LCS Summer 2020: 3 Reasons FBI Should be an MVP Candidate

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Lost among all the discussion and debate regarding LCS MVP for Summer 2020, Golden Guardians AD Carry FBI needs to be in the discussion.

After Week 8, the LCS standings have become more and more crowded, as has the discussion regarding the MVP of Summer 2020. A few candidates appear to have grabbed the reigns of the discussion, like Liquid’s Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in, TSM’s Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg, and the reigning MVP, Cloud9’s Robert “Blaber” Huang. One name, however, that isn’t getting nearly the amount of discussion, is the AD Carry for the Golden Guardians, Ian Victor “FBI” Huang and here are three reasons why he should be.

1. Damage

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FBI leads the entire LCS (not just ADCs) in damage per minute, outputting 629 DPM. He’s the only player in the entire league to average over 600 damage per minute, which is fairly shocking in its own right. However, what’s even more shocking is just how much damage he outputs with few resources.

FBI currently has the third-highest damage share (31%) behind Evil Geniuses ADC Bae “Bang” Jun-sik and Immortals mid laner David “Insanity” Challe. However, FBI’s gold share is 26.8%. That’s slightly above the average for LCS AD Carries (26.4%), giving him a relatively low adjusted gold per minute of 428.8.

Moreover, FBI tends not to get many of the resources once laning phase ends. According to Oracle’s Elixir, his CS percentage after 15 minutes is only 30.6%, ninth in the league and eighth among ADCs. With his relatively low gold counts and CS allocations late, it’s no wonder that he has the second-highest damage-to-gold ratio of 1.52 (tied with Bang and behind Insanity).

Unlike his contemporary Bang, who tends to get more of those resources in the late game (his CS share after 15 is 31.6%), FBI is able to work with reduced resources and still output more damage. That’s incredibly impressive, especially given how he gets the resources needed to make that happen.

2. Laning

According to our metrics (an aggregated score based on gold, CS, and experience differentials at 15 along with solo kills and deaths early), FBI is the best-laning ADC in the LCS. He has the biggest average CS differential at 15 (+12.0), the second-best gold differential (+342), and the second-best experience differential (+291).

The only other ADC who is able to out-class FBI is Team Liquid’s rookie Edward “Tactical” Ra. However, Tactical has more unforced laning deaths than FBI as well as the advantage of getting lane with an MVP candidate, CoreJJ, as his support.

All due respect to FBI’s partner Choi “Huhi” Jae-hyun (who has been solid this split), but  you cannot compare Huhi to CoreJJ. The fact that FBI has out-performed Tactical with a significantly worse laning partner means a lot.

3. Team Player

The final reason behind FBI’s MVP candidacy is how well he has done supporting his team. The damage contributions and low-resource requirements obviously factor in, but FBI also has the third-highest kill participation (70.7%) of all ADCs. He also has one of the lower kill shares (29.9%) which goes along with the theme of him being very low resource and not needing to be fed kills and farm.

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With a much more resource-dependent top and jungler, having an ADC who can do so much with minimal resources has been an incredible boom to Golden Guardians and has helped to push them into a strong position going into playoffs. Although FBI might not be a front-runner for MVP and likely won’t be the winner, he deserves consideration at the very least.