League of Legends: Who is the best LCS mid laner after Week 4

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6. Nisqy

It was always going to be a tall order for Yasin “Nisqy” Dincer to replace Jensen on Cloud 9. So far he has performed as expected, not awful but not spectacular. His team doesn’t necessarily need him to carry as evidenced by their position in the LCS. Eric “Licorice” Ritchie and Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi offer Nisqy two strong carries he can rely on so he just needs to focus on staying even and occasionally picking up the slack.

Nisqy favours safer mage pics that allow him to fall behind early but still have a significant impact in the mid-to-late game. I’m sure Cloud 9 would much rather have Jensen but Nisqy is capable of doing what is required of him so he is serviceable.

7. PowerOfEvil

Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage has been united with his clone Trevor “Stixxay” Hayes on Counter Logic Gaming. PowerOfEvil’s stats aren’t bad, in fact, they’re above-average. However, jungler Raymond “Wiggily” Griffin may as well be a second middle laner with the amount of time he spends hanging around with PowerOfEvil.

Ever since his time with Optic Gaming, PowerOfEvil has demanded almost complete jungle attention from his ally jungler. This crutch severely limits the diversity of styles that CLG can employ and they are going to get punished more and more for their one-dimensional playstyle. PowerOfEvil is a fine player but can he ever be a great mid laner when he demands such attention?

8. Pobelter

Eugene “Pobelter” Park is one of the most successful players in LCS history. One of the few North American-born mid laners starting in the LCS, he has been domestically prolific throughout his career. Despite winning back-to-back splits with Team Liquid, the LCS champions felt they could upgrade their roster by removing him and remove him they did.

Although FlyQuest has been playing relatively well, Pobelter hasn’t looked amazing on this roster. He likely brings an element of leadership to the side which is worth mentioning but he has rock-bottom stats in CSD10, GD10, and DPM which can’t reasonably be overlooked. Pobelter will always be serviceable but he seems to struggle more than usual.

9. Damonte

Damonte is in a very similar situation to Pobelter. He has awful stats across the board for a mid laner but perhaps he can be cut a bit more slack considering he is on a worse team and he’s also much less experienced. I hope this split doesn’t turn teams off picking up Damonte because he is one of the few native mid-lane talents who is showing potential. Though, for now, Damonte isn’t looking too hot.

10. Huhi

Choi “Huhi” Jae-hyun is the worst mid laner in the LCS right now. 100 Thieves’ decision to pick up the former CLG mid laner was a baffling one. Huhi has never shown himself to be a top calibre player in his role and many people felt that even CLG stuck with him too long. He hasn’t had a rapid improvement in skill so far this split as he is approaching dead last in KDA, CSD10, and XPD10 and is ranked last in DPM and GD10. Huhi has been playing awful and he’s lucky that Bae “Bang” Jun-sik has bailed him out so many times.

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North America is not known for its mid-lane talent and this creates a sort of quagmire where only a few individuals rise above it. Outside of the top three or four, a lot of these players are similar in ability.

The League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) returns on the 24th at 5pm EST.