Top lane stain: who are the worst top laners in week 4 of LEC 2019?

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8. Jorge “Werlyb” Casanovas

As with most players in this second half, Werlyb did not look terrible in either of his games.

In the first, he played a solid Kennen through the early game against the enemy Urgot. However, as the game began to run later, several team fights saw Werlyb arriving late from his split push. And while Kennen can be a formidable side-line champ, he was already down 0-2 and making little headway against the fed Urgot he faced.

Other mechanical misplays also factored into his lackluster performance — he flashed for a stun against the enemy as his team took Baron, but was forced into his Stopwatch and turned an assured rout into an even trade for the enemy squad.

In his second game he failed to prevent Profit from going absolutely ham on the Aatrox. Though his team did manage to win — partly on the back of strong play from Werlyb through the late game — he showed some shaky mechanics throughout.

We should still be excited to see Werlyb back in the LEC, but one does start to question his power level against the other top lane talent.

Jax. League of Legends.
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Maybe it’s time for the Jax to hop out of retirement.

7. Ki ‘Expect’ Dae-han

It is hard to place Expect anywhere higher than 7th. He made no colossal blunders during either of his games and even had the highlight of a solo kill against Cabochard.

Besides this isolated instance, though, Expect seemed to be a nonfactor in all his games. He, too, played Sylas to lackluster results, staying even in farm against Bwipo’s Urgot, but failing to execute on any clutch ultimates or game-defining outplays.

His Sion looked solid, but his kill against Cabo had absolutely no effect on the game, and he was routinely ignored throughout the ensuing fights as Cabo gleefully scuttled over the rest of his team.

ExceL remains at the bottom of the standings, crawling on top of a floundering Rogue to stay out of last place. Their definitive loss to Fnatic seems to ensure that this will be the case going forward, and totally mediocre showings from Expect won’t help their chances.

6. Gabriël ‘Bwipo’ Rau

Bwipo in the top lane
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I’m gonna bring it up again.

Remember how Bwipo helped Fnatic get to the Finals of the 2018 World Championship?

Remember how he played throughout their entire Top 8 run while sOAZ watched?

This season FNC are struggling to resemble a team capable of dragging themselves into playoffs. And while Bwipo hasn’t looked truly horrible, he has not had the same presence on the map that he showed throughout their last year.

This point has never been illustrated so well as when he squared off against Wunder and watched as his former midlaner roll over the rest of his team. Again, he did not perform abysmally during this game, nor in his win against exceL, but neither did he inspire confidence in his ability to make a difference in the game.

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This has been the first half of our stroll through the top lane. In the next installment, we’ll be looking at the other end of the spectrum — the top 5 tops throughout that week of LEC play. Go ahead and comment if you think I’ve missed something or if you like the content.