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LGD Want to Make Playoffs for the First Time Since 2015

While the LPL was on break due to the coronavirus, there was a weekly look at two teams participating in the LPL. Now that it is back, there will be a weekly look at one. Today’s team is LGD, a team that wants to get over past struggles and get back on track.

Top: Lies

LGD want to make playoffs for the first time since 2015

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Returning for his second year with LGD is Lies. With many questioning, his ability to play top lane carries, a backup top laner was picked up. Cult is a young player with no on-stage experience, so Lies is expected to be the starting top laner for a while. Despite his preference for tanks, Lies has been slowly transitioning towards carry picks, with bruisers being his favorites. A stable top laner, known for playing safe, Lies is a reliable top laner, but can’t be relied on to carry. Fans are curious as to what the future holds for Lies in the top lane.

Jungle: Peanut

LGD want to make playoffs for the first time since 2015

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The legendary Rox Tigers jungler has arrived on LGD. Formerly on GenG, Peanut spent a large amount of 2019 under heavy scrutiny from Korean fans. Making his move over to the LPL, Peanut landed on LGD. Fans are hoping that the Peanut of the past, the one with Rox and SKT on his resume, will be the one to show up to the games. Known for his early game and hyper aggression, fans are hoping that he brings life to the team. With Elise, Lee, and Olaf being consistent picks, many fans are ready to see Peanut return to form.

Middle: Yuuki

LGD want to make playoffs for the first time since 2015
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The face of LGD in recent times, Yuuki is returning for 2020. With a passion for long-range mages, Yuuki needs to return to form if LGD are to break into the top half of the table. In his debut year, Yuuki performed well, despite the org not having a good year. In 2019, however, his hero pool came into question, when Zoe and Azir were banned, it seemed like Yuuki’s impact in the game was diminished. With Lies and Kramer being another two returning members, Yuuki will hopefully have better synergy, compared to last year. He seemed to struggle with keeping up with his opposing numbers, leading to roams and ganks that he couldn’t keep up. Fans are hoping that 2020 will be a better year for Yuuki.

Carry: Kramer

LGD want to make playoffs for the first time since 2015

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Another legacy player on this team, Kramer is the returning carry for LGD. Despite the rough year that LGD faced, Kramer looked on point, performing well and often carrying the team when possible. Loving his late-game hyper carries, Kramer can often be found playing scaling heroes, like Ashe or Varus. Also known for his creative builds, Kramer has been herald as “scientist” by a few, with his builds often becoming meta on the heroes not long after. LGD will need Kramer more now than ever if they want to succeed in 2020.

Support: Killua

LGD want to make playoffs for the first time since 2015
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Another newcomer to the team, Killua joined the fray. Replacing legendary support Pyl, who had been on the team for over 7 years, Killua has quite the task ahead of him. After spending a rough year on Rogue Warriors, Killua decided to join LGD and form the bot lane with Kramer. Killua will be another player wanting to bring back his 2018 gameplay and leave 2019 behind. In the past, he was one of the better performing supports in the LPL but was unable to bring the hype into 2019. Killua needs to bring it for 2020, for both the team and the fans, who are still curious as to how the team will look without Pyl at all.

Team Review:

As previously mentioned, 2015 was the last year that LGD performed well. Struggling to maintain themselves in the LPL, they haven’t even made playoffs since then. With this iteration, they have the proper pieces, but they are relying on former glory. A lot of these players didn’t have a good 2019, so it is still a bit of a gamble.

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