The 2019 League Championship Series (LCS) Summer Split regular season is over, with the final weekend of games and tiebreakers finished up. While the top six teams prepared for playoffs, Riot casters, the LCS organizations and third party media got to vote for this split’s awards, including All-Pro teams, MVP and Coach of the Split. While the ballots were cast, Riot asked that we keep our votes secret, but now that some awards are published, here is a breakdown of TheGameHaus’ internal ballot.
To make things a bit simpler, I listed the players that I thought should be eligible for the awards. Seven of our writers got to rank each player within each role, with the lowest score winning. In the event of a tiebreaker (which we had one), the player with the highest low vote would win out. I then took our consolidated top three and submitted it as our official Riot ballot.
TGH’S JUNGLER VOTES
When it came to junglers, our staff had varying opinions. Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen was clearly number one, but second place was more of a toss-up. Only one point separated Jake Kevin “Xmithie” Puchero from William “Meteos” Hartman, and only five points from Meteos to Raymond “Wiggily” Griffin. Meteos had more second place votes, but no one ranked Xmithie lower than fourth.
Wiggily received no second place votes. Maurice “Amazing” Stückenschneider, Matthew “Akaadian” Higginbotham and Juan “Contractz” Arturo Garcia trailed behind the jungle pack, fifth through seventh. Again, our All-Pro players consisted of two players from top teams, and one middle-of-the-pack. Licorice and Svenskeren were the only Cloud9 members to make our top three.
Much like his teammate Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng it’s nearly a given every split that Xmithie would end up somewhere in the All-Pro team. It’s a testament to how consistent Xmithie continues to be as a Jungler through all these splits that he is still considered one of the best in the region. It’s also thanks to his consistency along with his overall control of the jungle in the early stages of the game that Team Liquid is able to build big leads in their games. So, while Xmithie may never be a MVP candidate, he’ll always be one of the best Junglers in North America.–Rui Yang Xu
FINAL LCS JUNGLER VOTES
Again, TGH had similar top two candidates as the end result for the All-Pro team. Svenskeren had nearly double the points of Xmithie, and Xmithie was significantly higher than third place. Rather than Meteos, CLG’s Wiggily won third team, and their votes weren’t even that close.
After Meteos, though, there was a huge drop-off. Barely anyone else received a vote. But, again, two players popped up with votes that I did not include in TGH’s jungle options. Nam “Lira” Tae-yoo finished fifth, joining Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon as a Clutch Gaming member that I counted out. Lucas “Santorin” Tao Kilmer Larsen actually managed to receive two points, despite FlyQuest’s overall poor performance this Summer Split. Robert “Blaber” Huang even got a point, while Akaadian, Amazing and Contractz received zero.
For the rest of TGH’s All-Pro ballot: Top – Mid – Bottom – Support – Rookie, Coach and MVP of the Split