kt Rolster is the type of team that gets better the longer the match goes on. Their early and mid game are often sloppy, and their shot calling lacks decisiveness. But they make up for it with incredible individual play and stellar team fighting.
SKT are a well-oiled machine. Their weaknesses are few and far between and their strengths are numerous. Whether it’s laning, team fighting, or macro play–you can count on SKT to excel at every aspect of the game.
Top Lane Matchup: KT’s Smeb has been solid this Split. With a 3.6 KDA and 8.6 CS per minute, he’s had a number of good performances both on tanks and carries alike. His mechanics and decision-making are on point, and for any other matchup, it’d be enough to make him a favorite. However, this time he’s facing Huni. Sporting a 6.3 KDA and 9.2 CS per minute, Huni is a monster laner that’s always ready to pull the trigger and go for a clutch play. His mechanics rival even those of Smeb but his cross-map play is leagues ahead.
Jungle Matchup: SKT Peanut has done well for himself. He’s SKT’s aggressive jungler that always goes for those high-impact plays, and it shows through his 5.3 KDA and 5 CS per minute. But not everything goes well for him, as Peanut’s play style often leads him to overstep his limits. Meanwhile, KT Score shares Peanut’s best traits but none of the shortcomings. With a 5.4 KDA and 4.8 CS per minute, Score is the playmaker and a massive threat on his team but he’s a lot more consistent than his opponent. A win for KT in the jungle.
Mid Lane Matchup: KT’s Pawn has made a name for himself by being one of the few players to give Faker a run for his money. Sporting a 4.9 KDA and 8.8 CS per minute, he’s a strong mid laner that specializes in carrying team fights. But Faker has been on point too. With a 4.7 KDA and 9.5 CS per minute, Faker isn’t content with just team fighting, as he seeks to pressure his opponents throughout the entirety of the game. An edge for SKT in the mid lane.
Bot Lane Matchup: The bot lane is truly the clash of the titans for this series. SKT Bang is an outstanding AD carry with a 6.7 KDA and 9.1 CS per minute. However, KT Deft overtakes him with 8.6 KDA and 9.2 CS per minute of his own. But the tables are turned for the support role, as KT Mata loses out to SKT Wolf with a 4.1 KDA to 5.4. The matchup is close, as both bot lanes know how to pressure in lane and carry in team fights. A lot of it comes down to the draft, but I’d give a small advantage to SKT for being a more well-rounded duo.
The biggest difference is how clean SKT looks in their wins. Their macro is on point and they know how to snowball the smallest leads into game-winning advantages. A 2-1 victory for SKT.
Risk: Medium. Whenever two top-tier teams clash, there’s always a risk of an upset.
Oddschecker: Kt Rolster (11/10), SKT (13/18)