Here are the best performing players by position in the LCS after Week 2 of the Spring Split.
There have been a lot of LCS hot-takes from various pundits trying to ascertain what the problem is for teams like TSM, CLG, and Team Liquid as well as why surprise teams like FlyQuest and Golden Guardians are performing so well. Although we are still in the statistical grey area of “four games is too small a sample size to draw any conclusions,” a clearer picture is beginning to form for these questions. We’ll dissect which players deserve the credit (or blame) for their team’s surprising performance!
1. Eric “Licorice” Ritchie (Cloud9)
Licorice jumps into the number one spot among top laners, dominating in terms of laning numbers. His gold/CS/experience split at 15 minutes is 532/16/842, which gives him the best overall laning score of any top laner by a significant margin.
The only real downsides I see for Licorice are that he tends to have a lot of unforced deaths, which also leads to him having the highest death share among top laners (33.3%). Still, the fact that he’s such a good laner, combined with his solid income and vision scores, puts him at the top of the pack.
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2. Sergen “Broken Blade” Çelik (TSM)
3. Omran “V1per” Shoura (FlyQuest)
4. Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho (100 Thieves)
5. Kim “Ruin” Hyeong-min (CLG)
6. Ziqing “Kumo” Zhao (Evil Geniuses)
Kumo has been pointed out as one of the weaker points on what should be a stacked Evil Geniuses (“EG”) roster, so naturally a lot of their early-season struggles will be pinned on him. I get the instinct, as he has the most unforced deaths of any top laner other than CLG’s Ruin and his adjusted KDA (“aKDA”) is a paltry 0.90. However, I think he should get a bit of credit for having an above-average vision score per minute (“VSPM”) of 1.09 and the fact that he has the second-lowest jungle proximity of all top laners at 2.44% JP.
7. Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon (Dignitas)
8. Jung “Impact” Eon-yeong (Team Liquid)
9. Kevin “Hauntzer” Yarnell (Golden Guardians)
10. Paul “sOAZ” Boyer (Immortals)
I’m not going to be too hard on sOAZ, considering his numbers are down heavy after getting bodied in that Karma top game against C9 and Licorice. He did manage to rebound the next day with a nice game on Sett. However, sOAZ has the worst laning split (-530/-10/-416) of any top laner and does the least damage per minute (297 DPM) among top laners, which does not bode well for his outlook for the rest of the season.