With only three weeks of play before the playoffs start, we can start to make more definitive rankings for our teams.
The first four weeks of the LCS Summer Split have been played out and each team faced each other once during this time. This means we have a more complete point of view about where each team ranks and we can try to predict where they will finish the season going into the playoffs.
This week’s iteration of our power rankings will try to anticipate the regular season rankings and give you an idea of the teams’ strengths and expectations for the playoffs race.
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We will be updating our power rankings each week according to the recent LCS games to give you an idea of where each team is during the split.
10. Dignitas (Previous Week: 9, [-1])
- Noh ‘Gamsu’ Yeong-jin
- Lawrence Lin ‘eXyu’ Xu/Perry ‘Perry’ Norman
- Ersin ‘Blue’ Gören
- Trevor ‘Spawn’ Kerr-Taylor
- Vincent ‘Biofrost’ Wang
Week 5 Update
With a 2-9 game score there already wasn’t much hope for Dig’s playoff chances, but it looks like the organization as a whole has given up on this split. During this week, Dig announced they sold River to GG, which was the best player they had, and if they had any chance to make a comeback it would be on River’s back. Now they will either start eXyu, which would be my guess, or Perry, who is a new amateur prospect, and I don’t expect either player to make a significant contribution immediately. They have already put Spawn in the LCS, so the rest of the split will be about development for Dig and I’ll be closely following their young players.
Mid-Season Update (Prediction: 9th Place)
Dignitas is so uninspiring. In the past seasons, even when they did not have the best records, their games were really fun to watch as they pushed teams well during late games, especially in teamfights. But right now there is not much hope in plain sight for the Summer. River and Biofrost are the only two members who have been playing at a consistently respectable level, but even those two are not on the same level as they were at Spring 2022, where they still missed the playoffs.
Now, going into the Week 5 they are going to play with their Academy ADC Trevor ‘Spawn’ Kerr-Taylor, who has been performing well lately. Neo has not looked good at all this spring, so it is not that surprising they are trying out something new. We still don’t know if this will be permanent or not, but maybe a new look will rejuvenating for them.
Pre-Season (Prediction: 5th Place)
9. TSM (Previous Week: 8, [-1])
- Colin ‘Solo’ Earnest
- Mingyi ‘Spica’ Lu
- Huang ‘Maple’ Yi-Tang
- Tony ‘Instinct’ Ng
- Jonathan ‘Chime’ Pomponio
Week 5 Update
TSM is the other team that looks like their season is doomed, Tactical/Mia duo who was recently demoted is even struggling in the Academy which means they have no choice but stick with Instinct/Chime. But it will be very hard for them to call it a developmental split with 2 veterans in mid/jungle and now S0ul asking to return Academy. They are lucky that LCS has eight spots for Summer playoffs so they still have a chance, but with a more improved IMT in competition it will be really hard for TSM.
Mid-Season Update (Prediction: 8th Place)
TSM did really blow it all up, huh? If you’ve missed the news, TSM replaced their entire bot lane last week and Huni suddenly retired due to some issues with his wrists. The first two games for this new squad was at the two ends of a spectrum. They got completely stomped by C9, and then they dominated FLY, which is a pretty good team. I think the roster changes were needed as the previous roster did not look like they were handling things well, but I’m just not sure how good the new roster will be. Sure, the potential is there. S0ul was already a fast-rising prospect and Instinct silenced the doubters for a while with his Pentakill, but how good can they get when there is already four weeks left in the split?
Pre-Season (Prediction: 7th Place)
8. Immortals (Previous Week: 10, [+2])
- Mohamed ‘Revenge’ Kaddoura
- Shane ‘Kenvi’ Espinoza
- Tristan ‘PowerOfEvil’ Schrage
- Lawrence ‘Lost’ Hui
- Lee ‘IgNar’ Dong-geun
Week 5 Update
I believe this is the first week since after the pre-season rankings where Immortals are not dead last, which is a big surprise. The team has been looking much different overall in these last two weeks, it really looks like the break helped them a lot. PoE looks much better, I was happy to see him pick Sylas, Revenge is back to looking like a promising player, you must’ve seen the Aatrox clip, and Kenvi is finally playing with confidence. IMT bot lane was already the most consistent piece of this roster, so with the top side catching up a bit more they are at least looking like an LCS team. Sure, there is no guarantee they will keep it up, and I’ll try not to get my hopes up, but at a bare minimum they did show some signs of life.
