Final coverage on game 3

positioning      Look at the image and ask yourself, which team is in the better position? In this case it would go to SSG, you can’t see it but the SSG CuVee on Poppy is threatening to cancel whatever teleport come out from SKT Duke who’s gained a couple of kills so far into this game. The rest of SSG are contesting SKT for midlane ambition ready to go on SKT Bengi or Bang depending on who does what, and SSG Ruler and CoreJJ ready to go over the wall if need be. Even though they’re behind they utilize the (at this time) smaller benefits from the two dragons they’ve taken while SKT takes towers and are contesting for map presence.

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Keep an eye out on the blue eyes

Look at the map I enlarged, do you see the numerous blue dots that are placed around SSG’s jungle? They emphasize constant vision in spots that are very informative if SKT is making a move onto their side of the map. Not yet able to gain much sight on their side of the river SSG can make a bead on the location of the members of SKT. With this information it allows them to make macro decisions without the worry of being punished too hard. As shown earlier Samsung Galaxies team composition shows clean disengage while Aurelion Sol can keep most of the siege engines at bay. This in part is what allowed SSG to never lag too far behind SKT and what propelled them onto equal footing for when the won that fight at baron 30 minutes into game three. These small incremental leads turned into a real threat and what cost SKT that game turning into a 5 game tussle.  steal

This steal by SSG Ambition is what led up to the baron that helped close out game three, a four drake powered Elder dragon is not something to take lightly and SSG were lightly contested when they went for the play on baron. For this game SSG Ruler and Ambition could be crowned MVP, however the consistent top tier performance of their teammates is also not something to take lightly.

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Speculation into game 3

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Pick composition coming into game 3

This would be my third post talking about the third game of the 2016 finals, but I just can’t help myself. There’s a lot of elements that come into play for this game, one of which I touched on in the last post. Being the performance SSG Ruler showed on Ezreal, him and ambition played an incredible game for this match, with Ruler’s aggressive plays on Ezreal complementing the champions mobile kit.

Let’s first crack into the each teams compositions for this match, both teams showing champions that have often reoccurred throughout the tournament. When you look at SKT you see a team that’s focused around picking off the enemy team in a bad position and being able to burst them down, dragging this strategy out into the late game. Usually for a team that has an advantage of skill compared to their opponent this is quite easy to do. While SSG’g composition you see a team that’s in part is emphasized on the early game, snagging early advantages and carrying them into the later stages. Champions like Lee Sin are known for being early game play makers, and SSG Ambition is great at that, Aurelion Sol is better known for his ability to do early game ganks (including at lv 1), and Zyra is a very lane dominant support who’s ultimate is great form of crowd control.

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     This is where it starts to fall apart, SSG Crown tries to pull off an early game gank to try and capitalize on his early presence but his bottom lane is too far behind to join him so quickly. With SKT Bengi coming in and a nice shot from SKT Bang the gank gets turned around on it’s head. Notice how the game was fairly even at this point, the only incremental leads being top lane with a match up up against a Trundle who has a fairly easy time fighting Poppy, and the midlane where Aurelion Sol can push up quite easily against an early Orianna. Yet with their strategy going around in SKT’s favor SSG remains strong, and how they do it goes in the next update.

SSG vs SKT game 3 first half

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20 minutes into game 3 and things do not look good for SSG

Game 3 was one that many expected to end in a clean sweep, and for the initial phase of the game it did. Above you can see a screenshot taken 20 minutes into game 3, SKT has both a gold, kill, and tower advantage. By all means knowing the methodical and punishing play style SKT performs with this would mean the games theirs and SKT is now the 3rd time world champions. Except it doesn’t. SSG galaxy may may be losing on paper but they never really get pushed back past their second tower, retaining some presence and even managing to gain multiple drakes to SKT’s 0. Mid game SKT manages to claim 2 Fire, an ocean, and a cloud drake, meaning that stat wise they aren’t too far behind.

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This image doesn’t do justice to how advantageous of a spot SSG is in

From the image of the game at 20 minutes in we can see that SSG is losing all across the board except for in one section, dragon control. Almost 30 minutes into game 3 and they’ve increased the amount of dragons they gained, when they go for their second fire drake SKT pushes for baron, hoping to catch them in an awkward spot. Rather it’s SKT that’s found in an awkward position SSG Ruler has reaches a significant power spike due to his upgraded items, both the dragons and items result in a culmination of advantages that simply means he does a lot of damage. The first target Ruler chooses is also very important, targeting SKT Bang who is on jhin, the lack of mobility on the champion and surprise burst causes him to flash out of the engagement and retreat. All the while SSG Ambition helps threaten kill potential forcing a kill on SKT’s support. With Aurelion Sol help herd them out of baron SSG makes quick work of SKT Faker, eliminating whatever kill potential SKT had for that fight.

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With a 16% damaging stat boost and a finishes Muramana SSG Ruler dished out large amounts of consistent damage. The benefits of having those drakes meant that the more damaging stat items they bought the more benefits they received from the drake, mixed in with the threat of gaining Elder dragon (the benefit of which being huge) SSG has a huge chance of taking game three.

 

SSG vs SKT1 Games 1-2

The final showing was a match that I’d highly recommend anyone to check out if they missed any of it. Next post is where we really crack down into the thick of the excitement that everyone’s excited about. As usual people came into the first game to judge the rest of the competition and Riot did a good job of leading up to it. The first few minutes of the game had everyone watching with baited breath trying to spot who would gain first blood, and there were some very close calls at the start. There was even a moment where SSG Crown gained a 1v1 kill versus SKT Faker, planting the idea that This wouldn’t turn into the 3-0 stomp that many casters at the time where speculating it would be. Hell the consensus was that since SSG was still a strong team they could manage to pull out one win.

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SSG might have been the crowd favorite but the general community agreed with the casters

Sure enough SKT met all the expectations that were set out for them, gaining smaller leads and turning them into huge advantages such as a 10k gold lead that was often seen. SKT showed an overall very dominant prescence that they’re well known for, showing the precision it takes to be the 2 time world champions that they’re known for. With that game came the fitting expectation that SKT could possibly pull a 3-0 sweep again against a team in the world finals similar to their performance in 2013.

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Stats for the end of game 2

Often times I talk about how for events such as this when your harsh but realistic expectations are met there’s not much enjoyment taken from it, teams like Albus Nox, TSM, and Rox (one of these things is not like the other)  were the crowd favorites coming in but got snipped at the bud. Game 3 is where Samsung Galaxy had to show some fight.