Things are slowly becoming more clear in the EU LCS. After two weeks of play, we’re pretty sure G2 and Misfits are good, especially in the current meta.
Behind them are a few squads that look really good followed by the usual cluelessness at the bottom of the table. Not much changed after the second week of play—the meta needs to shift more before we get major action in the rankings.
Our voters assigned points from one (worst) to 10 (best) for all 10 EU LCS teams. We’ll start at the bottom where disappointment reigns.
Goodwill = gone
A couple teams impressed us last split with the way they finished. But after getting off to dismal starts, all that goodwill they built is gone. They’ll have climb up the rankings win by win.
10) H2k (five points)
Contrary to the origin of the team’s name, which stood for “hard to kill,” H2k have been easy pickings for the other teams. Their 72 deaths lead the league by a mile.
9) Splyce (13 points)
A meta where games are ending quick—the average game time in EU per Oracle’s Elixir is just over 30 minutes—has been a big problem for Splyce. Their lane phase has been suspect for years, and it doesn’t look to be improving anytime soon.
8) GIANTS (14 points)
GIANTS are another squad who only wish they could scale into late game. But they have the absolute worst lane phase in the league. On average, they face a 2,500 gold deficit at 15 minutes, which is totally unacceptable.
Last seed in
Both of these two teams had strong starts to the Summer Split after disappointing finishes last split. It’s like that only one of them makes it into the six-team playoff at the end of the season. Which will it be?
7) Unicorns of Love (21 points)
It doesn’t quite feel like UOL know what they’re doing still, but it’s working out in a chaotic meta. The funny thing is, they don’t have high-kill games, and mid laner Fabian “Exileh” Schubert isn’t popping off. They got two wins off bad teams last week, but will have to put more work in to climb.
6) ROCCAT (23 points)
ROCCAT’s lane phase is also pretty poor, but they’re able to put together some competent fights in the mid game. They have also played a relatively tough schedule, so things could be looking up.
More clarity needed
One area where we’d like more clarity is in the middle of the table. Each of these teams has posted strong victories, but we’d like to see some separation from the rest of the field in coming weeks.
5) FC Schalke 04 (33 points)
Schalke were one of those teams in the Spring Split that would typically get a lead in the lane phase and throw it. The shift to wards faster games has benefited them. But can they hold their leads and control objectives when the meta shifts?
4) Vitality (33 points)
Vitality are in a similar boat to Schalke. Their neutral objective control has been much better this split.
3) Fnatic (40 points)
It’s hard to judge how good Fnatic are without two-time defending EU LCS MVP Martin “Rekkles” Larsson in the lineup. The good news is that they have the talent to play two top laners, allowing them to give both players valuable stage time.
Last summer’s final
G2 and Misfits met in last summer’s final, a 3-0 sweep for G2. Could we see the rematch a year later?
2) Misfits (46 points, two first-place votes)
Misfits have so impressed that one of our voters had them above G2. There are reasons that’s not entirely crazy—their focus on more traditional team compositions may last longer as the meta shifts. And Steven “Hans Sama” Liv is on another level.
1) G2 (40 points, three first-place votes)
G2 retains their crown by posting another strong week. The only thing we’re really concerned about is their reliance on the funnel strat, which accentuates their strengths. They should still be good when things change, but we still need to see it.