JDG arrives into this Series as the Heavy Favorite
Before the tournament even started, we knew that JDG were the favorites to finish first in group B, with only Damwon being the ones having a slim chance at taking them down. When JDG and DWG KIA first played last weekend, their match-up immediately earned the “instant classic” distinction. The 36-minute back-and-forth game in week one was one of, if not the, best games of Worlds so far.
After DWG KIA won the final scheduled game of the day to force the tiebreaker, JDG quickly followed up by winning the winner-take-all game to close out the group. DWG KIA’s perfect 4-0 day was denied and JDG was allowed to celebrate, clinching first place in Group B despite the slip-up.
In the tiebreaker game, though, Hope didn’t have to put JDG on his back, as top laner 369 shouldered the weight of his squad. With his team against the wall, 369 went 10/1/11 on Aatrox, the tournament’s most-contested pick, thrusting JDG into the quarterfinals on top of their group.
Had JDG won all six of their group stage games, they would have made history by becoming the first Chinese team to ever go undefeated in the Worlds group stage. That’s just how dominant they were, and that’s why this is going to be the most one-sided quarter finals series
Despite their single defeat, the #1 LPL Seed looked great throughout the whole group stage, which should give them plenty of confidence heading into this series. On paper, this series should be a walk in the park. They are far superior not only as a team, but every single one of their individuals should be able to roll over their counterparts.
How Impactful can Malrang be in this series?
It’s hard to deny that, although Malrang has played a key role in the success of Rogue, anyone who has seen him play will realize that his approach to jungling is absolutely unique. Unlike the traditional style, where players roam the jungle, farming neutral fields, before helping laners push opponents’ lanes or gank opposing players, Malrang seems to focus primarily on the latter and only farm on occasion.
When it comes to jungling, it’s not the most appealing playstyle, especially in this meta as it results in having a low cs per minute. During the 2022 season, his opponents were ahead of him in CS at the 15-minute mark 81.8% of the time. During the Spring Split, Elyoya remarked in an interview with InvenGlobal that Malrang’s “playstyle was not going to be good” since his pathing was not as efficient, and there will be a significant gold difference between him and the rest.
“I think Elyoya is correct,” Malrang replied back, laughing. “It’s simply our own style, and also a personal choice, and it only works for us.” Although useful in pushing lanes or letting his laners get ahead, it only works in teams with strong laners that can capitalize on the strategy because Malrang would eventually fall behind because of the gold differential. “It’s kind of tough to execute this style without laners that you can rely on mid to late game. Don’t try this play style at home,” he warned, laughing.
Even though Malrang is definitely a very important factor in Rogue’s wins, his team might suffer from time to time due to his unique playstyle. If we take a look at their games during the 2nd round robin of the group stage, it became clear that Rogue cannot entirely rely on Malrang’s early game success in order for them to win games. This is going to be a really tough challenge heading into this series considering that he’ll be going against arguably the best jungler in the whole tournament, Kanavi.
JDG vs Rogue Match Information
- Date: Thursday, October 20
- Time: 5:00pm ET
- JDG vs Rogue Live Stream: Twitch.tv
JDG vs Rogue Prediction
This is definitely going to be the most one-sided series of the whole quarter finals round. And by one-sided I mean a complete stomp from the JDG side. Even if we take into account that Rogue were playing their best during the first round robin, we cannot ignore the fact that they went on a downfall last week.
On the other hand, JDG only dropped 1 out of 7 games, making me feel confident in them going 3-0 without much issue. If we take a look at their single defeat against Damwon, they heavily underperformed, but even so, they still looked way better than Rogue did in some of their best games.
The biggest difference between these two teams will be found in the top part of the map. There is not a single scenario where Odoamne, Malrang and Larssen can outperform 369, Kanavi, Yagao. From champion pool to skill level, every single one of the JDG members should be able to come up on top against Rogue in this series.
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