LCS Spring Split 2020: Week 3 Player Power Rankings

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Froggen of Golden Guardians.
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Mid Lane

1. Henrik “Froggen” Hansen (Dignitas)

Froggen has one of those laning stat lines that tell the whole story. While he averages a 10 CS and 684 experience advantage at 15 minutes, he is typically slightly behind in gold (about 60g down at 15). This means he’s tending to stay in lane and greed for farm early rather than making the team play and roaming like Nisqy or PowerofEvil.

But why are we assuming that’s not the correct choice given Froggen’s champion picks and how hard he carries the game later on?

Despite the fact that the mid laners noted above have worse laning statistics, Froggen beats them out in kill participation, kill share, and death share. He’s also second among them in adjusted gold per minute (384.4 aGPM, ahead of Nisqy), adjusted damage per minute (523.6 aDPM, also ahead of Nisqy), and adjusted KDA (2.95 aKDA, ahead of PoE). Froggen might be playing more greedily than those other two players, but if he continues to impact the game this heavily later on, I think that’s a tradeoff worth considering.

2. Yasin “Nisqy” Dinçer (Cloud9)
3. Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage (FlyQuest)
4. Greyson “Goldenglue” Gilmer (Golden Guardians)

We seriously need to shout out Goldenglue because, after an entire offseason of people (including yours truly) questioning the Golden Guardians’ decision to make him their starting mid laner, he has been as solid as could be expected through one-third of the season. Before everyone freaks out that I have him rated above mids like Bjergsen and Jensen, I should note that their overall grades are very close. These three are clumped very close together, forming the “second-tier” of mids after that top three.

One area Goldenglue definitely needs to improve on is not giving away deaths for free. He has seven unforced deaths in the six games so far this season and averages three deaths per game. That brings his adjusted KDA down to 0.98, the lowest among LCS mids.

5. Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg (TSM)
6. Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen (Team Liquid)
7. Daniele “Jiizuke” di Mauro (Evil Geniuses)
8. Lee “Crown” Min-ho (CLG)
9. Jérémy “Eika” Valdenaire (Immortals)

Eika has not had a solid start to his LCS career. Despite his team giving him a lot of cover to help him through his laning (his 16.65% jungle proximity trails only the 16.94% JP Jiizuke has), he rarely impacts teamfights.

Unlike Froggen, he tends not to translate the advantages through laning pressure into kills or damage. He has only a 49.2% kill participation and his 352.9 adjusted DPM is the lowest in the mid lane.

10. Tommy “ry0ma” Le (100 Thieves)