umti is a clear underdog in this matchup.
Mid Lane Matchup
Kuzan, the long-standing Jin Air mid laner, is the ace on this lineup. His 3.1 KDA and 8.9 CS per minute are formidable, and Kuzan’s strong play backs up these stats. He holds his own against most of the competition and he’s capable of coming up with a surprise outplay or two. Samsung’s CrowN has been doing well so far, but he’s not as great as many have expected. He still has his top-notch mechanics but his champion pool doesn’t include the dominant picks that can abuse these. With a 3.4 KDA and 9.6 CS per minute, CrowN is solid but not exceptional. An even matchup in the mid lane with a slight edge to Kuzan.
Bot Lane Matchup
For the bot lane, the Teddy and SnowFlower combo has been doing its job, but not much else. Teddy has a middling KDA of 3.1 and an impressive 10 CS per minute, but his support, SnowFlower, is as bland as it gets with a 2.2 KDA of his own. And even though Samsung’s Ruler and CoreJJ struggle to hold their own against stronger bot lanes, they should be well within their comfort zone here. With a 4.4 KDA and 9.1 CS per minute, Ruler is a monster Jhin player and a great Ashe player too. And his support, CoreJJ, has a 3.6 KDA and a number of good showings on the best support of the season—Zyra.
There’s not much for Jin Air to do here since Samsung are the better team. Maybe Jin Air can come up with a few surprise strategies, but if their past games are any indication, we’re in for a drawn-out series that will ultimately end in a 2-0 victory for Samsung.
Match Time – Sunday 19 February 2017 3am ET – Watch live here.
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