For the first time ever, GAMURS will be releasing weekly power rankings for the European League Championship Series. Every week, be sure to check back here for updated rankings.
Just as a reminder, the point system for these power rankings will be calculated based on the rankings submitted by any of the GAMURS staff members. These staff members were asked to rank the ten teams in order from best to worst, with No. 1 being the best and No. 10 being the worst. Points will be rewarded to mirror a team’s ranking; for example, the first place team will receive ten points, while the tenth place team will receive one point.
Before every week of action, we will be releasing another power rankings article where the teams will either move up or down based on how they perform in their matches, so don’t forget to check back here each week for the latest power rankings.
Here are your EU LCS power rankings for this week.
2016 EU LCS Summer Rankings – Preseason
1. Fnatic (56 points, 4 first place votes)
- Noh “Gamsu” Young-Jin
- Lee “Spirit” Da-yoon
- Fabian “Febiven” Diepstraten
- Martin “Rekkles” Larsson
- Bora “Yellowstar” Kim
Following a third place playoff finish in the spring split, Yellowstar returned from North America to give Fnatic a much needed veteran presence and an in-game shot caller. With top-three talent at every position, Fnatic looks to reclaim the crown and send Yellowstar to his sixth Worlds tournament.
2. G2 Esports (53 points, 2 first place votes)
- Mateusz “Kikis” Szkudlarek
- Kim “Trick” Kang Yoon
- Luka “PerkZ” Perkovic
- Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen
- Alfonso “Mithy” Aguirre Rodriguez
Vacation is over following a disappointing Mid-Season Invitational showing for G2. PerkZ looks to show that he deserves Rookie of the Year honors following his Rookie of the Split, and Trick looks to show that he is still the most valuable player in Europe. The weak bot lane from last split has been replaced with the Origen bot lane, giving G2 another win condition.
3. Origen (48 points)
- Paul “Soaz” Boyer
- Maurice “Amazing” Stückenschneider
- Tristan “PowerofEvil” Schrage
- Konstantinos “Forg1ven” Tzortziou
- Glenn “Hybrid” Doorenbal
Following another successful split, Xpeke looks to get his team to their second straight World tournament. In May, Origen lost their bot lane to G2, but the additions of Forg1ven and Hybrid leaves Origen just as strong as it was last split. Look for Origen to come out swinging in the first game of the split against G2.
4. H2k-Gaming (45 points)
- Andrei “Odoamne” Pascu
- Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski
- Ryu “Ryu” Sang-ook
- Aleš “Freeze” Kněžínek
- Oskar “Vander” Bogdan
After a second place regular season finish, H2k lost to Fnatic to finish fourth in the playoffs. The only major change that H2k made between splits was the addition of Freeze for the departed Forg1ven. While Forg1ven is regarded as the better individual ADC, Freeze is very highly regarded in professional circles. H2k could rise to the top in future power rankings.
5. Vitality (34 points)
- Lucas “Cabochard” Simon-Meslet
- Kim “MightyBear” Min-soo
- Erlend “Nukeduck” Våtevik Holm
- Park “Police” Hyeong-gi
- Raymond “KaSing” Tsang
Vitality overhauled their roster between splits, adding a Korean jungler and ADC. Mightybear and Police are relatively unknown players having seen limited action for Newbee and Apex respectively. Only time will tell if these additions will work out for Vitality.
6. Unicorns of Love (25 points)
- Tamás “Vizicsacsi” Kiss
- Kang “Move” Min-su
- Fabian “Exileh” Schubert”
- Kim “Veritas” Kyoung-min
- Zdravets “Hylissang” Galabov
UoL has remade their roster prior to this split with a new jungler, mid laner, and ADC. While Move and Exileh are names that LoL veterans might recognize, Veritas is a talented Solo Queue ADC that held Challenger status in three leagues at once (NA, KR, OCE). Little is known about the roster and they will most likely significantly move up and down the power rankings in coming weeks.
7. FC Schalke 04 (22 points)
- Etienne “Steve” Michels
- Berk “Gilius” Demir
- Hampus “Fox” Myhre
- Rasmus “MrRalleZ” Skinneholm
- Hampus “sprattel” Abrahamsson
Schalke 04 could end up being the most intriguing story in this upcoming split and offseason. The current team is basically the same Elements team that finished seventh last split, but with the addition of Fox from UoL. While Schalke might not finish in the top six this split, their future is intriguing because they are backed by a major EU soccer team. If Schalke can escape relegation this split, they will most likely make some aggressive moves in the offseason.
8. Team ROCCAT (21 points)
- Sang-won “Parang” Lee
- Karim “Airwalks” Benghalia
- Felix “Betsy” Edling
- Pierre “Steelback” Medjaldi
- Ji-hwan “Raise” Oh
After escaping relegation, ROCCAT turned around and nearly completely overhauled their lineup. Three new faces will be donning the ROCCAT blue this split: Steelback, Parang, and Raise. Parang and Raise come to EU from Korea Challenger team Stardust while Steelback continues his tour of the EU LCS, appearing on his fifth LCS team.
9. Splyce (22 points)
- Martin “Wunderwear” Hansen
- Jonas “Trashy” Anderson
- Chres “Sencux” Laursen
- Kasper “Kobbe” Kobberup
- Mihael “Mikyz” Mehle
Splyce finished at the top of the relegation tournament, beating Giants in a five game series. Splyce added Mikyx following the promotions tournament, but made no other moves following a near relegation. Based on these power rankings, Splyce is in danger of playing in their third straight promotions tournament.
10. GIANTS! Gaming (9 points)
- Lennart “SmittyJ” Warkus
- Nubar “Maxlore” Sarafian
- Gun “NighT” Woo Na
- Son “S0NSTAR” Seung-ik
- Morgan “Hustlin” Granberg
Rounding out this week’s power rankings is Giants. Giants has completely overhauled their roster since February, and has added two starters and two substitutes since the promotions tournament. After finishing tenth last split and hardly escaping the promotions tournament, Giants has plenty of work to do to be competitive this split.
What do you think about our Power Rankings for this week? Are there any teams that you would rank higher or lower? Let us know by commenting below or tweeting us @GAMURScom.
Justin Wenzel is a League of Legends writer for GAMURS. You can call him an idiot or join him in posting memes on Twitter @Jd_Wenzel.