I look at the EU LCS’s newest stat release, “major leads/deficits,” and explore what their approach is good for, where it falls short, and some alternatives.
Ever since Riot introduced the concept of randomly-spawning elemental drakes, there has been consistent debate around the relative value of each dragon type. Consensus dictates that infernal and mountain drakes are the most valuable, with cloud and ocean as also-rans.
Currently, the trend of opinion among many experts–somewhat unexpectedly–is that mountain drake is the most useful dragon, above even the ever-popular infernal.
@TimSevenhuysen mountain over inferno any day
— Marcel Feldkamp (@MarcelFeldkamp) May 2, 2017
@TimSevenhuysen Mountain > all
— Shakarez (@Shakarez) May 2, 2017
Curiously, the data does not bear out this opinion.
Based on statistical analysis of 2017’s games to date, the value of mountain drakes is much lower than popular perception. Inferno drake is statistically the most valuable by far, while cloud and ocean drakes continue to be underrated. Continue reading Are Mountain Drakes Overrated? Statistical analysis of the value and priority of dragon types
Lane efficiency is a new statistic that measures how well teams manage minion waves throughout the game, both in terms of maximizing their own farming and preventing their opponents from farming. It is reported as a percentage, with values above 50% showing strong performance and below showing weakness.
Full details are below, including the formula, important context for interpretation, and reasons why I chose this approach instead of some alternatives. To see the lane efficiency statistic in action for the NA LCS and EU LCS, head to the findings article. Continue reading Introducing “Lane Efficiency”