Sunday . 1 August . 2021

League of Legends Worlds 2017 Semifinals - RNG v SKT (4:37)Royal Never Give sầu Up looks lớn dethrone SK Telecom T1 & advance lớn the world finals. (4:37)

Despite Samsung Galaxy making the final và taking SK Telecom T1 to five sầu games,, almost no commentator saw it as the second strongest team at the 2016 League of Legends World Championship. Despite being underestimated, however, Samsung had continued to lớn evolve sầu, and it was that adaptation that, in my opinion, set them ahead of ROX Tigers as the World Championship closed.Editor"s Picks

At Beijing"s Birds Nest Stadium this Saturday, SKT & Samsung will meet at the first ever repeat final. Once again Samsung has improved over the course of the sự kiện, but rather than say it doesn"t deserve to be there, critics may even dare lớn refer khổng lồ Samsung as the favored team to best SKT -- a first, as every final SKT has appeared in it has won.

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While SKT & Samsung"s Chinese opponents focused more on scaling options, even moving for the likes of Twitch and Soraka, SSG và SKT have sầu both put high emphasis on svào laning picks to lớn carry out side laning setups; a stark contrast from the reputation for building late game team fighting compositions. As such, victory or defeat for SSG và SKT will come down to getting solo lanes ahead and understanding when khổng lồ group và when lớn attaông chồng side lanes.

Top counterpichồng priority

Cuvee, right, and Ambition, left, at the 2017 League of Legends World Championship.Provided by Riot GamesBoth SKT & Samsung prioritized having strong top lane matchups in their series against Royal Never Give up & Team WE. Shen, Camille, Gnar, và even Kennen ended up being pivotal picks for SKT"s Heo "Huni" Seunghoon and Samsung"s Lee "CuVee" Seungjin. But how the two top laners played out svào matchups was more significant.

SKT looks for ways to lớn get Huni an advantage. This can be as simple as creating pressure in the bottom side và forcing Teleports from opponents to give sầu Huni a free lane to lớn farm, as SKT did against RNG in trò chơi 1. For example, RNG tried to lớn make a play on the bottom side, allowing Huni to lớn claw baông chồng for an eleven minute Trinity Force.

Still, advantages can be squandered. In that same game, because of the lead on the enemy Twitch, Huni didn"t have the option of split-pushing past river even with a lead against Shen. Even with vision on Twitch, Huni didn"t push to lớn river and work on building his advantage. He grouped when he could have sầu pushed, & that sent SKT inlớn a team fight with four low range members against a Janna và no Ardent Censer of their own.

By contrast, CuVee has a steady commitment to side lane pressure. He often pushes lớn the turret, relying on Samsung"s vision control on the opposite side of the bản đồ khổng lồ know the location of threats. Samsung also rely on CuVee much more khổng lồ mix up team fights on Gnar or Kennen with a svào flank. The team prioritizes giving hlặng a counterpiông xã matchup so that jungler Kang "Ambition" Chanyong has the ability khổng lồ help mid & bottom lane phối up good backs. Ambition shouldn"t be considered a gank-oriented jungler, but rather one that always shows up lớn lane to help mid and bottom push out và get an advantageous bachồng so they come to lớn lane with stronger itemization.

As such, if both SKT & Samsung go for a 1-4 composition as they have throughout the playoffs, a lot will come down to svào top lane picks. That will give sầu red side an advantage, & Samsung will be able to lớn utilize this advantage better than SKT. SKT will get more of an advantage on blue side by prioritizing svào jungle picks to influence mid lane.

Of course mid matters

Faker, center, is going for his fourth World Championship.Provided by Riot GamesIn both the SKT và Samsung series in the semifinal, Galio became a high priority mid lane pick. Samsung và Royal both found ways khổng lồ counter the Galio priority -- it came down to svào jungle matchups lớn influence the mid lane.

