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Out of Korea, Into Katowice: SKT by the numbers

It’s the end of the first half of the LCK Spring Split 2016. SKT takes a road trip to Katowice for IEM right after their game-throwing matches against 3rd bottom seed Afreeca Freecs, locking in a 5W-4L record sitting mid of the table.

LCK mid Spring Split 2016_standings

Many reasons explain their almost 50% win rate. Their first taste of defeat by Jin Air was just a teaser to LirA’s out-jungling performance for the Freecs. Then came their questionable team compositions, adamantly picking Ezreal for 3 games and Udyr for 2 in their losses to ROX and LZ. While these drafts worked in theory, their compositions could not deal with what their opponents were picking and teams simply took the fights (and CCs) straight into SKT’s faces.

These last 3 games versus Afreeca Freecs aptly summarizes SKT’s Spring season: Game 1 is the SKT we know but has not shown up as often as we expected, Game 2 was the blundering SKT we saw in all games throughout the season even in victories, while Game 3 seemed to be the nail that sealed the deal for Blank to head to IEM instead of bengi.

“Everyone’s a hero… till you shoot off a leg or two.”

Losing to Afreeca, LZ and ROX says more about SKT than their victories this season, a stark contrast to their almost perfect record at Worlds.




Unsurprisingly even in losing series Faker has been consistently outperforming his opposing mid laner. He does more damage to champions per gold earned, proving his maximizing potential even with comparatively less resources. The other unfortunate consistency for SKT is bengi’s jungling performance. Many have accorded the meta-favoring carry junglers to his lackluster results because his typical playstyle of deep warding with clever pathing have been curbed.

neutralmonsters_enemy jg


However, we know bengi is fully capable of playing the counter jungling game, evident in his Nunu performance at MSI 2015. Secondly, in these losses he was actually beaten and out-jungled by Peanut’s Elise once, and Chaser’s Elise twice—a champion he is very proficient in. Why isn’t SKT  prioritizing an Elise pick for bengi or running compositions around it anymore is questionable, but teams that beat them have proven that she is still a viable pick in this meta so attributing only the meta to explain bengi’s performance would not be sufficient.

The deciding factors then seem to rest in Duke’s and Bang’s hands. For 2 of the 3 series, Duke and Bang both outperformed their opponents by almost 50%. Yet the anomaly lies in their series versus Afreeca where all 3 carries Duke, Faker and Bang outperformed their opponents, yet still lost.

Granted SKT threw Game 2 right out of their own hands, but what’s more interesting is the stark differences the effectiveness of damage dealt to champions in Afreeca’s clean Game 3.

  Champion Dmg Gold % effectiveness per gold
Duke Poppy 13.9k 11.1k 125%
Bengi Graves 9.7k 10.3k 94%
Faker Lulu 13.9k 12.6k 110%
Bang Ezreal 14.8k 10.7k 138%
  Champion Dmg Gold % effectiveness per gold
ikssu Trundle 9.4k 13.5k 69%
LirA Nidalee 9.1k 13.7k 66%
Mickey Corki 15k 14.6k 102%
Sangyoon Kalista 8.7k 13.8k 63%

Afreeca vs SKT: Game 3

No one on Afreeca out-damaged SKT because they simply did not have to. Game 3 is the highlight of taking SKT’s favorite game of map control and using it against them effectively.

building kills_sktvsafreecaG3

Look familiar? This was SKT’s typical win pattern was at Worlds 2015. For a whopping amount of games, they disallowed their opponents to even touch their 2nd tier inner turrets. Map control and objective control are strengths of SKT, but of course the difference in this meta is LirA’s Nidalee clearing out 44 creeps from bengi’s jungle, gradually opening up the map 9 towers to 1, 3 dragons to 1 and 2 Barons to 0 in Afreecas favor.

Junglers Champion Neutral monsters killed in team jungle Neutral monsters killed in enemy jungle
Bengi Graves 93 5
LirA Nid 102 44

Placed in IEM Katowice Group B, the first question is: Can the former World Champions and currently mid-seed SKT take it all? Maybe. SKT’s weaknesses are obvious, but many lie in their own team plays which they can control. Perhaps one good reason why Blank is on the table for IEM is because in the one game he played against Peanut, he took more creeps from ROX’s jungle than Peanut did from his.


This is more than any counter-jungling bengi has done this season, and if SKT is rolling with the meta, their jungler cannot be the unfortunate consistent factor anymore.


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