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Heavily involved despite being swept
October 19, 2017
Cuzz finished Thursday's sweep to Samsung with a 2/13/18 combined KDA.
ANALYSIS
Cuzz began the series with two games on Jarvan IV, combining for a 2/9/15 KDA on the champion. In Game 1, Cuzz finished with a 1/4/11 KDA as he was involved in 12 of 15 kills, leading Longzhu with 11 assists. In Game 2, Cuzz earned a 1/5/4 KDA, involved in all five kills and tying for the team-high assist total, but this time only with four. In the final game of the series, Cuzz used Gragas to finish with a 0/4/3 KDA. He was involved in three of five kills, finishing an assist behind Khan and GorillA for the team high as Longzhu were swept out of the tournament.
Surprisingly outclassed
October 19, 2017
PraY ended Longzhu's Thursday loss to Samsung with a 5/10/11 combined KDA.
ANALYSIS
PraY finished Game 1 with a 3/4/8 KDA as Xayah. He was involved in 11 of 15 kills, finishing with his team's second-highest kill total and thir- highest assist total. In Game 2, PraY used Varus and finished with a 0/4/2 KDA. He was involved in two of five kills, but couldn't manage a single kill while dying four times. Using Varus again in Game 3, PraY earned a 2/2/1 KDA. He was involved in three of five kills, tying for the team high kill total with two. PraY was surprisingly outshined all series long by Ruler, in what was thought of as a one-sided matchup heading into the series.
Uncharacteristically poor performance
October 19, 2017
GorillA earned a combined 3/8/16 KDA during Longzhu's Thursday loss to Samsung.
ANALYSIS
GorillA used Thresh in Game 1 to earn a 2/3/10 KDA. He was involved in 12 of 15 kills, finishing an assist behind Cuzz for the team high. In Game 2, GorillA played Lulu and finished with a 1/3/2 KDA. He was involved in three of five kills, tying for the second-highest assist total, but unable to really do much to help Pray scale into a threat. In Game 3, GorillA used Rakan to end with a 0/2/4 KDA. He was involved in all but one kill, tying for the team-high assist total, but again was unable to be a playmaker for Longzhu.
Elite-level play carries Samsung
October 19, 2017
Crown finished Samsung's Thursday sweep of Longzhu with a 17/5/20 combined KDA.
ANALYSIS
Crown used Malzahar in Game 1, finishing with a 5/3/7 KDA. He was involved in 12 of 19 kills, tying for the team-high kill total with five. In Game 2, Crown carried as Taliyah, earning a 9/1/7 KDA. He had 100 percent kill participation, leading Samsung in kills with nine of his team's 16. For the final game of the series, Crown used Lissandra to end with a 3/1/6 KDA. He was involved in nine of 11 kills, finishing tied for the second-highest kill total. Crown's dominant play was a huge boost to Samsung as they not only upset Longzhu, but made it look easy.
Surprisingly crushes the LZ bot lane
October 19, 2017
Ruler ended Thursday's sweep of Longzhu with a 11/2/23 KDA in three games as Tristana.
ANALYSIS
Ruler finished Game 1 with a 5/1/10 KDA. He was involved in 15 of 19 kills, tying for the team-high kill total, while also tying for the second-highest assist total. In Game 2, Ruler ended with a 1/1/9 KDA. He was involved in 10 of 16 kills, managing only one kill, but finishing with his team's third-highest assist total. For the final game of the series, Ruler earned a 5/0/4 KDA. He was unkillable, involved in nine of 11 kills while leading Samsung with five kills. Ruler stepped up huge for Samsung, as he was thought of as their weak link coming into the series.
Helps Ruler dominate the bottom lane
October 19, 2017
CoreJJ earned a combined 1/5/37 KDA during Samsung's Thursday sweep of Longzhu.
ANALYSIS
CoreJJ used Rakan in Game 1 to earn a 0/3/14 KDA. He was involved in 14 of 19 kills, leading Samsung with 14 assists. In Game 2, CoreJJ finished with a 1/1/12 KDA as Taric. He was involved in 13 of 16 kills, again leading Samsung in assists, this time with 12. Using Taric again in Game 3, CoreJJ finished the series with a 0/1/11 KDA. He had 100 percent kill participation, leading Samsung with 11 kills. CoreJJ helped Ruler dominate the Longzhu bottom lane, in surprising fashion, leading to Samsung's sweep.
