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Both teams are coming off breaks after an unflattering LPL summer. FunPlus are stronger on paper and should back themselves to come ahead here.
TTG didn’t manage to qualify for the LPL Summer playoffs this year, finishing in 12th place with a 7-9 series record two places below the qualification cutoff. In that tournament they maintained a kill-death ratio of 1.07, averaging 13 kills and 12.2 deaths per game.
They lost 6.5 towers on average per game while destroying 6 themselves, farming an average of 1802 gold per minute with a -25 gold differential per minute. TTG’s rate of drawing first blood, 63.4%, was the highest among teams in the LPL summer but couldn’t often keep games going in their favor after making a successful start.
FPX scraped through to the LPL summer playoffs with a 7-9 series record, ending the round robin stage with a 19-21 win-loss ratio. Then they were able to beat OMG in Round 1 of the playoffs, but Edward Gaming proved to be a much bigger challenge, beating them 3-1.
ADC Lin "Lwx" Wei-Xiang had the most kills per game for FPX in the LPL summer, 3.23, followed by top laner Ping "Xiaolaohu" Xiao-Hu who had 2.94 kills per game although he only played 16 games before he was replaced by Summit. Lwx also had the team’s highest KDA, 3.15, as well as a creep score of 285.27.
Neither of these teams had memorable seasons at the LPL, but now they have a shot to start turning things around ahead of the spring tournament next year.
AL missed out on qualification for the LPL playoffs by the barest of margins, tied on a 7-9 series record along with three others teams. But Bilibili Gaming’s 19-21 win-loss record included one more win than AL’s 16-21, so they occupied the last qualification spot while AL missed out in 11th place.
ADC Lu "Betty" Yu-Hung led the way for AL in terms of kills, averaging 3.41 per game along with a KDA of 4.04. AL’s top laner Zhu "Zdz" De-Zhang also played his part in the top lane, maintaining a creep score of nearly 260 while farming gold at the rate of 411 per minute. Overall AL showed a strong tendency to try and accumulate neutral objectives, collecting an average of 2.05 dragons and 0.65 baron nashors per game.
Invictus finished as 13th seed in the LPL summer, unable to qualify for the playoffs. They kept experimenting with their mid lane during the LPL summer, but never hit upon the right combination. Ahn got 29 games, Mole played 23, Yuekai appeared in 21 while XinLiu only made it to 15.
In the end, jungler Xun finished with 3.39 kills per game and a 2.87 kill-death ratio. Ahn’s average kill-rate of 3.66 was Invictus’ highest, but somewhat less impressive when you consider that he played nearly 15 fewer games than Xun. The team’s overall creep score stood at 32.1 per minute along with 2027 average damage per minute.
OMG had quite an underwhelming time at the LPL in the summer, but they should back themselves in the upcoming battle against LNG.
OMG qualified for the LPL playoffs by a tiny margin as eighth seed, ending the regular season 8-8 with a 21-22 win-loss record. They were immediately brushed aside by FunPlus Phoenix 3-2 in the very first round unfortunately, so that was the end of that.
During the LPL round robin they managed a kill-death ratio of 0.92, farming 1798 gold per minute and taking down 5.2 towers while losing 5.7 of them per game. Leading their kill charts with 4.02 kills per game was their ADC Able, followed by mid laner Creme with 3.08 and a KDA of 3.27.
LNG finished as seventh seed in the LPL summer, with an 8-8 series record and a 20-19 win-loss ratio. They exceeded all expectations at the playoffs, beating Bilibili Gaming and Weibo 3-1, both of whom had better records in the round robin. After that they took third seed Victory Five apart 3-2 in round three, but their magical run was ended unceremoniously by a 0-3 loss to JD Gaming, the eventual runners up of the tournament.
LNG’s kill-death ratio in the regular season was 1.03, backed up by 13 kills and 12.6 deaths per game. they brought in 1800 gold per minute, along with maintaining a creep score of 33.2.
LPL winners and Worlds semi finalists JD Gaming are back in action, and they’re at the top of their game. It’s not going to be easy for Bilibili to be able to stop them with the form they’re in.
Bilibili Gaming had an average time at the last season of the LPL, the last team to qualify for the playoffs at tenth seed. They ended with 7 series wins and 9 losses, with a 19-23 record overall.
Their playoffs hopes were ended in one fell swoop by LNG, who beat them 3-1 to progress to the next round. During the tournament, Bilibili maintained a creep score of 32.7, while dealing 2169 damage per minute. Their kill-death ratio was 0.93, along with an average of 12 kills and 12.9 deaths per game.
The second half of the year has been excellent for JD. They brought home the LPL title this past summer for the first time since 2020, and finished in 3rd-4th seed a couple of weeks ago at the Worlds.
JD were one of the favorites to bring home the Worlds title, but were stopped in their tracks by a rampant T1 side and were knocked out of the semifinal 3-1. Still there’s no doubt that they were among the cream of the crop with a kill-death ratio of 1.09 along with 15.6 kills and 14.3 deaths per game. Kanavi’s 4.57 kills per game was the fourth-best in the tournament, and Hope wasn’t too far behind with 4.21.
With an interest in strategy and mathematics, applying that to sports writing was the natural progression. A writer at night and the founder of a gaming company, Nikhil’s previous experience includes working with ESPN for five years. His specialization includes soccer, basketball, tennis, and esports betting. Email: [email protected]More info on Nikhil Kalro
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