League of Legends LEC player power rankings – Week 1

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Mid lane

In the mid lane, we have the king staying the king, while one stalwart we had high hopes for underperformed. Is Caps still the undisputed best, or are some other contenders looking to usurp him?

1. Felix “Abbedagge” Braun (Schalke 04)

Early in the split, I know, but man what a start for Abbedagge. He led the LEC in kill efficiency (adjusted KDA times adjusted kill participation) and was a top-three player when it comes to vision and individual play. He’s not that far ahead of Caps, who I expect will ultimately lap everyone as the best mid in Europe, but it’s quite impressive.

2. Rasmus “Caps” Winther (G2 Esports)
3. Tim “Nemesis” Lipovšek (Fnatic)
4. Emil “Larssen” Larsson (Rogue)

Speaking of impressive, the rookie Larssen also had a great start to his split with Rogue. His 5.75 aKDA is best in the league and his individual grade is equal to Abbedagge’s. If he can clean up his gold accumulation and vision control (where he ranks worst among LEC mids) Larssen could be a formidable young mid.

5. Fabian “Febiven” Diepstraten (Misfits)
6. Erlend “Nukeduck” Våtevik Holm (Origen)
7. Marek “Humanoid” Brázda (Splyce)
8. Joran “Special” Scheffer (Excel Esports)
9. Daniele “Jiizuke” di Mauro (Vitality)

We had to talk about him. Vitality is 0-2 and everyone is looking for someone to pin the blame on. While Cabo is holding his own in top, Mowgli is struggling as mightily in the jungle, and his bot lane is flounder, Jiizuke is vastly underperforming.

He has an adjusted KDA of 0.17, largely based on the fact that he’s the only mid in LEC with no kills through his first two games. His adjusted kill participation, also atrocious thanks to a 30% kill participation and 24.3% death share.

He also has some of the worst gold acquisition stats of anyone in the league (barely over 200 earned gold per minute and the only mid with a sub-20% gold share) and the second-worst vision control of any LEC mid. Yes, his damage output has been exceptional and he tends to do well in lane. Unfortunately, all of that doesn’t outweigh the fact that the Italian Stallion looks like he’s headed towards the glue factory.

10. Choi “Pirean” Jun-sik (SK Gaming)