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Feb 13, 2019

LoL - LCS and LEC power rankings

What are the League of Legends LEC and LCS?

LEC power rankings and weekly recap

LCS power rankings: Team Liquid continue their domination

LoL - LCS and LEC power rankings

What are the League of Legends LEC and LCS?

The League of Legends European Championship and the League of Legends Championship Series are the game’s European and North American domestic leagues.

Each league features 10 teams and is played over two “Splits” (Spring and Summer). At the end of each Split, the top six teams qualify for the Playoffs which decide the eventual champion. The champions of each league will qualify for international competitions such as the Mid Season Invitational and the biggest of them all, the World Championships.

LEC: Rankings and weekly recap

LEC power rankings: Week 4

     Position     

         Teams          

      Odds       

1

G2 Esports

1.29*

2

Team Vitality (+1)

1.37*

3

FC Schalke (-1)

1.21*

4

Splyce (+1)

1.57*

5

Misfits Gaming (-1)

3.60*

6

Origen (+1)

1.40*

7

SK Gaming (+1)

3.13*

8

Fnatic (+1)

2.42*

9

Excel Esports (-3)

2.99*

10

Rogue

4.52*

It was another excellent week for G2 Esports (1.29*) as they took down Team Vitality (1.37*) and Fnatic with relative ease. In fact, the league leaders defeated Fnatic in the fastest game in European history, clocking in 20 minutes 35 seconds. Current G2 mid-laner Rasmus “Caps” Winther and former G2 mid-laner turned ADC Luka “Perkz” Perkovic are still competing with each other, leading the league in kills with 45 each.

Fnatic’s embarrassing defeat put dampener their day one triumph as the former World finalists finally picked up their second win of the season, defeating Excel in a slow and gruelling game. While that win looks encouraging on paper, it was a case of Excel (2.99*) playing poorly rather than Fnatic returning to their best.

The British underdogs sat back and seemed scared to play. They allowed Fnatic to control the game and lost without picking up a single kill while Excel only picked up four. On day two, Excel looked much better and were back to being proactive in the early game against Vitality. But in the end, Vitality were able to sneakily secure Baron and sentence the Brits to a 0:2 week.

After a disappointing loss to Schalke, Misfits needed to bounce back against Splyce and began promisingly. Yet, despite taking three Barons, Misfits couldn’t execute and Splyce were able to hop above them in the standings and in our rankings

After G2 defeated Vitality, Schalke (1.21*) had the chance to take sole ownership of second place and got off to a perfect start with a huge win against Misfits (3.60*). However, the Royal Blues dropped the ball and were smashed by Origen. Things between Vitality and Schalke are extremely close but the nature of Schalke’s loss to Origen is what has knocked them down a peg in our rankings.

After a disappointing loss to Schalke, Misfits needed to bounce back against Splyce and began promisingly. Yet, despite taking three Barons, Misfits couldn’t execute and Splyce were able to hop above them in the standings and in our rankings. Splyce themselves still look like dark-horses this season thanks to their late-game proficiency but jungler Andrei “Xerxe” Dragomir is dominating the early game with the highest first blood involvement in the league (75%).

LEC: Looking forward to week five

Moving into week five of the LEC, some of the teams at the bottom of the standings have decided it’s time for change. Rogue have subbed out their Korean imports Kim ”Profit” Jun-hyung and Kim “Wadid” Bae-in for Finn “Finn” Wiestal and Oskar “Vander” Bogdan while Excel are making use of their 10 man roster, subbing out Fabian “Exile” Schubert for Joran “Special” Scheffer in the mid-lane.

With games against Origen and Splyce, this week will be crucial for Excel in order to keep their Playoff hopes alive. Meanwhile, Schalke vs Vitality will compete for second place and Misfits will try to get their season back on track with the monumental challenge of trying to take down G2.

LCS: Team Liquid continue their domination 

LCS power rankings: Week 3

    Position     

    Teams    

      Odds       

1

Team Liquid

1.78*

2

Cloud9 (+2)

1.45*

3

   Counter Logic Gaming (CLG)   

1.71*

4

FlyQuest (-2)

2.15*

5

100 Thieves (+4)

1.71*

6

Echo Fox (+2)

2.78*

7

Clutch Gaming (-2)

2.15*

8

Team SoloMid (-2)

1.56*

9

Golden Guardians (+1)

5.02*

10

OpTic Gaming (-3)

2.45*

Meanwhile in the LCS, every team outside of Team Liquid continues to show inconsistency but a few were able to jump up the rankings with 2:0 weeks.

Last year’s runners-up 100 Thieves (1.71*) had an awful start to the season, going 1:4 in the first two weeks. But, coach Neil “Prolly” Hammad appears to have changed the team’s fortunes as his side picked up huge wins against Clutch Gaming (2.15*) and CLG. 100T’s imports are showing up big World Champion ADC Bae “Bang” Jun-sik performed superbly against CLG while Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho leads the league in CS (creep score) difference at 10 minutes with 12.5.

Also losing to Cloud9, it was a poor weak for TSM who looked even sloppier than usual. While again it is refreshing to see the team trying to be proactive, there’s no point in forcing fights at every given opportunity. 

Last week, we mentioned that FlyQuest (2.15*) hadn’t been tested yet and we were proved right as they were unable to take down Echo Fox despite a strong performance from jungler Lucas “Santorin” Larsen. And in no surprise, FlyQuest were not able to slay the beast that is Team Liquid but up a fight and managed to look strong in defeat. The fact that FlyQuest were at least in their games means for now we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt over 100 Thieves who may have just had a good week.

Towards the bottom of the standings, the biggest shock of the week was Golden Guardians (5.02*) who went 2:0 this week despite having lost all of their matches before. A win over OpTic got them on the board but the real talking point was a huge upset against TSM. Henrik “Froggen” Hansen was the star of the show, playing Karthus in both games. The Dane excels in immobile mages who can control the game and only has lost three times in the 21 professional games he has played as Karthus.

Also losing to Cloud9 (1.45*), it was a poor weak for TSM who looked even sloppier than usual. While again it is refreshing to see the team trying to be proactive, there’s no point in forcing fights at every given opportunity. Support Andy “Smoothie” Ta has the most deaths in the league and his bot-lane partner Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen still appears to have synergy issues with the rest of the team.

Finally, there is the aforementioned Cloud9 who have claimed second place with wins over TSM and Clutch Gaming. While neither of those teams have looked particularly strong in recent week, it is the consistency of C9 that has set them apart from the other teams outside of Team Liquid.

What to expect from week three’s LCS matches

It’s beginning to become clearer where the LCS teams stand but most rosters are still showing hints of inconsistency. TSM and Golden Guardians have the mountain of a task of facing Team Liquid and will likely have to put more importance on their respective matches against OpTic Gaming and CLG in hopes of moving up the standings.

Meanwhile, the biggest match of the week may be FlyQuest vs 100 Thieves who are sitting joint third in the standings. FlyQuest will want to bounce back from their 0:2 week while 100 Thieves will hope they can begin to build a win-streak and finally hit their stride this season.

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About the author

Jack Stewart

With a sports journalism background, Jack began his esports career a couple of years ago when he became the first full-time esports journalist at a British newspaper. He has followed League of Legends religiously over the last few years and now shares his expert knowledge with Pinnacle

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