The SEA team has played very differently than we would have expected. They have been using different combinations and strategies that might just give them the edge they need to beat China. We have seen them use Mordekasier, Blitzcrank, and Karthus during the preliminaries as well as counter warding often. If they are to beat China they must use their different compositions to surprise them and take the game.
China has been playing really well together using a set of core champions: Kayle, Ashe, Nunu, Shen, and Taric. They rely on Kayle to bring them the victory, giving her the solo lane to farm for most of the game. They are confident in their play of these 5 champions which in turn will give them the advantage against any team that they go against.
SEA vs. China Match Prediction
The two Asian teams are facing off for 3rd and 4th place today and we have a interesting match ahead of us. The SEA team has shown many interesting compositions and strategies that have produced interesting results. China is doing really well playing together, sticking with their original team as much as possible, relying on Kayle to farm them to the end game and capture victory. If the SEA teams allow China to have Kayle it will be hard for them to beat China, particularly because China is confident with their team which we saw in the round robin match's of them sticking as close to it as possible. For the SEA team to beat China they will have to disrupt their core team of Kayle/Ashe/Nunu/Shen/Taric or else they will look at an uphill struggle. I predict a 2-0 victory for China, as their team confidence will probably beat SEA's shifting team.
The EU team has proven a formidable foe, using lane control and lots of crow control characters. Severus Kassadin proved to be fatal for the SEA team and Osaft22 support champions have held the team together solid. They have good team composition as well as reading their opponents as we saw in their match vs. CLG.
CLG have proven true power players, being the only team to have carried ignite, and driving through with their powerful Kog'maw play. They are using super carry tactics and AoE teams to drive their victory with their aggressive play that we have come to expect from the CLG team.
CLG vs. EU Prediction
This is the game to watch, as the two teams have battled it out to the match for the gold. The CLG dominant strategy seemed to make kog a super carry, loading the team with support and tanks to keep kog safe while he decimates the opposing team. The EU team has shown great versatility in their picks, not sticking to any one specific comp but Severus is the one to watch here, as his Kassadin is no joke. In the final game of Thursday his Kassadin was able to keep hold of 20 stacks of soulstealer and he was able to lead the team to victory. EU will probably get one shot using Kassadin before the CLG team bans him so they must make it count.
Both teams probably have a few tricks up their sleeves, as twitch hasn't made an appearance in any game. Bigfatjiji and Severus are the ones to look for in these teams that can change the flow of the game. Jiji has shown that his use of utility characters, such as Anivia and Kennen, can alter the situation and take control of the game leading them to victory. The EU team has Severus's Kassadin which is powerful enough to give them pause before rushing in headlong as well as beating CLG with their TF map control using him to dominate the flow of the game. After the first round we will see bans being personal picks of the opposing players which means we might see Garen or Morgana in the match. I predict we will see first victory for CLG, followed by a second round win for EU, then the final round being CLG making a 2-1 victory for CLG. I wouldn't miss any of these match's as we are about to see LoL history and amazing game play.