It’s no secret that Caps took G2 Esports to new heights during this year’s League of Legends World Championship. The 20-year-old superstar with a life of experience under his belt managed to reinvent his style of play at this year’s tournament, making the LEC champions look like a whole different beast compared to their performance at the World Championship. from last year. The middle position has become a point of interest for G2 and Caps has become a pervasive threat in recent weeks. He has the tournament of his life so far. A streak of back-to-back incredible performances has made Caps the literal and figurative centerpiece of a G2 squad that is poised to redefine greatness in 2020. Compared to the 2019 Worlds, Caps performs miles better at the World Championship. this year. Statistically speaking, he’s found himself in a meta that suits him. G2 were able to play in a way that revolves around Caps and allows the wins to develop through advantages in the middle lane. Due to becoming a more central part of G2’s game plan, Caps posted higher numbers in DPM, KP and GPM at this year’s World Championship compared to last year’s tournament, according to the website of League statistics gol.gg. Additionally, all of these stats, in turn, led to a much higher KDA of Caps. At the 2019 World Championship, his KDA sat down at 3.4. This year, that number has climbed nearly two more points, to 5.3. His DPM of 609 blows all the other mid laners at the Worlds out of the water. This mark is 89 points higher than the next best player in his position. Plus, his nearly 27% damage percentage is by far the highest of any mid laners to make it out of squads this year. Compared to Caps’ DPM at last year’s tournament, which was nearly 200 points lower at just 426, he’s got a monstrous tournament this time around. And frankly, that’s because G2 flipped a switch that allowed Caps to have a stronger presence all around the map. During last year’s tournament, where control mages like Orianna and Ryze reigned supreme, Caps was largely relegated to applying pressure to the more central parts of the map while G2 built his advantages elsewhere. This time around, control mages are still prevalent, but G2 has turned to creating a sense of pressure on the cards in each of its games. By placing Caps on heavy picks like Ekko, Sylas, and Twisted Fate, he’s able to serve as a pervasive force in the middle lane and beyond.No matter what G2’s game is, it feels like Caps is part of it. . Last weekend against General G alone, he took part in 56 of G2’s 70 kills in the three-game sweep, resulting in an 80% participation in combat. Throughout the tournament, his KP of 75.3% is the fourth highest among all players at the Worlds and the highest among all qualified mid laners. Compared to last year’s World Championship, when Caps only made 62% of G2 wins, it’s clear the team is finding ways to get their mid-laner star involved in the action at a broader level. It’s also not like this style of play came out of nowhere. During the domestic portion of the schedule in 2019, Caps’ KP was sitting at just over 57%. This year, however, he ranked near the top of the LEC with a KP well over 70%, according to gol.gg. Seeing his involvement with G2’s presence on the map adamantly multiplying was something the team found success with and desperately needed. Here at the 2020 World Cup, the fact that Caps is at the heart of G2’s strategy makes perfect sense. The adjustments made throughout the season pay serious dividends at the end of the year. In last year’s World Championship, whenever Caps tried to head for an assassin-like pick, he was punished. When he bent the rules and picked champions like Pyke, the fruits of his labor were virtually nonexistent. If he wasn’t playing a mage like Ryze, Orianna, or Syndra, he wasn’t succeeding. This year, with meta heavily favoring mages (and disruptive champions like Akali and Qiyana out of the equation), Caps is able to play more comfortably, even when he chooses to step outside the general realm of compliance with choices. like Sylas and Ekko. This year’s mid-track meta is one that Caps knows like the back of his hand. Hotly contested champions like Syndra, Twisted Fate and Orianna have lived up to the Caps since playing 62 games throughout his career on these three champions alone. Training on champions like Zoe, Galio and many other lower priority picks in the middle lane is just an added bonus for the largely accomplished star with a vast pool of champions. When he’s not dominating control mages, he’s exploiting the weaknesses of any opposing player trying to get comfortable in a Meta Caps has lived for years. Photo via Riot Games But if there’s one player who can challenge Caps in this meta, it’s DAMWON Gaming’s ShowMaker, who is set to face off against G2 this weekend. ShowMaker has excelled in this tournament and throughout his career on some of the highest priority middle lane picks at the 2020 Worlds. His Twisted Fate play throughout his career has resulted in an all-time high 10-1 and a KDA of 22.6. While Caps has been through the tournament so far, he might finally find a worthy ShowMaker and DWG opponent tomorrow. But even with the looming threat of an equally dangerous player waiting for Caps on the horizon, there’s reason to believe that if G2 captured the Summoner’s Cup later this month, Caps would clearly be the MVP’s favorite. of the whole tournament. His game has reinvigorated a team that needs a final push to the finish line. And with just two best-five streaks separating G2 from a world title, it wouldn’t be entirely unreasonable to suggest that while the whole squad is playing as well as Caps are right now, winning it all shouldn’t be too intimidating. a spot. Caps and G2 take on DWG on Saturday, October 24 at 5 a.m. PT. Be sure to follow us on YouTube for more esports news and analysis.