With the ardent censer meta in full flow, the importance of the AD Carry role has become even more distinguished during the 2017 World Championship Group Stages.
No AD Carry has stepped up to the plate stronger than SK Telecom’s powerhouse in the bot-lane, Bae “Bang” Jun-sik, sporting the best KDA of the tournament at 26.0 and only with only a single death through the first three games.
Considering Bang’s preference towards weak laners such as Kog’Maw and Twitch, that the Korean AD carry so frequently exits the early game with a lead is remarkable.
Bang manoeuvres through the early game and becomes a monster in the late game, which has led him to being tied for most kills in the tournament as of day three with 14.
While other positions in SKT have looked shaky throughout the first week, often dying in isolated situations, Bang has positioned himself nearly perfectly, carrying the reigning champions when their backs have been against the wall.
Perhaps the best example of Bang’s clutch play came during SK Telecom T1’s incredible comeback against EDward Gaming on the second day of the Group Stages.
Suffering heavy defeats in both solo lanes, the team managed to crawl back into the game through immaculate team-fighting, overcoming a 10k gold deficit. A large portion of this was due to the positioning of Bang and his potent Twitch.
Quickly becoming one of the most critical picks this year, Twitch has seen the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. Even the likes of Fnatic’s Martin “Rekkles” Larsson has shown how easy it is to throw a game after playing him seemingly to perfection beforehand.
This is precisely what makes Bang so important to SK Telecom T1 and quite possibly the best ADC in the world. His ability to hard carry from the back-line, massacring the enemy whilst rarely getting picked off and becoming a detriment to his team is irrefutably consistent.
As we head deeper into the tournament and delve into the bracket stage, this consistent play will only become more and more valuable.
With Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok often being the focus of enemy pressure and Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon providing a rocky top-lane, Bang will need to continue this level of play if SKT hopes to push through the other top Korean and Chinese teams in the knockout rounds.
In a meta that is built around protecting and buffing the AD carry and a tournament that has incredible marksman on display, Bang has a perfect platform upon which to cement himself as an SK Telecom T1 legend.
Gone are the years when Faker was the only threat that teams needed to look out for. The past year and a half has shown that Bang is fully capable of being a number one option for the Korean juggernaut.
With the meta strongly favoring the power of late-game ADC’s, this year could become the culmination of what we have started to see the past few years, with Bang transitioning into being the permanent first option for the Korean heavyweights.