Two weeks of LCS play are in the books, so here is how the teams stack up four games into the Spring Split!
If observers and fans were hoping that Week 2 of the 2020 LCS Spring Split would bring a bit more clarity to the power level of each team than the first week, they were sorely mistaken. To be sure, there are some definitive standouts at the top (Cloud9) and bottom (CLG) of the standings. But in the middle there is something of a traffic jam between teams vying for the top spots on the leaderboard (Dignitas, FlyQuest, and Team Liquid all trading wins over the weekend) and bottom (are Immortals and 100 Thieves actually that good?).
As per usual, we will look to see how the teams stack up after four games, examine how their elo ranking changed, and look at some of the key team statistics to see how all 10 LCS teams are performing early in the year.
10. CLG (0-4)
Elo: 119 (-47)
Shocking, I know, but the team who has yet to win a game this split is at the bottom of our LCS power rankings two weeks into the season. Not a lot has gone right for CLG, who look to be uncoordinated in their engagements and calls, have several players constantly getting caught (cough Ruin cough), and others underperforming like Wiggily and Stixxay. Losing in almost every statistical category as a team, it’s time to panic if you’re a CLG fan.
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9. Evil Geniuses (1-3)
Elo: 160 (-193)
Taking an even bigger drop than CLG, though, is Evil Geniuses (“EG”) who lost two games to exceptionally easy competition. They handed both TSM and Golden Guardians their first wins of the season, falling behind the former and now being tied with the latter. The team as a whole isn’t performing exceptionally bad, but they’re losing a lot of games that they have an opportunity to win and that can’t happen against weak teams.
8. Golden Guardians (1-3)
Elo: 271 (+101)
By beating EG, Golden Guardians (“GGS”) managed to leapfrog the villains of the LCS. Unfortunately, their loss the following day to Immortals proved tobe their ultimate undoing. Their team stats really don’t paint the picture that this team is poised for a breakout anytime soon, with the second-worst GPM, gold difference per minute, and gold difference at 15 in the league.
7. TSM (2-2)
Elo: 323 (+142)
The good news for TSM fans is that their team rebounded from that awful start to take both their games this weekend, plus their team stats actually seem to indicate that this team has the firepower to compete. The bad news is that these stats and their record might be inflated by getting to beat up on two of the worst teams in the league last week. Their real test will come next week as they face a surging Dignitas team and then a scrappy GGS.
6. Immortals (2-2)
Elo: 379 (-15)
I don’t think we can draw any huge conclusions from their losing to Cloud9 and beating GGS in Week 2. As far as team statistics go, though, Immortals definitely look like a team that’s overperforming. They have the second-worst gold percentage ratio and gold spread of all LCS teams, ahead of only CLG.