The LEC 2019 Summer Split begins on June 7! The entire region has just had its greatest international victory over, as G2 Esports are coming home with an MSI title. Now, European teams will be looking to challenge their dominance and keep the momentum going at the World Championship. Will they succeed? Find the answer in our detailed LEC power rankings for the 2019 Summer Split!
10. Excel Esports
ROSTER: Expect (Top), Caedrel (Jungle), Mickey (Mid), Hjarnan (Bot), KaSing (Support)
The good news is that Excel retained Expect and Caedrel. Both players are a solid foundation of their roster, and Caedrel, in particular, is the main driving force behind their early game, and a lot of their success will depend on whether he can keep up the performance he showcased in spring. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said about KaSing. Excel’s veteran support has been struggling to keep up with the rising level of competition, and his limited champion pool will definitely be a problem in the 2019 Summer Split.
Excel’s new recruits deserve a separate mention. Hjarnan will be a great addition to their roster since the previous ADC—Jeskla—was way too green to compete on the LEC stage. However, signing Mickey is one of the most mind-boggling moves of the mid-season. There’s plenty of mid lane talent in Europe, so Excel could’ve very well gotten a similarly skilled player without using an import slot. To make matters worse, Mickey is notorious for his attitude problems and hit-or-miss playstyle, so we have a hard time seeing Excel climbing up our LEC power rankings.
ROSTER: Finn (Top), Inspired (Jungle), Larssen (Mid), HeaQ/Woolite (Bot), Vander (Support)
Rogue are trying to shake things up. They’re not doing that bad of a job either, and many of their roster moves are steps in the right direction. For instance, bringing in Larssen instead of Sencux will grant them more firepower in the early game. The same applies to promoting Woolite and Vander to the starting roster, as this duo is much more explosive compared to Rogue’s previous bot lane. And while it’s too early to say whether Finn and Inspired will be definite upgrades over Profit and Kikis, it’s great to see Rogue giving a chance to up-and-coming European talent.
Our only concern is that this team is basically starting from scratch. Sure, many of its players have worked together on Rogue’s academy team, but they will still have to play catch-up with other European lineups. And while there is a chance that everything clicks and they outpace teams that have already been playing together for half a year, it’s far more likely that Rogue will finish this split at the bottom of the LEC standings.
8. SK Gaming
ROSTER: Sacre (Top), Selfmade (Jungle), Pirean (Mid), Crownshot (Bot), Dreams (Support)
SK Gaming are coming into the 2019 LEC Summer Split with a brand new top laner—and we can’t really blame them! At best, Werlyb was an adequate role player. At worst, he was a straight liability. Meanwhile, Sacre had a great showing at the 2019 EU Masters, so it makes sense to go with a younger (and more promising) top laner.
But does a single move fix SK Gaming’s problems? SK are very good about finding early leads and playing around their superstar jungler, but they tend to falter in the later stages of the game. And a rookie top laner isn’t going to solve this. Another thing to consider is that the only reason SK Gaming qualified for the spring playoffs is the underperformance of teams like Misfits Gaming and FC Schalke 04. Combine that with the fact that Crownshot is still a bit of a wildcard in the bot lane, and it’s hard to imagine a world where this team climbs to the top of LEC power rankings.
7. Team Vitality
ROSTER: Cabochard (Top), Mowgli (Jungle), Jiizuke (Mid), Atilla (Bot), Jactroll (Support)
It’s weird to see Team Vitality take on the 2019 Summer Split with the exact same roster they had in spring. Granted, their solo laners are solid, and you can count on Cabochard and Jiizuke to press their leads in winning matchups or hold their own against counter picks. However, Mowgli is a very inconsistent variable in the jungle. If that wasn’t enough, Atilla and Jactroll tend to lose a lot of ground to aggressive duos, so Vitality have to play most of their games with a losing bot lane.
Finally, there are clear parallels between Team Vitality and SK Gaming. That is, both lineups got further than expected because Schalke and Misfits dropped the ball in spring. Lightning never strikes the same place twice, though, so Team Vitality will have their work cut out for them in summer.
6. Misfits Gaming
ROSTER: sOAZ (Top), Maxlore/Kirei (Jungle), Febiven (Mid), Hans Sams (Bot), GorillA (Support)
Misfits Gaming are a hard team to evaluate. There’s a ton of talent on this roster, but all the different pieces refuse to come together on the Rift. One of the reasons behind this is their inability to find the right fights in the mid game. Of course, bringing in another jungler in Kirei could be a viable solution to this problem—especially when you consider how volatile Maxlore was in spring.
