It’s about time we start throwing some opinions around, so here’s our power rankings for the League of Legends NA LCS Summer Split 2017. After some roster shuffles in the mid-season, things should be rather interesting.
League of Legends NA LCS Summer Split 2017 Power Rankings
1. Team SoloMid
With Doublelift back on the roster, things should be looking good for the Spring Split champions. There’s some question over how having this outspoken shotcaller and strong carry back on the team will jive with Hauntzer’s newfound leadership. But at this point, TSM will basically have to shit the bed to miss finals, and that doesn’t seem likely. They’ll be looking to make up for their early exit from MSI.
2. Counter Logic Gaming
Securing Dardoch as their new jungler should be a good move for Counter Logic Gaming, so long as changing their roster for the first time in over a year doesn’t shake them up too much. Dardoch is definitely talented, and consistently scored huge advantages in gold, experience, and CS. In that regard, he’s second only to LirA, who’s often cited as NA’s best jungler. Meta wasn’t very kind to CLG’s proven format in the Spring, stifling much of Aprhomoo’s ability to make plays through support. But the new jungler could be the key to unlocking this team’s playmaking potential.
The Cloud9 roster remains unchanged from the Spring Split, where they dominated the first half of competition. And while that means they’ve got the experience working together as a 5 man squad (even with a rotating top lane), it could have the potential to leave them at a disadvantage. Cloud9 is counting on their practice since the Spring Split and their players personal improvements, while many other teams in the NA LCS have made roster changes to increase their chances of winning.
4. Team EnVyUs
Team EnVyUs might have had a very different Spring Split if it had started maybe a month later. Their jungler, and eventual All NALCS jungler lira, wasn’t able to make it to the US until the first week of games was already over. If the team had more time to practice as a group, let alone had their full starting roster that first week, they might have had a fighting chance. They battled their way through relegations with aggressive and borderline maniacal gameplay that sometimes looked more like a game from solo queue. And that’s not really a savage statement if it was all because of a lack of practice. Now, EnVy has taken a look at its squad and cut out at least what it perceived to be the weakest link. Their bottom still seems a bit week, but the team definitely has a lot of talent. Summer might just be time for the former Afreeca Freec to shine.
Phoenix1 had a strange Spring Split. They flew under the radar for the first half, until veteran jungler Meteos stepped in. ADC Arrow also stepped things up, resulting in his eventual crowning as MVP of the entire Split even though the team didn’t make it to finals. On Leaguepedia, at least for now, Meteos is listed as their starting jungler. That seems likely to change, and despite the strengths of Ryu in mid as well as Arrow, Phoenix1 seems poised to hit the pack square in the middle.
6. Team Dignitas
The first half of the Spring Split, Team Dignitas was like the worst team that was still in the middle of the pack. The second half, they were like the best team that was still in the middle of the pack. So what happened? Was it Coach Cop? Something about that momentum may have been enough to persuade Saintvicious to return to the Dignitas coaching staff as well, after a stint with Team Liquid. If ADC LOD can get his laning phase under control, this team could be a serious contender.
The change up of WildTurtle instead of Altec makes for an interesting roster. Altec was pretty strong in the Spring Split by the numbers, courtesy of Oracle’s Elixer. By KDA, he was even tied for second with C9’s Sneaky. He did, however, have consistent deficits in gold, experience, and CS. If LemonNation and WildTurtle can cooperate to create more lane pressure in the bottom, drawing attention away from Hai and Moon, they’ll be open to making some of those signature plays that keep us all watching. Call the new roster an upgrade, but the team’s style is still feast or famine.
Tim Sevenhuysen, who runs Oracle’s Elixer, mentioned that for Immortals hopes for Summer rest on ADC Cody Sun. Meanwhile, Immortals CEO Noah Whinston has appeared across social media outlets to discuss his plans for the team. It seems like he’s playing a long con, betting on training the younger talent on his team rather than constructing a powerhouse right now. And that coincides with Immortal’s acquisition of jungler Xmithie, whose style is more supportive than playmaking. Given all that, Immortals seems unlikely to rise above average in the Summer Split, but will probably be safe from relegations.
9. Team Liquid
Team Liquid’s Spring Split 2017 was a sinking ship, and CEO Steve Arhancet kept trying to find a bigger bucket. Doublelift turned out to be a big enough bucket to save the whole damn thing from going down, but now he’s returned to his old place back at TSM. You would think, after everything that happened, Team Liquid would get a new boat. But instead, they’re heading into Summer with the exact same roster they had at the beginning of Spring. The only saving grace is that tank junglers have come back into the meta, and that’s good news for Reignover. Unless GoldenGlue has had some major improvements, he won’t be what the team needs in mid. The meta might be more favorable to TL in Summer, but having high hopes just seems foolish.
10. Echo Fox
Echo Fox is a bit of a mess. While Looper is a solid top laner and Froggen is a talented mid, neither of them are the playmaker carries that teams need to dominate the NA LCS. Rookie jungler Akaadian seemed he started off the split strong and then just got tilted in a way that wouldn’t let up. Meanwhile, it didn’t seem like Keith and Gate had much fun in the bottom lane at all. They’ve acquired some new subs in Mash and Feng, as well as a new head coach since heavenTime left and Inero joined. But they avoided relegations by the skin of their teeth last spring, and none of the changes instill enough confidence to think they won’t be left behind.
tl:dr League of Legends NA LCS Summer Split 2017