Week 9 of the 2019 LCS Spring Split is right around the corner! This is the final week of the regular season, so the competition is going to be stiff, as North American teams aim for the remaining playoffs spots. Of course, not everyone will make the cut. With that in mind, we’re doing one last LCS power rankings 2019 update to help you separate the underdogs from the favorites!
10. 100 Thieves (4W, 12L, -1 spot)
This 100 Thieves lineup needs to go. Team building is a delicate art that few organizations came close to mastering, but there’s something fundamentally wrong about such a talented roster ending the regular season in the last place. It’s not for the lack of trying either. 100 Thieves attempted to salvage their split by replacing Huhi with Soligo and putting in the hours with three scrim blocks a week.
Yet, that wasn’t enough. Soligo is still a rookie, and while he might grow into a decent player in the future, he’s not going to fix 100T’s issues right now. Combine that with AnDa and Aphromoo playing some of the worst games in their careers, and it’s not exactly surprising that 100 Thieves keep dropping one match after another. The only ones worth keeping on this roster are Ssumday and Bang, but considering they’re already taking up both import slots, it will be difficult to surround them with good North American players in the off-season.
9. OpTic Gaming (6W, 10L, -3 spots)
OpTic also find themselves at the bottom of our LCS power rankings 2019. As much as we enjoy seeing Crown put on a clinic in the mid lane, there’s only so far he can carry a team on his own. OpTic’s side lanes are in complete disarray, as Dhokla, Arrow, and Big don’t have the games sense or mechanical prowess to keep up with the rising level of competition. And while Meteos and Dardoch aren’t half bad in the jungle, neither of them can show up with standout performances this team so desperately needs.
To make matters worse, OpTic are dysfunctional as a unit. Their shot calling is all over the place, and setting up objectives and coordinating in teamfights is a constant struggle for them. Granted, there’s always a chance that everything clicks at the last possible moment, but considering how lost OpTic looked last week, we wouldn’t count on it.
8. Counter Logic Gaming (6W, 10L, no change)
CLG are a weird team to evaluate. Their decision to sub in Auto almost knocked them out of the playoffs contention, so they went back to fielding Stixxay. Surprisingly enough, it worked. Stixxay and Biofrost had a solid showing in the bot lane, and they even managed to keep up with the likes of Zven and Smoothie in the laning phase.
Unfortunately, a better bot lane doesn’t fix CLG’s underlying issues. Darshan remains hit-or-miss in the top lane, and it’s common to see him fumble his mechanics in teamfights and skirmishes. The same applies to Wiggily, who fluctuates between exerting a ton of pressure with his ganks and donating free kills with overly aggressive dives. The only reliable player here is PowerOfEvil, and that’s not enough to bring CLG to the top of the LCS standings.
7. Clutch Gaming (5W, 11L, no change)
Wait, how did Clutch Gaming hold on to seventh place in our LCS power rankings 2019 when they lost both week 8 games? It’s true that Clutch Gaming didn’t have the best showing in their most recent previous matches, but to be fair, they had to go against two top-5 teams.
If you’re willing to look past that, Clutch Gaming have a lot of things going for them. Piglet and Vulcan are quite dominant in the bot lane, especially if they get their hands on Lucian or Irelia. And sure, Huni and LirA are a far cry from their peak, but they’re looking much sharper compared to the beginning of the season. The only thing that stops us from moving CG up our LCS power rankings 2019 is their inconsistency, but while the chances are slim, there is a world where they overcome this hurdle and break into the playoffs.
6. Echo Fox (6W, 10L, +4 spots)
We were already prepared to write them off, but Echo Fox came back swinging last week! First things first, Rush is back on the starting lineup. His pathing is as volatile as ever, but his playmaking got much better, so he frequently blindsides his enemies with sudden ganks and unpredictable outplays. Apollo also pulled through with a number of explosive showings in teamfights, and his Jinx and Xayah performances were a huge reason behind Echo Fox’s victories.