However, it’s hard to look past the fact that Misfits are essentially fielding the same roster. And while that’s not the worst thing in the world when you look at the individual skill of their players, their synergy issues won’t just disappear overnight. The only hope is that their new head coach Hussain “Moose” Moosvi will get everyone in line, but if that doesn’t happen, Misfits are very likely to go out in the first round of the LEC playoffs.
ROSTER: Vizicsaci (Top), Xerxe (Jungle), Humanoid (Mid), Kobbe (Bot), Norskeren (Support)
Splyce find themselves right in the middle of our LEC power rankings. They do a lot of things right in the early game, as Xerxe’s unorthodox pathing presents a lot of openings to his laners. And whenever they hit the late game, Splyce are exceptional at rallying around Kobbe and enabling him to dominate teamfights.
The cracks begin to show when you look at everything in between. Splyce are absolutely dreadful when it comes to navigating the mid game, and you can count on them to give up multiple turrets and neutral objectives without getting anything else in return. Granted, they know where their bread is buttered. With that, Splyce often rely on scaling drafts and deathball team compositions to cover their mid game weakness. The only question is, how long will these Band-Aid solutions last?
4. FC Schalke 04
ROSTER: Odoamne (Top), Trick/Memento (Jungle), Abbedagge (Mid), Upset (Bot), IgNar (Support)
If you look at the first half of the 2019 LEC Spring Split, FC Schalke 04 seemed like title contenders. And then the latter half came, and everything fell apart. The biggest issue was Memento’s slump in the jungle, so it’s great to see Schalke sign another jungler to ensure the same thing doesn’t happen again.
Their mid laner isn’t that great either. Abbedagge found a lot of success on Lissandra, but once that pick went out of the meta, he didn’t have any weapons left in his arsenal. Fortunately, FC Schalke 04 still have two potent side lanes to work with. And while Odoamne can be a bit hit-or-miss, we have no doubts that Upset and IgNar will regain their bot lane dominance and carry this team all the way to the top-4 of our LEC power rankings.
ROSTER: Bwipo (Top), Broxah (Jungle), Nemesis (Mid), Rekkles (Bot), Hylissang (Support)
It’s hard to think of this iteration of Fnatic as anything other than a worse version of their 2018 roster. Sure, Nemesis has found some success in the mid lane, but his reserved playstyle is still the exact opposite of what Fnatic need in the current meta. On top of that, Bwipo has been struggling to find his groove in the top lane, and his limited champion pool turns the pick/ban phase into a nightmare for Fnatic’s coaching staff.
It’s not all doom and gloom, though. Broxah is still a powerhouse in the jungle and his confident ganks are the foundation of Fnatic’s early game. And even though Rekkles and Hylissang aren’t the clear-cut best bot lane in Europe anymore, they can still carry the game if they get the right picks and resources. Another thing to note is that it won’t take much for this team to break into the top-2 of our LEC power rankings, and as long as Bwipo goes back to his 2018 form or Nemesis steps up his game in the mid lane, Fnatic could even contend for the title.
ROSTER: Alphari (Top), Kold (Jungle), Nukeduck (Mid), Patrik (Bot), Mithy (Support)
Origen are more than the sum of their parts. No one expected this team to hit a homerun coming into the 2019 Spring Split, but Origen slowly built themselves up, proving that teamwork and structured game plans trump talent and mechanical prowess. That’s not to say they’re lacking in individual skill. On the contrary, Alphari and Nukeduck are in the top-3 of their positions, so Origen have two powerful solo laners to play around. Throw in a smart jungler in Kold, and Origen have all the tools they need to break open the early game.
The only concern lies in the bot lane. Patrik is a cut below the best marksmen in the region, and while Mithy seems to have regained his old dominance, he won’t be able to turn an above average AD carry into a superstar. Still, as long as Origen can find a way to shore up this weaknesses, they will enjoy a lot of success in the 2019 Summer Split.
1. G2 Esports
ROSTER: Wunder (Top), Jankos (Jungle), Caps (Mid), Perkz (Bot), Mikyx (Support)
G2 Esports tower above the competition. The fact that they managed to win the 2019 MSI already puts them head and shoulders above most European lineups, and even though they’ll need some time to catch up in practice, we fully expect them to be back to 100% by week 3 of the regular season. Granted, some of this has to be attributed to talent. G2 Esports have the strongest Western roster in League of Legends history, so their players alone could carry them to an LEC title.
Yet, the most impressive thing about G Esports is how all the separate pieces come together. This one of the most aggressive teams in the world, so whenever someone gives them an inch, they don’t hesitate to take a mile. Combine that with their ridiculous flexibility in the pick/ban phase, and we struggle to see G2 Esports anywhere other than the top of our LEC power rankings.