League of Legends: LCS Week 1 player power rankings

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Froggen of Golden Guardians.
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Mid lane

Next up, we have the mid lane which has some…pretty incredible standouts statistically (both good and bad).

1. Henrik “Froggen” Hansen (Golden Guardians)

Froggen was ridiculous in Week 1 (especially on that Anivia pocket pick). He led all mids in gold quotient score and his laning statistics, but his other stats were pretty impressive too. I mean, a 17.00 KDA is nice.

2. Lee “Crown” Min-ho (OpTic Gaming)
3. Yasin “Nisqy” Dinçer (Cloud9)
4. Tanner “Damonte” Damonte (Clutch Gaming)

Damonte is a great example of why KDA really doesn’t mean everything. He posted a 2.7 KDA, which was bottom of the pack (just ahead of Bjergsen, actually), but it’s balanced out by an above-average aKP (1.06), very good damage quotient, and strong laning.

Do I think this is sustainable and Damonte will perform better than Jensen and Bjergsen all season? No way. But it recognizes that those two had some faltering in Week 1 while Damonte was overall solid.

5. Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage (CLG)
6. Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen (Team Liquid)
7. Eugene “Pobelter” Park (FlyQuest)
8. Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg (TSM)

It’ll be blasphemy, I know, putting Bjergsen down this low, but consider this. He had the second-lowest aKP of any mid in Week 1 (largely due to his unusually high 23.8% share of his team’s deaths) and posted the worst vision score per minute of any LCS player this week. Bjerg played bad, no way around it.

9. David “Yusui” Bloomquist (Echo Fox)

This was a “welcome to the LCS” week for Yusui, who got bodied by Froggen and Jensen in his first two professional games. That left him with the second-worst KDA, lowest aKP (thanks to an incredibly low 38.5% kill participation), and the worst laning stats of any mid laner (down 593 XP and 23 CS at 10 minutes between two games is amazingly bad.

10. Max “Soligo” Soong (100 Thieves)