The NA LCS is absolutely crazy right now. With a bunch of teams tied in the standings, nearly everyone has a shot at the playoffs. Except for OpTic Gaming—they’re out.
To try and sort through the chaos, we asked our League experts to rank each team from one point (worst) to 10 points (best). We start at the bottom before getting into the lunacy in the middle of the standings.
Can’t catch a break
These guys are trying and have had some good moments. But good hasn’t been enough as they both lost winnable games.
10) OpTic Gaming (seven points)
OpTic are totally lost right now. Their lane phase just has them too far behind when objectives start falling. Even when they got ahead vs. Clutch last week, they screwed it up.
9) Cloud9 (16 points)
Cloud9 keep finding creative ways to let down their fan base. They can’t buy a break, even with mid laner Nicolaj Jensen and ADC Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi back in the lineup. Last week was better for this team, but they can’t keep going 1-1 if they want to climb the league table.
Fight for the playoffs
These four teams are all tied at 4-4 and playing for the two final playoff seeds. Each of these teams has shown competency in spurts but will have to show much better than that to actually do something in the playoffs.
8) FlyQuest (25 points)
FlyQuest, against all expectations, are doing well in the league. Jason “WildTurtle” Tran has been good and the rest of the team is following his lead. We’re not sure they can keep it up, but until they prove otherwise, they belong in the playoff race.
7) Golden Guardians (31 points)
Golden Guardians have been playing fun League lately with mid laner Son “Mickey” Young-min balling out on carry champions after being relegated to support duty at the start of the split. He went 14/5/14 combined last week on Zoe and Talon, winning both games.
6) Clutch Gaming (32 points)
Clutch were one of Mickey’s victims, and though they’ve managed to beat the likes of Liquid and TSM, their macro play is still an issue. They really did not deserve to win last Sunday’s game over last-place OpTic.
5) TSM (37 points)
After last split’s disastrous start, TSM fans are probably okay with their 4-4 record through the first half of the split. But that’s still super disappointing for a team that was expected to compete for the championship.
Can they evolve?
These two teams have prominent strengths and major weaknesses. How far they go will come down to how much they can shake things up in the second half of the split.
4) 100 Thieves (50 points)
They picked up a win over TSM in their first game with new jungler Anda “AnDa” Hoang, but then they fell on their faces against Golden Guardians. 100 Thieves desperately need more consistency from their bot lane of ADC Cody Sun and support Zaqueri “Aphromoo” Black.
3) Echo Fox (55 points)
Everyone knows that Echo Fox can play around their strong solo lanes. But with a new coach, we’re not sure if they can figure out more playstyles before playoffs.
An unexpected challenger
Team Liquid has been near the top spot since before the season started. But a new challenger has emerged in second place.
2) CLG (64 points, two first-place votes)
CLG hasn’t been this high for a long time. There’s still a lot of work for them to do, but last week’s game against C9, where they used their bot lane advantage to snowball the game, is the type of performance we haven’t seen from CLG in a long time.
1) Team Liquid (68 points, five first-place votes)
Liquid have earned the respect of the voters despite their inability to really separate themselves from the rest of the NA LCS pack. Their match vs. CLG on Sunday at 4pm CT could be huge for both teams.