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Analyst Challenge – Win Conditions, July 1

The “win conditions” challenge is deceptively simple: look at the two team compositions shown in the screenshot below (blue team on the left; red team on the right) and describe each team’s win conditions.

July 1, 2019 Challenge

BLUE Team:
Poppy, Nocturne, Sylas, Xayah, Rakan

RED Team:
Kennen, Jarvan IV, Aatrox, Sivir, Morgana

Patch: 9.11

The Responses

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GXD – A clearer way to communicate player diff stats

Some time ago, I introduced the concept of “slash lines” as a way to measure players’ early game performances. The idea was to move away from creep score difference (CSD) stats, especially for junglers, and begin looking more at gold and experience differences.

Gold and experience diffs have several advantage over CS diffs. They capture the actual value of each CS, instead of treating a siege minion as having the same value as a caster minion. They also handle the rewards from jungle camps in a more consistent way, compared to the challenges that existed with the past approach of counting every jungle monster as 1 CS, or the current approach of counting every camp as 4 CS.  Gold and experience also do a better job of normalizing measurement of oddball lanes like the current Spellthief’s Sona, or last year’s Spellthief’s/Klepto Zilean.

There are some problems with the slash lines approach, though, and I’d like to move forward with another step that should help.

What problem are we trying to solve?

First, let’s understand the challenges with using slash lines. The biggest issue is that slash lines are messy to read and write. When I say that Lira has +132/-68 GD10/XPD10, that’s a whole lot of characters on the screen. It can definitely feel pretty cryptic.

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Analyst Challenge – SKT vs Afreeca

Here’s your challenge: look at a brief video clip from a recent game of professional League of Legends and use the available information to recommend one team’s next move.

June 24, 2019 Challenge

Yesterday’s challenge came from game 2 of the 2019 summer week 1 match between SK Telecom T1 and the Afreeca Freecs. The question was: what should the next move be for the blue-side team (SKT)?

The Responses

Here are a few of the responses that came in. Continue reading Analyst Challenge – SKT vs Afreeca