In the second hard-fought series Thursday, KT Rolster picked up a 2-1 victory over Samsung Galaxy in Seoul, South Korea, during Week 3 of League of Legends Champions Korea.
KT (5-1, 10-5 match record) started off with a clear goal of pinching the champion pool of Samsung mid laner Lee "Crown" Min-ho, using three of its five bans on mid lane champions. The strategy certainly worked, as Crown was unable to be effective with Orianna, while KT mid laner Heo "PawN" Won-seok was electric on LeBlanc.
The early game was a bit slow, with both teams trading a few kills back and forth before trying to get the items necessary to start teamfighting. Once the midgame hit, KT started an incredible snowball with near constant picks across the map. This culminated in a 4-for-0 teamfight and 25-minute Baron. The buff allowed KT to continue dominating seemingly every aspect of the game, with PawN and his 9/2/5 KDA (kills/deaths/assists) leading the way. One last Baron at the 34-minute mark was all KT needed to lock up the Game 1 win.
For all the positives in Game 1, KT Rolster put together a boatload of negatives in Game 2. Samsung (4-1, 9-4 match record) drafted a heavy pick composition that gave KT fits the entire game, and it started with two kills in the top lane from Samsung at 10 minutes. While KT fired back with two kills of its own within a couple minutes, it was two of just three kills for KT in the entire game.
Simply put, Samsung played a flawless macro game and owned every corner of the map. This allowed it to get constant picks seemingly at will, which gave KT no avenue for a comeback. Everything came to a head with a Samsung 4-for-0 teamfight win around the Baron, allowing it to secure the 34-minute win.
Spurred by the poor performance in Game 2, KT came out with something to prove in the final game of the series. KT got things kicked off when AD carry Kim "Deft" Hyuk-kyu picked up the first blood with his Varus. That was all KT needed to get its swagger back in what turned into a massive snowball.
At the forefront of the snowball was top laner Song "Smeb" Kyung-ho's Renekton and his flawless play. He had great initiations to set up strong fights for his team, which gave KT the wherewithal to keep Samsung at bay. Smeb's 9/0/4 KDA was more than enough to keep KT rolling right along in every phase of the game to finish with a 19-to-3 kill advantage in the 32-minute win.
KT will be back at it next Thursday to take on Ever8 Winners at 4 a.m. ET. Samsung will also next face Ever8 Winners on Sunday at 7 a.m. ET.