This week was marked by the Korean OGN Summer Qualifiers, in which 16 teams were divided into 4 groups and battled it out for the 8 remaining slots for Champions Summer. The competition format for each group was the “double-elimination” one, which is very popular in Korea and China. The core principle of this system is that one team is not eliminated after the first loss, but instead gets another chance when they face the loser from the other game of the group and the winner of that match-up will go on to face the loser from the winners’ game. Basically, it all comes down to this: you can afford to lose once, however if you lose a second time, you are out of the tournament. By the same logic, you need two wins out of two or potentially three games in order to qualify.
Before I get into the statistics section of the article, I thought you might be interested in the results: Incredible Miracle #1, Incredible Miracle #2, JIN AIR Falcons, JIN AIR Stealths, SKT T1 S, Najin Black Sword, MKZ and Bigfile Miracle all made it through and will part-take in the Champions Summer Draw, which will happen on Wednesday, alongside the already qualified “favorites”: Samsung Blue, Samsung Ozone, CJ Frost, CJ Blaze, KT Bullets, KT Arrows, SKT T1K and Najin White Shield.
Now, it’s time to dive into some juicy statistics! There were 20 games played this week and for those of you who watched the games live, you had the pleasure of seeing all kind of “odd-ball” picks. Overall, 41 champions descended into the Rift (Riven and Sona were not picked, just banned away) and we could admire some “outside the meta” picks like top-lane Kassadin (hybrid tank-bruiser), top-lane Kayle, top-lane Soraka (after the nerf), top-lane Hecarim (don’t ask), mid-lane Anivia (it was not Froggen playing it) or mid-lane Katarina (not Scarra!). Of course some were more successful than others, but all in all it was a treat to watch these underdogs trying to reach their potential. We will break it down for every map section, but before we do that, let’s take a look at how the Korean teams decided to divide their bans.
1. Top-lane overview
The diversity in the top-lane was at an all time high and this situation was not triggered by an excessive “ban-wave” against the popular top champions, but the way the respective players envisioned the game. In fact, the top-lane champions only received 19 bans, making the “island on the Summoner’s Rift” the second least banned section of the map. As is the trend in both Europe and NA, Shyvana dominated the top-lane in Korea as well with a 70% pick-rate, almost double than Jax and Renekton, who share second place with 40%. The Grandmaster of Arms also accumulated 67% of the bans against the top-lane champion, being by far the most banned out top-laner. Apart from these three champions, another eight were picked for at least one game, creating a huge diversity in the top-lane. Riven was the only champion who got banned, but never picked. You can see more detailed info in the graph below (as always be sure to click on every image to enlarge it!)
Jax shows why he received so many bans against him, as he parades his 87% win-rate around to secure first place among the top-lane champions after only dropping one single game out of the eight he was involved in. In second place, Renekton ends the week with a sub-par win-rate of 37% and in third we have Shyvana with 29%. Huge difference between the two and Jax, although both of them have the ability of harassing him in the early game as well as withstand the pressure of a 1v2 lane better than the Grandmaster of Arms.
2. Jungle overview
The story of the jungle is completely different than the ones of the top and mid-lane, the diversity here is close to nonexistent, as the gap between the “fantastic four” and the rest is pretty big at the moment. Lee Sin, Kha’zix, Evelynn and Elise were picked by 39/40 teams, the only other picked jungler was Nunu with one odd appearance on the Rift. Among the four, Kha’zix was the most picked (60% pick-rate) and Lee Sin was the most banned champion (55% ban-rate) and the Blind Monk was also one of four champions (the other ones were Lulu, Kassadin and Thresh) who were picked or banned in every single game, having a flawless combined pick and ban rate of 100%.
Similar to the win-rates in the top-lane, one champion dominated the jungle this week with an 80% win-rate – Evelynn. In second place, we find Lee Sin with an average win-rate of 44%, followed by Kha’zix with 42% and Elise with 37%. Evelynn has a bigger impact in the “standard” 1v1 and 2v2 lanes and there were quite a few of those match-ups this week, which might explain the dominance of the Widowmaker.
3. Mid-lane overview
The mid-lane – the place where the magic happens – was both the most entertaining section of the map to watch and the most banned out one. That is nothing new in itself, but the amount of bans (55%) that were poured into the mid-lane however is slightly bigger than the usual. Kassadin (18), LeBlanc (14) and Lulu (11) were the recipients for most of these bans. In fact, the Void Walker was only allowed to play in two games this week, once in the mid-lane and once in the top-lane (interesting Tri-force, then tanky build). With so many bans focused on the above-mentioned trio, a plethora of champions made their way towards the mid-lane of the Rift, no less than 14 heroes got to play at least one game this week. Among them, Nidalee, Lulu and Ziggs were the predominant figures being able to play in five or more games.
In case you have not noticed a pattern by now, you will for sure after taking a look at the win-rates of the mid-laners. Another huge difference between the first place, Lulu (75% win-rate) and the next in line, Ziggs (40% win-rate, while in third place, Nidalee only managed to achieve a 37% win-rate. The Fae Sorceress dominated the mid-lane in a very convincing manner, winning 6 out of the 8 matches in which she was chosen.
4. AD-Carries overview
The marksmen were divided in Lucian, Twitch and the rest of the pack. The Purifier and the Plague Rat got the most picks this week, 14 and 11 and were the only AD-Carries to receive bans against them. In third place, Kog’Maw was the most popular pick when the first two were unavailable, gathering a total of 6 picks, while the people who did not favor him went for Caitlyn (2), Corki (2), Ezreal (2), Jinx (2) or even Varus (1). The current gap between Lucian, Twitch and the rest is well known and respected by the Koreans, who were also the first ones to bring Kog’Maw to the table, as a late game hyper-carry with a huge sieging potential and his win-rate speaks for itself.
The marksmen are the only ones who do not fall in line with the rest of the win-rates trends across the map and first place Lucian only has a 64% win-rate, compared to second place Kog’Maw’s 50%. That is referred to as an “adequate difference” and an even smaller one occured when comparing Kog’Maw and Twitch, in third place, with a 45% win-rate. All in all, a balanced win-rate score-card from the three champions who played in more than 25% of this week’s games.
5. Supports overview
The big name in the Korean support scene is without a doubt, Thresh. The Chain Warden was picked 6 times and banned 14 times, bringing his combined pick and ban rate to a flawless 100%. As mentioned before, he is only one of four champions to be picked or banned in every game. On the other hand, the most usual match-up we got to see this week was Nami (13 picks) versus Leona (12), with Morgana also making her presence felt in 5 games. “Odd-ball” picks for supports included Fiddlesticks, Alistar and Annie, a noticeable presence in the early start of the season. A very important fact to highlight is the absence of both Karma and Zyra, the two poke-heavy supports, who surprisingly were never picked by any team.
Unlike their lane-partners, the supports fit right in this week’s trend of having a very dominant first place, in this case Thresh with his 83% win-rate, showing us that the 14 bans cast against him, had a solid reasoning behind them. In second place this week we find Leona with a 58% win-rate, followed by Morgana in third with a 40% win-rate and Nami in fourth with a disappointing 31% win-rate. Although she struggled quite a lot, being the most picked support this week, the Tidecaller could only swing the balance in favor of her team in 4 out of the 13 games she played.
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