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EU LCS Finals: G2 vs UoL Stats Comparison

Ahead of the EU LCS 2017 spring finals this weekend between G2 Esports and the Unicorns of Love, here’s a statistical breakdown of how they performed in the regular season.

Takeaways

G2 spent more of their time this season playing from ahead. They had a much higher early-game rating (EGR), based on taking a lot of early towers.

The Unicorns did a lot of their work in the mid and late game, comparatively. They had an average EGR but still won most of their games, largely because they pushed the pace with combat. UoL fought the most of any team in the league. In fact, they had the second-highest combined kills per minute (CKPM) across the five major regions. Only the LPL’s LGD Gaming had a higher CKPM, but LGD’s numbers were heavily driven by deaths, with just a 0.76 K:D ratio.

Jungle control is a big point of differentiation for the two teams. G2 dominated the jungle farm game, with the second-highest jungle control in the five major regions (behind only AHQ eSports’ 57.1%). The Unicorns, by contrast, had below-average jungle control, which was likely related both to their propensity to group up and fight instead of playing a controlled farming style, and also to their low vision output, which made the neutral parts of the map more dangerous.

EU Mids: Searching for the lost superstars

The historic greatness of “EU mids” has been waning for some time.

There are several good mid laners in Europe right now, but we’re no longer living in the glory days when Danish and Spanish titans were stalking the Rift and leaving their indelible marks on the League of Legends history books. That’s partly because of an ongoing exodus of skill to North America, thinning out the upper strata of the talent pool, but there’s also a lack of compelling narratives to tell around the current generation of EU LCS mid laners: it’s become more difficult to clearly establish their legacies and in-game personalities.

Unquestionably, though, the average level of European mid lane talent has remained high, and there are stories very much worth telling, even if those narratives don’t flow quite so easily, and even if we must continue to wait and hope for the arrival of Europe’s next true mid lane superstar. Continue reading EU Mids: Searching for the lost superstars