Even though something went very wrong with Team Liquid’s roster management, their final lineup turned out fairly decent. The newest addition to the roster—Mickey—provides a much bigger mid lane presence that Goldenglue ever could, which opens up more opportunities to TL’s side lanes. The only issue is the lackluster communication, but that won’t matter if they find big enough leads in the early game.
In a surprising turn of events, eUnited isn’t only a team built around its two imports. Sure, DanDy is doing work in the jungle and GBM is a formidable teamfighter, but it’s really the AD carry and the top laner that are the shining stars of this lineup. As long as Deftly can get going, eUnited have a great damage output in skirmishes while Licorice can grow into a massive splitpushing threat.
Top Lane Matchup
TL Lourlo isn’t the same carry we used to know. With a 2.8 KDA and 8.3 CS per minute, he’s been looking very lost in the current meta, and his overaggression often leads to him falling prey to the enemy jungler.
On the other hand, Licorice always makes his presence known. Sporting a 4.7 KDA and 9.0 CS per minute, he stands out on eUnited’s stacked roster with his sharp mechanics and vast knowledge of the top lane matchups.
Verdict: EUN Licorice breezes through the top lane.
As heartwarming as Dardoch’s return to Team Liquid was, we can’t help but question the move. With a 2.9 KDA and 3.7 CS per minute, he is a shadow of his former self that still tries to go for the same aggro plays despite not having the skill to pull them off.
And while EUN DanDy doesn’t take the spotlight often, he’s doing his job—and he’s doing it well. Sporting a 4.4 KDA and 4.3 CS per minute, he will be a wall that Dardoch can’t hope to overcome.
Verdict: EUN DanDy wins out in the jungle.
Mid Lane Matchup
The mid lane will be the breaking point of eUnited. Sure, GBM’s 4.2 KDA and 8.4 CS per minute look impressive, but numbers don’t reflect his abysmal laning phase.
And—holding a 4.0 KDA and 9.8 CS per minute—TL Mickey will have an easy time exploiting GBM’s weaknesses thanks to his stellar mechanics.
Verdict: TL Mickey crushes the enemy mid laner.
Bot Lane Matchup
eUnited has a lot of going in the bottom lane. Holding a 6.0 KDA and 9.8 CS per minute, Deftly is the main carry of his team that’s equally dominant in lane and out of it, while his teammate—Zeyzal—is a stable utility-based support with a 4.6 KDA to his name.
Unfortunately, Team Liquid’s bot lane is a blatant mismatch for them. Sporting a 3.5 KDA and 8.8 CS per minute, Piglet is a mechanical monster that won’t lose any ground to the challenger duo, and Matt (3.1 KDA) has been slowly returning as TL’s main playmaker.
Verdict: TL’s Piglet and Matt edge out a win in the bot lane.
This is the worst opponent eUnited could’ve asked for. If we don’t count the top lane, Team Liquid can seamlessly counter EUN’s strengths while taking full advantage of the mid lane discrepancy. It will be up to Licorice to make a miracle happen. Otherwise, Team Liquid will claim its 3-1 victory.
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