The 2016 Finals are Here
Samsung Galaxy has an uphill battle ahead of them if they want to have any hope of taking the crown from the juggernaut that is SKT. Their success will revolve around in the carrying potential of their midlaner Minho "Crown" Lee as he goes toe to toe with LoL superstar Lee "Faker" Sang-Hyeok.
The Midlane Matchup: Crown vs Faker
The deciding factor of the finals will be centered on both teams' star mid laners. Minho "Crown" Lee for Samsung (left) and Lee "Faker" Sang-Hyeok.
Coming into the tournament Minho "Crown" Lee was already considered a player to watch, and he has exceeded every expectation. His current rank at 3rd in the tournament for KDA at 5.6 speaks for the extraordinary influence he has over games. He currently sits behind SKT's ADC, Bae "Bang" Jun-sik, who is ranked 2nd.
'Faker' Sang-Hyeok, the legendary veteran has already lead his team to two World Championship victories and has been instrumental to his teams success, destroying Lee "Kuro" Seo-haeng of ROX in the semi finals. Faker currently sits at the 3rd highest CS per minute at 9.4, the highest out of the two remaining teams testifying to his strength in lane.
Any hope Samsung has will hinge on Crown holding his own against this legend.
Another extremely important matchup whether or not Samsung's jungler, Kang "Ambition" Chan-yong, can continue to hold his dominance in the jungle.
Coming off of two strong tournaments Ambition is at the top of his game. He is matched (or will likely be matched) against SKT's veteran jungler, Bae "Bengi" Seong-ung. Bengi is known for being sporadically devastating, but wildly inconsistent. The strength and performance of the junglers will be instrumental in determining whether or not the teams weakest lanes in the game (Top for SKT, bottom for Samsung).
It's likely that the second most influential component of this series will be whether or not Bengi can perform at the top of his game.
The bot lane is where the biggest blowout could possibly occur. It's unlikely that Samsung will gain any sort of edge here, without help from the jungle. Ambition will have his work cut out for him to ensure that Ruler and CoreJJ survive into the mid game.
The opposite is true of the toplane matchup. Cuvee has been one of the strongest top laners of the tournament, the question is whether or not Bengi will be able to keep Duke in the game.