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2017 Spring Split LCK Playoff Prediction: SSG vs KT

SSG and kt Rolster clash in a BO5 to decide which one of them will challenge SKT! Who has the best odds of winning?


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Samsung Galaxy had a rocky start to their season but that is now long in the past. Right now this lineup looks like a clear-cut second best team in the league. Their skirmishing is strong, their rotations are on point, and their many substitutes offer a lot of versatility.

Meanwhile, the opposite has happened to kt Rolster. After a series of dominant victories at the beginning of the Split, this team now struggles to keep up with most opponents. Their individual play and team fighting are still decent but their decision-making is all over the place, and KT often overextend and give up free kills.

Match Preview

Top Lane Matchup: The last time we saw SSG CuVee play, he spent most of his time on tank duty. With a 3.8 KDA and 8.1 CS per minute, CuVee has been an impressive frontliner, although he’s struggled to show up on carries. Smeb is his polar opposite. Sure, he can play tanks but KT’s top laner feels much more comfortable pushing his opponents around on bruisers and carries. Even though Smeb’s 3.3 KDA and 8.6 CS per minute are not super impressive, CuVee will have a hard time dealing with him in the top lane.

Jungle Matchup: KT’s Score is the primary contender for the #1 jungler in the LCK award. Holding a 4.6 KDA and 4.9 CS per minute, Score has an almost uncanny ability to be at the right place and at the right time. Even though Samsung’s Haru comes close with a 4.2 KDA, 5.9 CS, and a high playmaking potential, he still falls short in this matchup. His substitute, Ambition, has even less of a chance to upset Score with a 3.0 KDA and 5.6 CS per minute of his own. A win for kt Rolster in the jungle.

Mid Lane Matchup: Samsung’s Crown has been on a roll this season. Sporting a 4.2 KDA and 9.4 CS per minute, Crown pushes his opponents to the brink with his crisp mechanics and devastating team fighting. On the other hand, Pawn has been on a downswing lately. With a 3.4 KDA and 8.8 CS per minute, he still has the game sense to be competitive but often makes blatant mistakes that cost him dearly. An advantage to SSG in the bottom lane.

Bot Lane Matchup: When you look at KT’s Deft and Mata, it seems like a no-brainer that they’d be the favorites here. Yet that isn’t the case. Holding 4.7 and 3.6 KDAs, Deft and Mata have been overly aggressive and displayed a worrying lack of synergy. And that’s no good when you’re about to face Ruler and CoreJJ. With 5.2 and 5.4 KDAs, Samsung’s duo has grown to the point where it can stand on equal footing against the best LCK bot lanes. Even their substitutes, Stitch and Wraith, have formidable 4.3 and 3.1 KDAs combined with a range of unorthodox picks at their disposal. If Deft and Mata don’t pick up the slack, they might very well cave under this pressure.

Prediction

When it comes to player strength, these teams are as close as it gets. The real difference lies in shot calling. Samsung are more controlled and coordinated than kt Rolster, and this play style will bring them a 3-1 victory in the series.

Who do you think will win this matchup? Let us know in the comments!

Daniil Volkov

I craft narratives around League of Legends and cover LCK, NA & EU LCS.

2017 Spring Split LCK Playoff Prediction: SSG vs KT

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