In the past few days LGD Gaming (LGD) had a performance that disappointed many Chinese fans at Worlds 2020. Many people believe that the simple reason is that LGD has played with a low performance, did not play with the ability of 4th seed LPL, … But if you want to find out more details why LGD is doing so bad So from a professional perspective, you can consult the extremely accurate and clear opinions of Korean analyst KangQui:
In the match LGD Gaming vs V3 Esports
LGD has selected the most-handed champions for the members, these champions help the mid laner take initiative, the bot lane is good, Kindred and Ornn are strong in late game.
Kramer is not a player known for this “pillar” style of play, but based on his performance last summer, this ADC is no longer able to destroy his opponent with active play, so He might quite like the Jhin card.
In the top lane, it was ridiculous to choose Renekton to go with Ornn, usually just picking Ornn with Renekton, on the contrary, this is really rare. I really believe there are a lot of better options than Renekton, even better than Malphite or Maokai.
V3 bans looked good, but it seems that V3’s champion pool has a bit of a problem. Their choices are too old and lack of mutation, even in theory they are weaker, feeling like they are stuck in the “chess position” that they created.
For example Maokai – I think this would be a better choice than Renekton. Because Jhin, Ornn, or Syndra were unable to defeat Maokai. Another positive scenario is that Maokai will Flash Flash W into Kindred, combined with Lee Sin Peanut There will be no way out. And Lee Sin is indeed out of the current meta, but at least this pick makes sense to kick Kindred out of the ultimate to take down.
In the match Unicorns Of Love vs LGD Gaming
SaNTaS and Gadget played well. Peanut’s Lillia is … Alright, let’s talk about LGD.
Why is LGD struggling so hard?
I will talk briefly about Kramer, his performance has not been that good since the summer. So the fact that he doesn’t perform well is not the whole reason LGD is underperforming. The proof is that LGD still passed the regional qualifiers even though Kramer is not in high form.
Now that we talk about Peanut, here are the Peanut stats for the LPL Summer 2020:
The main picks are Graves, Nidalee, Lee Sin, Kindred and Trundle. In it, Lee Sin and Trundle were crossed out of the meta. Kindred is not a general that can always be chosen, this card is only suitable for use in some situations. So with Nidalee and Graves left, Peanut hits both of these champions pretty well, and they can be picked up in most compositions.
Take a look at the figures at the LPL Summer 2020 play-offs:
There was only one Lillia match and that match was not that memorable. Even at the current Worlds, Peanut had a pretty bad match against Lillia. It feels like Lillia is not the champion for Peanut and this has a big impact on LGD.
The above figures show that LGD is too reliant on Peanut, the matches where Peanut does not have the forehand hero we just mentioned, LGD has an extremely low win rate, this is LGD’s biggest weakness. General tank has only 3 options Graves, Nidalee and Kindred (can not choose option) is too narrow. Of course other teams might have the same problem, they also don’t have many options in the jungle.
So what’s the difference between LGD and teams that are doing well? The winning teams in the current meta all have a good mid laner or support player, and LGD has none. LGD Mark is not a bad player, but Mark is being “held back” by Kramer in the bot lane and he has a hard time roaming. LGD xiye has very inconsistent gameplay and is very unstable. LGD Langx plays as expected (people don’t have high expectations).
In the match Rainbow7 vs LGD Gaming (knockout round)
Until the bo5 match against Rainbow7, LGD’s performance improved somewhat by winning 3-0. But judging on the jungle position, the weakness of the champion pool becomes more evident when Peanut only picked Kindred correctly because Nidalee and Graves were banned (or picked).
At LGD, Peanut might be the soul of the team but the current meta is pretty bad for junglers like Peanut. Against LGD, just ban or take away all of Peanut’s options and LGD will “self-destruct”. If Peanut could play Lillia, things would have been different, but sadly it didn’t.
So will LGD improve?
LGD’s weakness was all too obvious at Worlds, I believe the analysts and coaches of the teams already know this. While we can’t deny LGD has a lot of bo5 experience, their prospect of winning is limited to … picks and bans. I think LGD is being appreciated a bit compared to its capacity, and they are also suffering from the mentality, if you solve the above problems, LGD will make progress.