Feb 16 2017 - 10:03 pm

North American LCS Power Rankings Through Feb. 16

Cloud9's close call, TSM's wake-up call, and Team EnVyUs' continuing struggles. The power rankings see it all.
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Editor and Head of LoL Content

With five weeks left in the regular season, the North American League Championship Series standings are starting to take shape. Tiers are beginning to form, but many teams are still too inconsistent to properly judge. Cloud9 faced two close calls, Team SoloMid got a wake-up call, and Team EnVyUs is still in last. An updated version of GAMURS’ NA LCS power rankings is here, and there are quite a few minor shifts.

The points for these power rankings will be calculated based on the rankings submitted by any of the GAMURS staff members. These staff members were asked to rank the 10 teams in order from best to worst as the teams currently stand. Of course, No. 1 is the best and No. 10 is the worst. These rankings are not predictions for the end of the split. Points will be awarded to mirror a team’s ranking; for example, the first place team will receive 10 points, while the 10th place team will receive one point.

After every week of action, we will be releasing another power rankings article where the teams will either move up or down based on how they perform in their matches, so don’t forget to check back here each week for the latest power rankings.

Without further ado, here are the Feb. 16 power rankings for the 2017 NA LCS spring split, starting from No. 10.

NA LCS Power Rankings - Feb. 16 (Spring Split 2017)


10. Team EnVyUs (9 total points): No change

  • Top - Shin "Seraph" Woo-yeong
  • Jungle - Nam "LirA" Tae-yoo
  • Mid - Noh "Ninja" Geon-woo
  • ADC - Apollo "Apollo" Price
  • Support - Nickolas "Hakuho" Surgent
  • Coach - Dylan Falco

Results: 0-2 Team SoloMid, 0-2 Team Dignitas

Team EnVyUs failed to capitalize on Dignitas’ ailing form, and was swept in both of its series this week. This is where we get blunt. Things are looking bleak for EnVyUs, and they are showing almost no signs of improvement so far. We’re now almost halfway through the season, and EnVyUs is staring relegation in the face.

Things don’t get any easier this week, as EnVyUs has to take on Echo Fox and Phoenix1. If EnVyUs has even the slightest chance, it’s in the Phoenix1 series. And even that is a stretch. Phoenix1 is completely out of form right now and on a three series losing streak, but all three series were against some of the better teams in the league. If EnVyUs could not capitalize on Dignitas’ woes, it’s unlikely they will be able to take down Phoenix1; but anything is possible.


9. Team Dignitas (18 total points): -1

  • Top - Kim "Ssumday" Chan-ho
  • Jungle - Lee "Chaser" Sang-hyun
  • Mid - Jang "Keane" Lae-young
  • ADC - Benjamin "LOD" deMunck
  • Support - Alex "Xpecial" Chu and William "Stunt" Chen
  • Coach - Kim Jeong-soo and Park Jae-seo

Results: 0-2 Immortals, 2-0 Team EnVyUs

Well, Dignitas finally got back on track by sweeping Team EnVyUs, but not before the squad was swept by Immortals. It’s worth noting that Immortals had a spectacular weekend, albeit against two squads at the bottom of the barrel, but hey, wins are wins. Dignitas was on the receiving end of the strong week from Immortals, and even made drastic changes in the EnVyUs series by starting Stunt over Xpecial in the support position. They won that series, but I’d be hardpressed to say that Stunt played a pivotal role or even looked good. This team is still flailing.

Redemption comes this week, as Dignitas takes on Team Liquid. They take on FlyQuest as well, but we can just chalk that down as a loss. Liquid has been inconsistent, but mostly leaning toward pretty bad. If Dignitas wants to build on momentum from the win over EnVyUs, this is their best shot.


8. Team Liquid (22 points total): -1

Results: 1-2 Cloud9, 0-2 Immortals

Team Liquid’s rollercoaster continues, as the squad put up a good fight against the league-leading Cloud9, but got eviscerated by Immortals. It can be argued that Cloud9 looked a little off their game in the first series, and that Liquid may have been a little lucky, but they did capitalize and win a game. Sadly, just not the series. The Immortals series was a sad one to watch, as Liquid never stood a chance.

