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Rough Drafts League of Legends World Championship preview: Group B

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The League of Legends World Championship is just a week away! With that, our friends at the Rough Drafts Podcast decided to break down every team in every group heading into worlds, which kicks off Sept. 29 in San Francisco. The podcasts are broken up individually by team, but the collective video for the whole group is available as well.

Flash Wolves

Head Coach – Chen “WarHorse” Ju-Chih

LMS Regular Season Record – (10-3-1) [23-5]

Summer Playoffs – 3-2 Semifinals over ahq, 3-0 Finals over J Team

Players
All stats are from Summer Playoffs

Top Lane  –  Yau “MMD” Li-Hung

2nd Highest Regular Season Top Lane KDA

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% CSD@10 GD@10
8 15 10 47 6.2 55.9% 0.0 -82

Jungle – Hung “Karsa” Hau-Hsuan

1st Highest Regular Season Jungle KDA

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% WPM WCPM
8 33 18 59 5.1 82.9% 1.04 0.64

Mid Laner –  Huang “Maple” Yi-Tang

2nd Highest Regular Season Mid Lane KDA

T-1st Summer Playoffs MVP

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% CSD@10 GD@10
8 31 10 56 8.7 78.4% 8.6 31

AD Carry – Hsiung “NL” Wen-An

2nd Highest Regular Season ADC KDA

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% CSD@10 GD@10
8 26 18 44 3.9 63.1% -4.4 -60

Support –  Hu “SwordArt” Shuo-Jie

1st Highest Regular Season Support KDA

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% WPM WCPM
8 6 13 77 6.4 74.8% 1.46 0.32

SK Telecom T1

Coach – Kim “kkOma” Jeong-gyun

LCK Regular Season Record – (13-5) [28-13];

Summer Playoffs – 2-3 Round Three Loss to KT Rolster

Players
All stats are from Summer Playoffs

Top Lane  –  Lee “Duke” Hp-seong

3rd Highest Regular Season Top Lane KDA

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% CSD@10 GD@10
5 13 14 18 2.2 79.5 -7.0 -88

Jungle – Kang “Blank” Sun-gu

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% WPM WCPM
5 7 16 23 1.9 76.9 0.87 0.61

Mid Laner – Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok

3rd Highest Regular Season Mid Lane KDA

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% CSD@10 GD@10
5 5 13 25 2.3 76.9 11.6 259

AD Carry – Bae “Bang” Jun-sik

Highest Regular Season AD Carry KDA

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% CSD@10 GD@10
5 13 16 20 2.1 84.9 6.2 40

Support –  Lee “Wolf” Jae-wan

Highest Regular Season Support KDA

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% WPM WCPM
5 1 12 30 2.6 79.5 1.25 0.47

I May

Head Coach – Son “Kezman” Dae-young

LPL Group B Regular Season Record – (9-7) [21-16];

Summer Playoffs – 3-0 Round One over Invictus Gaming, 3-1 Quarterfinals over Snake eSports, 2-3 Semifinals Loss to Royal Never Give Up, 3-1 Third Place Game over Team WE

Summer Regionals – 3-2 Finals over Team WE

Players
All stats are from Summer Playoffs

Top Lane  –  Shek “AmazingJ” Wai Ho

3rd Highest Regular Season Top Lane KDA

T-1st Summer Playoffs MVP

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% CSD@10 GD@10
15 55 36 121 4.9 75.2% N/A N/A

Jungle – Fan “Avoidless” Jun Wei

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% WPM WCPM
15 38 41 117 3.8 66.2% N/A N/A

Mid Laner –  Kang “Athena” Ha-woon

Highest Regular Season Mid Lane KDA

T-1st Summer Playoffs MVP

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% CSD@10 GD@10
10 42 17 92 7.9 75.7% N/A N/A

Alternate Mid Laner –  Kang “BaeMe” Yang-hyun

2nd Highest Regular Season Mid Lane KDA

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% CSD@10 GD@10
5 18 10 23 4.1 71.9% N/A N/A

