Welcome to Week 6 of our Power Rankings! For this week’s edition, you’ll notice that a lot of teams have gone down the rankings. We saw a lot of surprise losses ranging from first place teams like TES and C9 suffering losses, to teams that are considered strong also taking huge dips in their performance such as FPX, T1 and G2. As usual here is the criteria that we follow:
1. Current placement in standings – Simply put, this reflects what position the team is in their own local league. It doesn’t take into account anything else other than their current placement in the standings.
2. Projected trajectory – This criteria is determined by what is the expected trajectory of a team. For example, G2 had a rough Week 1 in the 2020 Summer Split. But we take into account the fact that G2 is a powerhouse and one of the two most dominant teams in LEC history. With that in mind we expect them to shape up and get better throughout the split.
3. Expectations vs Results – This is similar to the projected trajectory except it takes it and compares it to what the reality is right now. If a team is expected to shape up but is struggling at the moment, we take that into account. Think of this criteria as a hybrid between the first two criteria we listed above!
4. Weekly individual performance for the players – Last but not least, this criteria is determined by how well the players are performing individually on the team. Simple as that!
With no further ado, here are the rankings for Week 6 of the 2020 Summer Split:
1. TOP Esports (0)
2. DragonX (0)
3. JD Gaming (+5)
4. DAMWON Gaming (+1)
5. Victory Five (-1)
6. LGD Gaming (-3)
7. MAD Lions (0)
8. Team WE (-2)
9. Gen.G (+2)
10. Rogue (+2)
11. Suning (+6)
12. Cloud9 (-2)
13. T1 (0)
14. Invictus Gaming (+4)
15. Royal Never Give Up (-1)
16. FunPlus Phoenix (-7)
17. Origen (+3)
18. G2 Esports (-3)
19. Vici Gaming (NEW)
20. Afreeca Freecs (-4)
Although they suffered their first loss of the season to a strong Victory Five squad, TOP Esports retained their spot this week after bouncing back with a strong 2-0 over Vici Gaming. One loss doesn’t hurt the dominance that this team has displayed since the start of the split. Especially since it happened against a team which we’ve had nothing but praise for since the inception of our power rankings. Victory Five may not be a big name but they are worthy opponents and they aren’t a joke team at all. Losing to them in a close three game series is not enough for us to doubt TES all of a sudden.
With that being said due to DAMWON Gaming’s strong 2-0 week and Victory Five’s odd loss to Invictus Gaming, we’ve swapped those two teams in the rankings. Both of them are still great teams and we expect them to stay in the Top 5 for the time being, however only time will tell if that will come to fruition. The newest addition to the Top 5 of our power rankings is JD Gaming. Despite a weaker than usual start to their split, they seem to be back on track and it’s business as usual for the defending LPL champions. After a couple of good wins against Vici Gaming and defending world champions FunPlus Phoenix, JD Gaming have made it back to the elite of our rankings. We welcome them and wish them a long stay!
This week’s Upper Half has quite a lot of new faces. LGD Gaming joins the pack after their very surprising loss against Rogue Warriors. As a team that we’ve had quite a bit of praise for since the start of our rankings, we expect LGD to avoid losses to bottom tier teams so we had no choice but to bump them down for the time being. Team WE also took a small dip after barely scraping a win against a weaker LNG Esports and losing to LGD. MAD Lions on the other hand retain their 7th place spot as they continue to prove themselves as one of the stable teams in an otherwise unstable LEC.
The other two new faces in the Upper Half are Gen.G and Rogue. The European squad are slowly climbing back now that the LEC has kicked things off again. Meanwhile Gen.G continue to rack up wins and separate themselves from their rivals T1 for the time being, both in our standings and in the LCK standings.
A lot of new faces here as well! After their second loss of the season to a very inconsistent Evil Geniuses, we had no choice but to bump Cloud9 into the Lower Half. Although we still believe they are the best in NA and a good squad, they may find themselves in the Bottom 5 if they continue to suffer these odd losses. Suning on the other hand have climbed up quite a lot as they keep beating teams. At the start of the split our expectations for this team weren’t the greatest, just like with V5. And despite a slower rise to power, Suning are showing that they can hang with the stronger teams in the LPL. The final new squad here is Invictus Gaming. For a while now we’ve done our best to reserve judgement on IG. They still remain a very shaky and questionable team with clear weaknesses. Nevertheless the fact that they can keep getting wins despite their obvious flaws is a testament to how good they could be if their issues could get resolved. As such, we felt obligated to bump them into the Lower Half for this week.
T1 and Royal Never Give Up remain in this section of the rankings. Both teams continue to play more or less the same and aren’t showing any noticeable improvements or huge declines that warrant a major shift for them in the rankings.
The only team that was here last week is Origen. Although they were lower last time around, the surprising and arguably very questionable addition of Jactroll to the roster seems to have done its job. The team went 2-0 in Week 5 of the LEC and looked alright while doing it. And with other teams taking a dip in the rankings, Origen has been able to climb up a bit.
Possibly the biggest story of this week’s rankings is the decline of FunPlus Phoenix. Although they looked like they were back on track, in their last two matches they looked completely lost and didn’t seem at all like the team that won Worlds 2019. Not to mention that one of the losses they suffered was an 0-2 loss to Rogue Warriors, a team which they should not be losing to, let alone losing in an 0-2 fashion. G2 Esports and Afreeca Freecs also had very poor weeks, both teams taking two losses each. In Afreeca’s defense they did lose to two top teams however they didn’t even look competitive during the losses and simply got outclassed. In G2’s case there seem to be some kind of drafting issues that are preventing the team from clicking and playing to their base. In any case both teams can do better and need to start doing better to climb up.
Vici Gaming is the only new team that enters the rankings after Team Dynamics exit for the time being. We’ve been fairly skeptical about Vici as they have historically been a very weak and uninspiring team. But the results speak for themselves and while they aren’t really a title favorite, they are a solid team that has earned their spot in our rankings.
Thanks for reading as usual! When it comes to our judgement, we don’t get affected by how popular teams are or how much flack we will receive for posting controversial opinions. We only share our opinions, whatever they may be. And if you want to share yours, please do vote in the community rankings regularly to have your voice heard!