Longzhu looked a lot less stable than expected. Their shot calling and decision-making are still largely hit or miss and their macro seems to revolve around 50/50 Barons. Even so, Longzhu’s raw talent and team fighting prowess are not to be underestimated.
While MVP have started off their last series strong, they looked worse and worse as the match went on. A lot of it wasn’t their fault, though. After all, once Longzhu have cut down on the misplays, it became painfully obvious that MVP are way too far behind in individual strength.
Top Lane Matchup: At first glance, Longzhu’s Expession doesn’t seem like anything special. With a 3.0 KDA and 8.3 CS per minute, he looks like your regular top laner that doesn’t get much attention from his team. However, it’s exactly in these low-econ situations that Expession shines the most. His tank play is solid and he shows up huge in skirmishes, no matter how far behind he’s from the laning phase. Although I’ve criticized MVP ADD for being a Sion one-trick, even I have to admit that the man is capable of doing work on other champions. Holding a 2.5 KDA and 7.5 CS per minute, ADD is formidable in lane but his greatest forte is his ability to work together with his teammates. Even so, LZ’s Expession takes the lead due to being able to do less with more.
Jungle Matchup: Barring a missed Smite, LZ Crash looked strong. Sporting a 3.3 KDA and 5.3 CS per minute, he has the right mix of playmaking and game sense that makes the best junglers. And even though MVP Beyond has managed to keep up most of the time, he’d still find himself behind at crucial times. With a 2.8 KDA and 5.3 CS per minute, Beyond concedes this matchup to Crash.
Mid Lane Matchup: MVP Ian still has me unconvinced. His only good showings were on Syndra, and Ian has struggled to make anything happen even on power picks like LeBlanc. With a 2.6 KDA and 7.8 CS per minute, Ian is too dimensional to stand his ground against some of the better teams. On the other hand, Longzhu’s Fly is showing more and more with every game he plays. With a 4.3 KDA and 8.7 CS per minute, Fly has an unnerving sense of where he has to be on the map at any given moment. His individual play has also been remarkable, and he’ll make sure to put Ian to a test this series.
Bot Lane Matchup: Even though MVP’s MaHa and Max are a well-rounded duo, they’re far from exceptional. With 4.0 and 3.3 KDAs, they pull their own weight both in lane and in team fights, but it will be an uphill battle for them to hold out against PraY and GorillA. Even though Longzhu’s players are behind with 3.1 and 2.8 KDAs, they absolutely outclass their opponents when it comes to pure, mechanical play. Another win for Longzhu.
As long as Longzhu keep their shot calling in check and avoid needless risks, this series should unfold the same way as the previous one. A 2-1 victory for Longzhu.
Risk: Medium. Longzhu still make many blunders that MVP are more than capable of capitalizing on.