JDG continues to improve at Worlds after a tough loss to DAMWON in the first round of the group stage. JDG was considered one of the tournament favorites before the group stage started and is now showing the fans why. They managed to beat both Rogue and PSG Talon fairly convincingly but still has to overcome DAMWON to top the group.
The game against Rogue was action-packed right from the early game, with JDG trying to control the game through the jungle and top lane. Both teams got kills from left and right, but JDG got the best trades.
As the teams entered the mid game, JDG’s strengths started to show. The coordination and macro play were superior by JDG, which has proven to be their biggest strong suit this year. Rogue managed to stay in the game by getting picks through Oskar “Vander” Bogdan’s Blitzcrank, but it was never enough to turn the game around.
JDG takes its second win in a row and will now be looking to challenge DAMWON for the first seed in the group. Rogue, on the other hand, will have to pull off some upsets to advance from the group.
The two wins against Rogue and PSG Talon have clearly granted JDG some much-needed confidence. The team didn’t stand a chance against DAMWON the first time around, but next time will hopefully be closer.
Beating DAMWON will not be an easy task. JDG will have to improve even more to beat the Korean squad, especially in the laning phase. DAMWON is known for its incredibly talented solo laners in the likes of Jang “Nuguri‘ Ha-gwon’ and Heo “ShowMaker” Su, so JDG will have to be on point.
Nuguri has especially been on fire this tournament, showcasing different playstyles. He managed to pull out Lulu in the top lane with great success, followed up by Kennen against PSG Talon. His Kennen looked deadly in team fights, with some of the best flanks seen all year.
DAMWON has also shown that their team fighting is really strong, which is scary since that’s usually what JDG is best at. JDG will have to play to their absolute best in all aspects of the game to win, but it’s by no means impossible.
The win condition for JDG against DAMWON could be the team fights, but they will most likely have to punish DAMWON before that. If they don’t, DAMWON is likely to run away with the game and never give JDG a chance to team fight properly.
The punishing should be done in the laning phase, where DAMWON tends to play a little overaggressive at times. JDG jungler Seo “Kanavi” Jin-hyeok should put his focus towards the top lane and help Zhang “Zoom” Xing-Ran get a lead.
If JDG aims purely towards a late-game scaling composition, their chances against DAMWON seems very poor.
The two giants will meet for the second time on October 9.