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 the EU LCS power rankings for this week.
2016 EU LCS Summer Rankings – Preseason
- G2 Esports (49 points, 4/5 first place votes)
- Ki “Expect” Dae-han
- Kim “Trick” Kang Yoon
- Luka “PerkZ” Perkovic
- Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen
- Alfonso “Mithy” Aguirre Rodriguez
Currently, G2 stands alone atop the standings at an undefeated 3-1-0 (win-tie-loss) and an overall game record of 7-1. So far G2’s roster swap of the bot lane has panned out, with Zven and Mithy performing exceptionally well. This week G2 announced that former top lane starter Mateusz “Kikis” Szkudlarek will be stepping down from the team, with Expect taking his place moving forward. G2’s only loss this season was with Expect in at top lane.
2. H2k-Gaming (43 points)
- Andrei “Odoamne” Pascu
- Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski
- Ryu “Ryu” Sang-ook
- Aleš “Freeze” Kněžínek
- Oskar “Vander” Bogdan
H2K is currently one of three undefeated in a series in the EU LCS, posting a 2-2-0 series split in the first two weeks and a 6-2 record in all games. After a rocky Week 1 that saw H2K split both series, they bounced back with a decisive four straight wins over Fnatic and Giants in Week 2. Odoamme has been a star for H2K so far. He leads top laners in kill-death-assist (7.0), gold per minute (421), and creep score differential at ten minutes (+10.8).
3. Fnatic (41 points, 1/5 first place votes)
- Noh “Gamsu” Young-Jin
- Lee “Spirit” Da-yoon
- Fabian “Febiven” Diepstraten
- Martin “Rekkles” Larsson
- Bora “Yellowstar” Kim
Fnatic has so far been a mixed bag this season. They have decisively beaten Giants and UOL, but have faltered against a low-tier Vitality and received a beat down from H2K. In an effort to be transparent, I was the one that voted Fnatic first despite the loss to H2K and tie vs Vitality. Fnatic still has the ability to be the best team in the league, but first must figure out how to incorporate Yellowstar into the shotcalling role following his departure from the team and split in North America.
4. Team ROCCAT (35 points)
- Sang-won “Parang” Lee
- Karim “Airwalks” Benghalia
- Felix “Betsy” Edling
- Pierre “Steelback” Medjaldi
- Ji-hwan “Raise” Oh
ROCCAT is tied for the biggest climber in this week’s power rankings, rising from the eighth spot to the fourth spot. While ROCCAT only has one overall series win, they are the third undefeated EU team with a record of 1-3-0 with their lone win coming against a struggling Vitality. ROCCAT has tied the top two teams, H2K and G2, proving that they belong in the conversation for best team in EU.
5. Splyce (28 points)
- Martin “Wunderwear” Hansen
- Jonas “Trashy” Anderson
- Chres “Sencux” Laursen
- Kasper “Kobbe” Kobberup
- Mihael “Mikyz” Mehle
Following a relegation tournament victory, many fans and experts didn’t expect Splyce to immediately jump out to a fast start. So far Splyce has notched a 1-2-1 record, with their only series loss coming at the hands of number one ranked G2. No player ranks at the top of multiple statistical categories currently, but solid team play and good late game decisions have Splyce in the running for a playoff spot. Splyce is also tied for this week’s largest riser, moving four spots from nine to five.
6. Schalke 04 (24 points)
- Etienne “Steve” Michels
- Berk “Gilius” Demir
- Hampus “Fox” Myhre
- Rasmus “MrRalleZ” Skinneholm
- Hampus “sprattel” Abrahamsson
So far the team that many had as the dark horse to win the EU LCS has been largely average. Schalke opened Week 1 with a sweep of UOL and then tied second ranked H2K, but followed their strong performance up with an underwhelming week 2 by getting swept by Splyce and tying Origen. While Fox and Gilius have had extremely strong early games, Steve falls significantly behind due to lane swaps and misplays. Steve currently ranks at the bottom of cs differential at ten for top laners (-8.9) and is in the bottom three of nearly every major statistical category.
7. Vitality (20 points)
- Lucas “Cabochard” Simon-Meslet
- Kim “MightyBear” Min-soo
- Erlend “Nukeduck” Våtevik Holm
- Park “Police” Hyeong-gi
- Viktor “Reje” Eriksen
- Raymond “KaSing” Tsang
In the preseason rankings we said, “Only time will tell if these additions will work out for Vitality.” Two weeks into the season, things already look bleak for the team. They currently sit ninth in the standings, although they have only lost one series. So far Vitality has tied Fnatic and Splyce, but have also tied Origen and took a convincing L against ROCCAT. Vitality has tried to shake things up by having their ADCs share the load, but both Police and Reje have been largely underwhelming in lane. Police seems to be in a slightly better position moving forward since Vitality is 2-2 in games he starts compared to Reje’s 1-3 record.
8. GIANTS! Gaming (14 points)
- Lennart “SmittyJ” Warkus
- Nubar “Maxlore” Sarafian
- Gun “NighT” Woo Na
- Son “S0NSTAR” Seung-ik
- Morgan “Hustlin” Granberg
After overhauling their roster and hardly surviving the promotion tournament, this split seemed like a rebuilding split for Giants. The team is once again struggling to find their footing with a 1-0-3 record. S0nstar has been an enigma for the team; he consistently gets stomped in lane and finishes games with low KDAs, yet has the third highest kill participation for ADCs and ranks third best in percentage of teams’ deaths. If Giants wants to right the ship, it might start with S0nstar.
9. Origen (11 points)
- Paul “Soaz” Boyer
- Maurice “Amazing” Stückenschneider
- Tristan “PowerofEvil” Schrage
- Enrique “Xpeke” Cedeño Martínez
- Glenn “Hybrid” Doorenbal
Once considered to be a lock for EU playoffs, Xpeke and crew are already in danger of auto relegation. The Forg1ven Experiment has failed and team owner Xpeke has been forced into emergency duty as the team’s ADC with incredibly mixed results. PowerofEvil has been underwhelming and losing to supposedly inferior mid laners. The team’s bright spot has been top laner Soaz. When the team plays to his strengths they have been able to eek out 1-1 series against bottom half teams. Origen has a chance to get their footing with games against fourth place ROCCAT and seventh place Giants. Both are winnable games and are the beginning of a long climb out of the bottom of the standings.
10. Unicorns of Love (10 points)
- Tamás “Vizicsacsi” Kiss
- Kang “Move” Min-su
- Fabian “Exileh” Schubert”
- Kim “Veritas” Kyoung-min
- Zdravets “Hylissang” Galabov
UOL is currently seventh place in the standings, making this ranking the highest deviation from the actual standings (-3). They’ve been rather unimpressive so far though, with their only win against tenth place Origen. This week they play ninth place Vitality and first place G2. A 0-0-2 week could drop UOL to auto-relegation territory in the standings.
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.