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Worlds 2019 Journal: Clutch Gaming vs SK Telecom T1 – Draft Analysis

The Worlds 2019 Journal is an ongoing content series from former Clutch Gaming Head Coach, Brendan “mcscrag” McGee.

Each post will be an in-depth review of one of the North American teams’ games or series from the 2019 World Championships.


Day 4 of the worlds group stage delivered the most one-sided game so far in the tournament. SK Telecom not only displayed an enormous skill discrepancy, but also a masterful plan to counter Clutch’s style and comfort picks. I’m going to dive into this draft step by step to examine what both teams were thinking at various points along the way.

First Ban Phase

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Worlds 2019 Journal: Clutch Gaming vs Royal Youth Best of 5

The Worlds 2019 Journal is an ongoing content series from former Clutch Gaming Head Coach, Brendan “mcscrag” McGee.

Each post will be an in-depth review of one of the North American teams’ games or series from the 2019 World Championships.


Everybody expected the first day of play-in knockouts to consist of a complete blowout 3-0 and a more interesting 4-5 game series. This prediction came true, but not in the order most people expected. Damwon Gaming were shocked in Game 1 by a creative and relentless early-game strategy from LowKey, while Clutch Gaming rolled over Royal Youth in a decisive 3-0. Even the Clutch bot laner Cody Sun remarked in an interview that RYL was a team to watch, specifically their jungler Closer. However, due to a mixture of winning drafts, dominant jungle pathing by Lira, and a superior bot lane, Clutch came out on top.

Game 1

As you’ll see throughout this series, the draft played a major role in Clutch’s victory.

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Worlds 2019 Journal: Clutch Gaming vs Unicorns of Love, Game 1

The Worlds 2019 Journal is an ongoing content series from former Clutch Gaming Head Coach, Brendan “mcscrag” McGee.

Each post will be an in-depth review of one of the North American teams’ games from the 2019 World Championships.


With the coaching change at Clutch, one of the primary differences in draft came with a change in philosophy. For most of 2019, Clutch was the team that valued annoying ranged champions that get a lot of early priority, take turret plates, and snowball from there. However, sometimes these compositions lacked a cohesive team fight, reliable crowd control, engage, or all of the above. The team was often criticized for playing compositions that required far higher execution than they were capable of.

The new staff seems to value the opposite, preferring instead to focus on compositions with plenty of engage and crowd control, but low early lane priority. Of course this is a massive simplification, but generally the trend holds true.

The change was wildly successful and played a large role in their resurgence and qualification for Worlds. In many games they would fall behind early but find that one fight that is required to turn a game around with strong melee flankers like Sylas, Qiyana, and Akali.

UoL were obviously prepared to deal with this play style, and by the end of the draft phase they seemed to have Clutch completely downloaded. Continue reading Worlds 2019 Journal: Clutch Gaming vs Unicorns of Love, Game 1