This week, Liquid takes on Dignitas and Counter Logic Gaming, two teams that they could theoretically beat. Dignitas is having a bad time sitting at the bottom of the league as well, so either team could come out on top in that series. If Liquid can get back in form a bit, the form that beat Echo Fox and took a game off of Cloud9, they can easily give CLG a run for their money. CLG is pretty up and down right now, but mostly on the upside it seems. A win is possible, but not probable.


7. Immortals (36 total points): +2

  • Top - Lee "Flame" Ho-jong
  • Jungle - Joshua "Dardoch" Hartnett
  • Mid - Eugene "Pobelter" Park
  • ADC - Cody "Cody Sun" Sun
  • Support - Kim "Olleh" Joo-sung
  • Coaches - Robert Yip and David “Hermes” Tu

Results: 2-0 Team Dignitas, 2-0 Team Liquid

Where this Immortals squad came from, I do not know, but they are a joy to watch. This is no longer the Dardoch show, as both sweeps last week were a team effort. Now, the focus will be on whether the team can keep up the performance.

It’ll be a tough task to keep the upward trend going this week, as Immortals takes on CLG and Echo Fox. If the whole team keeps it together, beating CLG shouldn’t be too much of an issue. Beating Echo Fox, however, is a more daunting task. It probably won’t happen.


6. Counter Logic Gaming (38 total points): -1

Results: 0-2 Echo Fox, 2-1 Phoenix1

It looked like we saw two different CLG squads hit the rift this week, and one was a hell of a lot better than the other one. CLG was thrashed by Echo Fox, but turned around and upset Phoenix1 the very next day. Inconsistency rules this team right now; high highs and low lows.

This week, CLG has two very winnable series against Immortals and Team Liquid. Immortals may pose a threat, as the team is on an upward trend, but it’s hard to tell how long that will last. If CLG shows up, they should win easily. Liquid is even more inconsistent than CLG has been, and their lows have been ever lower. If Liquid comes to play, who knows what could happen, but the most likely outcome is a CLG victory.


5. Phoenix1 (48 total points): -1

  • Top - Derek "zig" Shao
  • Jungle - Rami "Inori" Charagh and William "Meteos" Hartman
  • Mid - Yoo "Ryu" Sang-ook
  • ADC - Noh "Arrow" Dong-hyeon
  • Support - Adrian "Adrian" Ma
  • Coach - Kim “Fly” Sang-chul

Results: 0-2 FlyQuest, 1-2 Counter Logic Gaming

“But CLG beat Phoenix1” - yeah, we know, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re the better team. In that moment, in those hours, CLG was the better team. If these teams were to play again this week, I’d put money down on Phoenix1 taking the victory. Aside from that, an 0-2 thrashing from FlyQuest moves Phoenix1 down one place in our standings.

Inori is out for the week to "take care of a personal matter," so Meteos is taking his place. The ex-Cloud9 jungler is subbing in for a team that is on a bit of a losing streak. On Friday, however, the team can get back on track against Team EnVyUs, the squad with the worst record in the entire league. Things get bad again when they take on Cloud9 on Sunday. There is a 95 percent chance that Phoenix1 loses that game. Meteos will be facing his old team, and it may not be pretty to watch.


4. Echo Fox (55 total points): +2

Results: 2-0 Counter Logic Gaming, 2-0 Team SoloMid

Rick Fox retweeted our power rankings last week, in which I ridiculed his team quite a bit. Now, they’re proving me wrong. In total dominating fashion, Echo Fox swept CLG and TSM last week to show that they’re here to win. The inconsistency from week to week is still a bit worrying, but Echo Fox is certainly in form right now.

This week grants Echo Fox the opportunity to keep winning, even if their form slips. EnVyUs and Immortals are not exactly the scariest teams in the league right now, and Echo Fox should be looking at another 2-0 week. Immortals may pose a threat, just like they may against CLG, but it’s hard to tell just how good and consistent this team is right now. If Echo Fox plays their game, they will win.


