League of Legends LEC pre-season tier list

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The LEC is just one day away! In preparation for the return of European League of Legends, we’ve created a tier list and detailed previews of every team!

With the return of the LEC fast approaching and the summer split just one day away, it’s the perfect time to take stock of the current crop and their potential final positions heading into the second half of the season. The spring split offered merely a taste of the full ability of these rosters, and with Worlds qualification on the line, every team will be looking to find a new gear and propel themselves up the table in order to reach League’s most prestigious competition this autumn.

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Although nine of these teams have been absent from our screens for over two months, we can still judge their end of spring form, roster moves, and starting line-ups to create a rough idea of their relative strength heading into summer. Thus, we can build an order of what can be expected from each team in the regular season, as illustrated in the tier list below.

S – G2 Esports

If the result of the Mid-Season Invitational is anything to go by then G2 Esports are currently the best team in the world, never mind Europe. However, we’ll have to wait until Worlds for that to be confirmed, and it wouldn’t be surprising if G2 has already set half of their focus on success in League’s biggest international tournament in October.

There’s not much to say about this incredible super-team that hasn’t already been repeated over and over, but to put it simply – G2 are the best European team of all time. Not only have they combined five of the best EU players in recent years, they’ve also created a team that is capable of taking down any opposition through superior teamfighting and mechanical skill. And with their MSI triumph, G2 have become the first European team to lift international silverware since Fnatic all the way back in season 1.

Its no longer a case of whether G2 are at the top of the LEC tier list, but rather do they deserve their own separate section at the top of the tree, due to their domination in both Europe and globally so far in 2019. Therefore it is expected that the current LEC champions will go on to defend their title with ease, and instead set their targets on the biggest prize in League of Legends, the World Championship.

A – Origen

While G2 were off beating Invictus Gaming and SK Telecom T1 in Vietnam and Taiwan, Origen were gifted two free months to rest and refine their playstyle without the distraction of LEC regular season matches. During this time they’ve opted to make zero roster changes and maintain the same line-up going into summer in order to develop synergy between players.

Depending on your view of how League of Legends should be played, you may believe that Origen’s play style was more attractive than G2’s in the spring split because of their patient and calculated approach to games. The slow build-up in the early game followed by the intelligent map movements and shotcalling from Jonas “Kold” Andersen and Alfonso “Mithy” Rodríguez in the late game joined to create an excellent, “Korean-style” game plan that helped guide the team to an LEC playoff final.

With the form G2 Esports are in, you’d expect that Origen would be happy with yet another runners-up medal in the summer split, although they’ll certainly be aiming higher. If this team can play as well as they showed they were capable of towards the back end of the spring split regular season, as well as in their semi-final series against Fnatic, then there’s no doubt that they’ll be pushing G2 right until the end of the season for first place.