The second round of LCK Playoffs is about to start with an MVP vs KT series! Which team has the best odds of winning—and why?
KT started the Split as a clear-cut second best team in the league. However, as the season went on, the team’s performance took a turn for the worse. They seldom struggled to gain ground even against bottom-tier competition, and KT’s players often failed to show up in-game. Now they’re looking to make a comeback and prove that they’re still a force to be reckoned with.
On the other hand, MVP are on an upswing. Not only are their players doing better than ever, but their creative draft strategies are capable of blindsiding even the strongest LCK teams. But their real strength lies in team fights where their built-up synergies make MVP an incredibly dangerous opponent.
Top Lane Matchup: MVP ADD has been on fire. His 2.4 KDA and 7.7 CS per minute are nothing outstanding, and his champion pool is far from being meta. But it’s precisely this combination of potent pocket picks and a low-econ play style that makes him so dangerous. On the other hand, Smeb has been solid. Sporting a 3.3 KDA and 8.6 CS per minute, he doesn’t come up with dominant performances as often as one would expect from a big name like that. Even so, he’s still the top laner that tends to do well with little to no regard to the matchup. ADD’s surprise picks won’t be as effective against him, which makes Smeb take the lead in the top lane.
Jungle Matchup: There’s no doubt that MVP Beyond has stepped up lately. With a 2.6 KDA and 5.6 CS per minute, he’s a strong jungler that relies on his synergy with solo laners to get the leads for his team. However, he doesn’t measure up to the force of nature that is KT Score. Holding a 4.6 KDA and 4.9 CS per minute, Score has been one of the best performing junglers in the league, which makes him a clear-cut favorite in this matchup.
Mid Lane Matchup: With the recent streak of Pawn’s shaky performances, mid lane has become KT’s biggest weakness. His 3.4 KDA and 8.8 CS per minute might not seem bad on paper, but Pawn fails to deliver consistent results, which makes him a giant question mark in-game. His opponent, Ian, didn’t go through as many issues—although, he didn’t stand out as much either. With a 2.6 KDA and 8.0 CS per minute, Ian is as middle-of-the-pack as an LCK mid laner can get. Even though Pawn’s play fluctuates wildly, Ian won’t be able to exploit this weakness.
Bot Lane Matchup: The MaHa and Max bot lane has been one of MVP’s biggest strengths. With 3.6 and 2.9 KDAs, they might not set the world on fire in lane, but they make up for it with stunning team fighting and some creative pocket picks. Compared to them, KT’s duo of Deft and Mata is almost conventional. Holding 4.7 and 3.6 KDAs, they’re two of the strongest bot lane players in the League that excel at laning and skirmishing. MVP might be wilder when it comes to picks, but it’ll still be a tall order for them to overcome KT’s aggressive play.
At first glance, MVP look outgunned. But things aren’t as grim as they seem. Granted, the laning phase might be difficult for them, but if MVP manage to reach the team fights, then suddenly the playing field becomes a lot more even. Nevertheless, they will still spend most of the game on the back foot due to having weaker players. In a competition as fierce as LCK, something like that puts you at a crushing disadvantage. A 3-2 victory for kt Rolster.