With a fourth Worlds spot granted to EU, the playoffs race is getting more and more heated. So let’s see which teams are closer to representing EU on the international stage.
The first-round robin is over and every one of our teams played against each other ones, so this should be a good time to take a stock of where things are.
The Summer Split of LEC has been a hectic one so far, with some teams performing better than expected and some not reaching their aspirations. When looking at the overall performances, the league is closer than European fans are used to and there is a concern about there not being a clear-cut best team. Still, it can be argued that the competition is better this year as even the lower-standing teams can challenge the higher ones. Whether this is good or bad when Worlds comes, it will remain to be seen.
This mid-season iteration of our power rankings will be a little different than usual. Our mid-season update will try to predict more into the future, where these teams will finish the season, apart from rating them based on their current performance.
The #LEC Summer standings after week 4!
— LEC (@LEC) July 16, 2022
We will be updating our power rankings each week according to the recent LEC week to give you an idea of where each team is during the split.
10. Team BDS (Previous Week: 10)
- Tobiasz ‘Agresivoo’ Ciba
- Jakub ‘Cinkrof’ Rokicki
- Ilias ‘NUCLEARINT’ Bizriken
- Matthew Charles ‘xMatty’ Coombs
- Robert ‘Erdote’ Nowak/Dino ‘LIMIT’ Tot
Week 5 Update
Another 0-2 week from BDS, and maybe the most problematic one. They just lost back-to-back to other two worst teams in the league, SK and Astralis. And if they couldn’t get wins against these teams, who can they realistically beat? In Week 6, they will go against G2 and FNC, and even if I think they are not in the best shape they are still leagues ahead of BDS. Not to mention LIMIT will be the starting support. Can he make a difference? Probably not. The only reason to watch a BDS game from this point on is to see if they will finish with one win or not.
Mid-Season Update (Prediction: 10th Place)
The first nine games are behind us and BDS only has one win, and they did not look like they could pick up more in their recent outings. Coming into the season, I did not expect much from this team and its rookie players. And the rookies were mostly just fine, they neither solo lost games nor was particularly impressive. The biggest disappointment, however, is the stunt of Cinkrof, who played well in his first split, but has been struggling in Summer so far.
There is a real chance this roster can finish the split with just one win, which spells out doom. Surely, there will be some changes after the split ends, but for now, their season seems to be over already.
Pre-Season (Prediction: 9th Place)
9. SK Gaming (Previous Week: 9)
- Janik ‘JNX’ Bartels
- Erberk ‘Gilius’ Demir
- Daniel ‘Sertuss’ Gamani
- Jean ‘Jezu’ Massol
- Erik ‘Treatz’ Wessén
Week 5 Update
3-1 record over the last two weeks with admittedly good play on the Rift. But I still can’t bring myself to start believing in another Gilius miracle run. Not to say there is not a possibility, we saw SK top and bot lane playing much like they were before Treatz role-swap happened and Sertuss has shown a level we have never seen from him in these two weeks. Week 6 is my critical one of SK as they go against MSF and Astralis, two teams they need to definitely win against if they want any chance of making playoffs. If they can pull two wins off, it might mean time to reconsider my ranking of SK.
Mid-Season Update (Prediction: 9th Place)
What a week from SK! Not only they played some great League as a team, players like Sertuss and Jezu finally had their pop-off moments we have been waiting for this season. But there is an asterisk in the corner for this week. First, it came too late as these are only their second and third wins and it’s not enough for the course of a playoff. Then second, they won against XL and G2, and both teams were in some kind of slump this week and both went 0-2. Of course, SK played very well and deserved their wins completely, but one has to wonder if it is sustainable.
If Sertuss and Jezu can keep performing like this I can see this roster being better than Astralis, but it will be harder for them to go much further.
