kt Rolster has proven itself as the most stacked team in the league. With potential carries in every single lane, KT routinely take over the laning phase and use that momentum to snowball the game into a confident victory. And if they don’t manage to find any early game leads, they can always fall back on their immaculate teamfighting.
Longzhu Gaming has also been taking the LCK by storm. This lineup is a perfect mix of battle-hardened veterans and hungry rookies that seek to dominate their opponents with aggressive playmaking. But they grow even deadlier in the late game where they seamlessly find advantages through their razor-sharp decision-making.
Top Lane Matchup
This is a clash of old vs new! With a 4.3 KDA and 8.9 CS per minute, KT’s Smeb is a seasoned veteran that has a plethora of playstyles and the mechanics to back them all up.
Few opponents can even hope to match him, but Longzhu’s Khan definitely falls into this category. Sporting a 4.3 KDA and 9.1 CS per minute. he’s an aggressive playmaker with a throng of carry picks at his disposal. That said Smeb’s superior game sense gives him an edge in this matchup.
Verdict: KT Smeb runs away with the top lane.
When talking about the best junglers in the LCK, Score’s name always seems to come up. With a 7.0 KDA and 4.7 CS per minute, he’s the pathing mastermind that makes reading the enemy jungler look all too easy.
Opposing him is another Longzhu rookie—Cuzz. Holding a 5.1 KDA and 4.1 CS per minute, Cuzz has recently made the switch from a carry-oriented to a robust frontliner and has become the iron wall of his team. But no wall is unbreakable, and Score is going to prove it by dismantling Cuzz in the jungle.
Verdict: KT Score takes the lead.
Mid Lane Matchup
It’s crazy to think that a talent of Bdd’s caliber spent the entire Spring Split sitting on the bench. Sporting an 11.6 KDA and 9.1 CS per minute, he’s a mechanical prodigy that doesn’t shy away from risky duels and clutch outplays.
In the days of old, PawN, too, has made a name for himself as a superstar mid laner. But those days have long gone. Now, even though he has a formidable 5.7 KDA and 8.8 CS per minute, he’s one of the least consistent members of KT’s lineup.
Verdict: LZ Bdd claims the mid lane as his own.
Bot Lane Matchup
It’s rare that we get to witness a showdown between two world-class bot lanes. With a 5.1 KDA and 9.4 CS per minute, LZ PraY is a gifted AD carry that takes every opportunity to snowball his leads while his opponent—KT Deft—is a teamfighting monster with a 6.1 KDA and 9.6 CS per minute to his name. The supports are also closely matched with both LZ GorillA (4.5 KDA) and KT Mata (4.8 KDA) being talented playmakers that bring a shot calling presence to their teams. But in the end, KT has the—ever so slightly—better bot lane.
Verdict: KT’s Deft and Mata edge out a win in the bottom lane.
Even though KT do have small leads here and there, these won’t be enough to win them the game. Dealing with Bdd will be a constant headache for PawN, and Score will have to come up with some spectacular jungle routes to staunch the mid lane bleeding. But things will get even worse in the late game where Longzhu will punish KT’s messy macro with their aggression. Our prediction: a 2-1 victory for Longzhu Gaming!
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