3. Team SoloMid (66 total points): -1

Results: 2-0 Team EnVyUs, 0-2 Echo Fox

“But Echo Fox crushed TSM” - yeah, we know, again. Look at Phoenix1’s ranking for an explanation, though I’m less confident in this one. TSM is still an undeniably strong team, and one bad day isn’t going to change that. If the problem persists, then it really turns into something. For now, let’s not overreact.

This week, however, will be TSM’s toughest challenge since Worlds. Cloud9 and FlyQuest, the two top teams in North America, stand ready to take TSM down. If this squad doesn’t fix its mindset after being swept by Echo Fox, TSM is in for a terrible week.


2. FlyQuest (68 total points): +1

Results: 2-0 Phoenix1, 1-2 Cloud9

FlyQuest may have lost to Cloud9, but they easily could have won that series and are clearly the more consistently strong team when compared to any team in the league not named Cloud9. The series against Phoenix1 was a testament to that, as FlyQuest never looked all too threatened.

This week, FlyQuest has the opportunity to cement its place as the second best team in the league by taking on Dignitas and TSM. Dignitas is on the chopping block. With the way they look right now, Dignitas will be swept. Against TSM, there could be a good series, but it’s more likely that FlyQuest walks away with a relatively clean victory.


1. Cloud9 (80 total points - Eight first place votes): No change

Results: 2-1 Team Liquid, 2-1 FlyQuest

Despite a few close calls, Cloud9 still has a perfect record and leads the league, but teams are figuring out that they are beatable. The team was uncharacteristically sloppy against Team Liquid, even when Impact returned to the top lane for the third game of the series. The series win over FlyQuest was a narrow one, with flaws showing up across the board. Regardless, Cloud9 is the team to beat in North America.

This is a solid week for Cloud9 to keep hold of the top spot, as the squad takes on Phoenix1 and TSM. Neither of these teams are bad by any means, but they are both in relatively poor form and Cloud9 should be able to walk away with a clean 2-0 week.


What do you think about our power rankings for this week? Are there any teams that you would rank higher or lower? Let us know by tweeting us @GAMURScom.

Spencer Hester is an editor for GAMURS and can be contacted by email at Spencer.H@GAMURS.com or on Twitter - @SpenceGAMURS.

Today - 6:29 pm

G2 stays alive: IEM Katowice Day 2 Recap

Despite a close call, Europe's best are still in the tournament. Elsewhere, Flash Wolves advanced and M19 exited the event.
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Editor and Head of LoL Content

Day two of IEM Katowice has ended, and Europe is still alive. Flash Wolves continued their dominance over European sides, sweeping Unicorns of Love to advance to the tournament playoffs out of Group B. G2 Esports survived a three-game series against Kongdoo Monster, setting up a fight against their European brethren to determine Group B's second playoff team.

Results

Group A

Losers Round One

  • Hong Kong Esports 2-0 M19

HKE's Lam "Gear" Kwok Wa led the charge from the mid lane in game one, putting up a dominant 12/2/4 performance on Syndra and completely shutting down Mykhailo "Kira" Harmash. HKE comfortably took game one just before the 36-minute mark.

Game two was another win for HKE, and this one was even more dominant. By the 28-minute mark, HKE aced M19 and held almost a 16,000 gold lead. Ending the match three minutes later, HKE never allowed M19 to get a tower kill and handily took the series victory.

Here is how the bracket currently stands:

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Group B

Winners Round Two

  • Flash Wolves 2-0 Unicorns of Love

In a slugfest, Flash Wolves took game one of this series by dominating objective control, taking both the Elder Dragon and the Baron before their final push into UoL's base after 48 minutes of play.

Game two was closer than the first, but Flash Wolves still dominated objectives, taking 11 towers to UoL's three. The top dogs from the LMS continued to show their dominance, taking down another one of Europe's top squads and advancing to the tournament playoffs.

  • G2 Esports 2-1 Kongdoo Monster

Returning to form after a dismal first day of play, G2 easily took control of game one against Kongdoo. The team was firing on all cylinders, and took the first game of the series comfortably in just over 31 minutes.

Game two was a different story. G2 allowed LeBlanc to get through the ban phase, and Kongdoo seized the opportunity to draft this mid lane powerhouse. Lee "Edge" Ho-seong had a 7/0/2 performance on the champion, participating in 100 percent of his team's kills and earning the majority for himself. In just over 27 minutes, G2 learned why LeBlanc still has a 100 percent pick and ban rate in Korea.

