Team WE come into their match after a 5-game series against Cloud9. With clear-cut weakness in the solo lanes, they struggled to negate Jensen’s and Impact’s aggression, and only managed to claw back from a 1-2 deficit thanks to C9’s misplays. Even so, they’re a powerful late game team that works well around its superstar AD carry.
Samsung Galaxy stock has never been higher after they took down Longzhu Gaming. Not only that, but they scored a 3-0 against the Worlds favorites by establishing solid vision control and dominating mid game teamfights. With Crown stepping up on the international stage, SSG seem destined for greatness.
Top Lane matchup
Whatever you say about WE 957, he’s certainly formidable. With a 4.4 KDA and 7.5 CS per minute, he holds the line against world-class top laners and shows up big time in 5v5s. But holding the line might not be enough against a superstar like CuVee.
Sporting a 5.5 KDA and 9.2 CS per minute, Samsung’s top laner is a monster that’s capable of putting on a clinic on tanks and carries alike.
Verdict: SSG CuVee runs away with the top lane.
Team WE’s Condi made a splash at Worlds. With a 3.9 KDA and 3.9 CS per minute, he’s an aggressive playmaker that snowballs games through ganks and plays.
SSG’s Ambition is his polar opposite. Sporting a 3.7 KDA and 4.9 CS per minute, he prefers to take over through superior pathing and decision-making. This is the ultimate battle of brawn versus brain, but we’d still give the edge to Ambtion for being a more well-rounded jungler.
Verdict: SSG Ambition outmaneuvers his opponent in the jungle.
Mid Lane matchup
If there’s one person we expected to falter at the Worlds stage, it’s Crown. With a 5.0 KDA and 9.2 CS per minute, he looked like Samsung’s weakest link in groups, but he’s picked up the slack in the knockout stage. Sure, his laning needs some work, but he makes up for it with confident play in the later stages of the game.
Fortunately for him, Xiye plays the role of a secondary carry on his team. Holding a 4.9 KDA and 9.1 CS per minute, WE’s starter can be mainly seen on roaming and scaling champions, which should make Crown very comfortable in the mid lane. And even though Xiye has what it takes to challenge Crown in terms of mechanics, we wouldn’t count on him finding enough openings to do so.
Verdict: SSG Crown finds a win in the mid lane.
Bot Lane Matchup
Samsung’s bot lane has stepped up massively in Quarterfinals. With a 5.8 KDA and 10.1 CS per minute, Ruler has always been talked about as a good-but-not-great AD carry, but he’s finally put these murmurs to rest. In a similar fashion, CoreJJ (7.1 KDA) pulled through with great showings on enchanters and initiators against Longzhu’s superstars.
But Team WE also have their trump card ready. Sporting a 4.6 KDA and 9.6 CS per minute, Mystic is a mechanical prodigy that routinely tops damage charts in late game teamfights. And even though his support—Ben—is mostly on Janna duty, he’s working well in the Ardent Censer meta and has a 6.5 KDA to show for his efforts. Still, we’d consider Samsung’s duo a slightly more dangerous bot lane.
Verdict: SSG’s Ruler and CoreJJ win the bottom lane standoff.
This is looking grim for the #3 LPL seed. Samsung Galaxy are entering this series with a ton of momentum, and Team WE don’t have enough firepower to stop it. The Chinese are losing on all fronts, including the macro game, and we expect Samsung to clinch the match with a 3-0 score.
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