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This is the first in what will hopefully be a weekly series of short articles picking out my favourite game of the week from the LPL, NA and EU LCS and LCK. I'll be taking into consideration overall gameplay, importance of the game within the region, and unique strategies. If you disagree with me on anything, let me know why.
KT Rolster vs CJ Entus - Game 3
With LPL put on hold this week for the Demacia Cup, there were a lot less games of League to watch. In Korea, KT Rolster and CJ Entus battled it out for mid table supremacy. Shy’s struggles in the top lane has forced CJ to look towards some other options and rookie toplaner Helper played all three matches although his performance on Gnar was shaky at best.
After two topsy turvy games full of momentum swings and throws, KT finally took a firm grasp on the set in the final game out rotating and out playing CJ at every turn. Score and Piccaboo maintained vision on Ambition’s Evelynn, and controlled the jungle with the use of Shen ultimates to protect them in their aggressive plays.
While the overall play throughout the series was a little messy, KT’s interesting use of zone control champions like Ekko and Azir in order to protect their immobile ADC is a composition that hasn’t been showcased by many other teams. Another great sign for KT is the fact that Nagne has shown himself to be an adept player on Azir. Nagne’s always been known to struggle when his favoured assassins are not in the meta, and we’ll see if any teams start to target his Azir in future games.
CJ on the other hand, looked indecisive throughout the series and the synergy between MadLife and Ambition was a notch below their counterparts on KT. If they’re to somehow break free from mid table mediocrity, and challenge for a spot at worlds they’ll need to step up their play, and quickly.