Pre-Season (Prediction: 8th Place)
8. Astralis (Previous Week: 8)
- Kiss ‘Vizicsacsi’ Tamás
- Andrei ‘Xerxe’ Dragomir
- Oliver ‘Dajor’ Ryppa
- Kasper ‘Kobbe’ Kobberup
- Lee ‘JeongHoon’ Jeong-hoon
Week 5 Update
Vizicsacsi has finally arrived. I’ve been plenty critical of the veteran player throughout the split but it is mostly because I would’ve expected more stable performances from him. Gankplank seems to be a good pick for him, his potentially best two games of the split was on GP, and I hope to see Astralis keep a priority on the champion. If he can increase his level a little more and keep it consistent, and if Astralis can improve their mid-late game decision-making just as much, there is a very realistic playoff chance in the cards.
Mid-Season Update (Prediction: 8th Place)
Astralis keeps showing flashes but falling just short most of the time. We saw what this team can do with the caliber of players they have against XL, but they seem to not get along with consistency much. When they are on their game, Kobbe and Xerxe had some solid games this season which is great to see as neither had a particularly good ones last split. JeongHoon is still one of the most exciting players in the League.
But their problems are apparent when you watch them, the solo laners. Not to be one to pile on someone, but especially Vizicsacsi has been getting a lot of criticism online for his performances. He probably is the worst-performing top laner in the league, even though he is on Ornn duty in most games. If Astralis is going to look for a playoffs push in the second half of the split, the solo laners have to step up big time.
Pre-Season (Prediction: 10th Place)
7. Misfits Gaming (Previous Week: 6, [-1])
- Joel ‘Irrelevant’ Miro Scharoll
- Nikolay ‘Zanzarah’ Akatov
- Vincent ‘Vetheo’ Berrié
- Matúš ‘Neon’ Jakubčík
- Mertai ‘Mersa’ Sari
Week 5 Update
Apparently, this will be the last split for Misfits in the LEC as they just today announced the sale of their spot to Team Heretics. And that last split is not without any problems. Two days before the sale of the team was announced, they demoted Shlatan to their LFL team Misfits Premier, and promoted Zanzarah in his place. Sure, Shlatan wasn’t the best jungler in the league and I don’t particularly disagree that a change wouldn’t be beneficial, but I’m not sure if Zanzarah is enough of a player to make the difference between playoffs or not.
At the very least, the meta is perfectly suited for Zanzarah as he is very familiar with Trundle and Poppy, and he is much more of an early-game jungler compared to Shlatan. Considering MSF has one of the worst early games in the league and they consistently put themselves in a position to have to make a comeback, this change can actually add value to the roster. Still, if we are being realistic, their playoff chances mainly depend on Vetheo and Neon’s performances.
Mid-Season Update (Prediction: 6th Place)
Misfits are on a roll as they won their fifth straight game after they started the Summer 0-4. And they aren’t just beating bottom-tier teams as they 2-0’d this weak besting both Fnatic and G2. There are many things to be happy about the roster as Vetheo and Neon finally found themselves by playing champions more to their strengths like Ahri and Kai’Sa, respectively. Shlatan has also been better after not looking good at all during their 0-4 start. But the player I’m most impressed with is their rookie top laner, Irrelevant. He was already fine while they were losing, but he is looking like a bright prospect when this team is winning, which means a step to build for the future while their playoffs hopes are still going.
Pre-Season (Prediction: 6th Place)
6. Team Vitality (Previous Week: 7, [+1])
- Barney ‘Alphari’ Morris
- Kang ‘Haru’ Min-seung
- Luka ‘Perkz’ Perković
- Matyáš ‘Carzzy’ Orság
- Labros ‘Labrov’ Papoutsakis
Week 5 Update
Vitality has six wins and will play against the trio of BDS, SK and Astralis. Provided that they win those three games, which they really should be winning, it puts them at nine. The only team to ever miss playoffs with a 9-9 finish is the 2019 Schalke 04. So we established they have pretty good odds of getting to playoffs, what happens there? I don’t think they can win a series against too many other with a bot lane that can’t win in 2v2 or with a jungler that tends to fall behind even when he has the second most counter pick advantage among the junglers in LEC.
