League of Legends Week 1 EU LCS Power Rankings
1. G2 eSports
G2 makes choosing the number one spot in this week’s Power Rankings too easy. They were the only team to win all four games in Week 1, and they did so with ease. Even though the first game against Origen may have gotten close, after the team settled in with new bot laners Zven and Mithy, they looked unstoppable. G2 flat out embarrassed Giants Gaming on Friday, and they look to do the same to both Splyce and ROCCAT this upcoming week. I have a feeling it will be a while before G2 loses this number one spot in the Power Rankings. 2. FC Schalke 04 Perhaps one of the biggest surprises of Week 1 was how strong FC Schalke played. Even though the team is a new organization in the League of Legends LCS, the roster is almost identical to last year’s Elements, who faced serious challenges during the Spring Split. Not only did they sweep Unicorns of Love in their first ever series, but they also split with the well-known H2k. FC’s bot lane duo has only died a total of three times, and their midlaner Fox leads the LCS with 27 kills. Schalke 04 is staking their claim in the LCS, and only time will tell if they are the top-tier team they currently appear to be. 3. Fnatic Undoubtedly the most adored team in all of the EU, Fnatic finds itself near the top of the LCS league yet again. After his quick (and disappointing) trip to the NA, Yellowstar is back in the bot lane and is proving to his doubters that he still belongs in the professional circuit. His performance with Braum this weekend was nothing short of incredible, and he currently leads the LCS with a whopping 55 assists. As for the rest of the team, their sweep of Giants Gaming and split with Team Vitality doesn’t necessarily seem like much on paper, the wins were dominant and the loss was a close game. Feviben was dominate with mechanics heavy champions like Azir and Zed, while jungler Spirit’s Lee Sin map presence was pivotal for the wins. Fnatic will face Unicorns of Love and H2k later this week, so we’ll see how they fare against these tougher teams. 4. Team Vitality Now, before I get into these next few picks, I should leave a short disclaimer. This is only the first week, and it’s pretty hard to discern which team should be where. There are the three obvious frontrunners, the two teams at the bottom, and then everyone else in the middle. With that being said, I have to put Team Vitality at the fourth position of these Power Rankings mainly because they handed Fnatic their only loss of the week. They beat Fnatic with Yellowstar on Braum and Feviben on Azir, which is a feat in itself. While the team didn’t necessarily look the strongest during its losses, they played with power during their wins. Midlaner Nukeduck looked particularly strong on Lissandra, and is currently second in the LCS with 90% kill participation. Team Vitality faces a relatively easy schedule with ROCCAT on Thursday and Origen on Friday, so we’ll learn a lot more about the team’s value this week. 5. H2k No FORG1VENGRE, no problem. While H2k didn’t exactly look like the dominant team they were last year, they forced FC Schalke 04 into their only loss of the weekend. Newcomer Freeze, who previously played for the recently banned Renegades, showed some trouble in his ADC role with Caitlyn, but seemed to play just fine with Lucian (I mean, it is Lucian). Jungler Jankos made sure that his name was thrown into early MVP talks; his wins with Kindred and Lee Sin have helped put him put up the incredible stat of 94% kill participation. The team faces Fnatic this week, which will surely be a test for both teams. 6. Splyce Splyce is hands down my favorite team to watch in the LCS EU circuit. They’re young (three players on their roster are 17), excited to play, and immensely talented. While they may have had trouble during the Spring Split, they put up a respectable first week of play. Splitting series with both Team Vitality and ROCCAT. While the team hasn’t put up any crazy stats or completed any insane plays, they’ve played consistently throughout both series. None of their losses were blowouts, and none of their wins were too close too call. Splyce plays as a team, and it shows. The team is going to have it’s toughest week of the split next week as they’re facing both G2 and FC Schalke 04. Even if they just split the series’, they’ll prove their worthiness as a team. 7. Unicorns of Love Now I know that UoL have more points on the standings board than Team Vitality, Splyce, and H2k, but hear me out. They got swept by FC Schalke 04, which is understandable since they’re currently sitting at second for these Power Rankings. But they looked absolutely awful during those games. They struggled with vision, the shotcalling was questionable, and the team fights were dismal. Of course, they made up for it with the sweep of Origen, but it doesn’t mean too much when you sweep a team that’s sitting on the bottom of the league standings. Unicorns of Love have a lot to prove in the upcoming weeks, and I honestly don’t think they’re up for the challenge. 8. ROCCAT Again, I want to emphasize that by no means is ROCCAT near the bottom of this list because they’re a bad team. They split series with both Splyce and H2k, and their play is looking good. We just need more time to see how these teams line up with each other. However, when I analyze the strategies and mechanics of teams, it just so happens that ROCCAT is on the bottom of the mid-tier team. They didn’t pull off any spectacular wins, but they also weren’t really demolished by any teams. What’s most refreshing about ROCCAT is Steeelback’s tendency to play Jhin, who is under-appreciated recently but can definitely carry games (and that ult is so much fun to watch). They’ve got a tough week ahead with matches against G2 and Team Vitality, so we’ll see if they prove me wrong and pull out some wins. 9. Origen Poor, poor Origen. Got rid of Sven and Mithy in return for FORG1VENGRE and Hybrid, and nothing is working out for them. Midlaner PowerOfEvil’s play was miserable, and Origen even put in substitute xPeke (who didn’t play any better). The team had troubles working together, and there were too many instances where someone would get caught out and give up an unnecessary kill. On the bright side, SoaZ gave us the funniest play of the week with his last minute teleport escape against G2. In all seriousness though, Origen has the keys to success and (hopefully) it’s just a matter of time before they click and are a top-tier team again. It’s just going to be a little bit harder now that they haven’t won a single game yet. 10. Giants Gaming There’s not much to say about Giants Gaming other than they’re in for a long season. Unlike Origen, they’re used to being at the bottom of the LCS standings, and it doesn’t seem like that will be changing anytime soon. If there’s anything positive I can say about Giants Gaming’s position, it’s that they can try out new players and team comps without worrying about falling in the rankings. Worse-case scenario is that they just keep on losing, but hey, maybe they’ll get lucky and find out that Nami mid is OP. Those are Power Rankings for Week 1 of the LCS. For coverage on League of Legends all season, stay tuned to RealSport.