It’s going to be a huge Saturday for League of Legends fans. 3 amazing matches will be played. Damwon vs Gen G, G2 Esports vs Rogue and Team Liquid vs TSM
When the season started no one really expected them to make their way into the finals, but they absolutely defied the odds and defeated a rejuvenated T1 side on their way to set up a clash with the current World Champions, Damwon Gaming. The last time these two met, Gen.G were able to come out on top, but there will be a lot of other factors in play in a best of five series.
The key thing to look out for will be the way Gen.G pull off their transition into the mid game and what position their mid laner Bdd is in during that. We have seen the mid-jungle duo of Damwon Gaming absolutely annihilate the mid laner of the opponents and considering how impressive Bdd was in Gen.G’s win against T1, they must do everything to protect him in the early game.
This might leave Gen.G’s ADC and best player, Ruler playing without a lot of help from his jungler, and is something Damwon can capitalize on. We will need to see Gen.G playing at the highest level they have this season if they want to pull off the upset against the powerhouse that Damwon Gaming is.
G2 Esports vs Rogue
When the split started, everyone had this game as the final of the LEC but they are going to meet in the semi finals after losing to MAD Lions. There are so many questions around both of these teams recent perfomances but Rogue are definitely heading into the game with more momentum on their side after they took down Schalke 04 at the end of last week.
Surprisingly, both of these teams have shown very interesting yet similar drafts in the second half of the scene, which were centered around their mid laner. In their loss to MAD Lions, G2 Esports were so committed to this theme, that they asked their ADC, Rekkles to play Karma, which is an enchanter that helps elevate the threat of other carry champions in the game. This was a mind boggling decision according to fans as Rekkles is the best hypercarry player in this G2 Esports side any many wondered why Caps or Wunder didn’t play the champion instead of him.
Rogue on the other side, are bringing terrifying picks like the Senna-Cho’gath bottom lane and are definitely showing a better read on the meta compared to G2 Esports. It’s a case of history vs present form, but if we are going by only form here, Rogue are definitely the favorites.
Team Liquid vs TSM
There is so much history between these two as they are the most successful teams in the history of LCS. Team Liquid will be looking to get their revenge against TSM for knocking them out of LCS last summer, while TSM will look to defend their crown and head into the finals against Cloud9.
The key thing to look out for this series is how both teams will target the champion pool of the opponents mid laner. TSM’s PowerOfEvil has been reliant on Azir throughout this season while Team Liquid’s Jensen has played utility champions like Ahri and Orianna. There aren’t many champions these players will be comfortable to play as back up plans and it can cause a lot of difficulty in preparing for the drafting phase as the series goes on for the coaching staff of both the teams.
It won’t be wrong to say that players like Alphari and Swordart will have a big say in the outcome of the series but this might be a battle between the two coaching staffs at fhe end of the day and how well they adjust to the different draft phases.