League of Legends LCS power rankings: Week 5 standings

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Huni of Echo Fox.
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More than halfway home in the LCS season, we know which League of Legends teams is the best in NA. What’s more intriguing is who are the best of the rest.

Every team in the LCS has officially played each other, marking the end of the first half of the League of Legends Spring Split for 2019. Across all regions, teams are now entering the back half of their first split, with an eye towards the playoffs and NA is no exception.

There are a few teams clearly above the rest – Team Liquid, Cloud9, and TSM – but there is still a lot of mixing up between the rest of the teams in the LCS. Using our metric-tracking method to calibrate each player’s contributions relative to others in his position, and scoring the teams based on the quality of their wins and losses (beating good teams helps more than beating bad ones, and losing to good teams hurts less), we’ve ranked each team beyond just what their record says. You can find the detailed data here if you’d like to peruse for yourself.

10. Clutch (3-7)

A 1-1 weekend, including a win over Golden Guardians, isn’t enough to save Clutch from the depths of the LCS standings. Their win over an OpTic team that is still in the thick of the playoff hunt is impressive, sure, but they’ll need to get some better play from their mid Damonte and jungler LirA if they want to take games off higher-quality opponents.

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9. 100 Thieves (3-7)

Once again, 100 Thieves fell to Liquid, which was to be expected, but this was following a tough loss at the hands of Echo Fox. The Thieves are going to have to start picking up wins against teams like Echo Fox that are ahead of them in the standings if they want to win. The team’s only saving grace right now is top laner Ssumday, who should be in the conversation for LCS MVP.

8. CLG (4-6)

An 0-2 weekend, started off by a thrashing at the hands of rival TSM drops CLG below a .500 record and puts them in a position where they’ll be battling for the final playoff spot in a few weeks time. It’s not as though they should have been expected to take down C9 on Sunday, but you’d have liked to see them at least put up a better fight against TSM. This is a team with momentum trending the wrong way at a terrible time.

7. OpTic (4-6)

A 2-0 weekend was enough to propel OpTic out of the basement and into the playoff hunt. Even though their wins were over the bottom two teams, those are the kinds of wins you have to pick up if you want to make the playoffs.

Their decision to sub in Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett for William “Meteos” Hartman in the jungle this weekend also paid off dividends. Between the two, Meteos has certainly not performed poorly, but Dardoch has been one of the best LCS junglers so far this split. I’d advise OpTic to keep riding that hot hand for now, but it’s lucky that they have two good options in that crucial position.

6. Golden Guardians (4-6)

Moving up inch by inch after another 1-1 weekend, the Guardians are really a team of highs and lows. The highs come after winning a game against Echo Fox where they might have completely fallen out of the playoff hunt had they lost, but unfortunately, the lows come with a loss to Clutch. The Guardians need to sure up their performances at ADC and jungle particularly if they want a chance to make the playoffs.