League of Legends LCS player power rankings – Week 2

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Mid lane

Bjergsen and Jensen aren’t in the top half of LCS mid laners. Is this just a slow start, or a changing of the guard?

1. Lee “Crown” Min-ho (OpTic Gaming)

What else can be said about Crown, other than this guy is hard-carrying his team to first place early in the year. He leads all LCS players (not just mids) in adjusted KDA and kill influence, has a gold quotient 50 gold per minute higher than the second-place mid (thanks to his 29% gold share and 335.8 earned gold per minute both being best among all LCS mids).

He leads the league in vision score per minute, has the second-best individual stats (averaging leads in all categories at 10 minutes), and has a ridiculous 35.1% damage share. Simply put, Crown is doing it all for OpTic and is right now far and away the best player in the LCS.

2. Yasin “Nisqy” Dinçer (Cloud9)
3. Tanner “Damonte” Damonte (Clutch Gaming)
4. Henrik “Froggen” Hansen (Golden Guardians)
5. Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage (CLG)
6. Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen (Team Liquid)

It’s incredible that Jensen is so low in these rankings. Unlike someone like Bjergsen, who we slammed for poor play last week that didn’t improve in Week 2, Jensen’s stats are solid. He’s averaging leads coming out of lane, his 3.2 aKDA is better than most, his damage and gold numbers are good. So what’s the problem?

Well, in comparison to other NA mids who have been carrying their teams (Crown, Nisqy, and Froggen in particular) Jensen has played the role of secondary-carry more than the others. He’s defaulted to Doublelift a lot in late game scenarios, not having to do a lot of the heavy lifting guys like Crown do.

7. Eugene “Pobelter” Park (FlyQuest)
8. Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg (TSM)
9. Max “Soligo” Soong (100 Thieves)

Many would think that Soligo would be an obvious choice for a substitute now that 100 Thieves are changing up their line-up. However, I’m glad that the team has (correctly) identified that the rookie has not been their biggest problem so far.

10. David “Yusui” Bloomquist (Echo Fox)