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The defending champions in EDG take on the 1st seed from Group C in DRX. EDG and DRX are both coming into form and both teams will be eager to secure their semifinal slot.
EDG finished second in group B with a 4-2 record, with their only two losses coming against a dominant T1.
EDG’s standout performer so far has been Viper. He has a 73% kill participation score, a 6.4 KDA and has also put out 27% of the team’s damage. He has performed quite well on champions like the Jinx, Aphelios and the Sivir. He is able to find a lead of 400 gold by the 15-minute mark. He is able to grow his lead and once he reaches his item breakpoints, he is able to step up and carry team fights for EDG.
DRX managed to finish first in their group with a 5-2 record, with their losses coming against Rogue in week 1 and TES in week 2.
Zeka has been playing quite well at worlds, and has a 6.6 KDA, a 61% kill participation score and a 22% damage share. He has been quite prolific on his pocket picks of Sylas and Akali and has been tearing up the rift with them. He is able to gain a gold lead in lane of 250 on average by the 15 minute mark. He uses his lead to find picks in the side lane and DRX are able to turn these advantages into objectives.
These two teams have the most international games played by two teams against each other. T1 and RNG are quite evenly matched and this should be a close series with the teams separated by the smallest of margins.
T1 have played quite well at worlds and managed to end Group C in first place with a 5-1 record, with their only loss coming against Fnatic during week 1.
T1’s top laner Zeus has had a great tournament and has been able to massively impact their games with his picks. He holds the highest damage percentage on the team with a 28% damage share. He has played carry champions and has gained an advantage of 1300 gold by the 15 minute mark on average. He is able to take out the enemy backline in team fights and is able to win the game for T1 through some great team fighting.
RNG have looked quite good at worlds so far, and ended Group D with a 5-2 record, with the team only losing to Gen.G in the second week and in the tiebreaker.
Gala has been the standout player on RNG, and has a 31% damage share at a 7.1 KDA. He has been given resources in the early game which allows him to build a small lead of 350 gold over his lane opponent. He uses this lead to find small advantages and grows his gold advantage. Once he reaches his item power spikes, he is able to take over team fights and win the game for RNG.
These two teams did not meet in the LCK summer playoffs, and the current LCK champions Gen.G will be looking to take the victory.
Gen.G finished group D in first place with a 6-1 record, losing their opening game against RNG, but getting revenge in week 2 against them.
Gen.G have played a very good early game and are able to secure a 1600 gold lead by 15 minute mark. One of the standout players on the team is their mid laner Chovy. Chovy has a 27% damage share and a 12.8 KDA with a 53% kill participation.
He is able to find multiple advantages in lane and is able to build a cs lead and a gold lead over his lane opponent and is ahead by 500 gold by the 15-minute mark on average. He is able to translate his lead into team fight damage and helps push Gen.G over the line in close games.
DK have been steadily improving since the LCK summer playoffs and finished 2nd in their group behind JDG with a 5-2 record. They only lost to JDG in week 1 and were able to win in week 2 to secure a tiebreaker, but were unable to defeat JDG a second time.
The meta has evolved to suit DK and one of the main carries of the team in Showmaker has shown up at worlds in a big way. He has a 11.5 KDA and a 26.4% damage share. He is able to get ahead in lane and is able to build a 650 gold lead by the 15-minute mark that he uses to become a side lane threat that no single member can match. He is able to get onto the backline on champions like LeBlanc and Sylas to turn the team fights for DK.
|EDG vs DRX, T1 vs RNG, Gen.G vs DK
|Friday, October 21 at 5 pm ET
|How to watch
|Official Riot Games Twitch channel
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