There were glimmers of hope in the MM lineup. But it’s about time we admitted things didn’t work out for this roster. Despite the addition of two veterans in Kikis and Amazingx, Mysterious Monkeys are all over the place with their shot calling, and their game plans revolve entirely around winning side lanes.
NiP find themselves in a similar spot. The decision-making and synergy you’d expect from an LCS-level team simply aren’t there. That said Ninjas have definitely gotten better, and their potent early game can even put a team like Fnatic on the back foot.
Top Lane Matchup
It’s very likely that Kikis is the best player on Mysterious Monkeys. Sporting a 2.3 KDA and 8.3 CS per minute, he’s a tried and tested top laner with a wide champion pool and a knack for teamfighting. Opposing him is a former SKT T1 substitute, Profit. With a 2.1 KDA and 8.5 CS per minute, Profit went through his fair share of hardships this season, but he’s since stepped up to become NiP’s rock. His pinpoint mechanics put him a step ahead of Kikis, although MM’s top laner will have an advantage in skirmishes and 5v5s.
Verdict: NiP Profit edges out a win in the top lane.
Both teams are lacking in the jungle. With a 2.5 KDA and 4.1 CS per minute, MM Amazingx is a solid player when it comes to pathing and efficiency, but his mechanics could use a lot of work. Shook is his polar opposite. With a 2.0 KDA and 4.0 CS per minute, he’s famous for executing clutch plays but doing so on a consistent basis is a tall order for him.
Verdict: MM Amazingx finds a lead in the jungle.
Mid Lane Matchup
The mid lane will be the breaking point of the series. Holding a 1.4 KDA and 8.8 CS per minute, CozQ has been looking out of his element ever since entering the EU LCS, and things aren’t about to change now. Of course, Nagne isn’t exactly a mid lane titan either with a 2.2 KDA and 8.9 CS per minute of his own. But he’s more than capable of punishing holes in CozQ’s play—especially if he gets some attention from his jungler.
Verdict: NiP Nagne takes over the mid lane.
Bot Lane Matchup
The bottom lane has always been one of the better parts of Mysterious Monkeys’ lineup. With a 2.3 KDA and 9.0 CS per minute, Yuuki60 is a gifted AD carry that can single-handedly turn around a lost teamfight. His support Dreams is far less impressive. With a 1.6 KDA, he has a tendency to go for playmakers but rarely—if ever—shows up on them.
Ninjas in Pyjamas have a more well-rounded duo. Sporting a 2.8 KDA and 8.3 CS per minute, HeaQ is a decent marksman that does his job in lane and in skirmishes while Sprattel (2.2 KDA) backs him up with stable supportive play.
Verdict: MM’s Yuuki60 and Dreams outgun the enemy bottom lane.
This is pretty close. Both teams have well-defined strengths and weaknesses they could use to break open the game. But in the end, Mysterious Monkeys lack the strategic prowess to punish NiP’s shaky macro, and their mid lane remains a major concern. Unless Yuuki60 can show up for the entirety of the Bo5, Ninjas in Pyjamas will take over the solo lanes and snowball their leads into a 3-2 victory.
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