The 2022 MSI is Finally Here!
After a long wait, the MSI has arrived and we couldn’t have asked for a better opening match. The 10-times LJL champions DetonatioN FocusMe will try to take down Team Aze, the team that championed the LLA in their very first split.
Last year, against the lol odds, Detonation FocusMe managed to get out of groups in the world championship, which was a first for the LJL teams. On the other hand, LATAM hasn’t been able to advance to the main stage in a single international event.
This match is going to be a very meaningful one for all Latin American fans. The outcome of this game will determine if LATAM has a chance at getting out of groups this time. If DFM ends up taking down AZE convincingly, LATAM fans aren’t going to be happy, to say the least.
DFM already have a legacy in the LJL while Team Aze has just started their journey in the LLA. The 2022 MSI kicks off with a match filled with emotions, a lot of pride, and an exciting storyline.
This is Yutapon’s 9th Year in The Japanese League
While legendary players like Doublelift or Ambition had to retire after a certain amount of years competing, there is one player that’s been playing since the beginning of it all and is still going. Yuta “Yutapon” Sugiura not only has managed to play throughout 9 years in Japan’s top league but he’s also been able to remain one of the best in his position.
In the past couple of years, we’ve seen an overall improvement in the skill level of the ADCs in LJL, mainly because they’ve been importing really good players like Ssol and HyBriD.
But Yutapon, against the expectations of lol betting experts, has remained one of the very best ADCs in the region. During the Spring Regular Season, Yutapon scored the highest KDA (10), highest [email protected] (1086), and highest KP% (57.9). This is impressive because he is performing at this level against ADCs that used to play in the LCK.
The LJL is widely-known for its strong ADC players. In fact, all the top teams in the league play heavily around their ADC. They prioritize giving their bot lanes an early advantage by having early skirmishes, so when the team fights arrive, their ADC can shine.
Although this playstyle isn’t necessarily the best to play on the international stage, this was proven in last year’s world group stage. DFM had to play heavily around their mid laner Aria because it’s a playstyle much harder to neutralize. It’s going to be very interesting to see how Yutapon and DFM manage to adapt their strategies coming into this year’s MSI.
Straight is The First Ecuadorian To Win The LLA
Roberto “Straight” Guallichico has one of the most interesting storylines coming into this MSI. After a stressful off-season where he was almost left out of the competition, he successfully transitioned from the top lane into the support role. Not only was he playing as support for the first time ever, but he also became the first Ecuadorian LLA champion while doing so.
Team Aze could be considered versatile, and while 5Kid might be their start player, both Dimitry and Lonely have been responsible for many of Team Aze’s victories.
That is what makes Team Aze so interesting to watch. It’s completely normal to see Lonely deliver a solid performance on Sion, then next game he picks Jayce and rolls over the opponent.
If we look at the bot lane, we might see 5Kid be entirely self-sufficient while Straight is roaming early on in the game, which is one of the most impressive things about Straight. This is his first split as a support player but it feels like he is a natural. I think Team Aze did a great job at helping Straight transition into the support role as he is able to read the map really well.
Team Aze focuses heavily on early skirmishes around neutral objectives and transitions their leads into teamfights. They mostly draft around for this and it shows in their priority on supports like Renata, and Alistar. In the grand finals, we also saw them pick Sion, Jarvan, and Orianna, which clearly indicates that they are aiming to have solid team fights.
They already had a good run so far in their first year in the LLA. But in this year’s MSI, Team Aze is carrying the LATAM’s pride as they have high hopes of getting out of the group stage in an international event.
Detonation FocusMe vs Team Aze Game Information
- Date: Tuesday, May 10th
- Time: 5:00 am ET
- Detonation FocusMe vs Team Aze Live Stream: Twitch.tv
Detonation FocusMe vs Team Aze Predictions
We have to mention that this DFM is not the same one we saw at World last year. Before the LJL Spring Split started, they dropped off Aria and Gaeng off the main roster. Yaharong and Harp joined the team as replacements and if we look at the stats, DFM as a whole performed just the same, if not better, in the LJL season.
But one thing stands out: their neutral objective control has gone down considerably. On the other hand, Aze is completely the opposite as they focus heavily on getting early drakes. Team Aze’s 1.15 [email protected] versus DFM’s measly 0.52 makes me feel confident about them being able to claim the first drake of the 2022 MSI.
Now, if we look at the game holistically, I see Team Aze being capable of taking down Detonation FocusMe in this opening match. The best thing that DFM have going for them is Yutapon, and I insist on 5Kid being the best ADC we saw in the LLA this split by a lot.
Team Aze also has a huge advantage when it comes to flexibility and the fact of their weakest point being their mid laner Aloned won’t faze them against DFM. Maybe if this way last year’s DFM with Aria, then it would be a completely different story. But I don’t see DFM being able to exploit Team Aze’s weakness in the mid lane.
I think that Team Aze will be able to take down DFM convincingly in the first game of the event and start their path toward being the first LATAM team to ever get out of groups.
This is our first of many esports picks coming for this year’s MSI, make sure to stay tuned as we have a lot of exciting matches to go through!