And then there’s Fenix. Echo Fox’s mid laner put on a show on Swain and his trademark Azir. Granted, he’s always been solid in lane, but it’s the fact that he’s now converting individual leads into dominant teamfights that leaves us excited for this lineup. Our main worry is that Echo Fox don’t have a good idea of how to approach the macro aspect of the game. They also have a pretty tough week 9 match against Team Liquid, so there’s no guarantee they will qualify for the playoffs.
5. Golden Guardians (7W, 9L, -1 spot)
We’ll be frank: Contractz and Olleh need to go. The former is a complete non-factor in the jungle, and it’s common to see him stumble around the map for 15 minutes with a 0/0/0 scoreline. The latter has some of the shakiest positionings in the league, so we almost expect him to get caught out and give away free kills to his opponents.
Yet, if you’re willing to overlook this, Golden Guardians aren’t that bad of a team. Froggen provides a ton of pressure in the mid lane, and his veteran game sense and limitless champion pool are the driving force behind Golden Guardians’ momentum. Hauntzer is also doing well for himself in the top lane, and while he’s not a 1v9 carry, he tends to hold his own in lane and do his job in teamfights. Combine that with a secondary carry threat in Deftly, and GGS have a great foundation to build upon. The only thing left is making the right moves in the off-season.
4. FlyQuest (9W, 7L, +1 spot)
It’s time to stop sleeping on FlyQuest. WildTurtle made a statement with his play in last week’s matches, and it’s clear he has what it takes to compete for the title of the #1 marksman in the region. The same applies to Santorin, who recovered from his momentary slump and proved he still deserves to be considered a top-3 jungler in the region. Hell, even V1per and Pobelter ramped up the aggression to the point where FlyQuest have legitimate carry threats in every position.
But their biggest strengths lies in the way they approach the game. FlyQuest are exceptional at making picks, setting up teamfights, and turning individual leads into neutral objectives. And it’s this mixture of synergy and macro prowess that makes them so scary to face on the Rift.
3. Cloud9 (12W, 4L, -1 spot)
Cloud9 became way too comfortable at the top of our LCS power rankings 2019. They tried fielding Goldenglue in the mid lane only to suffer an embarrassing loss at the hand of Echo Fox, and even though they recovered in the following match against OpTic, it remains to be seen whether they can challenge another top-tier lineup.
For starters, their bot lane lost a lot of ground in the early game. Zeyzal, in particular, is notorious for getting caught out and dragging his teammates into losing skirmishes. Another worrying point lies in the pick/ban phase. It feels like Cloud9 continuously put themselves into difficult spots by drafting unorthodox comps with narrow win conditions. Of course, they might just be experimenting with different picks for the playoffs, but at this point, it’s much better to hone the strategies you’re actually good at.
2. TSM (11W, 5L, +1 spot)
TSM continue their LCS climb! Akaadian might be a little too volatile for our liking, but his constant aggression definitely made TSM into a more proactive team. He also showed notable improvements by deviating from his top-focused playstyle and providing more pressure for his carries, so Zven and Smoothie could ramp up their aggression to the point where they’re routinely winning 2v2 skirmishes and securing complete dragon control for their teammates.
Another thing to note is macro. TSM started the season as one of the most hectic teams in the league, but now they have no issues taking a slight lead and snowballing it into a crushing advantage. We’re still worried that TSM’s success hinges on a high-risk, high-reward playstyle, but does it matter if they just keep winning?
1. Team Liquid (14W, 2L, no change)
Team Liquid barely held on to the #1 spot in our LCS power rankings 2019. CoreJJ is the undisputed MVP of this lineup, as he does everything in his power to set his teammates up with winning fights and protect his carries from enemy counterattacks. Xmithie also deserves props for shoring up the holes in his early game and exerting more pressure with jungle invades.
But not everything is sunshine and rainbows here. Doublelift’s positioning left a lot to be desired last week, and he made a lot of uncharacteristic mistakes in teamfights and bot lane skirmishes. Team Liquid’s decision-making also seemed to have taken a nosedive, as they kept forcing questionable plays and committing to 50/50 calls. Of course, none of these errors are critical, but the fact that they still happen so far into the split proves that TL aren’t as great as they seem at first glance.