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Team WE have not started this new spring split well. They have fallen to two losses in two matches. Their first was a 2-0 thrashing at the hands of Weibo Gaming before a 2-1 loss against Victory Five in their previous game. That is not the start they would have liked considering there is a lot more skill in that team than these performances suggest.
Top Esports, on the other hand, have recovered well after losing their first match to Rare Atom 2-0. They were taken to a third map by Ultra Prime in their previous match but they still had enough strength and discipline to ensure they came away with their first win of the season. That would have provided them with much needed confidence.
Top Esports have a lot more offensive firepower in the lanes than Team WE. That is almost always reflecting in the way they go about their game as well, preferring to stay aggressive and move in for kills. As a result, that approach should work well against a passive Team WE.
Shanks has been Team WE’s most effective player, keeping a high KDA, a high kill rate as well as a low death rate. Shanks has averaged 3.2 kills, 1.4 deaths and 5.6 assists, which has earned him a KDA of 6.29 along with a creep score of 301.4. These are stunning numbers considering the team will be relying on his depth for offensive production.
Two other players – Stay and View – have also performed well, producing 3.4 kills per map apiece. Both players have the exact same kill participation rate because they also average 4.6 assists per game. These are strong numbers but high death rates has impacted their overall efficiency in the lanes, another problem for Team WE.
Biubiu has struggled in the top lane, producing just 1 kill on average but he has also been killed 3.6 times per map on average, which has impacted his team’s ability to stay proficient through team fights.
JackeyLove was a player that underachieved in the LPL’s summer split, at least by his usual lofty standards. As a result, his team also struggled. He has started the new split in impressive form, with exceptional kill participation numbers, including producing 5.6 kills, 2.6 deaths and 6.8 assists per map at a KDA of 4.77 with a creep score of 305.2.
While JackeyLove has found his rhythm in the lanes, he will be desperate for his offensive partner in the middle lane, Knight, to join him. Knight has not quite hit his straps yet as evidenced from his numbers of 3.6 kills, 2.6 deaths and 6 assists per map at a KDA of 3.69 with a team leading creep score of 316.
Their new support player, Zhuo, has the best KDA in the team built on a solid assist rate which is currently at 13 per map. That has helped build his KDA to 5.23, highest in Top Esports for this new spring split, which may come as a surprise to many.
LNG Esports (moneyline)
LNG Esports have started the new spring split in sprightly form, with two straight wins to stay unbeaten in the LPL so far. They are currently fourth in the LPL standings although it is still very early in the season to start analyzing teams based on that metric.
Invictus Gaming have split their two matches down the middle. Not only are they 1-1 in the match record, they are 2-2 in the map record, which is indicative of their middling expectations this season as well.
LNG Esports are aiming for the top of the LPL this season. And they should be able to at least come close with their new roster. Invictus, on the other hand, will have aspirations of just making the postseason, which seems a long way to go. In this matchup, I would expect LNG Esports to start quickly, take out one nexus and then take out another without trouble.
LNG Esports have a lot to look forward to this season. They may even look for the top of the league if they can get a few things right, including lane efficiency. That has been no trouble in the first few games and maps in the spring split.
Their new recruit Doinb has started well, with returns of 4 kills, 2.4 deaths and 6.2 assists per map at a KDA of 4.25 with a sterling creep score of 299. Their bot laner Light has been even more productive in the lanes in his bid to generate kills that he has generated 4.6 kills, 1.2 deaths, 7.6 assists at a KDA of 10.17 and a creep score of 310.2.
If these two can maintain close to this level of production and efficiency in the lanes, there is no reason why LNG Esports cannot find their best strength throughout Summoner’s Rift this split, and reach their lofty expectations.
It is now time that Invictus Gaming start to find their feet with their new roster. It can take some time for new teams to find that proficiency and move around well, but this team has now played with each other for four maps.
Their bot laner has been leading the offensive production with three kills per map but that is about it. Mid laner Yuekai has been solid in the lanes, with averages of 2.75 kills, 1.5 deaths and 3 assists per map at a KDA of 3.83 with a creep score of 258.25.
Neny has led the efficiency for the team from the top lane with returns of 1.75 kills, 1.5 deaths along with 4.25 assists. That has helped build his KDA to 4 with a creep score of 239.75, which is excellent for a top laner at this level of the game.
