Articles:PAX Match Preview - CRS vs DIG (NA LCS Playoffs)
|PAX Match Preview - CRS vs DIG (NA LCS Playoffs)|
These two teams have both been around for years; however, they are not some storied rivalry like that of TSM vs. CLG. Over the years they have matched up several times and the overall records stands at 14-12 in favor of Curse (source ). In the most recent Summer Split, Curse continues to hold the advantage, having gone 3-1 against Dignitas. Furthermore, these two teams actually just played each other in Super Week, and it was a close back-and-forth 60 minute match with Curse coming out on top. If that was any indicator of things to come, this matchup will prove to be very close and thrilling, hopefully going to three games.
Things to Watch For
After looking at these teams and their previous matches, a few things stuck out as some important deciding factors. Dignitas and Curse are pretty similar teams, but there are some important differences that will prove significant in their match. The three focal points in this matchup are going to be their picks & team comp strategy, their priority and execution of kills, and their throw potential.
Dignitas has been known since IPL4 to be an innovator in terms of strategies, and they have continued to try to push that forward with champion picks unfamiliar to NA such as Fiddlesticks support, Gragas, and swapping KiWiKiD and Scarra’s positions.
At the same time, Curse has shown some extremely diverse strategies in this split; they have played 44 different champions--the most out of all playoff teams, and much more than the 36 different champions picked by Dignitas. Also, Curse selects from a diverse set of strategies; early in the split they ran poke compositions, they have run double AD compositions, as well as a recent tanky % HP shred composition in Super Week (Amumu, Zac, and support Elise).
Overall though, the strategies by both teams have been hit or miss, and it seems like they have been trying to search for their best throughout the split, and so either team’s ability to come out with a possible winning, unorthodox strategy will be an important factor for this upcoming playoff match.
While champion kills are always important, this is a focal point for these games. Dignitas prioritizes kills, having the highest kills per average game length of teams with similar records. Dignitas averages 16.64 kills a game, while Curse averages 14.7, CLG averages 12.6, and TSM averages 15.4. In order for Dignitas to win, they really have to beat it home by looking to snowball leads with kills instead of objectives. Typically objectives or gold leads are the best predictors of a team’s in-game success, but in this matchup, kills will be even more relevant.
The last thing thats going to be important in this matchup is something Dignitas is unfortunately known for: throwing. Dignitas often gets off to an early lead, having the gold lead in 16 out of 28 games, yet their record at the end of season stands at 13-15. Dignitas is now infamous for this pattern of throwing (especially around Baron) and judging by their listen-in where they drop the line “Don’t even mention the B word!” they are aware of the problem. We have seen an improvement in this department, and they seem to have achieved solid results with the Scarra Zed split push strategy, but throwing and the “B word” is still an important point to focus on for Dignitas specifically. Maybe with the series being a BO3 rather than a BO1, this will lead to a little less pressure on each individual match for Dignitas, the result being more tightly executed play.
I believe this will be a close match, as seen by their similar stats, identical records, and their tense Super Week game. However, I believe Team Curse will take it with a 2-1 victory and move on to face Cloud 9.