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North America LCS Week Two Power Rankings
With eight 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 Two NA Power Rankings.
1. Curse (Previously #1)
Curse are 5-0 after two weeks of play. They are the only undefeated LCS team on either side of the Atlantic. In their first match of week two, Curse rolled over Vulcun. After Vulcun swapped lanes, Curse barraged them with a first blood, a dragon, and a turret. Voyboy’s teleport Katarina was able to clean up in team fights, and Vulcun had no response to the teleport. Curse’s second game of week two, against compLexity Gaming, started slowly. Team compLexity took an early gold lead over Curse, but Saintvicious’ Hecarim allowed Curse to come from behind for a victory. Saintvicious pressured complexity and snowballed Curse into the late game. Cop’s expert dodge of Lautemortis’ killing blow sealed the win for Curse. Curse fell behind in the early game against compLexity and came back for the win. This comeback and their 5-0 record keep them at the top of these power rankings.
2. Dignitas (Previously #4)
Dignitas are 4-2 after two weeks of play. After mowing down Team MRN, Dignitas beat Team SoloMid Snapdragon. A key counter-gank in the mid lane at the five minute mark led to Dignitas’ early advantage. Dignitas remained in the driver’s seat and out-played TSM from start to end. If TSM tried to recover, Dignitas countered and made them pay. Patoy shined against Good Game University. His Alistar gave Cop the chance to carry the team. Dignitas’ captain, scarra, was the official MVP for February 15th, but Dignitas’ overall star player of week two was TheRealKiWiKiD. He excelled on Singed during all three games. His domination in the top lane was noticed by TSM’s Dyrus, who opined that “[TheRealKiWiKiD] will be one of the best top laners, hands down”. Dignitas showed up ready to play in week two after a disappointing week one. Improvements in team coordination and consistency of play led to their number two ranking after week two.
3. Counter Logic Gaming (Previously #2)
CLG did not play in week two, therefore they maintained the 2-1 record which they posted in week one. CLG's only loss in week one was against Curse. However, CLG forced a surrender out of Team SoloMid Snapdragon and faced down a challenge from up-and-comers, GGU. Overall, CLG looked fighting fit in week one. Even with two new members, CLG team coordination looks on par with the other top teams. LiNk's performance in the middle lane has been safe and consistent. CLG's execution in their upcoming week three game against Dignitas and the amount of trouble Vulcun and compLexity cause them will determine whether CLG can hold on to the number three position for another week or drop down the ladder.
4. Team SoloMid Snapdragon (Previously #3)
Team SoloMid Snapdragon are 4-2 after two weeks of play. Their first game of week two, against Vulcun, was fairly one-sided. Vulcun had no answer for TSM, even when Vulcun knew exactly what TSM was up to. For example, Vulcun allowed them to take two kills without countering, despite TSM clearly telegraphing a three-man gank in the top lane. After these kills, TSM controlled the game. Their only week two loss was against Dignitas. They were completely out-played by Dignitas in this rematch. TSM were thrown off their game and could not gain footing after Crumbzz’s initial counter-gank. TSM lacked coordination, and any TSM aggression was effectively countered by Dignitas. TSM closed out week two by putting on a clinic against MRN in which they constantly tower dived MRN’s bottom lane. TSM and Dignitas have identical records after two weeks of play, but TSM’s week two inconsistency and their loss to Dignitas caused them to drop a rank to the number four spot.
5. Good Game University (Previously #5)
GGU are 1-3 after they posted a new roster in week two. GGU’s support, I am Anjo, was benched and replaced by BloodWater. Additionally, Shiptur was absent, so GGU’s substitute top laner, Fat, made his LAN event debut in week two of the LCS. ZionSpartan moved to the mid lane to allow Fat to play a familiar role. However, Fat could not keep up in the solo lane. Whether 1v1 or 2v1, Fat failed to get farm and be relevant in GGU’s week two losses. He also struggled early in GGU’s victory over an old rival, Vulcun. GGU’s win over them almost never came to be after GGU’s poke-centric composition fell behind--an often fatal mistake. Nevertheless, GGU wrested control of the match and turned the tide for a win. GGU’s comeback impressed therefore they did not drop in rank for week two. However, GGU may slide down the rankings next week unless they are able to settle into a consistent roster with experienced players.
6. compLexity Gaming (Previously Unranked)
Team compLexity are 0-1 after week two. They played against number one ranked, smoking-hot Curse in their only LCS match to date. Although compLexity lost, they had a couple of impressive plays. Team compLexity took a page out of Gambit Gaming’s book by surprising Curse with a 4:45 dragon. As a result, compLexity snatched the next two dragons with no contest from Curse. Team compLexity started to falter when the lack of a ward in the top lane forced Nickwu to give up first blood to Voyboy at the five minute mark. Nickwu then compounded matters when he failed to make a successful counter-gank. Team compLexity’s strong early game against Curse lands them in the number six position after week two. Expect compLexity to move up or down in the rankings depending upon whether they can capitalize on future early leads to overcome what seems to be the Achilles Heel of the less experienced teams – the late game.
7. Team Vulcun (Previously #6)
Vulcan are 0-5 after week two. Out of all the qualifying NA teams, Vulcun have played the most games. Many of their five games saw them face Season 2’s top NA teams. Their challenging matchups have contributed to Vulcun not yet finding a win. Vulcun kept the game close against Curse, but after each engagement Vulcun were on the defensive and usually escaped with very little health. Vulcun mostly avoided feeding Curse, but a weakened post-engagement Vulcun could not halt Curse’s objective grind. They lacked the vision and the coordination to stay in the game against the current number one team. In Vulcun’s game against GGU, they were ahead in gold early in the game. As they approached the twenty minute mark, Vulcun threw the game and thereby facilitated GGU's poke comp comeback. Overall, Vulcun did not seem to synergize as a team and have given no indication that a win might be forthcoming in the near future. As such, they slid down one rank to the seventh position as of week two.
8. Team MRN (Previously Unranked)
MRN are 0-2 after week two. MRN’s debut in the LCS featured a passive playstyle. Against Dignitas, MRN hoped to rely on their Kog’Maw pick for late game dominance. However, MRN were unable to hold out that long as Dignitas unceremoniously took the upper hand. A similar story played out against TSM. TSM absolutely dominated MRN, proving that MRN clearly had not done their pre-match homework. MRN were repeatedly caught out by TSM’s three and four-man dives. When MRN finally initiated against TSM, they lost the fight. The loss of their first engagement seemed to batter MRN’s morale. They're ranked number eight after week two due to their lack of preparation, their overall passivity, and their apparently weak team morale. MRN may move up the rankings if they brush up on their opposition, show more aggression, adapt to the changes in the meta in Season 3, and grow a collectively stiffer upper lip.
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