The NA LCS continues to be a region of mystery. Week after week, we hope that one or two teams will start to pull ahead, but for the last several weekends, we’ve been disappointed.
We still have four teams tied for first, none with convincing records. Just behind them are a bunch of teams in the mid tier, and even teams like OpTic that we left for dead a couple weeks ago are still in the thick of things.
To sort through the madness, we asked our League experts to rank all the teams from one point (worst) to 10 points (best).
Somehow still in it
These team are somehow still in the mix for the playoffs. They have to play better and get a lot of help, but it’s just crazy that their seasons aren’t over.
10) Cloud9 (7 points)
Cloud9 got some momentum when ADC Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi came back last week and they beat Liquid. Then they gave it all away with a one-sided loss to OpTic.
9) OpTic Gaming (8 points)
OpTic are lurking at the end of the league table. They absolutely popped off last week against C9—normally that would be impressive, but this split, C9 are just cannon fodder.
8) Clutch Gaming (15 points)
A couple Clutch Gaming starters played in the Academy league last night. We’re not sure if they just needed a break after an 0-2 week five or if there are other issues with the spring semifinalists.
Our voters have no faith in FlyQuest, who are tied for first place at 6-4 and just beat 100 Thieves.
7) FlyQuest (26 points)
FlyQuest definitely did not deserve to beat 100 Thieves. They were behind the whole game before 100 Thieves threw. And then this happened, whatever it is.
We give up
It’s impossible to rank these teams, and somehow, our voters arrived at the same point value for each in aggregate. To break ties, we kept the same order from last week.
6) Golden Guardians (28 points)
The Guardians had a golden opportunity to join the tie for first, but a close game against Echo Fox last Sunday went awry after Fox snuck a Baron from right under their noses. They couldn’t recover from that mistake and have to be more aware of the map to improve.
5) TSM (28 points)
TSM also stumbled at Baron last week. They were ahead in kills but behind in map pressure to OpTic of all teams, then just stood by and watched OpTic take it without a fight. In fact, they didn’t step forward until after OpTic had already secured the objective—and then OpTic just won the teamfight to end the game.
4) CLG (28 points)
CLG had the most disappointing week of all the contenders. Not only did they lose a key match vs. Liquid, they also dropped an early game against Golden Guardians to fall back from the leaders.
Kind of ahead
None of these three teams are playing convincing League right now. 100 Thieves are probably ahead of the class due to their advantage in the top lane and the potential for the jungle position to improve. Still, being ahead of this class is kind of like being the smartest kid in a remedial class.
3) Echo Fox (42 points)
It’s hard to place Echo Fox now with the recent roster shakeup they executed. Overall, we want to see more games like their win over Guardians, where Fox focused on objectives, not kills.
2) Team Liquid (45 points)
Liquid were supposed to be the veteran squad that knew how to play together. Instead, it’s anyone’s guess how focused they’ll be game to game.
1) 100 Thieves (48 points)
100 Thieves are probably the best team in the league and really should have seven wins. But like all the teams in the region, they’re maddeningly inconsistent—especially outside of top lane.