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LPL Roundup: Snake crumbles

by Kelsey Moser Apr 25 2015
Thumbnail image courtesy of LPL / LPL Screengrab

Invictus Gaming triumphed over Snake in a somewhat decisive best-of-five. I say "somewhat decisive" only because Snake took a single game, but Invictus Gaming chose to heavily misplay their composition and build paths by going for dragon contests instead of split-pushing. 

Otherwise, Invictus Gaming outdid Snake where they typically shine: in the team fight.

Zzitai is a work in progress

In most games, Zzitai was easy fodder for first blood or an early kill. He over-extended without vision and died at the top of the map. He's slowly learning that top lane is perhaps a little longer than mid.

Otherwise, he's used his typical strengths well. He's good at gaining and pushing a CS advantage. Despite only using Wild Growths on himself in Game 2, Zzitai still seemed to have a large impact on the game by pulling pressure. Game 3 he faltered with a questionable Luden's Echo Kayle build. 

His strongest games featured top Smite champions, Shyvana and Hecarim. With these picks, he could maximize his 1v1 advantage and have a larger team fight presence. This is a decent meta for Zzitai, but he still needs some work to become a powerful top laner.

What does Snake do when they cannot out-team fight?

Nothing. Next question.

kRYST4L's seeming inability to play Jinx played a part

In games 1-3, Invictus Gaming could pick up Jinx for free. She got simple advantages for iG by melting turrets and having a massive team fight presence. Snake seemingly couldn't compete and left a powerful pick open through draft phase.

In Game 3, they chose Tristana. Tristana's push can theoretically answer Jinx's, but a weaker early game and a lack of traps just make her seem like a substandard replacement overall. To add insult to injury, Kid played a strong Kalista in Game 4, showing up kRYST4L's champion pool.

KaKAO

Not much else needs to be said. At this point, it's an obvious mistake to allow KaKAO to get his hands on Gragas. He turns Gragas into both a monster of an early carry jungle and an unkillable tank and disengage tool in the late game. There's no reason to let that champion through for Invictus Gaming.

It seemed as if Snake had learned their lesson in Games 2 and 3, but Gragas remained first pickable in Game 4. Snake easily paid the price. 

With multiple dispersement tools and chain crowd control from Kid and Kitties, Invictus Gaming made their fourth game their most devastating. Rookie could easily follow up with an unhindered Kassadin to accumulate kills.

Looking at upgrades

In the next split, Snake will look to make a few player trades; a more experienced shot caller will go a long way for a roster so young, but those tend to be few and far between (unless you're on OMG, in which case there are far too many shot-callers).

At the very least, a mid laner who can make more mid and early game plays might aid Snake. Opening up additional strategies like 1-3-1 splits could easily make them a more powerful force.

They can also just try other compositions with their current roster. If Playoffs results are any indication, Summer will be much less of a cake walk, and Snake has very little to lose.

Kelsey Moser is a staff writer for the Score eSports. She won't revel in iG's victory, as it was a bit sloppy. You can follow her on Twitter to keep her in check.

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