League of Legends NA Power Rankings – Week 2
1- Team Solomid (+2) It’s taken a while, but Reginald and co have done it. Team Solomid are the best team in North America once again. TSM looked very strong this week, especially considering their strength of schedule. They defeated Immortals and Apex, only dropping a single game to IMT bringing their regular season total so far up to 8-1. Hauntzer impressed this week by showing an impressive ability to play from behind as Swain against Huni’s Irelia in game 3 vs Immortals. TSM look to be embracing their new found aggressive style and look to be very much on the same page as a team. What’s more, new support Biofrost has emerged from his trial by fire as one of the region’s strongest and most consistent supports. They will be tested again next week, when they go up against old foes, Cloud9. 2 – Immortals (-1) Their hopes of a perfect season may be out of the window, but Immortals are still a top 2 team. They stuttered against TSM, who simply outplayed them in the marco game, but they still put up a fight. Huni has now played 6 straight games on Irelia and looks great on the champion. Watching him play Irelia reminds me of his days as a Hecarim player. He had several outstanding moments on the champion during the team’s series vs TSM, including an amazing 1vs4 play where he managed to pick up a kill and get out again safely. When they have a lead, IMT look unstoppable. However, when they fall behind, IMT look very… stoppable. They face the LCS’s new kids on the block Envy in their next series. 3 – Envy (-1) Envy continued their unbeaten run this week taking down both Apex and Pheonix1 in a total of 5 games. Envy seem to be going from strength to strength now, with Seraph making impressive macro calls, Ninja’s playmaking ability, and Lod perching near the top of the League KDA table. Ninja in particular had a great week, showing off his Swain again and doing insane damage as Anivia which some are considering a possible counterpick to Swain. The only reason Envy aren’t second on this list, is the fact that their strength of schedule so far has been very tame. They have yet to face off against another top 4 team, so their actual level is up in the air. They face Immortals next week, which will either solidify their place in the standings or see them rocket upwards. 4 – Cloud9 (+0) Cloud9 may be in the same spot as they were in last week’s rankings but they are easily one of the most improved teams since week 1. With every series they keep looking better, and stronger. Right now however, there are two Cloud9’s. There’s Cloud9 with Bunny and Could9 with Smoothie. So far, Bunny has been playing pick oriented champions, such as Thresh and Bard, whereas Smoothie plays a more peel/utility role in the team, favouring Karma and Nami. Cloud9 with Bunny is probably the better of the two as the team looks quicker and more decisive with him on the team. The 3 game series vs Phoenix1 is telling of this, as games 1 and 3 (Where they played Bunnyfufu) were quick and decisive, whereas game 2 was drawn out, and a little clumsy overall. The best Cloud9 moments of the weekend happened in the botlane in game 1 vs CLG, where Bunyfufu’s thresh and Sneaky’s Ashe managed to pick up 5 kills in the lane phase alone. Outside of lane, the two joined teamfights and took over the game. Impact also had a great week including an excellent performance of Fizz vs Darshan’s Trundle, where he was able to dive the backline, make solo plays and escape every time with his life still in tact. 5 – Apex (+0) Although Apex had an 0-2 week, they can still hold their heads up high. They had by far the toughest schedule this week, facing off against the two remaining undefeated teams in the NA LCS; Team Solomid and Envy. Although the series against TSM was very one sided, the series against Envy was not so much; Apex managed to win a game vs Envy using an unconventional pairing of Jarvan top and Zilean midlane to fantastic effect. Ray built solely damage on Jarvan and was able to deal an insane amount of damage to Envy’s backline. Ray is quickly becoming one of the biggest carry threats in the toplane in the whole league. Alex can safely sit in the top half of the standings, albeit at the bottom. 6 – NRG (+3) Out of the bottom 5 teams, NRG impressed the most this week. They played a close series against Immortals in which they picked up a single game win and managed to secure their first series win against Echo Fox. In their victories, NRG have looked very impressive. Santorin went unkilled and picked up 23 assists in the win vs Immortals and Quas’ Ilaoi in the toplane dismantled KFO during their match against Echo Fox. NRG are only just starting to show their potential and I expect them to continue rising in this list. 7 – Counter Logic Gaming (+0) CLG may have managed to pick up their first win this week, but I’d still be hard pressed to say that they looked better. They beat Team Liquid in a 3 game series and it looked like this may be the boost that CLG needed. However, the team were stomped by Cloud9 on Sunday and still seem to be behind the other teams both individually and as a team. The botlane has often been seen as a strength of CLG’s in times of trouble, but Aphromoo and Stixxay were crushed in lane by Sneaky and Bunnyfufu, giving up not 1, but 5 kills in lane. The defending split champions need to up their game if they hope to make playoffs at this rate. 8- Team Liquid (+0) Team Liquid have continued to disapoint. They were defeated by their bottom of the table rivals CLG and looked fairly unconvincing in their win vs Echo Fox. The team have been starting Dardoch who is still making agressive, early-game plays, but the team simply aren’t on the same page as him. The trust they had last split looks gone. Joining Daraoch at the bottom of the KDA table is ADC Piglet, who is having an uncharicteristically bad split, and really struggling to make an impact. The team play NRG and Phoenix1 next week, where they will hope to pick up some much needed wins. 9 – Echo Fox (-3) After a promising start, Echo Fox have plummetted in the rankings in week 2. They were beaten by struggling Liquid and NRG squads, which is just about the easiest schedule a team could have hoped for in Echo Fox’s shoes. Despite strong individual performances by Froggen, the team just aren’t on the same page and will need to harness the drive of their rookie players if they hope to succeed. 10 – Phoenix1 (+0) Pheonix1 sit at the bottom of the standings, the only team yet to pick up a single series in the NA LCS. The team do have some bright spots. Midlaner Pirean is looking strong, and had a huge impact in the team’s win vs Cloud9, however in the other two games he failed to carry his team to victory. The team play Liquid and Apex next week, which are two games they are expected to lose, but two games which they can also surprise in.