League of Legends LCS: 2020 Preseason Player Ranking

2018 NA LCS Spring Split Grand Finals in Miami, Florida, USA on 8 April 2018.
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The League of Legends pro scene returns to North America this week so we are ranking every LCS player who is suiting up this year!

At long last, the LCS finally returns this Saturday, bringing with it a new schedule, new teams, and a new hope that NA will finally not be the trash region at League of Legends. With so many roster changes during the offseason, now that the teams are set it’s time to finally see how the teams match up. There’s no better way to do this than rank and rate every single projected starting LCS player for 2020!

Yes, not only will I be ranking all the players, independent of their role, I’ll also give them a rating similar to the player scores pro players would get in games like Madden or FIFA. These ratings are primarily based on their performance from last summer, but I’ll also be factoring in recent and legacy performance to try and get a decent gauge of where their skill should be this year. Of course, these ratings will change as the season progresses.

50.Jérémy “Eika” Valdenaire (Immortals Mid) – 60 OVR

Starting at the bottom we have one of the most eyebrow-raising acquisitions of the offseason, as Immortals elected to anchor their mid lane with an unproven talent. Eika is not exactly a rookie, as he’s played professionally for the last three years, most recently in the LDLC. Eika may be an undiscovered talent from Europe who couldn’t crack an admittedly stacked roster of mid laners, but projecting him to be a strong player is premature.

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49. Yuri “Keith” Jew (Golden Guardians, Support) – 60 OVR

Unlike Eika, most professional fans know who Keith (aka le Toucan) is. Unfortunately, most of what they know is not inspiring.

Keith last played in the LCS in the Spring of 2019 and has been one of those fringe Academy players fans and teams have been waiting for to take the next step. He never quite made that next jump to secure himself as a regular LCS AD Carry, so Golden Guardians decided to role swap him to support for this year. Relying on a middling talent in a new role hardly inspires confidence to me or to GGS fans.

48. Johnson “Johnsun” Nguyen (Dignitas, ADC) – 60 OVR

Johnsun is a lot closer to Eika than Keith, but unlike Eika, Johnsun is a true rookie. This will be only his second full professional split after spending last summer in Academy. Again, I think Johnsun and Eika will both likely prove this 60 rating to be too low when they have a chance to showcase their talent, but if I was to bet on which one has the better chance to be a better player I’ll go with the promise of Johnsun.

47. William “Stunt” Chen (100 Thieves, Support) – 60 OVR

Another case of a player with very little pro experience, so it’s hard to grade him, but one I think will likely be rated much higher later in the season. Stunt very well could be the NA version of Eika, as he’s bounced around mainly in Academy for the past three seasons.

However, during his brief stints in the LCS he didn’t look completely outclassed. I’m excited to see if he can take that next leap now that he is given a chance to be the full-time starter, but I’m not betting heavily on him.

46. Tommy “ry0ma” Le (100 Thieves, Mid) – 60 OVR

The last in our ranking that falls into the category of “unproven so rated low, but I expect him to prove me wrong,” ry0ma is part of the wave of Oceanic players who migrated over to NA this offseason. He played for the Bombers last year and we got to see a glimpse of him at MSI that was promising but not spectacular. We will have to see whether he is able to take the raw talent and hone it as a member of 100 Thieves.