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League of Legends Season 3 Worlds Championship Analysis

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Game #2



  • Annie
  • Renekton
  • Corki


  • Shen
  • Orianna
  • VI



  • Jax
  • Lee Sin
  • Zed
  • Ezreal
  • Zyra


  • Rumble
  • Jarven
  • Kassadin
  • Vayne
  • Sona


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SKT’s theme for character picks was high mobility, in and out, skirmish, or lock down champs. With Zyra’s Stranglethorns, huge, AoE, pop up ult and her Grasping Roots, she was able to lock down multiple opponents at once for the rest of the team to engage upon. Through high mobility, SKT could pick off threats and then clean up relatively easily. Royal relied on the tankiness and Crescendo from Sona for similar purposes. They depended on the hyper carry Vayne and glass cannon Kassadin to take out priority targets.

This game started more standard with no lane swaps. Faker’s Zed and Godlike’s Rumble both pushed their lanes immensely. Impact and Bengi just couldn’t finish off godlike in lane, and he kept getting away with a sliver of HP each gank. The combined power of Faker, Bengi and Impact managed to be enough to dive Wh1t3zz’s Kassadin for first blood. Meanwhile, SKT’s Piglet on Ezreal was threading the needle with Mystic Shots. Collectively, SKT won every lane in the laning phase this match; this even lead to an early uncontested Dragon.

It was at this point, Royal decided they were going to make this a match. Despite SKT’s massive lead, Royal’s team comp centered team clicked as they aced SKT at only sixteen minutes. The speed and hunting potential of Vayne and Kassadin was too much for SKT to escape from. Royals team fight victories made them too aggressive and chased too far, allowing Piglet to massacre their team and snowball.

When Godlike got caught outside the Baron Pit, the momentum went out of control for SKT. Piglet became an unstoppable force. Every time Kassadin would ult, Piglet would follow hit with an Arcane Shift and burn him down. Despite Piglet’s amazing game though, I found Impact’s Jax making monumental plays for his team. He wasn’t getting all the kills, but his gameplay allowed for that win to happen.  

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