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MSI Knockout Stage Prediction: Team WE vs G2

The second match of MSI Knockout Stage has WE facing G2! Can the European champions take down the Chinese powerhouse?


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While Team WE has had a slow start this tournament, but quickly gained momentum towards the second half of the group stage. Its main strength is a lack of obvious weakness. Team WE is solid in the early game, makes smart decisions in the mid game and ramps up even more once the later teamfights hit.  

Even though G2 has qualified for the Semifinals, the team’s far from stable. its largest deficiencies lie in the jungle and the top lane, although every member of G2 has made his fair share of mistakes. But the bigger issue is the team’s lackluster macro that makes G2 look lost even in its victories.  

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Top Lane Matchup: Even on the stacked WE lineup, 957 shines the most. The top laner with the name of numbers has taken the MSI by storm with his Kled play. But it’d be a dire mistake to consider him a one-trick pony. Sporting a 5.1 KDA and 8.1 CS per minute, 957 is a very well-rounded player that’s capable of taking over the game with the slightest advantage. Compared to him, Expect has been underwhelming. With a 3.7 KDA and 8.3 CS per minute, G2’s top laner hasn’t been all that impressive in lane and he struggles to have the necessary impact outside of it.

Jungle Matchup: If there’s one man that knows more than Expect about being underwhelming, it’s his teammate, Trick. With a 1.7 KDA and 4.5 CS per minute, G2’s jungler spends most of his time on the wrong side of an outplay and scrambling to regain control over the game. His opponent Condi isn’t going to make it easy on him either. While Team WE’s jungler didn’t stand out at first, he’s since proven that he’s more than capable of upsetting the best junglers in the world. Holding a 4.7 KDA and 4.4 CS per minute, Condi is bound to push Trick into a corner.

Mid Lane Matchup:  Despite his middling 2.5 KDA and 8.9 CS per minute, G2 PerkZ has been on a roll. He has shown that he has the mechanical prowess to go toe to toe with the strongest mid laners in the tournament, and his play has been the saving grace of G2. And while Xiye overshadows G2’s mid laner with a 5.7 KDA and 8.6 CS per minute of his own, he’s not actually that far ahead. PerkZ might be the underdog here but that doesn’t mean that he’ll become Xiye’s punching bag. This one’s closer than it looks.

Bot Lane Matchup: Team WE’s bot lane has been doing work. With 5.6 and 3.2 KDAs, Mystic and Ben are a potent duo that seamlessly takes over 5v5s with a combination of hyper carry ADCs and utility supports. But to do that they often sacrifice the laning phase, which makes them wide open to G2’s bot lane. Even though their 2.9 and 2.5 KDAs aren’t as impressive, Zven and Mithy make up for it with immaculate mechanics and raw talent. Mystic and Ben are going to have a hard time matching them in lane, but they will catch up in teamfights.

Prediction

Team WE is a horrible mismatch for the EU LCS champions. They have all the necessary tools to exploit G2’s weaknesses while not revealing any openings of their own. Not only that, but G2 lags miles behind them when it comes to macro and decision-making, which makes Team WE all the more likely to take the series with a very convincing 3-0

Daniil Volkov

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

MSI Knockout Stage Prediction: Team WE vs G2

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