With the group stage of the 2017 League of Legends World Championship set to begin this weekend, we decided to compare some of each team's key stats and players from the summer season ahead of the event.
This article will discuss Group C and Group D. To see Group A and Group B, click here.
While Samsung Galaxy might have come in second at Worlds last year, RNG are looking very strong thanks in no small part to AD carry Jian "Uzi" Zi-Hao's stellar split. In the summer, he had a 9.7 KDA which is significantly higher than the second highest KDA in the group, Li "xiaohu" Yuan-Hao's 6.5.
Uzi also had the highest CSPM of any player in the group at 10.2 and tied for second/third highest kill participation with Jo "CoreJJ" Yong-in of SSG at 73 percent.
It also bears mentioning that while we were unable to find 1907 Fenerbahçe Esports' CSPM and GDM in the summer, they had a strong performance in the Play-In stage, going 4-1 in their group with a 1.34 KD ratio, and a 214 GDM.
If the statistics on display in Group D are anything to go by, Misfits face an uphill climb. As shown by their GDM of seven, Misfits were not as dominant in their domestic league as other teams coming into Worlds.
They also lag behind in terms of aggregate kill/death ratio to a noticeable degree, however the European roster has pulled off upsets before, such as beating Fnatic in the EU LCS summer playoffs.
All-in-all, the real question of the group is whether Team WE or Team SoloMid will both make it to the bracket stage, and who will make it as the first seed. While both teams have similar collective stats, TSM's Søren "Bjergsen" Bjerg is coming off a strong season where he had a 6.8 KDA and 78.1 percent kill participation.
Correction: A previous version of the Group C infographic incorrectly listed xiaohu and uzi ason FB. theScore esports regrets the error.
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