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Rough showing in Valiant debut
May 20, 2018
numlocked faltered heavily in his first game with the Los Angeles Valiant when they defeated the Shanghai Dragons 3-1.
ANALYSIS
It took almost the entire season, but numlocked finally made his debut for the Valiant. It's a shame that it didn't go quite as planned. While he did well to show off his hero pool by playing both Winston and Reinhardt, he was completely picked apart from start to finish. There is a lot that he, along with KSF and Verbo, will need to do in order to prevent a repeat of this performance should they need to help out in a pinch.
Fails to impress
May 20, 2018
KSF had a subpar showing in the Los Angeles Valiant's 3-1 win over the Shanghai Dragons.
ANALYSIS
KSF entered the series once the Valiant were up 3-0 in the series and it was a good thing, too. All throughout the final game of the series, he was outplayed by Diya at just about every turn. Whether it was on Genji or Widowmaker, there was nothing at all that KSF could do to help his team do anything. While Diya is certainly a solid DPS player, getting bodied by him isn't the best sign for a backup player.
Makes surprise showing
May 20, 2018
Verbo played in the final game of the Los Angeles Valiant's 3-1 win over the Shanghai Dragons on Saturday. ,
ANALYSIS
With the series already secured at a 3-0 scoreline, the Valiant decided to put in their b-team to get them some experience. It did not go very well. While Verbo is certainly not as bad as this performance led on, it was clear that him, KSF and Numlocked haven't had much time to get on the same page. Still, getting trounced by the Dragons wasn't the greatest showing for the trio.
Continues to take a backseat
May 20, 2018
fragi continued to ride the pine during the Philadelphia Fusion's 4-0 win over the Florida Mayhem on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
After only playing in one game during the team's first series against the Boston Uprising on Wednesday, fragi didn't at all in this series. Against the Mayhem, though, that didn't matter one bit. It seems as though the Fusion are going to give fragi some real time to rest up during Stage 4, which should be good news for Fusion fans. It certainly doesn't help that SADO is a solid backup and can help the Fusion keep powering right along.
Easily supports his team in victory
May 20, 2018
Boombox was on top of things during the Philadelphia Fusion's 4-0 win over the Florida Mayhem on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Playing against the Mayhem, Boombox didn't have much to do all series long. Florida didn't put up a fight at all, which made his life incredibly easy. Nonetheless, he was still on fire for large portions of the game with his Zenyatta. The Fusion have looked pretty good since the start of Stage 4 and this game was no different. If they keep this up, playoffs are very much on the table.
Unable to hold up against enemy team in series loss
May 20, 2018
PraY earned a series KDA of 9/10/10 in his team's defeat against RNG.
ANALYSIS
Throughout the entire series against RNG, PraY had a rather inconsistent performance. Although he tried to keep up with Uzi in lane, he was unable to find a single opening as the games went on. Switching between being a dominant force in teamfights, and being caught out unexpectedly without any impact, his inconsistency made it difficult for his team to find any semblance of a hold on the series. As he was unable to keep up with Uzi, his impact was limited, allowing RNG to run away with the series and claim a 3-1 victory, securing their 2018 MSI title.
Decent performance on odd picks not enough to claim victory
May 20, 2018
Bdd earned a series KDA of 9/10/15 in his team's loss against RNG.
ANALYSIS
Starting the series off with an Irelia pick, Bdd struggled to find success. After being dominated in lane, he started picking things up but it was ultimately too late. As the series progressed, he began to find his footing. Unfortunately, he seemed to be the only one on his team able to do so. As the series continued, RNG was able to gain a stranglehold of the series. Though Bdd had found his own footing, he could not facilitate the rest of his team in finding success. As a result, KZ was defeated convincingly 3-1.
Outjungled in series loss against RNG
May 20, 2018
Peanut earned a series KDA of 1/6/19 during KZ's 3-1 defeat against RNG.
ANALYSIS
Although Peanut did not have an outright poor performance, his inability to create an impact was one of the biggest reasons his team was defeated at the hands of RNG. Starting the series off slow, Peanut found himself being simply outjungled time and again, allowing RNG to take a swift Game 1 victory. Although he bounced back and started creating an impact for his team, he was one step behind Karsa for the entirety of Game 3 and Game 4. Try as he might, he could not bring his team objective victories nor teamfight success. As a result, he struggled to bring his team the necessary advantage to stop RNG's momentum. This lead to RNG taking the series convincingly in four games, defeating KZ 3-1.
Falls flat on carry champions against RNG
May 20, 2018
Khan earned a series KDA of 4/11/13 in his team's 3-1 loss at the hands of RNG.
