Week two has concluded in the NA LCS, and we finally have a team that is sitting at the top with an undefeated record so far. Some organizations are surprisingly performing better than fan expectations, while the others are disappointing long time fans. Here is a power ranking of the 10 teams in the NA LCS.
10. Golden Guardians
Many spectators assumed that Golden Guardian would do fairly decent in its debut of the NA LCS. Signing one of the best shot callers in North America, Hai "Hai" Lam, with other former Team Liquid players, could have brought them towards the middle of the standings.
Golden Guardians have yet to find a win, and could possibly end week three with a 0-6 record having to face 100 Thieves and Echo Fox who are dominated the rest of the competition.
9. OpTic Gaming
OpTic picked up its first victory in week two over FlyQuest, with a very convincing win. OpTic is looking better and better each day, but the team seems to have issues with ending the game.
OpTic will most likely be left out of the playoffs this split, but this split is a great opportunity to learn as a team, and come back swinging next split.
8. Counter Logic Gaming
The bottom lane of CLG has been struggling against the other teams, and has yet to find a good lead over their opponents in any match. CLG has been struggling to stay at the top of the standings after its prime MSI performance, and its inconsistencies could be its downfall.
7. Team SoloMid
TSM at the bottom half of the standings after week two is an odd sight to see. SoloMid was on the verge of defeating Echo Fox, but eventually faltered in the late game. Everyone in the roster seems to be struggling, especially Kevin "Hauntzer" Yarnell. Maybe the rest of the top laners are getting stronger, and Hauntzer can't keep up.
TSM is the organization to step up when they need to, and we can still expect to see them in the playoffs. Getting to the finals will be the tough part; could this be the first time TSM doesn't show up in the finals?
FlyQuest is an inconsistent team. With its win against Team SoloMid in the first week, and loss to Optic gaming in week two, everyone is left wondering if FlyQuest is a top-tier team.
With Jason "Wildturtle" Tran being the only member left on FlyQuest before the roster swap, he and his teammates have to really focus and build chemistry to help them close out games, and reduce the amount of their mistakes.
5. Clutch Gaming
Clutch has been surprising fans and organizations with their performance in week two, especially when Clutch played against CLG, and Fabian "Febiven" Diepstraten scored his first professional pentakill on Azir.
Febiven is the savior of the team, and was the best pick up Clutch could have gotten.
4. Team Liquid
Team Liquid is tied for second place along with Cloud9 and 100Thieves. TL still needs to work on their macro play and decision making. When it came to Liquid's match against 100 Thieves, it gave Yoo "Ryu" Sang-Wook free and uncontested pressure, primarily on the bottom side of the map.
Ryu's split pushing and constant pressure gave 100 Thieves a free baron that snowballed into a victory. Team Liquid, despite the name, is a solid team and will finish the split top three.
3. 100 Thieves
Their win against TL, and loss against Cloud9 puts 100 Thieves right in the middle of the two teams. Thieves' roster was full of hype, and delivered in these two weeks. Zaqueri "Aphromoo" Black is the leader of the team, and his perfect shot calling is probably the main reason they keep securing their victories.
It would be no surprise if 100 Thieves makes it to the playoffs, and possibly fights for the trophy.
With most of the top organizations sitting towards the bottom, Cloud9 still reigns at the top of the standings. Cloud9 had to adjust its roster with the addition of Dennis "Svenskeren" Johnsen in the jungle. He has been synergizing extremely well and meshes with his teammates.
Eric "Licorice" Ritchie has been enjoyable to watch, going toe-to-toe against some of the best top laners in NA. Licorice could be the recipient of the Rookie of the Split award, because he has been killing it.
1. Echo Fox
Team SoloMid and Echo Fox seemed to have swapped places. Echo Fox has historically ended the split in either seventh or eighth place. Rick Fox must be extremely happy seeing his players succeed, and continue to have an undefeated record.
Most of the community saw Echo Fox as a make-or-break kind of team, and they are making it. Echo Fox's roster was a mishmash of players that seemed to work out well. This will be the season they play in the playoffs and contest for the trophy.
Heo "Huni" Seung-Hoon has his eyes set on MSI, a tournament that will grant him the opportunity to play his former team, SK Telecom T1.
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