Despite numerous team comp experiments at the start of the split, TSM are back to their usual playstyle. With Bjergsen seamlessly securing mid priority, Svenskeren has an easy time setting up ganks and invades. This allows TSM to seize the momentum from the very first minutes of the game and never let go until they reach the enemy Nexus.
But Team Dignitas also have plenty of tools in their arsenal. Keane is a tried and tested anti-carry that tends to hold his own even against much better players. This allows Shrimp to focus his attention on side lanes, and if either Ssumday or Altec get going, Dignitas breeze through the game with confident teamfights and split-second calls.
Top Lane Matchup
TSM Hauntzer has started the split on the wrong foot, but he’s since returned to his peak form. With a 3.2 KDA and 8.7 CS per minute, he’s a well-rounded top laner that’s capable of playing carries and frontlines to their fullest potential.
But DIG Ssumday has been even more impressive this summer. Holding a 3.8 KDA and 8.5 CS per minute, he’s a top lane juggernaut that routinely takes over matchups and clutches teamfights.
Verdict: DIG Ssumday outclasses Hauntzer.
It’s time to admit it, Shrimp is the real deal. With a 2.9 KDA and 4.2 CS per minute, Shrimp uses his superb sense of pathing to go for aggressive invades while providing as much pressure to his side lanes as possible.
TSM Svenskeren mirrors this playstyle with the only exception being that he’s more devoted to the mid lane. Sporting a 3.2 KDA and 4.0 CS per minute, Svenskeren will challenge Shrimp to a jungle duel, but we very much doubt he’ll manage to come out on top.
Verdict: DIG Shrimp edges out a win in the jungle.
Mid Lane Matchup
Bjergsen continues his mid lane reign. With a 6.8 KDA and 8.8 CS per minute, he’s both a playmaker and a team player that can play a plethora of styles to perfection.
DIG Keane pales in comparison. With a 4.0 KDA and 8.6 CS per minute, he’s a solid mid laner with a few pocket picks at his disposal, but he just doesn’t hold a candle to the force of nature that is Bjergsen.
Verdict: TSM Bjergsen conquers the mid lane.
Bot Lane Matchup
Dignitas’s bottom lane grows stronger with every passing week. With a 4.6 KDA and 9.3 CS per minute, Altec is a potent marksman that shines in lane and in skirmishes. And even though his support—Adrian—was criticized in the past for his limited champion pool, he’s since introduced a variety of picks to DIG’s bot lane, and has a 3.4 KDA to show for his efforts.
Still, neither of them is capable of standing up to TSM’s power duo. Holding a 4.8 KDA and 9.0 CS per minute, Doublelift is also a lane dominant AD carry that always shows up in teamfights. As for Biofrost, he’s a sharp playmaker that’s adapted well to the shield-focused meta game and has a 5.0 KDA to his name.
Verdict: TSM’s Doublelift and Biofrost take over the bottom lane.
In spite of their past success, Team Dignitas are in for a harsh awakening. TSM have all the tools they need to match Dignitas’s strengths while taking advantage of their weaknesses. And while Dignitas always have the threat of split-second Baron calls, it won’t be enough to upset the NA LCS powerhouse. Our prediction: a 3-2 victory in favor of TSM!
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