Samsung Galaxy are rock solid. This is a lineup of veterans that values stability over anything else. You can always count on them to perform well, although they will rarely—if ever—blow you away. Still, who’s to say that slow and steady doesn’t win the race?
SKT T1 are a team with a ton of firepower. Their only issue was that—until recently—they couldn’t find the right way to use it. But SKT have made a statement with their one-sided victory against Afreeca Freecs. A statement that they’re once again setting their gaze on the LCK throne.
Top Lane Matchup
Let’s face it, Huni wasn’t working out for SKT. With a 1.5 KDA and 8.9 CS per minute, he routinely made dire decision-making mistakes and left himself exposed to enemy ganks. And while it’s sad to see him on the bench, his substitute—Untara—seems to be a much better fit for the team. Sporting a 3.0 KDA and 8.9 CS per minute, he’s a talented top laner that has Huni’s mechanical prowess without his brash decision-making.
CuVee is the hallmark of consistency. Whether it’s holding the line on a robust frontliner or dishing out damage on a carry, you can count on Samsung’s top laner to do any task he’s given—and do it well. With a 3.5 KDA and 8.8 CS per minute, he’s bound to put SKT on the back foot.
Verdict: SSG CuVee makes the top lane his own.
Fortunately for SKT T1, their jungle issues seem to have been resolved. With a 2.8 KDA and 4.8 CS per minute, Peanut is looking more and more like the confident and aggressive player he once used to be. And sure, it’s been a while since we’ve seen Blank (4.1 KDA and 4.3 CS per minute) play a full series, but we have no doubt that he his famed clutch factor remains intact.
Samsung are also fielding two junglers. Holding a 3.8 KDA and 5.2 CS per minute, Ambition is a pathing mastermind that seamlessly read the opposing jungler like a book. And his substitute—Haru—brings quite a bit of playmaking to the table as well as a 2.4 KDA and 5.0 CS per minute of his own. Even if SKT’s junglers will bring out their A-game, containing Ambition’s strategic prowess or Haru’s wild energy won’t be an easy feat for them.
Verdict: SSG's Ambition and Haru take over the jungle.
Mid Lane Matchup
There’s no denying that Crown is formidable in his own right. With a 3.3 KDA and 9.1 CS per minute, he can show up with those razor-sharp outplays and single-handedly carry Samsung to victory. But doing so on a consistent basis is a tall order for him.
His opponent—Faker—is the star of SKT. Sporting a 3.4 KDA and 9.5 CS per minute, he pushes the boundaries of competitive mid lane with every passing season, and it doesn’t look like he’s about to stop anytime soon.
Verdict: SKT Faker claims his mid lane throne.
Bot Lane Matchup
When it comes to delivering solid performances, few duos can match up to Ruler and CoreJJ. With a 3.9 KDA and 9.8 CS per minute, SSG’s marksman is a stellar teamfighter that thrives on utility picks. His teammate—CoreJJ—complements his strengths with a wide range of playmakers and a 4.8 KDA of his own.
But going against SKT’s bot lane will be an uphill battle for them. Sporting a 4.9 KDA and 9.7 CS per minute, Bang is a mechanical monster that always knows how to deal the most damage in any given situation while his support Wolf (3.4 KDA) backs him up with rock solid showings on engage-heavy supports.
Verdict: SKT’s Bang and Wolf win the bot lane standoff.
Samsung’s stability won’t be enough to upset SKT’s balance. When it comes to brawn, the reigning LCK champions completely overshadow their opponents and—unless Samsung find a way to break open the top lane—they’re almost destined to come out on top. Our prediction: a 3-1 victory in favor of SKT T1!
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