Rough Drafts podcast League of Legends World Championship preview: Group D

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 Thursday in San Francisco. The podcasts are broken up individually by team, but the collective video for the whole group is available as well.

 

Splyce

Head Coach –     Jakob “YamatoCannon” Mebdi (Coach of the Year)

EU LCS Regular Season Record – (9-6-3) [24-12]

Summer Playoffs – 3-2 Semifinals over H2k-Gaming; 1-3 Finals to G2 Esports

Summer Regionals – 3-2 Finals over Unicorns of Love

Players
All stats are from Summer Playoffs

Top Lane  –  Martin “Wunder” Hansen

1st Team All-Pro

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% CSD@10 GD@10
9 31 28 40 2.5 73.2% 2.3 -17

Jungle – Jonas “Trashy” Andersen

2nd Team All-Pro

Summer Regionals MVP

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% WPM WCPM
9 9 19 61 3.7 72.2% 0.70 0.48

Mid Laner –  Chres “Sencux” Laursen

3rd Team All-Pro

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% CSD@10 GD@10
9 23 17 39 3.6 63.9% -7.9 -186

AD Carry – Kasper “Kobbe” Kobberup

2nd Team All-Pro

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% CSD@10 GD@10
9 30 21 38 3.2 70.1% -5.2 -106

Support –  Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle

2nd Team All-Pro

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% WPM WCPM
9 4 25 58 2.5 76.1% 1.37 0.31

Samsung Galaxy

Head Coach –     Choi “DoGGi” Woo-beom

LCK Regular Season Record – (12-6) [24-16]

Summer Playoffs – 2-0 Round 1 over Afreeca; 0-3 Round 2 to KT Rolster

Summer Regionals – 3-1 Round 2 over Afreeca, 3-2 Finals over KT Rolster

Players
All stats are from Summer Regionals

Top Lane  – Lee “CuVee” Seong-jin

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% CSD@10 GD@10
9 32 27 51 3.1 63.4 2.2 223

Jungle – Kang “Ambition” Chan-yong

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% WPM WCPM
9 24 17 65 5.2 67.9 0.76 0.45

Mid Laner –  Lee “Crown” Min-ho

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% CSD@10 GD@10
9 38 18 47 4.7 64.9 1.7 -35

AD Carry – Park “Ruler” Jae-hyuk

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% CSD@10 GD@10
9 35 18 54 4.9 67.9 1.1 28

Support –  Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% WPM WCPM
8 2 12 73 6.3 59.5 1.38 0.44

Alternate Support –  Kwon “Wraith” Ji-min

Regular Season Starter

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% WPM WCPM
1 0 5 4 0.8 80.0 1.28 0.29

Royal Never Give Up

Head Coach – Kim “Fly” Sang-chul

LPL Group B Regular Season Record – (13-3) [29-11]

Summer Playoffs – 3-2 Semifinals over I MAY; 0-3 Finals to EDward Gaming

Players
All stats are from Summer Playoffs

Top Lane  –  Jang “Looper” Hyeong-seok

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% CSD@10 GD@10
8 27 20 38 3.25 64.4% N/A N/A

Jungle – Liu “Mlxg” Shi-Yu

Regular Season MVP

3rd Highest Regular Season Jungler KDA

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% WPM WCPM
8 23 31 53 2.45 75.2% N/A N/A

Mid Laner –  Li “xiaohu” Yuan-Hao

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% CSD@10 GD@10
8 18 20 57 3.75 74.3% N/A N/A

AD Carry – Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao

T-2nd Regular Season MVP

Highest Regular Season ADC KDA

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% CSD@10 GD@10
8 26 16 50 4.75 75.2% N/A N/A

Support –  Cho “Mata” Se-hyeong

3rd Highest Regular Season Support KDA

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% WPM WCPM
8 7 32 67 2.31 73.3% N/A N/A

Team SoloMid

Head Coach – Parth “Parth” Naidu (Coach of the Split)

NALCS Season Record – (17-1) [35-6]

Summer Playoffs – 3-0 Semifinals over CLG, 3-1 Finals over Cloud9

Players
All stats are from Summer Playoffs

Top Lane  –  Kevin “Hauntzer” Yarnell

1st Team All-Pro

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% CSD@10 GD@10
7 22 15 51 4.9 76.8 -4.6 -67

