The page has turned to the 2023 Summer and LCS fans everywhere would normally be excited to see where their teams stand. But the players are currently on strike, for good reason, and these rankings may not end up mattering at all. But to keep some consistency, they are going to come out and stay on schedule. Like all Power Rankings, these LCS Power Rankings will instantly be wrong upon being published. But that is okay because pieces like these are fun thought experiments as the end of the season comes about. So, without further adieu, here are the LCS 2023 Summer Split Power Rankings, heading into Week 1.
Thanks to Oracles Elixir for any and all Stats used in this article.
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10. Dignitas (Last Week:)
During the offseason, Dignitas got worse. Unless Rich is a revelation this team will need Santorin, Jensen and a relatively unexperienced Tomo to do a lot of heavy lifting. While the team was not terrible once Tomo came along, he will have to do more with Diamond as his support instead of IgNar. Heading into week 1, things look rough again for Dignitas fans.
9. Immortals (Last Week:)
There is a chance that this Immortals team is a lot better than this. But that will require Kenvi and Tactical to step up in a big way. Treatz could be the linchpin that allows for it all to work. He is much better than fans realize but it will take a lot to keep Tactical from positioning poorly. Keep expectations for Immortals low to start and then be excited if they surpass them.
8. TSM (Last Week:)
Maple leaving hurt this team in a significant way. That means that a lot will fall onto the shoulders of WildTurtle, Hauntzer and Chime. In a weird way, TSM fans are probably comforted by that. With TSM going out, having WildTurtle and Hauntzer lead the way feels like a fitting end.
7. Evil Geniuses (Last Week:)
As with most teams on week 1, there is always a little hope. Until accounts are signed into and keyboards are clicking, fans have hope that their team will do better than they hoped for. Evil Geniuses will be one of those teams. While they clearly cut costs, this team is not as bad as they look. How far they go will hinge on jojopyun and there are certainly worse players to hang a season on.
6. NRG (Last Week:)
Formerly CLG, NRG scrapped the bot lane and kept the top three players intact. Getting FBI was a very nice addition and if IgNar can find his old form this team could be formidable. But it is worth wondering how much-changing org in the middle of the year may weigh on these five players.
5. Team Liquid (Last Week:)
Tempering expectations here but Team Liquid should be fighting for a top spot. The talent is there at most positions and even at their weakest spot, the potential is certainly there. Team Liquid are working as hard as anyone, it is time to see all that hard work pay off.
4. 100 Thieves (Last Week:)
One of the biggest question marks coming into the Summer Split is Quid. While he is a Korean mid, there was not as much praise surrounding him as when VicLa joined just a few months ago. This team will likely have to play through Doublelift again for them to find results. While that is not a bad thing, the ceiling for that strategy may have been reached last Split so it will be interesting to see how that plays out for them.
3. Golden Guardians (Last Week:)
Everyone’s favorite story was the Golden Guardians. They made one of the most historic runs to MSI in LCS history. While there they also looked better than reigning champs Cloud9. Well at least until they had to play them. Regardless the whole crew is back and fans should be looking for River and Gori to be in MVP discussions as this team will no longer be slept on.
2. FlyQuest (Last Week:)
The addition of Vulcan to this team can not be understated. If Cloud9 were not bringing everyone back, FlyQuest would be first. But until they play each other which luckily is in week 2, these will likely be the spots both teams occupy. Prince will be better next split and might even win that MVP that he just missed out on last split.
1. Cloud9 (Last Week:)
They are the reigning champs and while it was against Golden Guardians, they did win a series in the MSI knockout stage. Even not reciting the teams accomplishments, the talent pops off the screen. Every player is either the best or second best at their position and they will only get better as EMENES gets more time with the team. The expectation is another LCS title and a first seed at Worlds. Anything less is likely a disappointment.
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