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North America LCS Week One Power Rankings
With nine weeks of the regular season round robin matches remaining, teams will have ample opportunities to create, practice, and showcase counter-strategies. Dynamics between challengers will undoubtedly fluctuate wildly, and we here at Leaguepedia are banding together each week to decipher their cryptic power struggle. Welcome to the Leaguepedia LCS Week One NA Power Rankings.
As of week one, Curse were undefeated after three wins against CLG, Dignitas, and Good Game University. Saintvicious scored first blood in their first two games, making him the Curse MVP. His aggression paired with the consistent play from his teammates allowed Curse to methodically sweep their opponents. Cop and Elementz were terrors in the bottom lane. Their history together showed in the precision of their kill coordination and gank protection. Voyboy’s time in the spotlight came when Curse played against Good Game University. Voyboy’s teleport AP Nidalee won the match for Curse with persistent split pushing – even when GGU was inside Curse’s base. His relentless farming in the top lane also contributed to Curse’s impressive gold lead over GGU, despite GGU netting more towers and kills. Curse’s farming superiority and dragon control kept them in the lead and granted them a win. Curse are the team to beat and, until they lose, will remain on top in the North American region.
2. Counter Logic Gaming
Counter Logic Gaming finished week one with a 2-1 record, dropping one game to Curse. CLG’s team composition against Curse was problematic and Cop’s choice of Kog’Maw (whose auto-attack range is unmatched by other ADC's) prevented CLG from reaching the back line. CLG’s two wins were as opposite as wins could be. CLG forced a surrender out of Team SoloMid Snapdragon during their match. From start to finish, they were in control and dominated. On the opposite end of the spectrum, they had a tough fight against GGU. GGU gained an early advantage, but CLG kept the pressure on and were able to get into GGU’s base. GGU repelled the base pressure and looked as if they might have a comeback win. However, CLG overcame the challenge, shut down their opponent, and took the victory. Week one showed that LiNk, in the mid lane, is a safe, consistent player who can keep CLG in a game. His impressive Anivia avoided certain death (without the benefit of an available flash) in the match against Curse. Week one also proved that Aphromoo has adjusted to his new support role despite moments of over-aggression. Overall, CLG look strong and will be a contender for the number one position in the North American region. After week one, CLG are comfortably in the number two position.
3. Team SoloMid Snapdragon
TSM stumbled in their first match against CLG; they looked uncomfortable and were out-played in all lanes. Reginald seemed nervous and passive in the mid lane, which is not his typical playstyle. Chaox struggled early against Doublelift’s Urgot. Ten minutes into the game, Dyrus had only half the creep score of Voyboy. From start to finish, TSM were always responding to CLG’s advances; never making their own. Their next game against Vulcun was a complete turnaround. TSM took down two turrets by the seven minute mark. They warded all of Vulcun’s jungle and had control of 75% of the map for most of the game. After a solid performance against Vulcan, TSM were prepared for Dignitas. They showed great focus and team coordination during every engagement, and Dignitas were unable to gain any leads. TSM’s two wins impressed all the more considering their poor showing against CLG. Although no individual player shined for TSM, their quintessential team synergy ensured that they emerged mostly victorious. In week one, TSM demonstrated that they could recover, regroup, and win.
Dignitas are known for their unique theory-crafting and running champions in uncommon lanes, such as scarra’s use of AP Soraka mid. However, this was not the story of their sloppy week one outings. In their first match, Dignitas were unable to capitalize on a gold lead against Curse. TheRealKiWiKiD struggled early on Elise in a 2v1 lane. Furthermore, Dignitas were troubled by positioning throughout the game. Team members repeatedly got caught out--especially Imaqtpie, who Dignitas could not seem to keep alive during team fights. They fared worse in their next game against TSM. They struggled to out-farm TSM and were never able to take a lead. Patoy and Imaqtpie strategically engaged Chaox and Xpecial, but apparent miscommunication during the early lane phase led to Patoy frequently targeting Chaox while Imaqtpie focused on Xpecial. Dignitas’ only win came against Vulcun, but they let their 7000 gold lead shrink to 700. There was a lack of focus for Dignitas in week one. Their single win keeps them in the top half of the rankings, but something has to change if they hope to remain in the top four.
5. Good Game University
Expect Good Game University to move up after week two. Although they did not win either of their games, both games were exceptionally well-played. In their loss to CLG, the gold was extremely close: less than 1000 gold separated the teams for the majority of the game--GGU showed unbelievable resilience. When CLG were about to finish the match, GGU staged a comeback and extended the game by putting pressure on CLG. DontMashMe earned MVP of the match with his nine kills to one death on Graves. His ability to survive was magnificent, but his teammates were unable to emulate him. GGU’s next game was versus Curse. GGU quickly bulldozed Curse’s turrets and hammered Curse’s Nexus down to half health, but they were unfortunately unable to close out the game. Even so, the formidable haste and power of their early game turret advantage bodes well for GGU in week two and beyond. Although GGU were unable to find a victory in week one, their exciting performances against the top two teams were impressive. If GGU can maintain and capitalize upon their current level of play, they are sure to move up in the rankings.
Vulcun had moments of brilliance during week one but were unable to gain an advantage in either of their two matches. They initiated a lane swap against TSM by sending Zuna and Muffinqt top. TSM countered by thrashing Vulcun’s bottom and top turrets before Vulcun could respond. TSM systematically took them down before Zuna’s Kog’Maw could become powerful enough to turn the tide. Vulcun was able to squeak in one triumphant team fight against TSM, but it was too little too late. They fared a little better in their next game. When facing Dignitas, Vulcun clawed their way back from a large deficit of 7000 gold, reducing it to 700 gold within a few minutes. However, they could not completely close the gap and instead racked up another 4000 gold disadvantage. Vulcun’s composition had synergy, but their inability to execute resulted in losses. Hopefully Vulcun will review their game footage from week one and address their issues.
Unranked: compLexity Gaming and Team MRN
These two teams did not compete in week one, so they remain unranked until after their first games.
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