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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Analyst Challenge – Team Comms, October 12

October 12, 2019 Challenge

The analyst challenge from day 1 of the 2019 World Championships group stage asked you to take a screenshotted moment from J Team vs. FunPlus Phoenix and explain what information you would be sharing with your team in voice comms. Would you remind your team of your priorities and win conditions, point out enemy positioning or key cooldowns, or make a plan for an upcoming macro move or team fight?

Here’s the challenge tweet.

Responses

Caster Joshua “Jatt” Leesman offered up a troll response before providing some legit analysis. Continue reading Analyst Challenge – Team Comms, October 12

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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