Mid-Season Update (Prediction: 10th Place)
Immortals finally got another win under their belt, and this time around it was against C9. Still, they did not look very good even when they were winning, the game felt like C9 did not have a game plan and couldn’t contest anything against PoE’s Corki. This means the biggest problems of this IMT team are still continuing. Their macro did not improve, but they got better at taking some objectives at least, and their teamfighting isn’t that good. So far the only Lost is showing an individual performance I would say is near average, and even he is not that improved.
With Revenge taking some steps back in his laning and split pushing, PoE not playing near his peak and Kenvi still struggling I don’t think this Immortals squad will see too many more wins in the second half of the split.
Pre-Season (Prediction: 9th Place)
7. Golden Guardians (Previous Week: 7)
- Eric ‘Licorice’ Ritchie
- Kim ‘River’ Dong-woo
- Nicholas ‘Ablazeolive’ Antonio Abbott
- Trevor ‘Stixxay’ Hayes
- Kim ‘Olleh’ Joo-sung
Week 5 Update
Last week I talked about how GG was the perennial seventh-place team in my power rankings, and it looks like they will try to prove me wrong for the rest of the split. Just yesterday, they announced that they were bringing River on from Dignitas. This is a big improvement in my eyes as my biggest complaint for GG was their top side not being able to hold on to the advantages they got for themselves, and I think River is a much better player at that compared to Pridestalker. Of course, a bit sad for Pride as I think he is a good player, but he seemed like he couldn’t necessarily adapt to the meta. With mid-LCS teams not exactly rock-solid, GG can make a very hard push for a higher seed, if River can help them clean up their gameplay.
Mid-Season Update (Prediction: 7th Place)
I don’t think GG moved from seventh place even once since I started this power ranking. They are currently tied for sixth with C9 and their only wins came against the three bottom teams of the league, except the first-week victory against C9, which is not that good if you are looking to break into the top-middle of the LCS. Individually all five members of the team are above average to good players for NA, but specifically, their top side are having big problems staying consistent even in a game start to finish, let alone week by week.
I don’t see any scenarios where GG doesn’t make playoffs in an eight-team spot, but there doesn’t seem to be room for much more success after that.
Pre-Season (Prediction: 8th Place)
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6. Counter Logic Gaming (Previous Week: 6)
- Niship ‘Dhokla’ Doshi
- Juan ‘Contractz’ Garcia
- Cristian ‘Palafox’ Palafox
- Fatih ‘Luger’ Güven
- Philippe ‘poome’ Lavoie-Giguere
Week 5 Update
Is it safe to say CLG regressed to the mean and now sitting in a more fitting place for their gameplay? No doubt the young LCS squad is playing an aggressive style on the Rift, which is exciting to watch and cheer for but they seem very reliant on getting advantages in the draft. This is not bad to do, but it feels like they struggle too much while playing from behind. I also have some individual concerns like Contractz still making some basic mistakes, Luger having a hard time carrying games this split and Palafox still not showing enough improvement in lane. Everyone is talking about his great game against Bjergsen, but if we look overall he is the second worst mid laner when it comes to gold and XP diff at 15, and he doesn’t have enough map pressure to justify it by saying he is roaming. CLG is still in a better place than I expected from them pre-season, but I was hoping they would be able to stay near the top.
Mid-Season Update (Prediction: 6th Place)
Okay, I am starting to get worried for CLG a little bit. After a great start to the season with creative drafts and good individual performances, they lost all their games in the last two weeks, except the one against IMT. Now their sixth place is still good, especially considering I predicted them to be 10th before the season started, but they had a chance to be really ahead of the curve with the start they had. The problem is the individual performances seem to stumble. Palafox and Contractz haven’t been as proactive as they were in their 4-1 start. We saw this get punished against 100T, who decided to camp top and CLG could not take advantage of Dhokla’s pressure on the map.
