Here are the best performing players by position in the LCS after Week 3 of the Spring Split.
With Week 4 of the LCS 2020 Spring Split set to kick off tomorrow, there are still plenty of questions to be answered. Team Liquid is struggling and everyone is getting fingers pointed at them, but the stats tell a story that most fans aren’t considering. On the other hand, teams like Immortals, FlyQuest, and Golden Guardians are doing better than expected.
Today we look at each player as determined by our statistical rating system to see which teams are carrying or weighing down each of their respective teams.
1. Eric “Licorice” Ritchie (Cloud9)
2. Sergen “Broken Blade” Çelik (TSM)
3. Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho (100 Thieves)
Time after time, I continue to be impressed by how damn good Ssumday is. Last year, he was my MVP pick during the Spring Split before underperforming badly in summer.
2020 has, so far, been a bounce-back for him, as he ranks right around Broken Blade and quite far ahead of V1per in our top laner rankings. If this was a tier list, he and Broken Blade would make up a definitive A tier, behind Licorice alone in S.
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Ssumday is not without his flaws, including dying far more than the average top laner and his laning stats being among the worst in the role (though he does have the excuse of having among the lowest jungle proximity rates for tops). Still, Ssumday is an all-around solid player who has been able to get significant resources to help 100 Thieves out to an early push for the playoffs.
4. Omran “V1per” Shoura (FlyQuest)
5. Kim “Ruin” Hyeong-min (CLG)
6. Ziqing “Kumo” Zhao (Evil Geniuses)
7. Kevin “Hauntzer” Yarnell (Golden Guardians)
With Golden Guardians performing better than expected this year, you would expect Hauntzer to be leading the way. Yet despite having one of the highest jungle proximities for a top laner in the league, Hauntzer still averages the second-worst CS differential at 15 (8) and is dead-last in gold (-253) and experience (-326) at that time.
8. Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon (Dignitas)
9. Jung “Impact” Eon-yeong (Team Liquid)
A lot of fingers are being pointed as to why TL is struggling so much out of the gate, yet none are being pointed at Impact. In my two years of doing player analysis and grading, I’ve continuously said that I don’t think Impact is as good as pundits make him out to be.
Yes, he plays with among the fewest resources for a top laner and does decently well in laning. Yes, he doesn’t die a lot. Unfortunately, he doesn’t do much of anything else. His kill participation, kill share, gold per minute, assists, and vision score are all below average for a top laner.
With his team’s primary carry, Doublelift, struggling this split, someone else on the team has needed to step up and carry the load. Unfortunately, Impact has proven time and again to not be capable of doing so.
10. Paul “sOAZ” Boyer (Immortals)