A close game three didn't tilt completely in G2's favor until just a few minutes before the end of the game, when the team secured the Baron. With it, G2 pushed into Kongdoo's base, aced the squad, and won the game in just over 29 minutes.

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Day Three Schedule

All times are PST - As there are no games tomorrow, these games take place on Saturday, Feb. 25

5:15 a.m. - Group A - Losers Round Two

  • H2k-Gaming vs. Hong Kong Esports

8:45 a.m. - Group B - Losers Round Two

  • Unicorns of Love vs. G2 Esports

The winner between H2k-Gaming and Hong Kong Esports will move on to face Flash Wolves in the tournament semifinals, while the winner between Unicorns of Love and G2 Esports will take on ROX Tigers.


Who do you think will win the event?

Let us know your thoughts by tweeting us @GAMURScom.

Spencer Hester is an editor for GAMURS and can be contacted by email at Spencer.H@GAMURS.com or on Twitter - @SpenceGAMURS.

Feb 22 2017 - 10:20 pm

ROX advances to the playoffs: IEM Katowice Day 1 Recap

In the first day of group play, ROX Tigers upset H2k-Gaming and Flash Wolves defeated G2 Esports.
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Editor and Head of LoL Content

Day one of IEM Katowice has come to a close, and the Europeans have been upset. ROX Tigers, currently eighth place in the LCK, defeated H2k-Gaming, one of Europe's top squads, in a best-of-three series to qualify for the tournament playoffs out of Group A. Things weren't much better for Europe in Group B, as G2 Esports fell to Flash Wolves. Unicorns of Love remain as Europe's only unbeaten team thus far.

Results

Group A

Winner's Round 1

  • ROX Tigers 1-0 M19

ROX took down M19 in dominating fashion, led by a perfect 4/0/5 performance on Ekko from mid laner Son "Mickey" Young-min. Not allowing M19 to get any objectives, ROX decisively took the game victory.

  • H2k-Gaming 1-0 Hong Kong Esports

In a game that was a little too close for comfort for H2k, the sixth place team in the LMS gave the Europeans a run for their money. It was a strong victory by the end of the game, but HKE put up a fight. H2k took the game and advanced to face ROX in round two of the group.

Winner's Round 2

  • ROX Tigers 2-1 H2k-Gaming

The first game of this series was a slugfest, with ROX pulling out the victory by dominating objectives across the map. Gwon "Sangyoon" Sang-yun's 1/1/7 performance on Varus helped his team close out the victory.

Though ROX held a strong lead very early on in the game, H2k took advantage of ROX's mistakes time and time again, snowballing to victory with their team composition and forcing a game three.

Due to a great draft and better play throughout the game, ROX took game three quickly and handily to advance to the tournament playoffs. H2k will be waiting in the loser's bracket final of Group A to take on the winner between M19 and HKE.

Here is how the bracket currently stands:

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Group B

Winner's Round 1

  • Kongdoo Monster 0-1 Unicorns of Love

Unicorns controlled most of this game, but took a long time to close it out. The almost 56-minute game ended with a firm victory for Unicorns over Korea's Kongdoo Monster.

  • G2 Esports 0-1 Flash Wolves

Continuing their trend of failing at international tournaments, G2 took Europe's top seed into this tournament and were thrashed by Flash Wolves in the first round of play. Flash Wolves, the top squad in the LMS, dominated G2 to take the victory in just under 39 minutes.

Here is how the bracket currently stands:

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Day 2 Schedule

All times are PST

3:00 a.m. - Group B - Winner's Round 2

  • Unicorns of Love vs Flash Wolves

6:30 a.m. - Group A - Loser's Round 1

  • M19 vs Hong Kong Esports

12:00 p.m. - Group B - Loser's Round 1

  • Kongdoo Monster vs G2 Esports

Who do you think will win the event?

Let us know your thoughts by tweeting us @GAMURScom.

Spencer Hester is an editor for GAMURS and can be contacted by email at Spencer.H@GAMURS.com or on Twitter - @SpenceGAMURS.