Mid-Season Update (Prediction: 7th Place)
Vitality at seventh? In a week they went 1-1 and won against Fnatic? Well, like I said as we are in the middle of the season, this particular rating sort of will be a playoffs prediction. And Vitality is currently in sixth place with G2 behind them one game. What this means is I don’t have enough faith in Vitality to push ahead of the other teams in the top five.
I should note that Alphari and Perkz have been playing well in recent weeks, as I am usually quick to criticize them so it is only fair. But the rest of the team does not look like a contender, even Carzzy who is a two-time champion.
Pre-Season (Prediction: 5th Place)
5. Fnatic (Previous Week: 3, [-2)
- Martin ‘Wunder’ Nordahl Hansen
- Iván ‘Razork’ Martín Díaz
- Marek ‘Humanoid’ Brázda
- Elias ‘Upset’ Lipp
- Zdravets ‘Hylissang’ Iliev Galabov
Week 5 Update
As one team in LEC puts the fires down, another team seems to set itself on fire with Fnatic being the latest one in the line. All the praise they were getting in the first couple of weeks of the split is now gone and fans online is starting to get confused about who to flame more. Yamato for the perceived draft issues? Humanoid for his uninspired play and his Galeforce Corki? Upset because he is a K/DA player, or Hyli because his “burn Flash to delay a back and get punished two minutes later tactic” is finally starting to actually get punished?
It is a hard period to be on Twitter or Reddit if you are a Fnatic player and not every part of what’s online is just flame, some of it are valid criticism. I don’t think I have ever scene Humanoid be this ineffective in so long and Fnatic’s overall macro is not good enough to justify it by saying “he is the one shot-calling.” Hylissang, who always had some low moments sprinkled around, is not playing to a level that says “best Western support.” I still don’t think there is a chance they will miss playoffs, Wunder and Upset are too good for that, but they need to change somethings in-game.
Mid-Season Update (Prediction: 3rd Place)
Fnatic is in a very peculiar space. It feels like the majority of this roster is currently underperforming but somehow they are still good enough to be top three. First, the positives. Upset and Wunder have been pretty consistently, even though the latter had some bad moments, the players carrying FNC in their wins. The problem is that their greatest advantage is supposed to be having the best bot lane in the league and with Hyli playing like this, they really are not. Right now, FNC is only third because other top teams are also in a downward spiral so they really need to be the first one to recover if they want to keep their place.
Pre-Season (Prediction: 3rd Place)
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4. G2 Esports (Previous Week: 5, [+1])
- Sergen ‘Broken Blade’ Çelik
- Marcin ‘Jankos’ Jankowski
- Rasmus ‘caPs’ Borregaard
- Victor ‘Flakked’ Lirola Tortosa
- Raphaël ‘Targamas’ Crabbé
Week 5 Update
After two weeks without wins G2 played a 2-0 weekend, back to normal, right? Well, they won alright, but they really did not look like the best team in the league. Still, as Jankos said on Euphoria, sometimes teams need to look at it on a week-by-week basis and get any win when they need them. Every win they put on the board brings G2 one step closer to the playoffs and we saw what can happen when G2 are in the playoffs time and time again, even when they are the underdogs.
Mid-Season Update (Prediction: 5th Place)
What is happening with G2? Right now, they don’t look like the reigning champions. Last week I said it looks like they cannot win unless caPs carries them, but this week wasn’t a particularly good one for the star mid laner either, with getting solo killed and all. They are currently tied for seventh and the only reason they are even fifth in this power rankings is that they have two of the most experienced players in the league, and the fact that they won in Spring after a ‘meh’ regular season.