Jungle – Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen

Summer Finals MVP
2nd Team All-Pro

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% WPM WCPM
7 6 10 64 7.0 73.7 0.70 0.55

Mid Laner –  Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg

Regular Season MVP

1st Team All-Pro

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% CSD@10 GD@10
7 36 13 37 5.6 76.8 5.0 251

AD Carry – Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng

1st Team All-Pro

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% CSD@10 GD@10
7 26 10 44 7.0 73.7 2.3 -27

Support –  Vincent “Biofrost” Wang

Rookie of the Split

1st Team All-Pro

Games Kills Deaths Assists KDA KP% WPM WCPM
7 5 9 64 7.7 72.6 1.40 0.46

Chase Wassenar’s Predictions:

 

  • Team SoloMid: I’m all aboard the Team SoloMid hype train thanks to the sheer level of dominance they displayed throughout the split. Bjergsen and Svenskeren’s synergy is on point, Doublelift is still terrifying in the bot lane, and Hauntzer should be able to hold his own against the top laners being thrown his way. The only thing stopping this team from being the best North American team to attend Worlds possibly ever is themselves. I have faith they’ll figure it out.
  • Samsung Galaxy: I’m not going to pretend I’ve been the biggest fan of Samsung Galaxy throughout the split, but their path to Worlds displayed a level of confidence and poise that younger teams don’t usually display. Great coaching, a revitalized Ambition making plays all over the map, and a bot lane that has improved by leaps and bounds thanks to the almost unbelievable emergence of CoreJJ as a top tier support has this team poised to escape the Group of Death.
  • Royal Never Give Up: Royal will certainly do its best to keep up with the rest of the group, but I think the playoffs revealed some really significant problems that they can no longer hide behind with lane swaps. Uzi and Mata aren’t on the same page, and Looper may not be ready to handle this meta. However, if anyone can get this team back on track, it’s Mlxg, an incredibly underrated jungler who might just be able to focus the incredible level of on paper talent into some tangible victories.
  • Splyce: Any hype I had for Splyce died when I had to re-watch that atrocious Regional Finals against the Unicorns of Love. The team just doesn’t look ready to handle the bright lights of the big stage, and that isn’t going to get easier at Worlds. If they remember how to turn those team fights into actual objectives and stop trying to rush plays, they’ll still have an incredible top laner in Wunder, Trashy’s play-making power, and solid shot calling. That’s a big if given the youth of this franchise, and an early loss might leave them shellshocked for the rest of the tournament.

 

Walter Fedczuk’s Predictions:

 

  • Team SoloMid: Arguably the best team either of the west regions have produced, who knew putting the best European and North American player on the same roster would do that? Bjergsen and Doublelift have turned into one of the most potent carry combos this side of the Black Sea and the improvement of solid role players have lessened the carry load they need to bear. Te say it best let me invite “TSM Fanboy Walter” to the keyboard;

 

 

  • Samsung Galaxy: With KT Rolster destined to qualify as Korea’s number three seed, Samsung Galaxy had other plans finally unleashing their secret weapon in support CoreJJ. CoreJJ didn’t astonish with his mechanics, instead relying on steady shot-calling and timely roams to help abuse KT’s weaknesses and highlight his teammates strengths. The worrying thing is that the CoreJJ buff will be placed on cooldown, and it might be longer than Flash’s.
  • Royal Never Give Up: The prodigal son returns as Uzi and the Royal organization return to worlds for the first time since their back to back runners up world finishes in seasons three and four. The roster is an assembly of star power across the board with two world champions and Uzi’s aforementioned runner up status. Jungler MLXG continues his attempt to step outside the shadow of EDG’s Clearlove as the best jungler in China, and in a group filled with such varying styles of junglers should truly get to strut his stuff.
  • Splyce: Splyce is a great feel good story; play the spring split, end up in relegation, re-qualify, end the summer split in second place, and qualify for worlds. Unfortunately that last step led to a regional finals against Unicorns of Love which highlighted a multitude of weaknesses. Splyce’s youth and relative inexperience is fine when you look at everything they’ve accomplished this split. It doesn’t lead to much faith when it comes to a successful worlds performance, however for the youngsters in black and yellow the future is clearly bright.

 

Freelance writer and co-host of the Rough Drafts podcast.

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