DWG Kia (moneyline)
The reigning champions of the world DWG Kia are back in Summoner’s Rift on Wednesday after the LCK’s two day break to open the new week. They will face a resurgent Nongshim team as they seek to find their second win in the new spring split.
Both these teams have split their first two matches of the season. Both teams have won one and lost the other so far in spring. DWG Kia lost their second match, 2-1, against Gen G in a terrific match to close out the first week of action.
Considering that result, you might see that the break has helped DWG Kia pick back their momentum and confidence after their previous defeat. That will hurt them a lot and they may bring some of their best offensive proponents to face this Nongshim team.
It may come as a surprise but Dread is leading the team in kills in this spring split. He is averaging 3.8 kills, 2.8 deaths and 4.6 assists per map at a KDA of 3 with a creep score of 189.2 and a CSPM of 5.86. Returns like these are fantastic for a jungler.
Their top laner is their most effective player, with returns of 2.8 kills, 2.2 deaths and 4.4 assists with a KDA of 3.27 and a creep score of 307. Even these returns are sensational considering the position of Canna, which is a hard place to produce kills from.
If Nongshim are to have some semblance of consistency, they need their mid laner and bot laner to stand up and improve their production in the lanes. While this is not easy, it certainly is possible, which improves the overall situation of the team.
ShowMaker has been arguably the best mid laner in pro League of Legends in the last few splits. He has showed that repeatedly in the Worlds as well. This season is no different with solid returns of 4.6 kills, 1.8 deaths and 7 assists per map at a KDA of 6.44 with a creep score of 339.6.
New bot laner Deokdam has been in amazing recent form, with an average of 6 kills and 6 assists per map. He also has a creep score of 321. These two will be pillars for DWG Kia in the rest of the split, and they will be desperate for another solid performance in spring.
KT Rolster (moneyline)
Both these teams have started the new spring spli in middling fashion, but to be fair, both of them are middling teams. One or none may make the playoffs because this is a very competitive league.
Hanwha Life Esports have lost several key, pivotal players, which will leave them a bit short of confidence and confidence as this season progresses. KT Rolster, therefore, begin as favorites in this contest to move to their second win of the season.
This could be a close match that ends up going into the third map, which may make it interesting for neutral viewers. However, there is still a high likelihood of KT Rolster winning this match by the end of the third map, which makes them a reliable bet.
If Hanwha Life Esports are to have any chance of winning this match, they will have to stall the effectiveness of Aiming in the lanes. He has been in simply stunning form so far, with returns of 4.25 kills, 0.75 deaths and 3.75 assists per map with a KDA of 10.67 along with a creep score of 335.
Mid laner Aria has also stepped up his overall production, with 2.75 kills per map. That is not bad for his position because he has been quite steady with a low death rate. KT Rolster will depend heavily on these two players for efficiency in the lanes on Wednesday.
KT Rolster have another diamond in the rough in their top laner Rascal, who is averaging 3 kills, 2.25 deaths and 3 assists at a KDA of 2.67 with a creep score of 293.5. These three, patrolling the lanes, will be the influential weapons for KT Rolster.
Hanwha Life Esports do have the option of just going on the offensive and staying aggressive in team fights prior to the spawning of neutral objectives. They started the spring split well with a quality win against Nongshim Redforce, a result that will inspire them with plenty of confidence.
The mid lane will be guarded by Karis, who has been quite steady this season. His average returns this season per map are 3.17 kills, 2.17 deaths and 4.5 assists per map at a KDA of 3.54 and a creep score of 280.33. If he can maintain this, it might help his team immensely in this fixture.
SamD will be in charge of the bottom lane. He has produced fantastic results as well, compared to the standards this team was expected to meet this season. He has been his team’s most efficient player with returns of 3.33 kills, 1.83 deaths and 4.83 assists per map at a KDA of 4.45 and a creep score of 365.17 .
|LPL And LCK 2022 Spring Split Information|
|Teams||LPL: Team WE vs Top Esports, LNG Esports vs Invictus Gaming
LCK: Nongshim RedForce vs DWG Kia, KT Rolster vs Hanwha Life
|Location||Offline event, conducted in China (LPL) and Korea (LCK)|
|Time||Wednesday, January 19 at 3.00 AM EST onwards|
|How to watch||LPL official Twitch channel
LCK official Twitch channel
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