kt Rolster are coming into this series hungry to prove their worth. Last year, they found themselves in a spot where Samsung snatched victory from right under their nose. But now, with a brand new roster and an incredibly potent early, KT have all the tools they need to prevent history from repeating itself.
Despite Samsung’s win against Afreeca, the series came down to the wire. On multiple occasions, they found themselves playing with huge early game deficits and had to wait for Afreeca’s mistakes to orchestrate a comeback. That being said, if Samsung manage to keep up in gold they’re a very deadly late game lineup.
Top lane matchup
We have to admit, CuVee has outdone himself in the series against Afreeca. With a 3.5 KDA and 8.8 CS per minute, he has a potent mix of veteran experience and mechanics to execute the wildest of plays.
But even CuVee has to take a step back against KT Smeb. Sporting a 4.3 KDA and 8.8 CS per minute, Smeb is one of the most well-rounded top lane carries in the league, and he’ll be sure to push CuVee into a corner.
Verdict: KT Smeb puts on a clinic in the top lane.
Score is a force of nature. Holding a massive 7.1 KDA and 4.7 CS per minute, he’s a jungling juggernaut that seamlessly outmaneuvers his adversaries and comes up with one clutch play after another.
Samsung’s junglers are less notable. With a 2.4 KDA and 5.0 CS per minute, Haru is on point when it comes to ganks, but his team tends to look lost whenever he’s starting. His teammate, Ambition, brings a great deal of shot calling to the table, and has a 3.8 KDA and 5.2 CS per minute to show for his efforts, but he’s not nearly as aggressive during the early game.
Verdict: KT Score takes over the jungle.
Mid lane matchup
The mid lane is bound to get volatile. With a 3.3 KDA and 9.1 CS per minute, Crown has been very hit-or-miss to the point where he routinely got overshadowed by Kuro.
But KT’s Pawn has also had consistency issues. Despite what his 6.0 KDA and 8.7 CS per minute might indicate, he has a tendency to either blow his enemy out of the water or to be completely invisible for the entirety of the game. In the end, it will come down to how comfortable each player feels on stage, but we’d still give a slight edge to Pawn.
Verdict: KT Pawn finds a win in the mid lane.
Bot lane matchup
The bottom lane will be crucial for both teams. Sporting a 3.9 KDA and 9.8 CS per minute, Ruler is a solid AD carry that’s capable of holding his own in most matchups. His support—CoreJJ—has also been doing work on aggressive picks, and has a 4.8 KDA to show for his efforts.
But neither of them can hold a candle to KT’s duo. With a massive 5.8 KDA and 9.6 CS per minute, Deft is a mechanical prodigy that breezes through teamfights and skirmishes. Meanwhile, Mata is a veteran playmaker with a huge shot calling presence and a 5.0 KDA to his name.
Verdict: KT’s Deft and Mata outgun the enemy bottom lane.
We’ve been thoroughly unimpressed with Samsung’s early game, and—coincidentally—that’s where KT are at their strongest. The worst thing is even if Samsung can hold the line, KT are more than capable of matching their macro and late game teamfighting. We honestly don’t see any windows of opportunity for Samsung, so our prediction is a 3-0 victory for kt Rolster.
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