By the Numbers: The NA LCS Finals

by Daniel Rosen Apr 16 2016
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After weeks of watching the 10 best teams in North America duke it out on the rift, it's all come down to this: Team SoloMid vs. Counter Logic Gaming.

NA is a battle of legacy, and TSM's star-studded roster have managed to put their pedestrian regular season performance behind them with impressive playoff wins over Cloud9 and Immortals.

Meanwhile, Counter Logic Gaming are looking to lay a beatdown on turncoat AD carry Yilang "Doublelift" Peng and the rest of TSM. Above all else, CLG are the reigning NA LCS champions — they beat TSM in a 3-0 sweep in the 2015 NA LCS Summer Finals — and have no plans at surrendering that title.

No one can see into the future, but each team's statistics over the last few months give us an insight into how they'll perform in the most important game of the season.

Here's how the matchup looks by the numbers:

Team performance: Picking up the pieces

TSM went 9-9 in the regular season, but don't let that confuse you. The TSM of the spring split is very clearly not the same TSM you've been watching in the playoffs. TSM went 6-1 in the quarterfinals and semifinals, including a shocking 3-0 win over the 17-1 Immortals. But they're still far behind CLG when it comes to core map-control.

CLG leads in dragon control and wards cleared per minute, and surpasses TSM when it comes to holding a gold lead at 15 minutes. But TSM does place more wards than CLG, largely thanks to Bora "YellOwStaR" Kim's proactive support playstyle. YellOwStaR placed 1.23 wards per minute during the regular season, far ahead of Zaqueri "Aphromoo" Black's .99 WPM. But all the wards in the world mean nothing if you can't use them, and TSM still has to prove this lineup can work together effectively.

Key Matchup: Not quite the kings of the jungle

Many saw TSM's jungle as their weak link throughout the regular season and while Dennis "Svenskeren" Johnsen was considered one of the top EU junglers on SK Gaming last season, his performance on TSM this split has left much to be desired.

Svensekeren has a high kill participation, but an overall weaker KDA thanks to a whopping 61 regular season deaths. To put that in perspective, Jake "Xmithie" Puchero died 30 times, about half of Svenskeren's total. But while Svenskeren often failed to apply early game pressure during the season, he's stepped it up in the playoffs. An impressive 9.9 KDA coupled with a 76.7 percent kill participation shows that Svenskeren has found his groove in the post-season while Xmithie hasn't done much to improve his kill participation.

Player to watch: Do you even Doublelift, bro?

Doublelift may may be sporting black and white these days, but his damage output is just as high as it was when he donned the black and blue. Doublelift dealt 31.8 percent of TSM's damage throughout the regular season, while Trevor "stixxay" Hayes put up only 24.1 percent of CLG's.

However, Doublelift is on a much more gold-hungry team. The all-star AD carry only picked up 30 percent of TSM's CS after 15 minutes, the fifth lowest in the league. However, stixxay got about as much gold and put up the second-lowest amount of damage among AD carries in the league. stixxay has his work cut out for him if he wants to prove to his support partner that he's good enough to beat TSM's bot lane.

Graphics by Andrew Tanzil.

Stats provided by Tim "Mag1c" Sevenhuysen.

Daniel Rosen is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.