After weeks of watching the 10 best teams in Europe duke it out on the rift, it all comes down to this: Origen vs. G2 Esports.
This time last year, both teams were in the Challenger Series, but now they're fighting for their first EU LCS title. Origen has the star power, but G2 is equally hungry. After looking dominant all split, G2 didn't miss a beat in the semifinals as they made quick work of Fnatic in a 3-1 win. Now they're faced with Origen, a team they went 2-0 against during the spring split.
No one can see into the future, but each team's statistics over the last few months do give us some insight into how they'll perform in the most important game of the season.
Here's how the matchup looks by the numbers:
Overall: The dragon hoard
Going into the season, many thought that Origen would dominate their competition. The team was mostly unchanged from last year, only adding Tristan "PowerOfEvil" Schrage to the lineup to accommodate xPeke's move to designated substitute. But their immediate record suffered.
G2 trounces Origen in almost every category across the regular season. They took more dragons, had stronger KDAs, placed more wards per minute, and crush Origen in terms of Gold differential at 15 minutes. But Origen can't be underestimated, particularly if they can throw off G2 by bringing in xPeke at key moments like they did against H2k-Gaming in the semifinals.
Key Matchup: A Tale of 3 mid laners
Speaking of xPeke, this is a mid lane matchup that Luka "Perkz" Perkovic is going to have to be wary of. While he's head-and-shoulders above PowerOfEvil in terms of core statistical performance, xPeke will be something of a wild card in this matchup. He's only played four games across the regular season and playoffs, but xPeke is technically undefeated. Plus, his one game against H2k-Gaming in the semifinals saw him put up a monstrous 81.8 percent kill participation stat.
And even if xPeke doesn't play, PowerOfEvil has shown up in the playoffs. With a huge jump from a 3.8 KDA to a 5.1 KDA, along with improvements in damage per minute and kill participation. No matter who starts for Origen, you're going to want to watch the middle of the map.
Performance to watch: The Emperor's new stats
Jin "Emperor" Hyun Kim was ignored a little in the regular season. It's not that he was a bad player, far from it, but he was overshadowed by Kim "Trick" Kang Yun in the jungle. Emperor put up a strong 4.9 KDA despite putting out the second lowest damage share among AD carries in the league, and did it on a below-average gold share.
But Emperor has faltered in the playoffs while Zven has flourished. Zven's been pumping out more damage, taking more gold, and dying far less. They looked like an uncoordinated team towards the beginning of the season, but playoffs Origen is a thing to fear.
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.