Week 1 League of Legends NA Power Rankings
1 – Immortals Immortals? Top of the pack? Who could have predicted that? Huni and co look on top form and despite being challenged by Cloud 9 in their 3 game series, showed their dominance against a struggling P1. Huni had a set of games, getting to play one of his favourite champions Riven twice, both of which were victories. Wildturtle also played great over both series, notably in game 1 against Pheonix 1 where he picked up 11 kills on Ezreal and put the team on his back. That’s the scariest thing about Immortals and why they top our Week 1 Power Rankings. They don’t have one carry or even two, they have 5. 2 – Envy One of the biggest surprises of the weekend was Envy. They entered the week expected to go 1-1 as their schedule included the newly revamped NRG and Team Liquid. Envy exceeded all expectations and defeated both teams without dropping a single game, especially impressive considering the fact that this is a new team. Seraph and Ninja were both on fire with Seraph’s flanking plays on Lissandra and Maokai being a particular highlight. Lod also made an explosive entrance into the LCS, ending the week with a 15.7 KDA, the highest of any player. 3 – TSM Team Solomid defied all expectations when the took out defending Champions CLG in a clean sweep before doing the same to 4th place Team Liquid. Bjergsen was, as usual, on top form. He managed to demolish both Fenix and Huhi in lane, showing skill on 4 different champions. So far Biofrost seems to have slotted in well with the rest of TSM and picked up 50 assists over 4 games. Doublelift is also playing like his old self, playing a mean Lucian and showing his peers, Stixxay and Piglet that he still deserves to be up there with the region’s top AD carries. 4 – Cloud9 It may seem strange to see Cloud 9 so high up the list as the team are currently 1-1, but when you consider their strength of schedule, you have to give them props. Their series against Immortals was easily the most exciting of the weekend and turned out to be one of the closest as well. Meteos has clearly been putting in the hours during his time off and ended the week with a 10.0 KDA. He played most of his games on Rek Sai and managed to stand up against his jungle rival, Reignover who usually wipes the floor with his enemies. Rotating supports Bunnyfufu and Smoothie both managed to pick up wins and Impact seems to have meshed well with the rest of the team. Watching Sneaky and Bunny use the Ashe/Bard combo, popularized by the Rox Tigers was a particular highlight of their games. 5 – Apex Apex gaming also surprised this weekend, defeating both NRG and CLG to end the week 2-0. Keane showed skill on Swain, a champion which fits his style well. Newcomer Ray also showed up huge, playing several games on tank Fizz and going absolutely crazy by picking up 24 kills over 5 games. MVP of the weekend for Apex was definitely Xpecial. Considered washed up by many players and critics, he silenced everyone with his play on Thresh and Alistar, whilst picking up the most assists of any player over 5 games, 69. Apex have shown that they have a lot of potential and all without showing their trump card; Diamondprox as a substitute jungler. 6 – Echo Fox An argument could be made for Echo Fox being much higher up on this list as they played a close series vs Cloud9, and annihilated newcomers Pheonix 1. However, it’s hard to ignore how weak their botlane looked this week; the last 2 games seemed to consist of a montage of both Keith and Big being caught out of position. Keith is a talented player and I fully believe he’s just had a bad week, but he definitely stood out as the weak link in the team. On the other side, KFO and Froggen played great especially when KFO played Fiora where he was able to become a splitpushing force who could also hard carry team fights, something that is traditionally not Fiora’s forte. Froggen also picked up a win on his signature champion, Anivia. Echo Fox look strong, and could do very well this split if they can patch up their weakness in the botlane. 7 – CLG Like Echo Fox, I wanted to rank CLG higher in this list due to their performance at MSI and their very high ceiling as a team, but there’s no disguising the fact that they disappointed this week. They were beaten by both Apex and TSM, two teams they were expected to roll over. So what happened? Honestly, it looked like underestimation. Most of the players played fairly well, Xsmithie especially, but the team as a whole looked like they’d left their motto of “Respect all, fear none” in Shanghai. 8 – Team Liquid Team Liquid had a pretty disastrous start to the split. 2-0’d by both Team Solomid and Envy. Although this was a tough schedule, every single one of TL’s players under performed, especially Fenix who got straight up crushed in lane by Bjergsen and struggled to make an impact. Some of this weakness could be attributed to the relegation of Dardoch to the substitute position as the team looked slightly better when he played in the final game vs Envy but Team Liquid will have to improve massively if they want a chance of making the playoffs. 9 – NRG NRG played both Apex and Envy. All three of these teams were hyped because of their new rosters and whilst Envy and Apex had great weeks, NRG failed to meet expectations. They seemed to have synergised somewhat, but individually all of their players save for GBM were outmatched by their counterparts. 10 – Phoenix 1 Phoenix 1 played fairly well, despite and their 0-4 start. Their opponents were Immortals and Echo Fox, and whilst the team look messy and disorganised, they actually managed to give Immortals a run for their money, due to some great Le Blanc play from Slooshie. Overall, however they failed to make an impact on the standings.