Of course, it is not just doom and gloom. In just half of the Summer, they nearly tied their win in the Spring Split (6) and this is acceptable for what is still supposed to be a young developmental roster.
Pre-Season (Prediction: 10th Place)
5. Cloud9 (Previous Week: 4, [-1])
- Ibrahim ‘Fudge’ Allami
- Robert ‘Blaber’ Huang
- Nicolaj ‘Jensen’ Jensen
- Kim ‘Berserker’ Min-cheol
- Jesper ‘Zven’ Svenningsen
Week 5 Update
If we were living in a world where the only thing that mattered was the results, C9 could’ve been a top-3 team right now. Unfortunately, even when they win 2-0 like last week, they are not looking like a top-3 team at all. Against Dig and GG, two teams they should be comfortably beating if their goal is Worlds, they struggled heavily, especially in the early games.
My most significant hang-up with C9 is the fact that they are refusing to play around their bot lane before 15 minutes. Berserker has been performing in mid/late game team fights ever since he arrived in NA, but for some reason, we haven’t seen C9 put all their chips on him, even for one game. Maybe it is because Zven is just getting into his groove in his new role, but I don’t think it would hurt them to give it a try, seeing their early game is not good either way. But all of this aside, they are still winning and with Jensen looking like a beast last week, the future is still looking bright.
Mid-Season Update (Prediction: 4th Place)
Ups and downs of C9 continued last week with a quick dominant victory over TSM, followed by an abysmal performance and loss against Immortals. While they are tied for sixth, they are 4-2 when we consider their problems in the early season, but it should be noted they played EG and TL in that first week. Seeing their lows this split I would not be surprised if they lost that games anyway, but in the end the past does not matter too much.
From what I’ve seen from them with their full roster, I’m already impressed with Fudge, if he isn’t playing Gragas, and Berserker but so far Jensen has been pretty poor. Add to that some inexplicable games from Blaber, and there is some worry, but I still have a lot of faith in C9 to get much more consistent as playoffs near closer.
Pre-Season (Prediction: 4th Place)
4. FlyQuest (Previous Week: 5, [+1])
- Philip ‘Philip’ Zeng
- Brandon ‘Josedeodo’ Villegas
- Loïc ‘toucouille’ Dubois
- Johnson ‘Johnsun’ Nguyen
- Zaqueri ‘aphromoo’ Black
Week 5 Update
Just like C9, FLY played Dig and GG last weekend but unlike C9, FLY looked great in both their wins. This team doesn’t seem to have a weak point on the map, which is weird to say because they are playing with a rookie top laner. Despite the expectations being very low, Philip has blown all of them away and he is the biggest surprise of the Summer for me. They also have a top-3 mid/jungle duo in the league, with some fans starting to campaign for toucouille as “the best mid in LCS,” which is something hard to argue against. Combine this top side with a very stable and able-to-carry bot duo, FLY is a scary team.
Mid-Season Update (Prediction: 5th Place)
FlyQuest could’ve been tied for second right now if they did not lose to TSM last week, which is surprising as no one expected this from them. But after thinking about it some more, is it really that surprising? I don’t remember too many teams aphromoo played on that did not perform well at least during the regular season. While no one will delusion themselves into thinking this roster is going to challenge for the title, they are one of the better teams to watch in the LCS so far into the Summer.
Pre-Season (Prediction: 6th Place)
3. Team Liquid (Previous Week: 2, [-1])
- Gabriël ‘Bwipo’ Rau
- Lucas ‘Santorin’ Larsen
- Søren ‘Bjergsen’ Bjerg
- Steven ‘Hans sama’ Liv
- Jo ‘CoreJJ’ Yong-in
Week 5 Update
Team Liquid finished every week of the LCS with a 1-1 scoreline, ever since they 3-0’d the super week. 4-4 over the last four weeks leaves the territory of “not good enough for TL” and nears “just plain old average.” Their problems don’t seem to be too deep, at least not most of them. In almost all their losses, and even in some of their wins, they played like the most passive team in the league, when in reality, they should be the team that takes any and every fight just because they are better than other LCS teams.
