Echo Fox were the unexpected darlings of the 2018 NA LCS Spring Split. The team definitely had the potential to be great, but we wondered how their personalities would jell. Quite well, it turns out, as they took the second overall seed heading into playoffs.
This split, they might be even better, at least in the current meta. They loved to play fast and aggressively in spring, and the game has sped up even more this summer. After a couple rousing victories in week one, they’re back on top of our power rankings.
So where does that leave the other nine NA LCS teams? Our voters assigned point ratings from one (worst) to 10 (best) to find out.
Some cause for celebration
These three teams are still at the bottom of the table until their results even out. But a couple of them posted big wins last week that could lead to greater things to come.
10) FlyQuest (8 points)
It’s hard to look as bad as FlyQuest did at the end of the Spring Split. Somehow they did it in week one of the Summer Split. The schedule does get easier with a game against OpTic on Sunday.
9) OpTic (13 points)
OpTic went all-in on late game because their lane phase is garbage. And it actually kind of worked. They baited a relatively low-damage composition from Golden Guardians and had a chance against Cloud9.
8) Golden Guardians (22 points)
Golden Guardians keep putting mid laner Son “Mickey” Young-min, their best carry, on Lulu. It failed miserably against OpTic. But they had Aatrox as insurance against Liquid and he was broken enough to give them a win over the defending champs.
These two teams were contenders throughout much of the Spring Split but have fallen off recently. The current meta hasn’t been friendly to them.
7) Clutch Gaming (31 points)
Clutch picked up a win vs. C9 after the latter’s new bot lane walked into a Morgana binding at level one. They were then run over by Echo Fox—it’s unfortunate that the game ended in controversy, because Echo Fox were nearly assured of victory anyway.
6) Cloud9 (38 points)
Cloud9 looked, well, interesting. Their bot lane screwed up the gameplan against Clutch, but they bounced back. Still, we feel like their roster shuffle was about giving Reapered more power over his team and that the regular starters will make it back at some point.
Luck of the meta
The meta has had drastically different effects on these two teams. Even though they ended week one tied in the standings and our power rankings, one looked a lot more comfortable getting there.
5) CLG (42 points)
This meta suits CLG. They’re playing weird champs, setting up early plays, and running amuck. They still have issues in the late game, but they never let 100 Thieves get there when they won their first game of the summer.
4) 100 Thieves (42 points)
The meta sucks for 100 Thieves. William “Meteos” Hartman’s attempts to be an aggressive, in-your-face jungler failed. Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho is a better tank than carry. It’s not looking good for these guys.
These are the teams that showed the most moxie in the crazy meta. They’re running past the competition.
3) TSM (58 points)
TSM had an impressive start to the split, but we’ll see what they’re really made of against Clutch and Liquid this weekend. Still, this is the start they were looking for after a down split.
2) Team Liquid (61 points)
We’re not sure what happened to Liquid against the Golden Guardians, but for now, we’re chalking it up to a fluke. They seemed more focused on the first game against 100 Thieves, and that was a stomp.
1) Echo Fox (70 points, seven first-place votes)
This meta is built for Echo Fox to dominate. Nominal top laner Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon can play nearly any champ in nearly any role, and the rest of Echo Fox are doing a good job of keeping up. If this meta sticks around for a bit, Echo Fox are primed to win it all.