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LEC Power Rankings: Week 8

LEC Power Rankings

The LEC had their first online-only week, and things were a little different. While the production and pauses were abundant Friday, by Saturday they were cleaned up and games were rolling like normal. Save one game, matches went as expected, but the upset of Misfits by Schalke was exhilarating. A total of two points separates Rogue, Misfits, and Mad Lions in this week’s rankings. With MAD and OG facing off on Saturday as a highly touted match this weekend. Here’s how the TGH crew ranked the LEC teams heading into Week 9.

1. G2

There is not much left to say about this team that is not already known. Their weak point is their overconfidence and sometimes their botlane, specifically Caps. Other than that, this team continues to roll through everyone and it would not be a surprise to see them win the split again. The only thing standing in their way is Fnatic and so far, even that matchup hasn’t been balanced.

  • Robert Hanes

2. Fnatic

Fnatic maintains their spot tied for second with Origen, but still look to be the better team when compared head-to-head. Martin “Rekkles” Larsson had a great weekend, going deathless with a particularly impressive display against Excel. They’ll face missed quality competition next week against MAD and Vitality, but are expected to walk away with another 2-0 weekend.

  • Dalton Jewell

3. Origen

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Origen put up a nice 2-0 on the weekend, but it was highly expected. Going up against what are considered lower teams should result in two wins, and having Erland “Nukeduck” Våtevik Holm flex onto tanks for wins was nice. Origen is playing Excel and MAD this week, and will have to be sharp, as MAD is looking to further solidify their shot at fourth place.

  • Dalton Jewell

4. Rogue

Rogue had a tough week facing off against FNATIC and G2, losing both games hurts but it was not unexpected. They need to win both games this week to take care of their own business and let the rest of the chips fall where they may.

  • Aaron Preuss

5. Misfits

Misfits had a down week, dropping both of their matches. They were highly favored over Schalke 04, but were not prepared to face them. The match only resulted in four kills overall for the team, and highlighted some macro mismanagement by the players. Fabian “Febiven” Diepstraten in particular had a rough week and just seemed to be on the outside looking in when it comes to team synergy. Right now the focus is trying to get into fourth place for an extra chance in the playoffs, but they’ll have to go up against G2 this week. Realistically this week will be split 1-1, with Vitality looking even worse than Misfits.

  • Dalton Jewell

6. Mad Lions

LEC Power RankingsAfter a very successful week MAD once again rises up the ranks. It’s a close call between MAD and RGE for 4th, but with the advantageous gamescore right now, it feels fair to give the slight edge to MAD. In fact, with only two points separating MAD from fourth in these rankings, it just illustrates how close the competition is. MAD can continue their rise and if they continue their strong recent play, could make a bit of noise in the playoffs.

  • Noah Schaar

7. Excel Esports

Excel had a tough task ahead of them to make the playoffs, needing victories against Fnatic and G2. They were not able to secure those, and the matches played out very differently. They held their own against a good Fnatic squad, but were unable to capitalize on any minor advantage or play. Against G2, the wheels fell off and they got absolutely smashed. The bot-lane seemed stumped on playing against the Bard, and Pantheon just absolutely decimated them with a 12-0-9 scoreline. This team has potential, but they’ll need to find a lot more consistency to fulfill it.

  • Dalton Jewell

8. FC Schalke 04

It is weird to say but ever since changing ADCs this team has looked much more cohesive. Who would have thought that losing a toxic legend would do that much? Either way they are still out of playoffs and mostly playing to keep their positions for the summer. Should they struggle, there could be quite a bit of movement, especially considering how well so many of the rookies have done this split.

  • Robert Hanes

9. Team Vitality

Two miserable games from their support and mid-laners continue Team Vitality’s stay at the bottom of the league. What’s having them not losing matches outright is the play of Duncan “Skeanz” Marquet and Markos “Comp” Stamkopoulos, who both had alright performances. This is a team that looks to be playing individually and just trying to stay afloat against the better competition surrounding them.

  • Dalton Jewell

10. SK Gaming

To say that this split has been a massive disappointment for this team would be an understatement. They have looked and played awfully in almost every game. Now they are out of the playoffs and will most likely be looking to make changes to the roster after this split.

  • Robert Hanes

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Our voters for LEC Power Rankings: Robert Hanes, Dalton Jewell, Thomas Santos, Aaron Preuss, Noah Schaar, JJ Fonseca, Richard Imp, Niko Sjogren, Mani Dasoju, Joaquin Suarez

 

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