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Behind every carry there are helpful teammates; behind most kills, there are assists.
The tables below show where the assists came from for the three AD carries and three mid laners who had the most kills in the NA LCS 2016 summer regular season.
Doublelift received more help than the other two players from his support, Biofrost, with Bio helping on 85% of Doublelift’s kills. Surprisingly, Bjergsen only assisted on 62% of Doublelift’s kills. Part of that is because the TSM duo lane created lots of kills all on their own (Doublelift had 14 kills where Biofrost was the only assist, compared to 9 each for the other two ADC/support pairings in this graphic).
By comparison, WildTurtle and Sneaky both received more help from their junglers and top laners. In particular, Impact was very helpful in providing assists on Sneaky’s kills, while Pobelter did a lot to help WildTurtle.
Jensen was the overall kill leader of the NA LCS this split, and also had the highest ratio of solo kills among the three mid lane kill leaders. He synced with Sneaky on a lot of kills, getting more assists from Sneaky than the other two mid laners got from their ADCs.
Pobelter’s jungler and support stacked up a lot of assists on his kills, with Reignover’s support of Pobelter being much higher than the help Meteos, and especially Svenskeren, gave to Jensen and Bjergsen, respectively.
Across the board, Bjergsen had low assist rates from his teammates, relative to Jensen and Pobelter. This suggests that Bjergsen did more of his own work, and that more of his kills came from smaller engagements, where his kills would come with only one or two assists rather than three or four.
A month ago, when the unthinkable happened and Doublelift left Counter Logic Gaming for their archrivals, Team SoloMid, the esports world erupted with commentary. Beyond the drama and storylines, most of the analytical work focused on TSM’s prospects and the partnership between Doublelift and Bjergsen. CLG’s side of the transaction was thoroughly dissected for drama and mined for memes, but there was far less conversation about the roster that had been left behind, and what might become of it.
The CLG fanbase was rife with skepticism, some fans saying their loyalty would follow Doublelift to TSM, others simply bemoaning the team’s future. Significant questions were being raised: how might roster changes at AD Carry and Mid lane—where Huhi had already supplanted Pobelter—change the team’s dynamic? Who could possibly fill Doublelift’s shoes?
At Intel Extreme Masters San Jose, we got to watch the new CLG roster in action as they made a run to the Finals. During those games, some questions about the new CLG were answered; others were raised. It was clear that we were watching a different CLG, but how different? Let’s take a look.