After two weeks in the NA LCS, we’re not sure we know much more about the quality of the teams. Unlike Europe, which is slowly coming into focus, NA faces a giant tie for third place with six teams tied with identical 2-2 records.
That made it difficult for our voters to divide the wheat from the chafe, but somehow they managed to do it. Hopefully, those teams start separating themselves in week three before we take a break for Rift Rivals.
As always, voters assigned points from one (worst) to 10 (best), and we start at the very bottom.
One of these teams is not like the others, because one of them made the playoffs in the Spring Split. Are big changes in store for Cloud9?
10) FlyQuest (six points)
We came into the split afraid this would happen. FlyQuest don’t seem like they have a clue. The worst part? Former mid laner Song “Fly” Yong-jun went back home between splits, joined defending world champs Gen.G, and so far has gone 12-5 in the Summer Split. It’s a bad sign when players leave a team and all of a sudden get better.
9) OpTic Gaming (13 points)
OpTic picked up a nice win last week over an Echo Fox team that played extremely carelessly and had a substitute support. They’ll have to prove they can do the same against teams at full strength to move up the rankings.
8) Cloud9 (17 points)
Cloud9 Coach Bok “Reapered” Han-gyu has hinted at upcoming roster changes as his team is floundering in last place in the standings. Both ADCs were rumored to have played in yesterday’s Academy games, so it’s hard to tell what those changes will be. Is it too late to save Cloud9?
Golden Guardians made just one roster change between Spring and Summer Splits, but the impact has been huge. Can they keep it up?
7) Golden Guardians (28 points)
The Guardians swapped out mid laner Hai Lam for Son “Mickey” Young-min, and the move proved a success. But the funny part is it’s the rest of the roster that’s stepped up. Matthew “Deftly” Chen had a great game on Kai’Sa as the team funneled gold into him. This is a good sign for a young squad.
6) TSM (33 points)
Seeing TSM in the middle of the pack is no longer surprising. The team just isn’t that good, the players look like they’re playing solo queue and just walking into random places. Maybe a coaching change will help, but we’re not holding our breath.
5) CLG (35 points)
CLG are thriving in a meta where games close before their late game issues are exposed. Still, their last win over Clutch Gaming is the type of game they would have let get away last split.
It gets messy
What’s the difference between the teams in the tier below and the teams in this one? Not much, according to the standings. But these two teams were semifinalists last split, so we’re giving them that respect back.
4) 100 Thieves (41 points)
The Thieves bounced back from a 0-2 week by going undefeated—but they beat FlyQuest and Cloud9. We want to see them play better against good teams.
3) Clutch Gaming (43 points)
This team still doesn’t know how to macro past the lane phase, but they also don’t do stupid stuff. Risk aversion has them tied for third—but just like last split, they haven’t beaten anyone good in the first couple weeks.
Still the best
A big reason why this crazy meta isn’t as bad as it seems is that the good teams from last split are still good. Talent still rules, and teams like Liquid and Echo Fox—like G2 and Fnatic in EU—are still on top.
2) Liquid (57 points, six first-place votes)
Liquid have got a monster performance from support Kim “Olleh” Joo-sung. We were afraid he’d fall apart after his struggles at MSI but he’s been on fire so far, and his lane is winning even in a weird ADC meta.
1) Echo Fox (57 points, six first-place votes)
Voter didn’t penalize Echo Fox too much for an uncharacteristic loss, but they can get better at choosing the right fights and using strategy to win games.