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LoL NA LCS Week 3 Power Rankings

LoL NA LCS Week 3 Power Rankings1. Team Solomid (+0)After 3 weeks of LCS action, Team Solomid stand uncontes


LoL NA LCS Week 3 Power Rankings

1. Team Solomid (+0) After 3 weeks of LCS action, Team Solomid stand uncontested at the top of the standings, still searching for the team who will hand themselves their first loss. This may be the strongest TSM lineup in the organization’s history with every player stepping up and demonstrating an impressive level of coordination. Although they were handed their most convincing single game loss to date, at the hands of Cloud9, they looked dominant in their series against NRG with Bjergsen picking up player of the game in both games, playing both Ryze and Azir, two champions which are frequently banned against him. If I had to stretch to find one criticism of TSM’s play, it would be in Doublelift’s champion pool. He has played Lucian in every game apart from 1 so far this split, so it could be the case that TSM’s strategy is centered around Doublelift’s Lucian. If their opponents were to start prioritizing the Lucian pick, it may force TSM to play around something they are less confident on. Other than that, TSM’s play has been stellar so far, and to boot their games are really entertaining to watch. 2. Immortals (+0) Immortals’s first series this week was against the unbeaten Envy, who they were able to defeat in two straight games, but it was not an easy ride. Game one wasn’t the most exciting of games, with an uncharacteristically low kill score for an IMT game. Game two was one of the most exciting single games of the split so far. It looked like Envy were about to close out the game, however Immortals managed to pull off a heroic Nexus defense, and were able to take Envy’s Nexus with the pushing power of Pobelter’s Azir and WildTurtle’s Jinx. Turtle’s Jinx was a huge factor in the game. Jinx is a champion that Turtle had some amazing performances on last season, and it’s good to see him back on the champion. Their series against Echo Fox was more business as usual, as they were able to pick up a clean 2-0 victory, in dominating fashion. In game 2 of this series, Huni played Rumble, which is the champion he initially made his name on during his rookie split on Fnatic and used the champion to great effect, with the new “Protobelt” build. 3. Cloud9 (+1) Cloud9 and Envy are very close, and it’s hard to say which is the better of the two as they are yet to meet on the rift. Although, based on this week’s performance, Cloud9 impressed more. They were able to hand TSM their most convincing loss so far, beating them in only 25 minutes, but were also able to beat Apex in a close 3 game series. Sneaky was the stand out player this week, showcasing incredible mechanics and great resilience, especially during the series against Apex. He was able to totally shut Apollo out of the game, and managed to steal Elder Drake to keep his team in the game during game 2. Jensen also had a great week, showing his skills on Le Blanc in game 3 of the Apex series and managing to go toe to toe against Bjergsen, which is something few players are able to do. Honestly, every member of Cloud9 is playing well and their dynamic botlane is looking more impressive every week. 4. Envy (+1) Envy finally dropped to the Immortals machine, but it was not a graceless defeat by any stretch. Seraph finally became the toplaner who forced Huni to come off of his Irelia binge as he brought his Trundle into the mix. Seraph proved to be a menace on the champion, literally going where he pleased. Lod also showed off his Ezreal skills in the game, picking up 11 kills for only 3 deaths. Although Envy faltered at the final hurdle, they can hold their heads up high after the IMT series. Indeed, they showed resiliance after the loss in their series against a struggling CLG. Despite dropping the first game in the series, Envy were able to leave the day with a 2-1 finish over CLG. Seraph’s Trundle and Rumble picks were key in Envy’s victories, as well as Ninja’s play on Lissandra. It’s impressive to see how Ninja has progressed, from being a big assassin player, to one of the best control mage players in the entire league. 5. Apex (+0) Another week, another 5th place finish for Apex. Still unable to break into the top 4, Apex were able to take both Cloud9 and Phoenix1 to 3 games, losing to C9, but beating P1. Keane in particular looked really good this week. He continued his trend of inventing his own personal meta by playing 2 games of Cassiopea, to fantastic effect, single handedly carrying the second game against Cloud9, dealing over 70,000 damage on the champion. He is also the first player to play the reworked Cassiopea professionally in the world (to my knowledge). Ray also brought out his Jarvan in games 2 and 3 of the Cloud 9 series. He was able to get rolling in game 2 executing several brutal backline dives, however in game 3 he was largely nullified by Smoothie’s exhaust, and was unable to make an impact. 6. Team Liquid (+2) Team Liquid seem to have finally gotten the ball rolling, picking up their first 2-0 week so far of the split. Piglet made the decision to step off the main roster for the week, and his substitute, solo queue player, Fabbbyyy, did a good job filling in. It was Fenix who majorly stepped up this week though giving 2 huge performances on Vladamir, as well as going back to his famous Azir. Dardoch has also returned to form picking up Olaf and dominating Santorin on the champion. Liquid have a long way to go if they want to break the top 4, but they are certainly getting there. 7. Counter Logic Gaming (+0) Counter Logic Gaming were finally able to pick up their second win of the split this week against Echo Fox, but are by no means out of the water yet. The team are playing badly, there are gaping holes in their squad and their play looks sloppy overall. Darshan in particular is having perhaps the worst split of his career. Despite being put on split pushing champions and being able to pick up a respectable amount of kills, he is also bleeding gold for his team with one of the highest amounts of deaths in the league (44), coupled with the second lowest kill participation of any player. On the bright side, Huhi had a great week especially on Ryze game, as well as Stixxay making an effort to be the playmaker that his team needs. He went back to Tristana, a pick which was very effective for CLG during spring playoffs. Hopefully they should be able to pick up another win next week with a match against Phoenix1, but with Immortals also in their schedule, their hopes of a 2-0 week look slim. 8. NRG (-2) NRG played TSM this week as well as a surging Liquid. They have continued to have moments of brilliance, but are inconsistent overall. They have good individual players but their teamwork is sloppy. Ohq impressed this week, as he always does when he plays Twitch, and GMB is looking great on Anivia, but NRG’s characteristic as a team is becoming an inability to convert these individually strong plays into wins. For example, Kiwikid got off to a roaring start against TL, picking up a triple kill of Zyra (perhaps the support you least want to see fed on the enemy team), but he was unable to use this surge of gold to gain a meaningful advantage for his team. It feels like NRG have a high ceiling as a team, they just have to work together in order to reach it. 9. Echo Fox (+0) Echo Fox have similar problems to NRG, in that they have strong players, but they lack cohesion and are typically slow to react to things around the map. Froggen as always had a solid performance, even picking up Brand in game 1 against CLG, but unfortunately, League of Legends is no longer a game where one player can take over and solo carry, especially at the professional level. In other good news, Hard also had a strong performance, especially on Rek Sai, but this is sadly where the good news ends for Fox. 10. Phoenix1 (+0) I’m afraid the P1 report card reads “Must improve” yet again, after their third consecutive week of defeats. On the bright side, they are often able to force 3 game series against the most unlikely of opponents, this week’s victim being Apex, who honestly P1 looked alright against. Sadly they are just outmatched in a league full of very strong teams. Their best chance of picking up a win comes this week, where they take on CLG and NRG. LoL EU LCS Week 3 Power Rankings


LoL NA LCS Week 3 Power Rankings

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