Bloodletting: Kill Pace and Target Selection in MSI and Regional Playoffs

The 2015 Mid-Season Invitational was an absolute bloodbath, with 62% more kills per minute than the LCK playoffs and a way faster pace than anyone could have expected, based on how each region’s playoffs played out.

The chart above compares the average Combined Kills per Minute (CKPM) from each major region’s playoffs and the entire Mid-Season Invitational tournament. (The LPL unfortunately can’t be included because the league does not release its match histories publicly.) As an added bonus, I’ve broken out average target selection for each region.

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New Summer Split Stats Pages

The 2015 Summer Split is officially underway, with the first games played last night in both League Champions Korea (LCK) and the League Master Series (LMS). You can see the new stats pages for these leagues by using the nav bar at the top of the page, or following these links:

More new pages will be popping up as both the North American and European LCS start up in the coming weeks!

They Bleed: How to Conquer SK Telecom T1

SK Telecom T1 arrived at MSI as gods and left as mere mortals. Somehow, unexpectedly, a European squad full of rookies and a supposedly inferior Chinese team were able to prove that the Koreans were less than immortal, that they could, in fact, bleed.

Coming into MSI, SKT’s skin seemed impenetrable. They had captured the LCK crown handily, with a 3-0 sweep of the GE Tigers. The followed that with a 5-0 Round Robin, leading SKT’s Faker to state that he was “eager to get [a] clean sweep”. That didn’t seem like an unrealistic goal, especially after SKT had beaten EDward Gaming so convincingly in their Round Robin matchup.

But when the dust settled after Game 5 of the MSI Finals, EDG stood victorious. And along the way, European underdogs Fnatic had also, very unexpectedly, managed to push SKT to a fifth game.

How did SKT’s LCK and MSI playoff opponents manage to take seven games and the MSI championship away from them? The statistics below explore three keys to victory over SKT:

Get That Snowball Rolling
Push the Pace
Keep it Messy

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