Pre-Season (Prediction: 1st Place)
3. Excel Esports (Previous Week: 4, [+1])
- Finn ‘Finn’ Wiestål
- Mark ‘Markoon’ van Woensel
- Erlend ‘nukeduck’ Våtevik Holm
- Patrik ‘Patrik’ Jírů
- Mihael ‘Mikyx’ Mehle
Week 5 Update
I might have been a little worried about XL after a winless week, but I tried to be more faithful to this young squad and it paid off. They showed us the explosiveness they are capable of as they blew MSF and FNC off the Rift in two great games. With the Riot giving the Worlds spot vacated by LCL to LEC, XL’s chances to make the international stage are greatly increased. I know some fans and analysts have doubts about the top side of XL, but I think these three are probably the third-best top side in the EU as others keep regressing. Plus their bot lane duo, of course, who have been impressive. I liked the Samira and Xayah picks from Patrik, and hope to see more variety from him.
Mid-Season Update (Prediction: 4th Place)
With an 0-2 week and only winning against BDS in the last two weeks, some fans may think it is time to sell XL stock, but I am not that sure yet. Sure, they may have stumbled a little bit, but they still have a winning record and they still play very well. For example, they could’ve easily won against Astralis this weekend, if they played anything other than Kalista and did not get outscaled after the 15th minute. I still think all the players on this roster are performing above the LEC average and combining them with a good coaching staff, there is no need to doubt them making playoffs.
Pre-Season (Prediction: 7th Place)
2. MAD Lions (Previous Week: 2)
- İrfan Berk ‘Armut’ Tükek
- Javier ‘Elyoya’ Prades Batalla
- Yasin ‘Nisqy’ Dinçer
- William ‘UNF0RGIVEN’ Nieminen
- Norman ‘Kaiser’ Kaiser
Week 5 Update
Is there anyone who doesn’t believe MAD Lions are back at this point? For nearly all of the Summer, Nisqy has been putting on a master class in the mid lane and with a champion like Taliyah coming into the meta, we’ve seen what kind of damage he could inflict. Plus it looks like the MAD scouting department found another talented ADC as everyone watched UNF0RGIVEN make fun of with the Vitality bot lane last weekend.
I still have doubts about Armut’s narrow champions pool as he only played five unique ones, but the league average is like six so it doesn’t seem to be a problem in the current state of the game. And he plays those champions to the fullest extent, so until we get to the playoffs I won’t think too much about it. In the current LEC, MAD certainly plays like a top-2 team.
Mid-Season Update (Prediction: 2nd Place)
We should as how can one man make this much difference as MAD keeps improving their aggressive early games with Nisqy moving around the map. I am greatly enjoying watching MAD’s mid/jungle duo playing perhaps the most proactive early games in the league, despite MAD can sometimes struggle to protect their leads. Considering the champion pool problems Armut had in the past, they are also in a good spot with the top meta not being too deep and he is been really good so far in Summer. With some clean-up to their late game, there is a chance this can be the third for the Lions.
Pre-Season (Prediction: 4th Place)
1. Rogue (Previous Week: 1)
- Andrei ‘Odoamne’ Pasc
- Kim ‘Malrang’ Geun-seong
- Emil ‘Larssen’ Larsson
- Markos ‘Comp’ Stamkopoulos
- Adrian ‘Trymbi’ Trybus
Week 5 Update
From a weekend against G2 and FNC, Rogue comes out with a 1-1 scoreline. In any other split, this would be considered great, but if we remember the forms of both these teams, it was a little close call for the frontrunners. Still, there are many positives to take away from this weekend, mainly Larssen’s FNC game. While he’s been having a good split, we haven’t seen too many of these carry performances from the All-Pro mid laner. I think they are very close with the other team in the clear top-2 of EU, MAD Lions, and what puts them one step ahead is the fact that they already beat MAD and they are a more stable regular season team.
Mid-Season Update (Prediction: 1st Place)
The kings of the regular season are back as Rogue is quietly on a seven-game winning streak after a 0-2 start to the Summer. With nearly all LEC teams having some kind of problems, Rogue is looking like the favorites to finally lift the trophy. Odo is back to form after an abysmal first week and Larssen is having a pretty good season even though not many people are talking about him at the moment. But the main focus should be on their bot lane, especially Comp who arguably is the best ADC in the league right now.
Pre-Season (Prediction: 2nd Place)
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