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๐Ÿค EP.3 Playtype Playmaking

Hey, Legends! ๐ŸคQuacky is back after a long hiatus.

In EP.3, we'll delve into the art of playstyle playmaking. Playmaking refers to a style of play where you take control of situations by spotting unexpected angles in the game, making clutch plays, and sensing opportunities that the opponent didn't anticipate. This can change the flow of the game. It's characterized by advantages it brings to the team in various situations, such as team fights or initiating plays, and even split-pushing.

Such playmaking can be a game-changer, even when the odds are against you. Which players or moments come to your mind when you think of playmaking?


Faker's Playmaking: Drawing Out Opponent's Mistakes with Unpredictable Plays

FAKER

K'Sante | T1
LEGENDARY

Game 1, Playoffs R2 Match 1, 2023 Spring, 2023-03-25

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This clip showcases the master of playmaking, Faker. Even when outnumbered and pursued, Faker remains calm. He notices the opponent's missed skills and chooses an unexpected escape route, disrupting the opponent's formation. This unexpected move forces KT to dive recklessly, allowing T1 to counter and widen the gap.

Gumayusi's Playmaking: Bold Frontline Movement and Teamplay for a Super Carry

GUMAYUSI

Xayah | T1
LEGENDARY

Game 5, Playoffs R2 Match 1, 2023 Spring, 2023-03-25

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This clip is from the Final Game of the Playoffs, an epic match that lasted a whopping 53 minutes. Both teams were neck and neck in terms of kills and global gold, leading to a standoff at the Elder Dragon.
Noticing that key control skills from champions like Nautilus, Varus, and Taliyah were on cooldown, Gumayusi's Xayah boldly moved forward. Using Galeforce (an active item), he stripped away KT Aiming's protective skill, Featherstorm. Moreover, with Keria's Rakan not having Flash available, Gumayusi capitalized on the Xayah-Rakan synergy, diving into enemy lines to set up a platform for Keria.
Seeing Gumayusi's aggressive positioning, Lehends attempted to counter with a skill, but Xayah's ultimate, Featherstorm, dodged it. Simultaneously, using her E skill, Bladecaller, perfectly neutralized both the enemy mid-laner and ADC, securing a teamfight victory. With this, Gumayusi proved that even as an ADC, he possesses exceptional playmaking abilities, carrying his team during the crucial moments of the match.

Peanut's Initiating: Landing a Heavy KO Punch

PEANUT

Wukong | GEN
LEGENDARY

Game 3, Playoffs R3 Upper Bracket Match, 2023 Spring, 2023-04-01

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Both teams are facing off in the mid lane, waiting for the Elder Dragon to respawn.T1 was biding their time, patiently preparing for a straightforward Elder Dragon team fight, waiting for Gumayusi's Flash cooldown to come back. However, GEN, the champions of the 23 Spring season, also had a keen insight into T1's movements. Anticipating T1's strategy, they made a move before Gumayusi's Flash had reset, pushing the lane to seize the opportunity and catch Gumayusi off-guard.especially as he was relying on Aphelios' Guardian Angel and Thresh's lantern. Not missing a beat when Gumayusi slightly overstepped, Peanut initiated a lightning-fast engagement. With the combination of Wukong's ultimate knock-up and Xayah's Bladecaller skill, they chained their crowd control effects, instantly taking down Gumayusi. This showcased a thrilling playmaking moment, securing a decisive victory in the skirmish.

Keria's Super Grab: Securing a Teamfight Victory

KERIA

Thresh | T1
LEGENDARY

Game 3, Playoffs R3 Upper Bracket Match, 2023 Spring, 2023-04-01

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T1's support player, Keria, showcased dazzling playmaking by successfully landing four consecutive Death Sentence as Thresh. During the Baron teamfight, he predicted jungler Peanut's movement and hooked him, rendering him incapacitated and forcing him out of the battle. Moreover, amidst the chaotic skirmish, he hooked Peyz's Xayah, forcing him to use his cleanse. Keria then repositioned himself to exploit a vision gap, ensuring that his teammates wouldn't be targeted, and successfully hooked again, closing the distance to Peyz.
Immediately after, he utilized Flash to dodge Rakan's ultimate charm skill and simultaneously blocked Peyz's escape route. With his impeccable plays, he consistently neutralized Peyz throughout the teamfight, contributing significantly to the team's victory with his outstanding playmaking.

Doran's Teamfight Carry: Super Toss Playmaking

DORAN

Gragas | GEN
SUPER RARE

Game 2, Finals, 2023 Spring, 2023-04-09

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This is the second set of the finals between T1, once again vying for the crown, and GEN, the defending champions aiming for their second consecutive LCK title.
T1, known for their strategic Baron plays and setting up teamfights to their advantage, faced off against GEN, who prepared to counteract T1's strategies. While T1 had champions with long-range abilities like Caitlyn and Lux, making it ideal for them to set up Caitlyn's traps and position for confrontations, GEN preferred to engage from multiple directions at once, aiming to disrupt formations and create chaotic skirmishes.
Aware of this, GEN successfully sneaked wards into T1's territory. Doran, seizing the opportunity, covertly teleported behind enemy lines. Gragas initiated a lightning-fast engagement from out of vision, tossing T1's Caitlyn, played by Gumayusi, straight to Chovy, taking him out instantly. With T1's formation disrupted and their long-range damage dealer neutralized, GEN kited and took down the remaining T1 players, securing a victory in the teamfight.

As written above, to secure a victory in a match, the importance of unpredictable, split-second playmaking cannot be overstated. It's a pivotal element that can change the course of the game and create opportunities for victory.
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