100% kill participation in upset win
October 16, 2017
Mountain finished Sunday's win over SKT with a 3/1/9 KDA as Sejuani.
ANALYSIS
Mountain was heavily involved throughout the game, helping to lead ahq to a stunning upset over SKT. He was involved in 100% of ahq's kills, tying for the team-high assist total and the second highest kill total. With the win, Mountain and ahq kept their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages alive.
Leads AHQ in kills
October 16, 2017
AN ended AHQ's Sunday win over SKT with a 5/0/3 KDA as Kog'maw.
ANALYSIS
AN was able to scale into a threat in the late game as ahq did a good job of protecting their AD Carry during the victory. AN was involved in eight of 12 kills, leading ahq with five kills in the win. AN will need to continue to step up his carry performances as ahq are a long shot to make it to the quarterfinals.
Utilizes Ardent Censer
October 16, 2017
Albis used Janna during Sunday's win over SKT to earn a 0/0/9 KDA.
ANALYSIS
Albis allowed AN to scale into a threat by utilizing Janna's shields and the powerful Ardent Censer. He was involved in nine of 12 kills, tying for the team-high in assists with nine. Albis did his job in protecting his carries and enabled ahq to knock off the defending World Champions.
Unable to find the path to success
October 16, 2017
Peanut finished SKT's Sunday loss to ahq with a 0/1/1 KDA as Gragas.
ANALYSIS
Peanut struggled to really do much of anything in the surprising loss to ahq. He was involved in one of SKT's two kills, tying for the team-high assist total in the process. The loss to ahq was surprising, but SKT remain in control of their own destiny to qualify in first place.
Both SKT kills
October 16, 2017
Faker ended Sunday's loss to ahq with a 2/3/0 KDA as Kassadin.
ANALYSIS
Faker struggled to get to a place where he could carry on the Kassadin, as SKT dropped their first game of Week 2. Faker picked up both of SKT's kills, but it wasn't near enough to take down AHQ. While the loss to ahq was surprising, Faker and company remain the favorite to take first seed in their group.
Rough Lulu game
October 16, 2017
Wolf used Lulu during SKT's Sunday loss to ahq, finishing with a 0/3/1 KDA.
ANALYSIS
Wolf struggled to protect himself or his carries during the loss to ahq on Sunday. He had an assist on one of SKT's two kills in the game, tying for the team high in the category. Wolf also tied for the second highest death total in the game, as SKT struggled to get anything going.
Dominates in crushing win over C9
October 16, 2017
Clearlove finished Sunday's win over Cloud9 with a 7/2/13 KDA as Jarvan IV.
ANALYSIS
EDG needed to get off to a good start after an 0-3 Week 1 and Clearlove helped them dominate C9. He was involved in 20 of 22 kills, finishing with his team's second highest kill total and tying for the second-highest assist total. His strong Jarvan play allowed EDG to snowball in nearly every lane and dominate teamfights.
Carries on Caitlyn
October 16, 2017
iBoy ended EDG's Sunday win over Cloud9 with a 8/1/9 KDA as Caitlyn.
ANALYSIS
iBoy helped carry EDG to a strong start to Week 2, utilizing Caitlyn's range to play safe and deal excellent backline damage. iBoy was involved in 17 of 22 kills, leading EDG with eight kills in the win. It'll be difficult for EDG to climb out of their group after an 0-3 Week 1, but the win over C9 is the first step to a miracle.
Shields his way to win
October 16, 2017
Meiko used Lulu during Sunday's win over C9 to earn a 0/1/20 KDA.
ANALYSIS
Meiko was able to utilize Lulu's shielding and Ardent Censer itemization to help EDG take a one-sided win over C9. Meiko was involved in 20 of 22 kills, leading EDG with 20 assists. Meiko will need to continue to enable his teammates if EDG have any hope of making the quarterfinals.