After nerfs, Galio doesn"t have sầu as much freedom to simply push the mid lane at early levels without exposing himself to lớn tự động attaông chồng harass. In trò chơi 3 in the RNG vs SKT series, RNG used Ryze and Sejuani against the weaker early Zac lớn force Galio baông xã và relinquish lane priority.

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In the Samsung series, Galio fell out of blue side first piông xã tier when WE failed to lớn take advantage of Jarvan IV khổng lồ pressure mid early. Galio is often banned on xanh side because his matchups are so jungle dependent. As the series progressed, however, Samsung felt more comfortable to lớn first pick Galio, but the pichồng necessitated a svào ganking jungler lượt thích Lee Sin and a play-making tư vấn lượt thích Rakan. Even WE"s Su "xiye" Hanwei showed signs of wanting khổng lồ bachồng early, knowing that Rakan & Lee Sin could easily make a mid play and give priority to Galio over Taliyah. Yet he stayed in lane & gave sầu up first blood.

It seems as if a Galio first piông chồng isn"t ikhuyễn mãi giảm giá unless Jarvan IV is banned or blue side can ensure a strong jungle matchup. That"s why a powerful jungle pichồng lượt thích Sejuani with both Jarvan IV & Gragas off the table or Jarvan IV should be considered first pick-able. In this scenario, any even mid matchup can be swayed by the jungler. For SKT, this will matter much more as the team receives most of its control through Lee "Faker" Sanghyeok. As both top and bottom have sầu performed unreliably for SKT, the importance of getting control mid và transferring it lớn side lanes increases.

As such, the limited pool of mid laners both teams will want khổng lồ play comes inkhổng lồ contention. For Lee "Crown" Minho, Samsung has been so reliant on picks like Taliyah that it has picked her blind & gotten punished when WE countered with the Kassadin and Shen combination. Taliyah will fall prey lớn assassin picks like Leblanc or Kassadin and really powerful traders like Cassiopeia. Yet the power Taliyah has to lớn both control mid lane & impact side lanes will make her equally attractive sầu to SK Telecom T1 if it cannot choose Galio.

Since Crown"s laning has suffered this year, và Faker has had to win his lane and transfer his pressure to side lane, that makes both teams interested in pushing mids with globals. Samsung in particular have sầu chosen heavy global comps, preferring Taliyah & Shen as a combination. SKT look to 1-4 và pichồng a mid that impacts side lanes & can counter ganks on priority.

As the game progresses, however, Crown"s limitations become more obvious. He plays almost every mid lane champion in a similar manner: wanting to push out top to river, get wards in the jungle around Baron , & set up for fights or picks to transition khổng lồ Baron. That made Viktor with a Lich Bane an igiảm giá choice, as Viktor"s ultimate covered a lot of jungle space, but for something like Malzahar, Crown has struggled more to lớn find the correct niches. Much narrower terrain is necessary to lớn get a piông xã with Nether Grasp without getting collapsed upon. As such, that raises priority on Taliyah even more.

Denying Taliyah could easily shut down how Samsung want khổng lồ play mid and leave way more openings for SKT lớn control Baron. With a strong jungle matchup as well, SKT can take any mid advantage khổng lồ compensate for its weaknesses in side lanes.

Bottom blues

Bang và Peanut celebrate after a victory at the League of Legends World Championship.Provided by Riot GamesNeither Samsung nor SKT are known for their bottom laners, yet the greatest divergence comes from the bottom lane roles. Samsung has focused more on getting bottom leads with picks lượt thích Varus so it can hold its 1-4 or 1-3-1 better later on. SKT has wanted more scaling bottom lane picks to mix up for team fights.

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While SKT will focus more jungle attention around top & mid, Ambition will teeter between mid và bot. That almost ensures a bottom lane lead for Samsung và an easier time playing out it desired composition. If Samsung has mid pressure in mid game off a bottom lane lead, Huni is much more likely khổng lồ get caught out, which can cede Baron lớn Samsung without a team fight.

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