ANALYSIS
Throughout the entire series against RNG, Khan struggled to play his signature carry style. Starting off on Fiora, he was unable to get things going, getting absolutely destroyed in lane. After the Game 1 defeat, he switched things up in Game 2 and picked a more hybrid style champion in Cho'gath. This change was welcome and allowed KZ to pick up what would end up being the team's only victory in the series. Despite this success from the style change, Khan fell back to carry champions in Game 3 and Game 4, finding almost no success. Finding only two kills in the final two games of the game, it was clear that the carry champions were not a success. Due to the lackluster performance, KZ was easily defeated, giving the series victory to RNG without putting up much of a fight.
Strong support play results in series victory over KZ
May 20, 2018
Ming earned a 3/2/30 KDA throughout RNG's 3-1 series victory in the MSI Finals.
ANALYSIS
Playing exclusively passive support champions instead of playmakers, Ming did not have a flashy performance against KZ, but he had a strong performance nonetheless. Although he was relegated to shield duty on Janna and Morgana, he was able to impose a strong presence throughout the series, primarily through his ability to empower Uzi while simultaneously gaining vision control. Largely focusing on his ad carry, he was able to keep Uzi alive and facilitate the stellar performance. Keeping his carries saef in teamfights throughout the series, his play was critical to RNG's 3-1 victory over KZ, allowing the team to claim the Mid-Season Invitational title.
Dominant performance results in first international title
May 20, 2018
Uzi earned a series KDA of 24/5/10 in RNG's victory over KZ during the MSI Finals.
ANALYSIS
Averaging six kills and only a single death per game, Uzi had the series of a lifetime to bring his team its first international title. He stormed into the series with a dominant performance on Ezreal, and after the 32-minute victory, he seemed completely unstoppable. Although RNG was defeated convincingly in Game 2, he continued his performance, remaining the standout member of his team. Additionally, he rebounded perfectly in Game 3, bringing his team the quickest victory of the series, earning a 7/0/3 KDA in RNG's swift 26-minute victory. Finally drawing an Ezreal ban in Game 4, he picked Kai'Sa and swiftly tore the enemy team to shreds. With a final dominant performance, he carried his team to a 38-minute victory, securing RNG's 3-1 victory in the series.
Unconventional picks result in victory over KZ
May 20, 2018
Xiaohu earned a series KDA of 11/8/20 in his team's 3-1 series victory over KZ in the MSI Finals.
ANALYSIS
Although Xiaohu did not have any extremely flashy games, his consistent performance on a variety of picks was enough to secure his team's victory over KZ. He started off the series with a dominant Sion to shut down the enemy Irelia. Able to tank through the enemy damage, he provided additional initiation that was crucial to the Game 1 victory. In the remainder of the series, he fell back to more traditional control mages that allowed him to output huge amounts of damage and assist in claiming teamfight victories left and right. As he drew large amounts of focus from the enemy team, the rest of his team was able to easily control the pace of fights, quickly closing out the final two games of the series, bringing RNG a convincing 3-1 series victory.
Dominates enemy jungler in series victory
May 20, 2018
Karsa earned a series KDA of 5/6/34 during RNG's 3-1 series victory over KZ in the MSI Finals.
ANALYSIS
Despite being the team's substitute jungler, Karsa proved he deserves a spot on his team's main roster through his immaculate performance against KZ. Throughout the entire series, it was clear that he was the superior jungler, pathing more efficiently than his opponent and constantly controlling objectives. Even in his team's single game defeat, he had no trouble creating a positive impact for his team. Playing both the early game and late game stages flawlessly, Karsa played a critical role in his team's victory, allowing RNG to take a 3-1 victory with ease to claim the team's first MSI title.
Strong tank play nets victory over KZ
May 20, 2018
Letme earned a 4/5/28 KDA in RNG's 3-1 victory over KZ in the MSI Finals.
ANALYSIS
Throughout the entire series against KZ, Letme had an extremely strong and consistent performance. Playing exclusively tanks, his ability to support his team was critical to RNG's victory. His impact was felt through his ability to set up cross-map plays with teleport while simultaneously maintaining pressure in lane. This bought time for his team in each of the games, allowing his carries to scale up and become the dominant forces needed to claim victory. Averaging only a death a game while participating in the majority of his team's kills, Letme was the unsung hero of the series. Although he didn't have many flashy plays, he demonstrated his mastery of Ornn, dominating lane and bringing his team the advantages they needed to secure a 3-1 series victory to win the tournament.
Inconsistent depending on what he plays
May 20, 2018
Diya fell flat on his face a few times during 3-1 loss to Los Angeles Valiant.
ANALYSIS
While Diya did well on Widowmaker earlier in the week against the Dallas Fuel, he showed his flaws again in this series to the Valiant. Maybe because the Valiant are tougher opponents, his Tracer was significantly more cautious than any other DPS in the league. He played scared. Diya definitely has shown the potential of his skill ceiling but he needs the confidence to do so.