Preview season for 2016 is almost over—thank goodness!—but there’s still time to get in a bit more preparation before the North American LCS kicks off on Saturday. In my combined offseason report cards and power rankings, I’ll rate the quality of each team’s offseason moves, provide a target to aim for in the Spring split, and break down my reasoning.
In part one, I’ll count down the teams I’ve ranked between 10 and 6.
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Speculation is swirling around Adrian Ma, who played Support with Team Impulse in 2015. Here’s why he’s so highly sought after this offseason.
Adrian accomplished his very impressive stat line while playing on a sometimes disorganized Team Impulse, alongside a Jungler who placed the second-fewest wards in the NA LCS. Impulse finished the 2015 Summer regular season with a 13-6 record, good for third place in the region, and was eliminated from the North American Regionals tournament by Cloud9.
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Do you ever feel like a team is better (or worse) than their win/loss record suggests? Do you wish you had a way to measure that impression?
Here’s a stat that might scratch your itch: I call it Gold Spent Percentage Difference (GSPD).
In simple terms, GSPD measures the gap in how much gold both teams have spent at the end of the game. A large positive GSPD (+10% or higher) shows that the team had spent a lot more gold than their opponents, while a large negative GSPD (-10% or lower) shows that the team had spent a lot less gold.
Using average GSPD, we can spot the teams who are ranked higher or lower than their performances seem to warrant. Continue reading Measuring the Margins: Gold Spent Percentage Difference