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LoL EU LCS Week 3 Power Rankings

LoL EU LCS Week 3 Power Rankings1. G2 eSports (+/- 0)I know, I know, it must be getting old to see G2 at the


LoL EU LCS Week 3 Power Rankings

1. G2 eSports (+/- 0) I know, I know, it must be getting old to see G2 at the top of every power ranking list so far, but face it: it’s impossible to make the case for any other team. G2 has only lost two of its twelve matches, and those losses haven’t been to bottom tier teams. The tie against ROCCAT last week seemed to be a fluke, and the single loss to H2k is acceptable seeing as how H2k is fighting with Fnatic for second place in the standings. Trick is literally unstoppable in the jungle with anyone that he touches. He’s currently leading the EU LCS with a 10.2 KDA (26/13/106) and in the top ten for kill participation (77.6%). In the bottom lane, Zven is currently holding a second place KDA of 8.6 (48/14/72) and Mithy is ranked number four when it comes to assists (111). The biggest question going into last week was how was G2 going to fare without Kikis in the top lane. Luckily, Expect rose to the occasion and played some of the best League he’s probably ever played. G2 doesn’t have much to worry about. 2. H2k (+/- 0) This number two spot is probably the hardest spot to give this week. Both Fnatic and H2k played wondrously last week, and it ultimately came down to H2k’s split with G2. I know people may think that since H2k played one game this week, they should automatically be below Fnatic. But H2k is playing out of their minds right now; the loss to G2 was a hard fought battle, and they absolutely demolished Team Vitality. H2k swept Fnatic in Week 2, and there’s no reason why they won’t do it again. There are two teams that are above the rest, and they are H2k and G2. All the other teams are fighting for third place. All this being said, H2k will face Splyce and Unicorns of Love this week, so it should be an easy week for them. I can see them maybe dropping one to Splyce, but if they lose to Unicorns of Love, you can bet they’ll be dropping in my power rankings. 3. Fnatic (+1) Fnatic is getting it done this season. I was flat out wrong putting them below ROCCAT (my assessment of ROCCAT is an entirely different matter, but we will get to that later), and they rightfully deserve their current spot at number three. They swept both Splyce and FC Schalke 04 this week, although the games were close. Yellowstar is going off in his support role, leading the league with 137 assists (second place has 112). ADC Rekkles is dominant right now with 56 kills, ranking second for all ADC’s. The rest of the team is performing great, and the team currently sits at second in the LCS standings. I do have a couple concerns when it comes to Fnatic, however. The main point is that the team does not fare well in the big games. So far, Fnatic has swept Unicorns of Love, Splyce, Giants Gaming, and FC Schalke; teams that aren’t too big of a threat. Fnatic has split with Team Vitality (again, another mid/low-tier team) and got swept by their only big opponent, H2k. This week Fnatic faces Origen and ROCCAT, so the relatively weak schedule continues. The real test will be in week 5 when Fnatic faces G2 eSports; then we’ll see some true colors. 4. Splyce (+1) Here’s where it starts to get tricky again. The top three teams are obvious, then it gets to these middle tier teams and things start to get a little bit tougher. That being said, I’m still a believer in Splyce. Even though they had a rough time against Fnatic last weekend, they absolutely dominated Giants Gaming. Now, I understand that it is Giants Gaming, but Splyce dismantled them. The young Splyce roster never fails to impress me, and specifically jungler Trashy. He’s been playing a lot of Rek’sai and Gragas this split, and he’s currently undefeated with the latter. While he may be in the middle of the pack with his 5.0 KDA, Trashy is currently in fourth in kill participation with a whopping 81% KP. This upcoming week is a big week for Splyce, as they face H2k and Origen. I have a feeling they won’t have a problem with Origen, but if they can split the series with H2k, they’ll prove to the league that they’re a team to reckon with. 5. FC Schalke 04 (+1) If this is basically looking like the same list as last week, that’s because teams are performing almost exactly like a thought. FC Schalke is no exception. While I admit I jumped on their bandwagon a little too early (putting them in the second position during Week 1’s Power Rankings), I was right to think that they are a team that won’t go down without a fight. While they did lose to Fnatic this week, they gave Fnatic hell; and FC was able to sweep ROCCAT, who was previously ranked as number three on last week’s rankings. Schalke has a lot going for it: it has a large fan base for being brand new to the LCS, the players work great together as a team, and their team comps are relatively unique so other teams aren’t quite as comfortable playing against them. Of course, they do have some things they need to work on like map awareness and farming, but those will catch on in time. 6. Origen (+1) Origen is the dark horse this season, which is odd when you think that this team placed second last year. The loss of Sven and Mithy is definitely apparent, but it seems as if replacing FORG1VENGRE with xPeke is working out for the better (who would have thought?). After a very rough week one, Origen was able to split both series in week two, so they came into week three with some momentum. With the demanding sweep of ROCCAT, I thought it was for sure that Origen was back. But then something odd happened, and Giants Gaming demolished Origen in both games of the series. I get that teams have bad games every once in awhile, and also that teams have very good games sometimes. This Giants vs Origen series was most likely a combination of both, because Origen is a much better team than what they showed on Friday, and I’m sure they’ll continue to prove that in upcoming weeks. 7. ROCCAT (-4) ROCCAT’s performance during Week 3 surprised me in the worst way possible. I was mortified to see that the team I had hailed as the G2 killer had lost all four games, and to teams like Origen and FC Schalke 04. At least split these series, ROCCAT; don’t make me look this bad. But unfortunately, they played like an 0-4 earning team would. Of course, this brings up their G2 victory which is what won them a top three ranking last week; what does that mean now? Well, it means that something was a fluke. It was either ROCCAT’s one win or their four losses, and it’s a lot easier to think that the fluke was the win. I don’t think that ROCCAT is as bad as this last week showed, however, I do believe that they have a lot to work on if they want to be taken seriously in this league. 8. Team Vitality (+/-0) Team Vitality did what they were supposed to do this week: they swept the Unicorns of Love and got swept by H2k. They played solid this week, but unfortunately for them, there’s not really anywhere for them to go. The teams that are better than them are much better, and they’re left with only a few teams that they can actually beat. The rest of this season is just going to be a fight to stay away from having to play in the Challenger Series. 9. Giants Gaming (+/- 0) Yes, I know that Giants Gaming beat Origen this week. And yes, I know it seems odd to keep Giants Gaming at number nine, but I just can’t justify putting them any higher. Giants Gaming has played poorly lately, with the exception being the Origen series. Giants Gaming not only has trouble with the top-tier teams, but also the mid/low-tier ones. They can prove me wrong this week by beating FC Schalke, but I highly doubt that’s going to happen. 10. Unicorns of Love (+/- 0) Again, there’s not much to say for Unicorns of Love. A couple years ago, they were fun to watch because they chose off-meta champs and would often cheese to win games. Now, they’re playing the same way everyone else is, and they’re not nearly as good. Of course, I don’t mean to insult what the team is working towards; they do have one sweep. However, something is extremely wrong when your team in 2-10 for the season. I don’t see the team improving much if they continue to play the way they’re currently playing, so I’m going to bet we see a midseason roster change of some sort. GG UoL


Cameron Tennyson

I study Communication at UC San Diego with the hopes of becoming a journalist one day. In my free time, I write short stories and play League of Legends.

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