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M19 vs Gambit Gaming: 2017 Summer LCL Final preview and prediction

M19 brawls with Gambit Gaming in the finals of the LCL playoff. Who will come out victorious and clutch the LCL banner at Worlds?


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The M19 team had to fight hard in order to make it to the finals of the LCL Playoffs. After losing in the semi-finals of the Spring playoffs and having a difficult summer season, they are determined to make it to Worlds once again. Previously known as Albus NoX Luna until M19 acquired them, they shocked the world during the Season 6 Worlds Group stage by beating all of the top teams in their group, proceeding to the quarter finals. Only two members remain from that Albus roster, but they still have that same determination to represent their region on the biggest stage of them all.

Gambit Gaming may be a mere shadow of their former golden era, but they are determined to shine even brighter. The team had a serious roster change between the spring and summer seasons, and acquired two members from the M19 team. Although the team were adjusting to these new players during summer, they lost only one game in their entire summer run. With a dominant series against Team Just Alpha in the quarters without dropping a game, they have only one opponent left between themselves and Worlds.

Match Preview

Top Lane

Out of all the top laners in the LCL region, M19 Smurf is one of the most flexible players in his role. From playing Gragas to Fiora, it’s available, even while retaining an impressive 5.0 KDA and 8.0 CS/min. Smurf is ready to jam any champion that would help his team come out victorious on the Finals stage.

Previously jungler for Albus NoX Luna, Gambit PvPStejos started as a Top Laner before his switch, and he’s flourished returning to his roots. With a 4.7 KDA and 7.8 CS/min, the team relies on his shot calling skills and keen eye for spotting opportunities.

Verdict: M19 Smurf barely battles his way to victory.

Jungle Matchup

With a low 3.2 KDA and 4.3 CS/min, the Korean player M19 Reach has had trouble adjusting to the cold, harsh LCL environment. Despite all this, he has been able to play both tanks and assassins for his team whenever and wherever due to his time on the LCK team CJ Entus.

The counter-jungle king Gambit Diamondprox is ready to do what it takes to return to the glory days. With a high 6.2 KDA and 4.5 CS/min, he has shown that he can play champions like Gragas for his team while also performing well on Warwick and Olaf.

Verdict: Gambit Diamondprox starves his opponent in the jungle.

Mid Lane Matchup

With a 3.3 KDA and 8.3 CS/min, M19 Lukezy is prepared to round out the team with his mid-lane presence. Although he has a disappointing 0-3 record on his Corki, Lukezy has pulled out his Vladimir and Orianna picks in the semi-final match and stole the show with them despite the current meta.

However, Gambit Kira has been performing at a high level throughout his career and is known as the best player in his league. He has a 5.5 KDA and 8.3 CS/min while wielding a deep champion pool. Although he suffers from playing aggressively when he shouldn’t, Kira is a veteran of the scene and can play both carries and utility champions to a very high level for his team.

Verdict: Gambit Kira dominates the mid lane.

Bot Lane Matchup

M19’s bottom lane has been doing work since the addition of M19 VincentVega in the beginning of Spring season. With a 4.8 KDA and 8.6 CS/min, his Varus and Kalista performed well in the semis. M19 Likkrit hasn’t been performing well with mage supports, but he doesn’t need to while popping off with the rise of playmaking supports like Alistar and Thresh. With a 4.0 KDA and 72% Kill Participation, games will ride on his shoulders for that perfect initiation and lockdown Likkrit can bring to the table.

Gambit’s bot lane isn’t going down without a fight. With an astonishing 9.8 KDA and 8.8 CS/min, Gambit Blasting is ready to gun down M19’s bot lane. In the semis, he posted a dominant 21/1/14. His trusty support Gambit EDward is no joke either. He is a veteran, playing together with DiamondProx for many years under the original Gambit banner. EDward has a KDA of 6.0 and Kill Participation at 68%. EDward is known as the “Thresh Prince” for a reason, but has shown that he can play other playmaking champions too. Regardless of the pick, EDward will bring plenty to the table for this dangerous bottom lane pair.

Verdict: Gambit Blasting and EDward shoot down the opposition.

Prediction

This match is going to be one-sided. With Gambit Gaming having a dominant 13-1 season, M19 needs a miracle in order to win. Four out of five members of Gambit Gaming have gone to Worlds, with Kira and PvPStejos going last year and Diamondprox and EDward in the earlier days of League. They have all played against strong teams, and this upcoming M19 team isn’t one of them. This one ends in destruction for M19 in 3-0 fashion with Gambit Gaming fighting on to represent the region at Worlds.

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Joshua Horshok

I am attending college for English and Journalism. I've been playing League of Legends since Season 3 and enjoy playing casually with my friends. I like to analyze teams' vision game and have been watching the pro scene since Season 3.

M19 vs Gambit Gaming: 2017 Summer LCL Final preview and prediction

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