Fnatical Impulses: NA and EU LCS Early-Game Kills, Deaths, and Gold Differentials

TL;DR – Key Highlights

Team Impulse fights the most in the first 15 minutes in the NA LCS.
Fnatic fights the most in the first 15 minutes in the EU LCS.

Dignitas has the best early-game combat +/- in the NA LCS.
Fnatic has the best early-game combat +/- in the EU LCS.

Team SoloMid has the best 15-minute gold +/- in the NA LCS.
Fnatic has the best 15-minute gold +/- in the EU LCS.

Bonus: See the end of the article for each team’s target selection and death distribution in the first 15 minutes.

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Global Top 20 KDAs, KP%, DPM, and GPM

Check out the links below for the world’s 20 highest KDAs, average kill participation rates, damage per minute rates, and earned gold per minute rates so far this split.

Top 20 KDA Ratios
Top 20 Kill Participation Rates
Top 20 Damage per Minute
Top 20 Earned Gold per Minute

Top 20 lists in Google Sheets

Note: LPL data is not available, so these lists include NA and EU LCS, LCK, and LMS.

Finding a Niche: Evelynn’s Subpar Summer Split

Evelynn, the Widowmaker.

Because of her invisibility, she can be one of the most terrifying spectres in all of League of Legends. Did she just walk over my ward? Is she following me through my jungle? Is shestanding right behind me!?! Every moment becomes a nightmare (as CLG’s Pobelter will tell you).

Evelynn was rarely seen in pro play in the 2015 Spring Split, but after some small changes in patch 5.6 (earlier stealth entry at later levels, and spell hits lower Dark Frenzy’s cooldown instead of giving her move speed), then a 10-damage buff to her Hate Spikes in patch 5.7, she made an appearance in the hands of EDG’s jungler, Clearlove, in Game 5 of the MSI Finals. That led to an international trophy, and Evelynn has seen a surge in popularity since.

But popularity isn’t the same as success. This split, Evelynn’s bark has been worse than her Hate Spikes. Evelynn only has a 38% win rate in the Summer Split, thanks partly to poor use in some players’ hands–we can’t all be Clearlove–and partly to good countering by her opponents.

This article explores Evelynn’s performances during the Summer Split so far. We’ll look at how Evelynn is used, break down her results, and run some in-depth statistical analysis on her early-game win conditions, comparing her to some other common jungle picks to see if and how she is unique.

We’ll see that Evelynn’s biggest keys to success are ganking more, farming less, and valuing the first Tower above the first Dragon. This is not the case for every jungler: Sejuani, for example, benefits more from hard farming early, while Rek’Sai gets more benefit than others from taking the first Dragon. (More about that on page 3!)

The statistics in this article shouldn’t change your fundamental idea of who Evelynn is and what she needs to do to win, but they might demonstrate just how binary Evelynn’s play style is:either she ganks a lot, or she loses.

Read on if you’re ready to tumble down the rabbit hole with me!

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