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 MID LANE VOTES
Mid lane was pretty messy among our League of Legends writers, with Lee “Crown” Min-ho, Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen, Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg, and Yasin “Nisqy” Dinçerall receiving votes ranging between first team and fourth team. Our finalized ballot had Crown first, then Jensen, then Bjergsen, but they were very close. Nisqy ended one point off in fourth.
“[Jensen] was the most consistent Mid Laner in the league. He didn’t have many dips in his play and didn’t get as much jungle pressure as some other top mids this split, mainly Nisqy. It’s also hard to vote for a mid that doesn’t just carry his team across the finish line (like Bjerg historically) over the mid on the best team that carried some games and never really made mistakes.”–Declan Mclaughlin
Henrik “Froggen” Hansen and Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage ended up a tier below those four, then Ryu “Ryu” Sang-wook, Eugene “Pobelter” Park and Tanner “Damonte” Damonte in a third tier. Mid lane turned out to be the most divergent in individual player ranking versus team ranking. Crown and Bjergsen secured top three, despite OpTic and TSM finishing regular season sixth and fourth. CLG was third in LCS, but PowerOfEvil fell to sixth in our vote. Froggen placed above him, even though Golden Guardians sat in seventh place. All of the other positions were much more team-rank skewed.
FINAL LCS MID LANE VOTES
TGH was a bit farther off of the other voters when it came to mid lane. Jensen and Nisqy convincingly took top two, while Bjergsen and Crown finished just one point apart. PowerOfEvil and Froggen came out a tier below, but PowerOfEvil received nearly twice the points of Froggen.
Kim “Fenix” Jae-hun and Ryu somehow garnered a point each from a couple of different voters. Oddly, Hauntzer declined to vote on Mid Lane altogether, so who knows if Bjergsen and Crown would have been flipped with his vote. TSM’s Mid Laner squeezed into third team because 26 voters had him somewhere in top three, while Crown only received 18 total votes. Crown actually had an average rank of 2.06, while Bjergsen averaged 1.46, which means voters either rated Crown highly or not at all.
For the rest of TGH’s All-Pro ballot: Top – Jungle – Bottom – Support – Rookie, Coach and MVP of the Split