Every coach has his own philosophy, style, and understanding of the way to guide his team. During week 5 of the EU LCS, I sat down with several European coaches to dig into their approach to the bot lane meta upheaval, from how it has affected their weekly preparation to their process for deciding how hard their team should commit to the “new normal.”
Thank you to Moose and Jesiz from Misfits, Grabbz and Duffman from G2, Peter from Splyce, Guilhoto from Schalke, and Kubz from Giants for sharing their thoughts. You can listen to the full audio from each coach below.
Hussain “Moose” Moosvi and Jesse “Jesiz” Le, Misfits
There has been a lot of diversity in the of role of mid lane at the 2018 Mid-Season Invitational, from supportive champions like Karma and Sion to melee assassins like Yasuo, and even some roaming mages like Taliyah and Aurelion Sol.
This chart of damage share vs. CS share post-15-minutes shows how each team balanced their mid laner’s role throughout the group stage.
Caps is a standout, with three games on Yasuo and only one on a support champion (Karma). That has led to the highest damage share among mid laners, while also netting him high farm share, especially as he split pushes.
Meanwhile, Bdd’s use of Galio and Karma (two games each) as well as one game on Sion helped produce the lowest share of his team’s farm by a wide margin. Between that champion pool and Khan’s higher proportion of carries (Camille x3, Illaoi, Gnar, Vladimir), Bdd was relied on less for his damage output than most other mid laners.
It’s worth noting, though, that Bdd’s damage contributions were quite similar to Xiaohu’s and Pobelter’s even despite allowing his ADC and top laner to pick up so much more of his team’s farm. That’s a positive trait, even if it won’t earn much of a spotlight.