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Last weekend, Team SoloMid earned a Quarterfinals victory over Gravity, riding on the shoulders of their much-criticized Top laner, Dyrus. TSM built multiple team compositions around Dyrus’s unexpected Olaf pick, surprising many with their shift in strategy.
Dyrus played Olaf three times and Gnar once and delivered big time on those selections, earning a 4.0 KDA and averaging 72% kill participation, 23% damage share, and only 18% of his team’s deaths. It was an MVP-worthy performance, and gave the veteran plenty of cause to break from his often stoic demeanor and share a few smiles afterwards.
But while the Dyrus-centered strategy was a big change from TSM’s recent style of play, Dyrus’s performance should not have been at all surprising: if the Spring split taught us anything, it’s that Dyrus knows how to show up in the postseason.
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In professional matches, the team that takes First Blood wins the game 67.5% of the time (based on LCS, LCK, and LMS in Summer 2015). You can see just how valuable it is for pro players to earn First Blood kills and assists and avoid giving up First Blood deaths.
The table below presents First Blood rates (FB Kills+Assists / Games Played) as well as First Blood deaths for every player in the LCS, LCK, or LMS from the 2015 Summer split regular season.
As a quick summary, here are the five best First Blood earners, first overall and then for non-Junglers.
Global Top 5 FB Rates (excluding LPL)
- EL Shook (70%, 3K 4A in 10 GP)
- JAG Chaser (61%, 11K 12A in 38 GP)
- KOO Hojin (60%, 5K 4A in 15 GP)
- CJE Trick (60%, 1K 2A in 5 GP)
- TiP Rush (58%, 1K 10A in 19 GP)
Global Top 5 FB Rates for Non-Junglers (excluding LPL)
- FNC Huni (56%, 3K 7A in 18 GP)
- TDK Emperor (56%, 4K 1A in 9 GP)
- kT Piccaboo (55%, 2K 9A in 20 GP)
- T8 Dodo8 (53%, 2K 8A in 19 GP)
- H2K Hjarnan (50%, 3K 6A in 18 GP)
Continue reading First Bloods: Player FB Stats Around the World
When Piccaboo escaped the evil clutches of SK Telecom T1 and joined the KT Rolster squad, it was a major turning point for his new team. His appearance triggered a run of play that once again has MonteCristo desperately fighting the urge to let out his inner KT fan. (It’s better to have loved and lost, Monte. Embrace it.)
In celebration of KT Rolster’s arrival in second place of the LCK, here are some statistics that show the impact Piccaboo has had. Continue reading Piccaboo: The Hero KT Rolster Needed