The LCS 2022 season started with EG surprising everyone and rising to the top much earlier than anticipated. Now, everyone is playing catchup. Some teams made moves while others stayed put. Week 1 is Super week and teams have the chance to get off to a great start with three games on the schedule. Here are the LCS 2022 Summer Split Week 1 Power Rankings.
CLG finished 6-12 last Split and finally were not in last. Many hoped this was the sign of things turning around. Sadly, fans will be let down again. While no one should argue that CLG aren’t getting better by having Dohkla start over Jenkins, its not a move that inspires confidence. Contractz struggled mightily last Split and Palafox may be on his last chance. If it were not for Luger, the present and future of CLG would be looking extremely dim.
While Lost was not anything to write home about, he was still better than Stixxay. The decision to trade Lost feels like a money one that IMT offered Golden Guardians and they couldn’t pass up. It is hard to show fans that a team is serious about winning when it consistently makes decisions like this. Licorice and Ablazeolive are still vastly underrated but they are not enough to overcome the rest of the LCS. This team really isn’t that bad, it is more that everyone else is just better. Thus they start the Summer here on the LCS Power Rankings.
As with the past few years, Dignitas started out hot. Then they faltered and missed out on playoffs. Getting rid of FakeGod was certainly a step in the right direction as he was their main area of weakness. Adding Gamsu, who is a great story but brings with him a lot of unknowns, may not lead to much better results though. DIG’s success will likely fall on River, Neo and Biofrost. If they can level up now that they have had some more time together then this team could surprise people. The likelihood of that happening though is unfortunately pretty low.
No team made more moves than Immortals during the mid-season break. They kept Revenge and PowerOfEvil while trading for Lost and Kenvi and signing IgNar. There is no doubt that their bot lane, which was the worst in the LCS last split, will be much improved. IgNar should have been signed before now and brings a great veteran presence while Lost should bring stability. The main piece here is Kenvi. He has been a highly-touted prospect for the past few years and will finally get his chance to shine. If the team plays just at an average level then IMT will be much better and could even surpass some teams above them fairly quickly.
FlyQuest had so much promise during the Spring. At one point, many people thought they could challenge for a top-three spot in the LCS. Then everything fell apart down the stretch. To combat this issue, FlyQuest decided to give Philip his chance at starting. There is no doubt that he could be an upgrade over Kumo but will it be enough? Josedeodo had his best Split and they still finished 9-9. It will likely come down to whether or not Toucouille can put his carry pants on a big way along with Johnsun and Aphromoo translating their leads to the rest of the map. Of all the teams, FlyQuest likely have the most variance as to where they could finish.
Anyone like Maple Syrup? Well TSM doesn’t have any for you but they did sign Maple to fix their major mid gap. He is not the same player that brought Flash Wolves to prominence but he still has been fighting his way through the LPL. In a much easier region, his confidence should be through the roof and TSM could see him performing at a very high level. The area of concern for TSM is the support position with Shenyi battling LATAM solo queue star Mia. If either of them can lockdown the position and bring stability to a roster desperate for it, there is a world where this TSM could not only finish top five but push for a Worlds spot.
Speaking of stability, Cloud9 are not exactly in the best position. Berserker lost two vital pieces of paper and now the first few weeks of the season are in jeopardy. Once he gets back the starting lineup of Fudge, Blaber, the return of Jensen, Berseker and Zven (yes at support) can rival anyone. On paper, this team is incredibly talented. That said there are questions about Fudge moving back, Jensen needing time to warm up and Zven moving to support. These are all very easily answered questions but ones that will need to be addressed during the season. There is no doubt that once playoffs hit, Cloud9 should be running on all cylinders. Until then though they will chill in a middle-of-the-pack spot.
So many people are already counting these five out. Yet, in the two Splits that they have played together along with Reapered as coach they have won an LCS title and finished second. It is foolish to say that this team is not top three, at least at the start of the Summer. They will have to remind everyone just how good they are and that teams do not have to make changes every Split to level up. That said, if they rest on their laurels too much, there is a chance that the teams just below them could pass them right up in the LCS Power Rankings.
It is incredibly hard not to put this team at one but there are some factors that may see them starting off the Summer a little slow. For starters, they have had just a small break thanks to MSI compared to the other teams that had over a month. They also struggled in best-of-ones compared to best-of-fives, thus their 9-9 regular season record in the Spring. Lastly, they are young and will probably need some time to adapt after everyone has picked apart their gameplay from MSI. Okay, now that the negatives are done, this team is incredible. Their young core of Inspired, JoJopyun and Danny rival any team in the LCS and none of them are even able to drink legally yet. There is a good chance they start off on the wrong foot but come playoffs, there will not be a team in the LCS that wants to play them.
No one has a bigger chip on their shoulder than Team Liquid. A team of Bwipo, Santorin, Bjergsen, Hans Sama and CoreJJ are expected to roll everyone. Once they faced 100 Thieves and Evil Geniuses though, their demons came out to play instead of them. With a nice break and more time to grow together, TL should be a favorite to win it all and punch their ticket to Worlds come the end of the 2022 Summer Split.
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