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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45. Jonathan “Grig” Armao (Dignitas, Jungler) – 61 OVR

Grig did get some time playing in the LCS last year. He was the projected starter for TSM in 2019 before he was sidelined by injury and ultimately replaced by Akaadian.

Unfortunately, during his brief time playing last year or even in 2018 Grig showed very little evidence that he could be even a serviceable jungler. By the end of his tenure with TSM Academy, he’d fallen behind Spica, unproven rookie, on the jungle depth chart. At this point, relying on him as a starter seems a bit foolish for Dignitas.

44. Greyson “Goldenglue” Gilmer (Golden Guardians, Mid) – 63 OVR

I’m not sure how many more times teams are going to learn that Goldenglue isn’t going to cut it as a mid laner in the LCS, but apparently, the Golden Guardians are the next team to give him a shot. It’s certainly possible that Goldenglue has improved during his time with Cloud9 and will impress now that he has a real starting opportunity. Unfortunately, I’m not sure if the Vault Boy will prove me wrong.

43. Johnny “Altec” Ru (Immortals, ADC) – 64 OVR

Not only has Altec has been out of the LCS for a full year, he didn’t play anywhere professionally in 2018. That is concerning but apparently Immortals looked past it at the steady play and experience he will bring to the table. That’s not necessarily the wrong way to look at Altec, but I have major concerns that a year away from competitive could leave his senses dulled for the Spring Split.

42. Ziqing “Kumo” Zhao (Evil Geniuses, Top) – 66 OVR

We got to see some flashes of the talent that C9 saw all of last year when Kumo subbed in for their starting top Licorice. Although there were definitely some major issues holding Kumo back from being a sure-fire pick-up for a team’s starting roster, I definitely saw the talent where I’m not completely questioning Evil Genius (EG) in their logic for this move. It’s a risk, but it could pay off big dividends.

41. Ian Victor “FBI” Huang (Golden Guardians ADC) – 69 OVR

FBI was the original Oceanic import, playing in the lion’s share of the Golden Guardians’ games last summer. His numbers were certainly underwhelming, but that’s to be expected of a player in his first split. Now that he’s the starter on opening day, though, the expectations are going to be heightened and I’m concerned he might not be up to the task (especially if he’s playing with a shaky support).