MLG Dallas Wrap-up: Startling Stats and Facts from Another Astounding Asian Performance

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The first League of Legends LAN of the off-season wrapped up on Sunday in much the same way as the Season 2 Championship, with two Asian teams playing for first place. Najin Sword and Azubu Blaze provided fans with a thrilling fans and a reminder to the rest of the scene of the work they have to do to contend again. Both Najin Sword and Azubu Blaze (the one that showed up on Day 3) appeared to be on another level and only dropped games to each other the entire event. The holy trinity of AD carries (Ezreal, Corki, Graves) is beginning to erode as well with 11 different AD carries being picked at least once. VoD's of the tournament can be found here once available, but let's look at more of the stats and facts behind MLG Dallas.

Team and Player Stats and Facts

*All statistics are courtesy of our friends at ELOBUFF and Leagupedia

Only two teams came in with the same lineup they had used in the previous LAN, Najin Sword and TSM. Excuses can be found for the poor performance of many teams. TSM was fresh off a move across the country and didn't have their normal computers to practice on. Curse was a week removed from being in China before flying all the way to Dallas. CLG.EU and Dynamic were both playing with substitutes and CLG.Prime was playing with Locodco on LAN for the first time. However, the champions of the event were playing with a ringer top (albeit a very good one) in Shy and we can expect much better out of these teams moving forward towards Season 3.

  • 35 total games were played at Dallas with coin toss determining blue vs purple side. Blue went 23-12 in those games (65.7%)
  • No European or North American beat either Korean team at the event in 10 tries.
  • 8 times teams did not run an AP mid (bruiser, AD, or duo mid) these teams went a combined 3-5 in those games.
  • The highest KDA of any player at the event was Imaqtpie at 7.38 despite his teams 3-5 record.
  • In fact, Dignitas had 4 players in the top 10, double the amount of any other single team. Though Dignitas has shown improvement it goes to show kills don't mean everything.
  • Going by KDA's alone the MVP team of the event would be d Imaqtpie (AD), NJS Ssong (AP), d Patoy (Support), AZB Shy (Top), and D IWillDominate (jungle). How's that for team synergy?

Champion Stats and Facts

As always, tournaments show champion power and relative strength at the time of the event. They are snapshots of what was OP, or just flavor of the month at the time of the event. This event was played on the Kha'zix patch, before the Rengar, Jayce, Evelynn, and Ezreal nerfs to name a few. Ezreal was certainly the most sought after AD Carry, and Evelynn was extremely feared as an AP mid (both would good reason), but AD's in particular are proving to be right where Riot wants them.

  • The most popular picks at each role - AD Carry Ezreal 16-12 (57.14%), Support Sona 14-8 (63.64%), AP Orianna 5-13 (27.78%), Jungle Cho'gath 8-3 (72.73%), Top Shen 6-8 (42.86%)
  • The best win percentage of any champion with at least 5 games played was Evelynn at 80% (4-1)
  • Singed and Twisted Fate both won all 4 games they appeared in whereas Rumble went 0-4 in all 4 of his (sad yordle).
  • 11 total AD carries were picked at least once in the event with Vayne having the highest win rate 6-2 (75%)
  • AD's outside the "holy trinity" (Ezreal, Corki, Graves) went a combined 12-10 (54%)
  • With a minimum of 5 games played, Orianna (5-13), Corki (5-13), and Amumu (2-5) all had a win percentage under 30%
  • Cho'gath (8-3), Vayne (6-2), Nocturne (5-2), Lee Sin (5-2), Evelynn (4-1) all had win percentages over 70% with a minimum of 5 games played

These stats are fun to look at and take notice of, but they don't tell the entire story of how an event plays out. It's hard for teams to peak on all 3 days of an event (as Najin Sword found out) and Azubu Blaze was the best team on Sunday without a doubt. Blaze passed the eye test as the team that was the most dominant, and deserved their hard fought victory coming up from the loser's bracket to win the event. The rest of the world knows they are looking up at Korea, Taiwan, and China for now, but with Season 3 fast approaching, North America and Europe are getting valuable experience against the world's best.

What did you think of MLG Dallas, and some of the stats that came from the event RoG'ers? Let us know in the comment section!


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  • #11 Grimezs

    rest of the scene of the work they have to do to contend again.

    Europe is still better than Korea, sorry. Try inviting the (second) best team in the world, Moscow 5, to an event and we'll see how strong Korean teams are.

    One team that hadn't practiced in a month and only had 4/5s of it's roster can not be considered 'representative of the European scene'.

    In short, (TPA) > Europe > Korea > Everywhere else > America

    Last edited by Grimezs: 11/6/2012 4:48:40 PM
  • #12 Tuck359

    Moscow 5 hasn't played against a Korean team it's tough to say they are significantly better or worse. I agree that CLG.EU was unpracticed prior to this event, but lost badly to Najin Sword at worlds, and then was beaten by Azubu Frost before losing at this event.

    Looking further at the EU scene, SK was beaten soundly by iG who is only the second best team in China. I agree with your point that M5 is certainly a formidable team and perhaps the best threat to Asian dominance we've seen of late, but to say that the European scene is better than Korea is a bit baseless.

  • #14 Grimezs

    I believe M5 are better than any Korean team, this is why I am annoyed that they weren't invited to this tournament over CLG.EU or Team Dynamic (really, anyone would've been better than those guys).