But of course, they are not. While they had their bad games, Bjergsen and Santorin are the only two players on TL who have been doing well overall. On the other side, Hans/Core duo’s showings keep getting worse and worse. So far they’ve tried Draven/Kalista/Lucian type aggressive lanes, scaling picks like Zeri/Ezreal and played even Seraphine but Hans hasn’t looked like himself at all, and it is the same for Core. They have been doing more positioning mistakes, bad situational awareness and mechanical mistakes than people would’ve expected from them. And it will be really hard for TL to truly pull themselves together unless their bot lane returns back to form.
Mid-Season Update (Prediction: 2nd Place)
For a roster of this caliber, anything below a championship in LCS has to be considered a failure, and right now TL looks like they will be failing. When watching this team on the Rift during the last couple of weeks, the only constant positive was their mid/jungle duo who have been creating early leads or carrying late game fights. Without them, neither their top side nor bot lane looks like they are contributing what is expected from them. Specifically, the Hans/Core lane hasn’t worked out so far and they were supposed to dominate the league. It feels wrong to only speak negatively about a team that is 6-3 and ranked second in a power ranking, but there is no denying they are underperforming.
Pre-Season (Prediction: 1st Place)
2. 100 Thieves (Previous Week: 3, [+1])
- Kim ‘Ssumday’ Chan-ho
- Can ‘Closer’ Çelik
- Felix ‘Abbedagge’ Braun
- Victor ‘FBI’ Huang
- Choi ‘huhi’ Jae-hyun
Week 5 Update
Well, I guess Abbedagge has decided to stop with the “lose lane, win game” plan, and decided to go with the “win lane, and then win game” one. He wasn’t exactly playing badly this Summer, but he was rightly getting criticized for his laning mistakes. But for the last two weeks, “Fakerdagge” has been dominating his lane opponents. Just last week against EG, we saw him push Jojo, one of the best laning mids in LCS, out of the lane multiple times and then get an almost solo kill on him. He was the one individually underperforming player on the roster and with him stepping up if 100T can start being 10% more proactive during the early game, they have a real good chance of getting their second championship.
Mid-Season Update (Prediction: 3rd Place)
100T is second in the league and they keep winning games, so why is the hype around them continue to decrease among the fanbase. If I need to give one reason, I would wager it is because they are straying far away from what made them the most exciting team to watch in LCS, and they are turning into a classic NA team that waits till late game and wins fights. Aggression once was their signature with early game dives, Closer being the most active jungler and their bot lane keep killing opponents 2v2, but we did not see these things much this Summer.
But despite mine and fans’ disappointment about their playstyle, the Thieves are still winning games and even Abbadagge, who was having problems early in the split, is looking much better lately. If the trajectory continues like this they soon will pass TL as the closest contender to EG, but I still miss the old 100 Thieves.
Pre-Season (Prediction: 3rd Place)
1. Evil Geniuses (Previous Week: 1)
- Jung ‘Impact’ Eon-yeong
- Kacper ‘Inspired’ Słoma
- Joseph ‘Jojopyun’ Pyun
- Kyle ‘Danny’ Sakamaki
- Philippe ‘Vulcan’ Laflamme
Week 5 Update
EG lost their second game of the split against 100T, but more importantly, this was the first game where I felt like they never had a chance to win. It also was the first game this split where I felt like Inspired was totally gapped in the jungle and had no answer in fights. Of course, it is only a regular season game and losses can happen every now and again. EG is still the best team in the league and I don’t think many will chose a different favorite unless they start chain losing games.
Mid-Season Update (Prediction: 1st Place)
After a clean win against TL there is no doubt EG are the best team in the league, even if there was any before it. So far their early games had the most varying look as they had some games where they were getting pressured a lot. But after the game time hits a certain point, they’ve consistently been the best team in the league when it comes to map movement, objective control and teamfighting. Not only that it can be easily argued that every player in this roster is the top player in their roles. From this point on it is almost certain they will represent NA at Worlds so there are only two questions in my mind. Can they finish the split 17-1, and can they repeat their championship?