8 of the top CIS players played 6 games to secure slots in the upcoming EUROPE MENIA CIS QUALIFIERS – FINALS. I have noticed a very interesting trend in the sub-meta (if that’s a word).
Dark Star continues to dominate the meta, however, the Chrono trait was the key to victory!
66% of the winning (1st place) comps had Wukong, 50% had Thresh+Wukong, and the Caitlyn+Twisted Fate duo secured 2 wins.
In the previous patch, Thresh was primarily used to pull in Urgots for Cybernetic comps; now he’s also helping to pull in more Dark Stars and Janna.
Wukong provides the Vanguard buff for the Dark Stars.
Wukong has always been a solid front-line unit with his strong AOE disable. Throw him into the Dark Star comp to provide crowd control and activate Mordekaiser’s carry potential. For a really good time, add Thresh at level 9 to pull in Urgot, Janna, and other members of the Dark Star family.
Twisted Fate and Caitlyn provide a strong early game and open up the possibility of Sorcerer and Sniper synergies in Dark Star comps.
These two low-cost, high-impact units can also be used with Ashe and Star Guardian/Sorcerer comps.
Surround your carries with other units to keep them safe in this Infiltrator-infested meta.
This added distance also helps your Snipers get the distance-based damage buff on those pesky Infiltrators. Here is a winning example from Kawashik:
The opposing player’s Ekko and Shaco cannot reach the Ashe or Jhin. Also note also how his opponent is protecting the Xerath.
This time I’ve included the main traits and the itemized units of the Top 2 comps:
|Lobby 1: Galactic Armory||4 Star Guardian, 2 Infiltrator/Sorcerer/Mystic/Celestial/Protector/Paragon |
Itemized: Syndra, Neeko, Ekko
|6 Cybernetic, 2 Sniper/Infiltrator/Mana-Reaver + Thresh|
Itemized: Irelia, Vayne
|Lobby 2: Neekoverse||4 Dark Star/Protector/Celestial, 2 Mystic/Sniper/Vanguard|
Itemized: Jhin, Mordekaiser
|3 Blademaster, 2 Dark Star/Celestial/Protector/Mystic|
Itemized: Xayah, Jarvan, Jhin
|Lobby 3: Normal||4 Dark Star, 2 Sniper/Vanguard/Chrono + Thresh|
Itemized: Mordekaiser, Jarvan
|4 Dark Star + 2 Infiltrator/Sniper/Protector/Mystic/Celestial|
Itemized: Shaco, Ashe, Jhin
|Lobby 4: Galactic Armory||4 Dark Star, 2 Sniper/Vanguard/Chrono/Protector/Celestial/Mystic + Thresh|
Itemized: Jhin, Jarvan, Rakan, Ashe
|6 Dark Star, 2 Infiltrator/Celestial/Protector/Mystic|
Itemized: Shaco, Jhin, Xerath, Jarvan, Ekko
|Lobby 5: Normal||4 Protector, 2 Sniper/Sorcerer/Dark Star/Chrono/Celestial/Mystic, 3 Star Guardian|
Itemized: Ashe, Jarvan, Zoe, Twisted Fate
|4 Vanguard/Mystic/2 Dark Star/Chrono|
Itemized: Cassiopeia, Mordekaiser
|Lobby 6: Trade Sector||4 Chrono, 2 Dark Star, 2 Mystic/Sorcerer, Paragon + Thresh|
Itemized: Thresh, Jarvan, Janna
|6 Rebel, 2 Blaster/Brawler, Paragon, |
Itemized: Jinx, Zed, Asol, Ezreal
Most players are going for Dark Star. If you’re planning to play Dark Star too, consider adding Wukong and Thresh or Caitlyn/Twisted Fate. The Chrono trait makes your Jhin hit very hard if the fight goes the distance. We have a healthy variety of comps in the Top 2, but Dark Star is still the best.
If you want to master the Dark Star comp, I highly recommend checking out this Dark Star guide by Guubums.