    We can theorycraft all day long but until the games are played we wont know. I'm confident in the European scene's progression after the World Championships that it will emerge from the Season 3 League as the number 1 region.

    fNatic, Curse EU and SK Gaming need to work on their consistency more than anything else. It's as Alex Ich said about other European teams: 'Curse EU and fNatic, they increased a lot. Sometimes they play really good and sometimes... Not so much'.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzQYhPIFqwc

  • #17 Tuck359

    You'll get your wish at IPL 5, at least to have M5 come back to America but they have Visa issues and seem to not want to play often in tournaments that aren't in Europe and that's why you haven't seen them more, not because they weren't invited.

  • #18 fatmatt75

    If I remember correctly, M5 were invited to MLG Dallas, but they had problems with their visa which is why they couldn't attend it.

  • #19 inb4jelly

    Quote from Tuck359 »

    Moscow 5 hasn't played against a Korean team it's tough to say they are significantly better or worse. I agree that CLG.EU was unpracticed prior to this event, but lost badly to Najin Sword at worlds, and then was beaten by Azubu Frost before losing at this event.

    Looking further at the EU scene, SK was beaten soundly by iG who is only the second best team in China. I agree with your point that M5 is certainly a formidable team and perhaps the best threat to Asian dominance we've seen of late, but to say that the European scene is better than Korea is a bit baseless.

    sk is really really....

    not very pro

    i forgot who said it, but someone at dallas said that a team should be a team, not one super solo q star and that was really obviously pointed at sk

  • #20 Grimezs

    Oh yeah, now that's something to look forward to :D

     

  • #21 Grimezs

    SK played really bad at the World Championships but I think they're a team that will suprise you in the future.

     

  • #23 IconX
    SK won't surprise anyone because, if they keep the same roster, SK will never be better than CLG.EU or m5. They're stuck in that group of teams vying for 3rd best EU along with Fnatic, Crs EU, and possibly the new Alternate.

    SK is the equivalent of mMe.F/FeaR, with the exception that the star is AP rather than AD. Neither will get over the hump until they get another stud player. (This is where FeaR dropped the ball. They spent too much time pursuing Wings [who turned them down many times] and not pushing hard for Voyboy; instead they now have to settle for GoSu Zuna).
  • #13 Pistallion

    Quote from Grimezs »

    In short, (TPA) > Europe > Korea > Everywhere else > America

    Everywhere else? what does this mean and why do u need to throw this in? 2 tournaments with a low game pool (especially in pool stage of world championship) cannot really say this for certain. I think we can say certain teams are better than each other, but to say a whole region is better based on a handful of teams and a small pool of games is just impossible.

    Best of 1 series in world championship is Bull S***. it shows nothing about who is the better team, only who did good that specific game. this isnt football 

  • #15 Grimezs

    For a long time I haven't seen a strong showing from an American side, those are the facts.

     

  • #5 nochange

    lmao, so much for Orianna being OP XD. Too funny.

  • #2 LolLolLolJake

    To be fair, TSM would have won if it wasn't for those horrible 60 fps issues they had.

    Also, I laughed when people (like VVinrar) claimed right before the tournament that Korean top laners were overrated and that HotshotGG was at their level.

  • #6 VVinrar

    I laugh when people can't quote me correctly.

    I said a small sample size of games is not representative of skill as a whole because of jungler and team strategies, and that most top laners are approximately at the same level.

    I don't see shit anywhere written by me about the skill of individual players.

    Last edited by VVinrar: 11/6/2012 1:02:17 PM
  • #25 LolLolLolJake

    Before tournament: "Reddit is full of shit and overrates korean top laners because they won 5 games on 2 champions in Season 2 championships out 1000's of games they have played in their lifetimes.  Most of these top laners are on the exact same level, the performance you see depends on how much jungler gank support they get and how much the other team is working against them."

    Translation: Korean top laners are overrated and most top laners (aka NA players like HotshotGG) are as good as them.

  • #7 guy420

    To be fair when you have a 0-10 score against koreans, blaming it on fps and other random shit is the least sportman-like behaviour you can have.

    Specialyl when you consider the generally poor performance of american teams in international championships. Being the best of the worst is not something to be cocky about.

  • #24 IconX
    Being the "best of the worst" ALSO means you can't actually train against the best. Despite CLG & Dig going to Korea (multiple times), it sure hasn't helped them in the NA scene - they haven't been able to knock TSM out of the top spot, and it hasn't been close (I believe TSM has dropped only 2 sets at a LAN to NA teams since Dyrus joined back in March; both to CLG in the 1st set of a double-elim grand finals)

    Unfortunately for TSM, they have no one in their own region on par w/ Frost, Blaze, TPA, etc. to practice against. So, there's only 2 options left: they would need to move to Korea for a bit (doubtful), or the rest of NA needs to step up their game.
  • #1 Marcoscb

    "With a minimum of 5 games played, [...] Rumble (0-4)"

    Because, as we all know, 4 > 5 XD

    Interesting that the AD Carries that don't belong to the trinity won more games than lost. Will we see more varied AD carries in the upcoming tournaments? Kog'Maw and Vayne, at least, seem to be making a comeback.

    Last edited by Marcoscb: 11/6/2012 12:25:56 PM
  • #3 Bezorg

    During the Blaze and Sword games Kog'Maw and Vayne where both banned against CaptJack quite a bit.

  • #4 Tuck359

    The viability is only going to increase with different carries especially since teams are more willing to 2v1 top or even mid. It still depends on team compositions, but I think the days of just 3 ADs a tournament are over for awhile.

     

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