The LEC Winter Split in 2023 has brought a myriad of new changes to the European League of Legends scene, including a whole new format featuring the league's first-ever group stage.
Fans had a chance to see their favorite EMEA organizations compete in a best-of-three round, and after the first week of this new stage, two players helped their team qualify for the playoffs with the only double-digit KDAs of their group.
KOI beat Vitality in a convincing sweep, becoming the first team to reach the LEC Winter playoffs.
According to competitive League statistics aggregate Oracle's Elixir, KOI's superstar AD carried Markos "Comp" Stamkopoulos and supported Adrian "Trymbi" Trybus finished their perfect group stage run with an 18.3 KDA and a 16 KDA, respectively. Through their series against SK Gaming and Team Vitality, they combined for a whopping 31 kills, 88 assists, and just seven deaths.
Comp was one of the most significant contributors to KOI's weekend success, with the 21-year-old grabbing 36.1 percent of his team's total kills. He was a quick-acting participant in several teamfights, as he acted as the squad's powerful, late-game insurance policy on picks like Zeri, Lucian, and Sivir.
Trymbi, on the other hand, was a true backline enchanter who backed his squad with plenty of utility picks like Ashe, Soraka, Karma, and Nami. Whether launching a long-range Enchanter Crystal Arrow to start a teamfight, his efforts were equally as crucial for a victory.
When KOI faces G2 Esports in the first best-of-five series of the season, Comp and Trymbi will need to collaborate once more to ensure a lead for themselves as early and often as possible.