Sweeping Lens: Exploring “Gold Share”

Gold Share is the percentage of the team’s total gold that goes to a particular role/player. The appeal of gold share as a LoL statistic seems clear enough: it can show where the gold goes on different teams.

But before simply assigning a percentage to each player and starting our interpretation, we need to ask some important questions. What is gold share actually measuring? How should we calculate it? And maybe most importantly, is there enough variation between players/teams to make it actually useful? Continue reading Sweeping Lens: Exploring “Gold Share”

Team 8: Statistical Profile, Weeks 1 to 6

Team 8 seemed to enter the North American LCS as “Calitrlolz and friends”, riding the hype wave of their carry-oriented, pharmacy-school-deferring top laner. They had some success with “wombo combo” compositions, most famously landing an incredible Malphite+Orianna combination against Team Impact, but struggled to expand their strategic range.

In the past few weeks, though, strong performances from jungler Porpoise and mid-laner Slooshi have showed that Team 8 is developing some diversity in not only their team compositions, but also their carry threats.

Let’s take a look at a statistical profile of Team 8 through the first six weeks of the 2015 Spring Split. Continue reading Team 8: Statistical Profile, Weeks 1 to 6

IWillDominate: The Toucan Effect

Let’s talk about Dom.

Christian “IWillDominate” Rivera is Team Liquid’s jungler and also their shotcaller, directing the team’s strategy and movement throughout the game. This puts IWD in a pivotal position to affect the outcome of every game: as Hai’s ups and downs with Cloud 9 this split have demonstrated, the individual performance of the shotcaller can make a massive difference to the team’s overall performance.

So how have the back-and-forth substitutions of Keith and Piglet affected IWD’s individual performance and playstyle? Continue reading IWillDominate: The Toucan Effect

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