AD Carry – Xie “Jinjiao” Jin-Shan

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% CSD@10 GD@10
15 71 28 99 6.1 72.6% N/A N/A

Support –  Yun “Road” Han-gil

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% WPM WCPM
15 10 55 158 3.1 71.8% N/A N/A

Cloud9

Head Coach – Bok “Reapered” Han-gyu

NALCS Regular Season Record – (12-6) [28-16];

Summer Playoffs – 3-1 over Team EnVyUs, 3-2 over Immortals, 1-3 Finals Loss to Team SoloMid

Summer Regionals – 3-0 over Team EnVyUs, 3-1 over Immortals

Players
All stats are from Summer Regionals

Top Lane  –  Jung “Impact” Eon-yeong

3rd Team All-Pro

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% CSD@10 GD@10
7 37 15 51 5.9 66.2 1.0 99

Jungle – William “Meteos” Hartman

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% WPM WCPM
7 26 4 73 24.8 74.4 0.67 0.47

Mid Laner –  Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen

3rd Team All-Pro

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% CSD@10 GD@10
7 28 9 57 9.4 63.9 12.3 185

AD Carry – Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi

2nd Team All-Pro

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% CSD@10 GD@10
7 35 10 45 8.0 60.2 1.1 112

Support –  Andy “Smoothie” Ta

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% WPM WCPM
7 7 12 92 8.3 74.4 1.15 0.28

Chase Wassenar’s Predictions:

 

  • SK Telecom T1: I refuse to bet against Faker even when all evidence points to an SKT collapse. Duke and Blank might not have the tools to get them another championship, but Faker and Bang will ensure they’re a tough out, and Kkoma combined with the team’s experience certainly doesn’t hurt.
  • Flash Wolves: Call me an LMS fanboy (go ahead; I know you will anyway), but this is exactly the meta Flash Wolves were dreaming of when they were looking toward worlds. Karsa is a monster, Maple is the quintessential roaming mid laner, and MMD is a truly underrated top laner. Unless NL sinks them, they should be able to escape the group.
  • Cloud9: I wish I could say I was fully on the Cloud9 hype train, but despite Impact emerging as a dominant top lane threat, I’m not sure this team is quite good enough. Any dropoff from Meteos, Jensen, or Smoothie provides a weakness the rest of this group can take advantage of. Reapered will make a heck of a run, and it’s definitely in play, but I like FW just a sliver more.
  • I May: I May end up regretting this pick, but I probably won’t. While Athena/BaeMe create an interesting dynamic in the mid lane, I don’t have much faith in Road holding up under the big game pressure. If Avoidless could consistently make big plays, it’d be a different story, but I don’t think they’ll be able to do enough to pull it off.

 

Walter Fedczuk’s Predictions:

  1. SK Telecom T1: The best, even if almost to the point of arguably so, player in the world and the best organization in League of Legends, it doesn’t get much better than Faker and SKT. The inconsistency of jungler Blank and top laner Duke will frame much of the pre-worlds analysis but all eyes should be on the continued and steady improvement of AD carry Bang. Last year Jang “MaRin” Gyeong-Hwan erupted on the world’s stage with an MVP performance, now it’s Bang’s turn.
  2. Cloud9: After a stellar playoffs and regionals run owner Jack Etienne should petition Riot to officially change the team’s name to “Impact and the Boys.” Impact has shown a massive improvement since his yawn of a tenure at NRG, and his first return to the World Championship since his run with SKT in Season 3 sets up for one of the more potentially interesting storylines in the group stages.
  3. Flash Wolves: It’s fine Chase, you are and LMS fanboy, but that doesn’t matter since the deficiencies of the Flash Wolves bot lane are more than enough to question whether they have the gumption to succeed in this group. Karsa and Maple are always a formidable roaming duo, but everyone knows exactly what to expect from these two. Can the LMS flip the script two years in a row? My gut says no.
  4. I May: I May definitely deserves our respect and not just be immediately brushed to the side in this group, however, the strength of the other three teams puts a qualification spot just out of arm’s reach. The success of this team stems straight from its pedigree and infrastructure as EDward Gaming’s former sister team. Maybe next year guys.
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