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Europe LCS Week Six Power Rankings
The competition is ferocious in the EU LCS. Week 5 saw then-leaders Gambit Gaming take a vacation to North America, and in their absence Fnatic pounced to take back first place. SK Gaming and Evil Geniuses are trading blows, desperate to get back into contention for EU’s leading position. And the bottom four conglomerate is a hotbed of teams fighting for survival as the LCS passes the halfway mark. Welcome to the EU Week 6 power rankings from Leaguepedia Fantasy.
1.Fnatic (Previously #2). Current Record: 11W-3L
There can be no doubt that Fnatic are currently one of the best teams in Europe. Week 5 was yet another clean sweep for Fnatic, as they went 3W-0L against Evil Geniuses, SK Gaming, and Copenhagen Wolves. The opposition simply cannot handle the splitpushing threat that xPeke brings to the table. And with the bot lane duo of YellOwStaR and nRated firing on all cylinders, Fnatic are a real terror in the EU LCS. Fnatic have three matches in Week 6 of the LCS. Gambit Gaming, DragonBorns, and GIANTS! Gaming all await. The real draw will be the Gambit match. The never-ending debate on Europe’s leading LoLsquad will be decided . . . at least for a week.
2.Gambit Gaming (Previously #1) Current Record: 9W-2L
Gambit Gaming lose their number one spot after spending their bye week traveling across the Atlantic. Their pole position in the EU LCS notwithstanding, every player is susceptible to overexertion. Trans-Atlantic travel, multiple intense matches, and serious jet lag will all weigh heavily on Gambit Gaming when they return to the EU LCS in Week 6. Rates of error skyrocket in professional athletes who are not properly rested, and eSports are no different. Gambit Gaming face Fnatic, SK Gaming, and DragonBorns in Week 6. If they tried to get an easy schedule on the heels of their international duty, Riot certainly didn’t listen.
3.SK Gaming (Previously #4) Current Record: 8W-6L
Sneaking into the top three for the first time in our EU Power Rankings, SK Gaming are finally getting some attention in the LCS. It’s a mystery as to how a team with the maverick ocelote has, until now, been overshadowed by their competition - including Fnatic and Gambit Gaming. Nevertheless, SK Gaming sneaked through Week 5 with a 1W-2L record. While falling to Fnatic was hardly a surprise, SK Gaming’s loss to against All authority was unfortunate. Nono snatched an early lead and never let go, and as a result aAa provided more proof that Vayne is the queen of late game AD hyper carries. SK Gaming can look forward to a rematch and possibly revenge in Week 6, as their schedule sees them face off against GIANTS! Gaming, Gambit Gaming, and against All authority.
4.Evil Geniuses (Previously #3). Current Record: 8W-7L
The slimmest of margins separates Evil Geniuses from third place in the EU LCS: one, single loss. A 2W-1L record in Week 5 was good enough to soothe some of the pain from their 1W-4L Super Week fiasco, but it's not good enough to propel them back into Europe’s top three. However, it’s hard to imagine Evil Geniuses failing to hang on to a spot in the top four of the EU LCS. Even without developing a strategy that fits both their unique strengths and the Season 3 meta, EG have maintained a four win lead over their nearest competition. They simply have too much experience and skill to drop out of the LCS entirely. If there was ever a schedule arranged for their benefit, it is Week 6. Games versus against All authority, GIANTS! Gaming, and Copenhagen Wolves could be a springboard for EG to launch themselves back into contention for first place.
5.GIANTS! Gaming (Previously #6). Current Record: 4W-8L.
A bye in Week 5 was actually somewhat of a reprieve for GIANTS! Gaming. They head into Week 6 rested, with an additional seven days worth of planning and strategizing under their belts. As a result, we feel bullish about GIANTS!’ possibilities. Both SK Gaming and Evil Geniuses have shown significant weaknesses over the past two weeks, and the mighty Fnatic were dethroned by Copenhagen Wolves. Now is the perfect time for GIANTS! to start eking out a position in the top four of the EU LCS.
6.against All authority (Previously #8). Current Record: 5W-7L
After yo-yoing around the bottom rings of the EU LCS for the first four weeks of competition, aAa finally hit gold in Week 5 and notched up some victories. A 2W-1L roundup was enough to push them into fifth place in the EU leaderboards and out of the bottom two positions in our EU Power Rankings. Will the good times last into Week 6? We’re skeptical. Evil Geniuses knocked out aAa in their last meeting, and SK Gaming will be out for revenge after being humiliated by Nono in Week 5. That leaves Copenhagen Wolves as aAa’s “must-win” game of the week, and Bjergsen just might tip the scales in CW’s favor.
7.DragonBorns (Previously #5). Current Record: 4W-8L
DragonBorns had a rough schedule headed into Week 5, and their results mirror expectations. For DragonBorns to expect much out of matches against Evil Geniuses and SK Gaming was a tough sell. Topping off their week with a loss to against All authority certainly did not help morale. Unfortunately for DragonBorns, Week 6 looks just as unforgiving. A gentle match against Copenhagen Wolves to start the festivities is quickly followed by matches against the top two EU teams, Fnatic and Gambit Gaming. On top of that demanding schedule, recently announced roster changes will turn DragonBorns into a wild card team this week. YamatoCannon and Dexter1 will have their work cut out for them if they hope to lift DragonBorns up the rankings in Week 6.
8.Copenhagen Wolves (Previously #7). Current Record: 3W-11L
A single match in Week 5 did not give Copenhagen Wolves much room to improve their lot near the bottom of the EU LCS leaderboards. Despite the anticipation for a rematch of CW’s incredible Week 4 game against Fnatic, a repeat victory was not in the cards. It was, however, a close game, which continues to point to a vastly improved Wolves squad with Bjergsen at the helm. Copenhagen Wolves will face DragonBorns, against All authority, and Evil Geniuses in Week 6. If they want to survive in the EU LCS beyond the Spring Season, they will need to start finding some wins.
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