C9s’ Licorice during 2020 LCS Spring Split at the LCS Arena on February 2, 2020 in Los Angeles, California, USA.. (Photo by Tina Jo/Riot Games)
With another week in the books the LCS is separating the wheat from the chaff. While the glut of 2-2 teams isn’t really indicative of how well (or not) they’ve played. One team clearly stands above the rest. On the other end one squad continues to flounder.
1. Cloud 9
The most successful NA team on the international stage had a rough off season. Their support player, Zeyzal, left for Evil Geniuses along with Svenskeren. And to make matters worse their long time AD Carry, Sneaky, simply is not in the roster for the 2020 Spring Split. After the first two weeks however, C9 look more dominant than they’ve ever been. The team looks like they’ll crank out another MVP in their new AD Carry, Zven, who has YET TO DIE AFTER FOUR MATCHES. And top laner Licorice is also having an amazing showing. C9 look VERY tough to beat right now.
An even more unlikely squad to see at the top of the pile is Flyquest. They stomped Immortals in week 1 through an 8 Kill game from V1per on Riven. The top-laner also didn’t die for the entire match. Neither did their support player IgNar. Against CLG it look like a much larger team effort. This time it was Grig with the high kill count at 7. And once again IgNar had a goose egg for deaths. They’ve finally dropped a game to the best game that Team Liquid played so far. But V1per is shaping up to be challenging Licorice as the best top laner so far in the split.
Here’s a team that I don’t think many people expected to get off to a good start. The former Clutch Gaming made it to the group stages of worlds in 2019 but have a new look and new squad. Mid-laner, Froggen, looked four years younger, in the opening games. They were utterly dominated by Flyquest on Monday night, mostly because they feared V1per’s Riven so much the left Rumble open for Flyquest’s Power of Evil. That was a mistake.
4. Team Liquid
This is most likely the worst we will see from TL over the season, and even that is a 2-2 start. For as much as I want to place them lower on the list it almost feels unfair to do so. TL have been dealing with their star signing, Broxah’s, visa issues and thus have playing with rookie jungler, Shernfire. And while he’s filled well, they aren’t going to win matches because of him. Still TL have ONLY lost to the best team in the league (C9) and the nearly best team in the league (Dignitas). They are beating the teams they are “supposed to” beat. Even while being shorthanded.
5. 100 Thieves
I’m not sure what kind of team 100 Thieves actually is. They looked alright against Golden Guardians but pedantic against Evil Geniuses in week 1. While in Week 2 they get stomped by C9 but win over CLG. They are a confusing team to get a read on. I’m waiting for new signing, Cody Sun, to come into his own after a surprising 2019 season ending at World’s with Clutch Gaming. If he does 100 Thieves have the potential to be a top tier team. If not they would suffer the same fate they did in 2019. Obscurity.
Another team that looks destined for a middle of the road finish, Immortals split their games in Week 1 in odd fashion. Their 60+ minute marathon win over TSM was an example of their resilience but they were torn to shreds by Flyquest. In Week 2, they lose to C9 and win against Golden Guardians but still failed to impress. If there was a smack dab middle of the road team in the LCS, I’d be inclined to say Immortals is it. They were by far the least impressive of the 1-1 teams.
7. Team SoloMid
I week 1 TSM looked lost. For a legacy brand, one of the winningest teams in all of LCS they look like the stage is the last place they want to be. In two straight matches they got out to early leads and fell apart in late game. Against Immortals it was a a base race they simply lost. In Week 2, they reverse their fortunes but continue to struggle in the late game. TSM should be running away in games against the likes of EG, but even in wins it looks like its not all clicking.
8. Evil Geniuses
If there was a team that had the most question marks around it its EG. They made an absolutely diabolical move in signing 2019 Summer Split MVP, Svenskeren from TSM and Bang from 100 Thieves. While they looked absurdly entertaining against 100T in Week 1, they have dropped every match since. Every match almost looks worse as the season goes on.
9. Golden Guardians
I don’t really know what to say about Golden Guardians. They finally got a win over Evil Geniuses and got the goose egg off their record. They haven’t reall impressed but you can see that there is room for growth.
10. Counter Logic Gaming
CLG look bad. Real bad. They will more than likely rise up but, for now, it looks pretty abysmal. I’m not even sure where they can improve as every lane just looks clueless at times. Mid-laner and former world champion, Crown, looks completely lost. 0-4 seems rough but it is a totally fair placement for how they’ve played in the first weeks of the season.