Posted 22nd June 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – The regular season of the North America League of Legends Championship Series (NA LCS) is set to begin this weekend, June 24. This is the penultimate stage of the annual LoL tournament series with the World Championship as the grand event. Now that the event is fast approaching, participating professional teams are competing for top spots in the power ranking.
10) OpTic Gaming (9 points)
OpTic changed its roster between the split seasons, eliminating top laner Derek “Zig” Shao and Daerek “LemonNation” Hart after the spring series. According to the team, both players failed to deliver their best and had to go as soon as the World Championship begins. The new top laner is Niship “Dhokla” Doshi, while the new support is Terry “Big” Chuong.
9) Golden Guardians (15 points)
The Golden Guardians is an organization owned by the NBA team Golden State Warriors. They are a young team in NA LCS and nobody expected them to compete in their first-ever split series this early. In preparation for the World Championship, they added a stronger mid laner and jungler which many believe to be an MVP-level player: Juan “Contractz” Garcia.
8) FlyQuest (21 points)
FlyQuest made a lot of changes within the team and none of it looked good. They hope to get their momentum back once mid laner Song “Fly” Yong-jun resolves his visa problems and joins the team in the mid-split. It seems like the team can’t survive without their top player.
7) CLG (30 points)
The team’s coach, Tony “Zikz” Gray, has been criticizing the game’s new meta. It probably didn’t come off as beneficial to his team as they thought it would be, but the team is known to be creative and dynamic, especially CLG top laner Darshan Upadhyaya.
6) Clutch Gaming (34 points)
Clutch exerted an outstanding performance in the first part of the split, they even had a playoff victory over TSM. But critics continue to question their talent level, macro play, and affinity for the current meta.
5) TSM (46 points)
TSM is one of the teams everyone is expecting to make a comeback, but they haven’t done anything noteworthy yet. They still need to improve their jungle and side lane control.
4) Cloud9 (48 points, 1 first-place vote)
There is still one first-place voter believing in Cloud 9 despite the team benching its three former starters. Fans are still upset about it, but it would be exciting to watch out for the performance of the new members.
3) 100 Thieves (54 points)
100 Thieves remained on the top three by the end of the last split. They could have ranked higher if they managed to defeat Team Liquid’s cross-map aggression in the final. Meanwhile, critics expect to see more of mid-jungle duo of Yoo “Ryu” Sang-wook and William “Meteos” Hartman in the upcoming matches.
2) Echo Fox (62 points, 1 first-place vote)
The current strategies of Echo Fox in the previous matches earned them the 2nd spot in the power rankings. The team’s top laner Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon and Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett are two of the best players in LoL today.
1) Team Liquid (67 points, 5 first-place votes)
Following the conclusion of the Spring Split championship and their failure to win at the Mid-Season Invitational, Team Liquid remains in the top spot with 67 points. The new meta, according to some, might equalize talent in the bot lane—Team Liquid’s greatest strength.
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