League of Legends Worlds 2019: Group C preview – how do the teams stack up lane by lane?

Day 1 at the 2018 World Championship Group Stage at the Busan Exhibition and Convention Center in Busan, South Korea, on 10 October 2018.
Day 1 at the 2018 World Championship Group Stage at the Busan Exhibition and Convention Center in Busan, South Korea, on 10 October 2018. /
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Rekkles, Fnatic. League of Legends.
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Bot lane

SKT: Park “Teddy” Jin-seong/Lee “Effort” Sang-ho
Fnatic: Martin “Rekkles” Larsson/Zdravets “Hylissang” Iliev Galabov
RNG: Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao/Shi “Ming” Sen-Ming
Clutch: Cody “Cody Sun” Sun/Philippe “Vulcan” Laflamme

Finally, looking at the bot lane duos we see that the presumed best bot lane in this group – RNG’s Uzi and Ming – both have deep champion pools with their own pocket picks. For instance, Uzi seems to have a bit of an affinity for Ezreal. But the two have one glaring flaw that could undo them: they have not had strong performances on the Lover’s Duo of Xayah and Rakan.

Rekkles, however, not only can play the meta champions but holds one advantage in that I think he would be the best bet to be able to pilot Syndra. His most-played champion in the summer regular season was Karma and he and Hylissang have famously perfected the Garen/Yuumi combo. Hylissang, for his part, has proven to have one of the deepest champion pools I’ve ever seen, including all the main meta picks but a lot of off-meta options like Pyke, Shen, and Morgana. The only question, though, is whether the good or bad Hyli will show up in a given game.

Cody Sun has been fairly versatile, with an equal split of games on Kai’Sa and Xayah, but by win/loss rate his Xayah play is clearly lacking. This synergizes well with Vulcan, who tends to prefer Nautilus as his comfort support pick, although he does play some Rakan, Tahm Kench, and Leona.

Finally, we have SKT, whose talented ADC Teddy can clearly play everything, but does have a pocket pick of his own in Varus. However, Effort, his young support, has been a bit sheltered by playing most of his games on defensive supports like Braum and Tahm Kench. Lucky for SKT fans, Effort has shown himself to be a pretty good Rakan in situations where he’s gotten to play it, which does bode well for them in terms of that pick.

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So, by picks how would I rate all of these bot lanes?

  • Pure power ranking: Uzi/Ming > Rekkles/Hyli >> Teddy/Effort > Cody Sun/Damonte
  • If on Xayah/Rakan: Teddy/Effort >> >> Rekkles/Hyli > Uzi/Ming > Cody Sun/Damonte
  • If on Kai’Sa/Nautilus: Uzi/Ming > Teddy/Effort > Cody Sun/Damonte > Rekkles/Hyli
  • If on Syndra/Thresh: Rekkles/Hyli >> Teddy/Effort > Uzi/Ming > Cody Sun/Damonte

I would expect the highest priority picks to be Nautilus/Kai’Sa.