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Match Preview: IMT vs DIG 2021 Summer Split Playoffs Lower Bracket

Izento 2021-08-12 05:16:06
  The most fun themed match for the playoffs lower bracket looks to be Immortals vs Dignitas. While this may not be the best version of League of Legends we’ll see, it certainly almost promises visual stimulation. Both of these teams have their edges, but in a varying of spots, all of which haven’t proven to be reliable enough to win several games against top teams, and that’s what makes this matchup so interesting.
A Rusty Knife Fight
Both of these teams lack any type of firepower. All lanes are very underwhelming, and there really isn’t much risk-taking that either team’s laners do, other than the top lane, which will be the lane to watch. Revenge definitely has the upperhand here, especially if you consider IMT will most likely ban out Gnar and Renekton, which cover more than 50% of FakeGod’s champion picks this split! If IMT are smart, they get these two picks out of the way, either through bans or first picking Renekton. We can expect most action to be top side, as both junglers function differently in regards to these two players. Xerxe has shown a tendency to play towards top side, probably due to Revenge’s volatility and aggression, whereas Akaadian is top due to patching a leaky ship. The difference between these two junglers individually is that Xerxe most certainly has the jungle pathing advantage, which he’s able to leverage to create his own individual leads from his position, whereas Akaadian seems to necessitate strong laners in order to get an advantage. Bot lane is a concerning area for both teams, as IMT has one of the weakest bot lanes in the entire LCS, particularly only strong when given great picks like Thresh so that Destiny can control the lane. Aphromoo on the other hand saw good play after play during their series against Evil Geniuses. If we can see that same level of play, he might counterbalance issues with their solo laners.
Final Verdict
Overall, I give this game 3-1 to IMT. This game will be sloppy, it will be bloody, which means that all four games will be like a pendulum, but the overall execution of IMT will be better. DIG look like a shell of their former selves with Dardoch, and not to mention, Dardoch is now a assistant coach for IMT, which should be duly noted when judging how the inner strategies and the knowledge of such background work will play out in this series, so keep watch of the draft for any outlandish bans. Most of all with this series, remember to have fun watching it, because you shouldn’t expect Shakespeare from a Mortal Kombat game.
Izento has been a writer for the LoL scene since Season 7, and has been playing the game since Season 1. Follow him on Twitter at @ggIzento for more League content. For more LoL content, check out our LoL section
 

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