North American Power Rankings- Week 3

Welcome to our first North American LCS League of Legends power rankings. Power Rankings are where we rank the best teams in order of strength, current form, and projections. Please note this is not just a repeat of the standing there can be some differences in record and place in the power rankings.

TSM1. Team Solo Mid-

Record- 4-0
Quality Wins- Immortals, CLG
Bad Losses- None

It would be very hard to put anyone else here after slipping by Immortals over the weekend to stay perfect. They are one of two remaining undefeated teams in North America and beat both CLG and Immortals two teams considered to be top tier teams in NA. They have shown the ability to play around Hauntzer, Bjergsen, or Doublelift and given week. What was seen as a weakness at support before the split started might be a strength, Biofrost has shown great chemistry with the team and the ability to make game changes plays (see Immortals game three final Bard ult). TSM has only dropped a single game, and they have everything firing on all cylinders.

Immortals2. Immortals

Record- 3-1
Quality Wins- Cloud9
Bad Losses- None

It looked like Immortals after punishing some bad positioning by Doublelift late in game three were on their way to sneaking out a game three win against TSM. Then there was the Baron call and well the rest is history. Immortals are still in a decent spot and still look to be one of the best teams in NA. It will be interesting to see if teams start to ban Huni off of Irelia and make him show he can play other champs this patch. He also needs to clean up a couple of his teleport calls. Good news for Immortals Reignover still looks like the MVP he was last split and everything that cost them against TSM is fixable the talent is on this team to be #1. Also, if you are wondering when TSM and Immortals clash again, its the last week of the split so mark it on your calendars.

C93. Cloud9

Record- 3-1
Quality Wins- CLG
Bad Losses- None

Having Cloud9 at #3 and not Team Envy is less of a knock on Envy and more about how impressed we have been with C9. Jensen made the first team all NA LCS last split and well he looks all the part again this summer the guy is flat impressive “Body that Fool Jensen”. C9 went toe to toe with Immortals taking them to a game three and then dismantled CLG in their most recent series. We have been impressed with Sneaky’s ability to work with two supports each set and not see a dip in gameplay that takes crazy synergy between three guys most teams would kill for with two.

NV4. Team Envy

Record- 4-0
Quality Wins- None
Bad Losses- None

The biggest reason they are not further up this list has nothing to do with Team Envy’s play but more to do with who they have played. So far Envy has done what all good teams do beat up on bad teams, but until we see them against C9, Immortals, or TSM, it’s tough to know how good this team is. Good news for Envy fans (or bad depending on if you are a glass half full or empty guy) you don’t have to wait long to get a good idea of where your team stands. Envy’s next for matches are against Immorts, CLG, C9, and TSM that is a brutal next two weeks.

(Boy oh Boy where to go from here. We put in this insert to let everyone know that the four teams above currently seem to be in a different tier than the remaining teams and its hard to put one above the other but we are going to give it our best.)

CLG5. CLG

Record- 1-3
Quality Wins- None
Bad Losses- Apex, C9

Let’s clarify things right off the bat; CLG is only here because of previous competitions and nothing to do with how they have played this split they have been bad. The C9 game was embarrassing, they looked like a solo que challenger team vs. C9. Some of the surprising struggles of teams we thought would be good (Team Liquid and NRG) are synergy and fixable issue. With CLG the possibility is a bit scarier; Huhi considered for a while as the weakest CLG player is now in a mid lane centric split and is not performing becoming a major liability. The only way to fix that is one of two way Huhi has to play better, or a change is needed, CLG fans better root for the first to happen.

TL6. Team Liquid-

Record- 1-3
Quality Wins- None
Bad Losses- CLG

So Team Liquid looked much better with Dardoch back in the lineup, and that is why we have them over all the rest in this spot. The CLG matchup was extremely close and could have gone either way. Team Liquid was also able to take a game off of Envy with a backup Jungle in the lineup which is looking more and more impressive. There is still a lot of questions for Matt and Lourlo both have been liabilities in multiple games and will need to step up. Without Lourlo or Dardoch stepping up and playing better expect the formula against TL the same: Camp mid make sure Fenix is way behind and then focus Piglet late game it’s a formula TL are going to have to learn to beat.

Apex7. Apex-

Record- 2-2
Quality Wins- None
Bad Loses- None

Apex is a bit of an unknown right now. They have wins that were considered upsets against NRG and CLG but both of those teams don’t look good at all right now. They have lost against Team Envy and TSM both teams still currently undefeated. So it’s hard to judge if Apex is a middle of the pack team and deserves to be 5th in the ranking or if they caught a couple of teams early trying to figure some things out. One thing is for sure Ray’s Fizz is fun to watch, and Shrimp seems to be the real deal.

NRG8. NRG

Record- 1-3
Quality Wins- None
Bad Losses- None

NRG badly wants week one back. They lost to Apex and Team Envy, and both series were tight and could have gone either way. NRG looked much better week 2 winning a game against Immortals before losing the next two against them. They took care of business against Echo Fox but this is looking more and more like last split for NRG. Tons of talent, glimpses of great play, and a couple of wins against good teams but then head scratching loses to teams they need to beat to be considered a good team. Ohq and Kiwikid seem to have things rolling well and the ability to carry a game at any time. The team needs to figure out how to make Quas less of a liability and his teleport plays have to be better.

Echo Fox9. Echo Fox

Record- 1-3
Quality Wins- None
Bad Losses- NRG

Getting 2-0’ed by the 0-3 NRG team is very humbling. With all the hype behind owner Rick Fox and Froggen, the team does not look like they will sniff a playoff spot. The lone win for Echo came against the bottom feeder Phoenix1 there is not a ton to be excited about here. Froggen has been decent, and Keith is capable we saw that when he subbed for Team Liquid while Piglet got a reality check. The rest of the team needs to prove they belong and needs to pick up Keith and Froggen. Echo Fox will want to get a win against CLG in their first series this week because the next two is Immortals and TSM.

Phoenix110. Phoenix1

Record- 0-4
Quality Wins- None
Bad Losses- Echo Fox

Yeah, they are the only team without a win, but they did take a game off of C9. Thier record might be a deceiving 0-4, they have played Immortals, C9, and Team Envy all who have impressed the first two weeks. The lost to Echo Fox was the very first game up on stage for this team and with such little experience on stage probably was a bit of a shell shock. If they want to get out of the last place and have a chance in the relegation tournament to fight for their LCS spot this week provides two winnable games against Team Liquid and Apex. Zig showed he can play extremely well on Irelia and will need to do some heavy lifting for his team the rest of the way.

 

 

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