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helmi 21, 2019

LoL - LCS and LEC power rankings

What are the League of Legends LEC and LCS?

LEC: Power ranking, G2 unstoppable?

LCS: Cloud9 returning to form?

Next weeks LEC and LEC matches

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: G2 unstoppable?

LEC power rankings: Week 5

     Position     

         Teams          

      Odds       

1

G2 Esports

1.41*

2

Origen (+4)

1.52*

3

Vitality (-1)

1.53*

4

Schalke (-1)

2.94*

5

Spylce (-1)

2.52*

6

SK Gaming (+1)

1.94*

7

Misfits Gaming (-2)

1.87*

8

Fnatic

2.56*

9

Excel Esports

1.83*

10

Rogue

1.99*

What a sensational week of LEC action. Week five couldn’t have been any more dramatic as Rogue (1.99*) picked up their first win of the season and G2 tasted defeat for the first time.

Desperately in need of change, Rogue made a few roster swaps to form an all-European roster with experienced support Oskar “Vander” Bogdan and rookie top-laner  Finn “Finn” Wiestal. It was a move that worked wonders as Rogue capitalised on Misfits’ (1.87*) poor form to finally earn a win at the tenth time of asking. Finn was particularly impressive, dominating the veteran Paul “sOAZ” Boyer and ending the game with a KDA of 4/1/1.

It was a disastrous result for Misfits who have fallen out of the Playoff places for the first time this season. After week one of the LEC, everybody was excited to see G2 (1.41*) and Misfits clash in week five but unfortunately, the red-hot Misfits fizzled out long before the game started. Now on a four-game loss-streak, Misfits has reshuffled its coaching staff in hopes of changing their luck.

There is Excel who are desperately struggling and their Playoff chances are extremely low. The Brits just don’t seem to know how to close out a game and as a result, are on a five-game loss-streak

And another team who has picked up form is SK Gaming who earned huge wins against Fnatic and Vitality. After making Ram “Brokenshard” Djemal head coach, SK’s roster looks much more confident and once more pose a threat to the league’s top teams.

Meanwhile, Fnatic (2.56*) are still struggling but they are slowly clawing their way back into good form. Thanks to the 9.3 patch bringing late game carries back into the meta, Martin “Rekkles” Larsson will always give Fnatic a chance of winning. However, that seems to be Fnatic’s only gameplan at the moment and most teams should be able to deal with their one-dimensional strategy.

Finally, there is Excel (1.83*) who are desperately struggling and their Playoff chances are extremely low. The Brits just don’t seem to know how to close out a game and as a result, are on a five-game loss-streak. The team seems to rely heavily on jungler Marc “Caedrel” Lamont who has the highest kill-participation in the league with 78%. If he can’t snowball a lead, Excel don’t seem to stand a chance.

LEC: Looking forward to week five

While we’ve kept Rogue above Excel for now, the match between the LEC’s bottom two teams in week six will be a very telling affair. Keep an eye on the rookies Finn and Joran “Special” Scheffer who have given both teams a glimpse of hope.

And on the other side of the table, G2 vs Schalke will be a crucial game for both teams. G2 will want to bounce back quickly from their first defeat of the season while Schalke will look to pounce and become one step closer to knocking G2 off their perch.

As for Origen, they have two important games against Fnatic and Misfits which in theory should be winnable but considering how badly those two are in need of wins, Origen will have very little room for error.

LCS: Team Liquid still on top, Cloud9 returning to form? 

LCS power rankings: Week 4

    Position     

    Teams    

      Odds       

1

Team Liquid

1.21*

2

Cloud9

1.57*

3

   FlyQuest (+1)   

2.42*

4

Team SoloMid (TSM) (+4)

1.52*

5

Echo Fox (1)

4.48*

6

Counter Logic Gaming (CLG) (-3)

2.55*

7

100 Thieves (-2)

1.58*

8

Golden Guardians (+1)

1.85*

9

Clutch Gaming (-2)

1.97*

10

OpTic Gaming

2.40*

And it wasn’t only the LEC that saw undefeated streaks come to an end as TSM (1.52*) took down Team Liquid in a monumental upset. Top-laner Sergen “Broken Blade” Celik dominated with Jax and showed why he has more kills (26) than any other top-laner in the league. Going 2:0 in week four after also taking down OpTic (2.40*), TSM looked much better this week and now need to show consistency going forward.

Speaking of consistency, that’s exactly what Cloud9 showed as they picked two routine wins against OpTic and Echo Fox - just one more slip up from Team Liquid and C9 will be ready to pounce and take control of first place. And in a different kind of consistency, Echo Fox once again finished a week with a 1:1 record as they refuse to be taken down on a Sunday as they took down 100 Thieves.

Towards the bottom of the table, Clutch Gaming continue to plummet down the standings. The team’s superstar top-laner Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon has the worst KDA (1.4) in the league out of all the players who haven’t missed a match. 

100T (1.58*) appeared to have finally returned to their best but were quickly brought back down to earth last weekend as FlyQuest (2.42*) and the aforementioned Echo Fox took them down. Stats show that 100T are strong in the early game as Andy “AnDa” Hoang has the highest experience difference at 10 minutes (230) in the league and Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho has the second-highest CS difference at 10 minutes (8.8) in the league. Yet, the team has shown no signs of how to play around the top-lane or take advantage of a lead - their disjointed performances last week will concern the team’s coaching staff.

Meanwhile, that result was a huge one for FlyQuest as they also took down Clutch Gaming to keep themselves in the LCS top three. The team is beginning to show that they are genuine title contenders and are growing in confidence as each week goes by.

And finally towards the bottom of the table, Clutch Gaming (1.97*) continue to plummet down the standings. The team’s superstar top-laner Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon has the worst KDA (1.4) in the league out of all the players who haven’t missed a match. But on the other hand, Golden Guardians continue to impress as they picked an upset victory over CLG to take them out of the bottom two.

What to expect from the next week of LCS matches

Week five of the LCS will be a huge one for the teams chasing Team Liquid. FlyQuest vs Cloud9, Cloud9 vs CLG and TSM vs FlyQuest all promise to be exciting matches and could have massive repercussions for the title race.

Meanwhile, Golden Guardians have a great chance to build up some form with matches against Clutch and Echo Fox - although the latter falls on Fox’s favourite day, Sunday. 100 Thieves should be able to bounce back with a game against OpTic but there seems to be little to no chance of them then taking down Team Liquid.

And it wasn’t only the LEC that saw undefeated streaks come to an end as TSM took down Team Liquid in a monumental upset. Top-laner Sergen “Broken Blade” Celik dominated with Jax and showed why he has more kills (26) than any other top-laner in the league. Going 2:0 in week four after also taking down OpTic, TSM looked much better this week and now need to show consistency going forward.

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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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