LCS Spring Split 2020: Midseason Player Awards and Power Rankings

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Mid Lane

1. Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage (FlyQuest)
2. Henrik “Froggen” Hansen (Dignitas)
3. Yasin “Nisqy” Dinçer (Cloud9)
4. Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen (Team Liquid)

I’ve been a bit hard on Jensen over the year, but I do want to acknowledge how solid he is playing right now. With a 6.91 adjusted KDA and 114.8% adjusted KP, he’s one of the best mid laners in terms of overall contribution who isn’t named Nisqy. While his damage and vision numbers leave a lot to be desired, Jensen has certainly been Liquid’s best player so far.

5. Daniele “Jiizuke” di Mauro (Evil Geniuses)
6. Jérémy “Eika” Valdenaire (Immortals)

Eika gets a lot of flak for his misplays, but he’s actually better than average when it comes to unforced deaths and laning. Two of the biggest problems are that he needs Xmithie to babysit him and he is abysmal in terms of team fighting.

His jungle proximity is among the highest in the LCS for mid laners (over 16%, while the average for mid laners is about 12.7%) and despite that safety he still can only muster a 1 CS advantage at 15 on average.

As to his team fighting, while Eika is careful to never get caught and die, he doesn’t do much of anything during fights. His 385 DPM makes him one of three mid laners with under 400 damage per minute…and the other two play for CLG.

7. Greyson “Goldenglue” Gilmer (Golden Guardians)
8. Eugene “Pobelter” Park (CLG)

Speaking of CLG, people may be surprised that Pobelter is rated this highly after a suspect weekend where he went a combined 2/9/8. The truth is our rankings account for sample size so the fact that Pobelter has only played two games while most other mids have played 10 will shield him a bit.

Having said that, hoo boy was Pobelter bad. In two games he had five unforced deaths, an aKDA of 0.11, and an adjusted KP of 55.8%. Those are brutal numbers and I hope, for his sake, he can improve them after another week with his team to practice.

9. Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg (TSM)
9. Lee “Crown” Min-ho (CLG)
10. Tommy “ry0ma” Le (100 Thieves)

I hate to rag on the young imports, but while I think Eika needs to be more aggressive, Ry0ma decidedly does not. He has 12 unforced deaths on the year (third-highest for mids) and is one of the worst laners in the LCS. He averages a 10 CS deficit at 15, along with gold and experience deficits of 549 and 405, respectively.

To make matters worse, 100 Thieves don’t have a solid option in their academy system (unless you really think Soligo needs another shot on the LCS stage). If I was them, I’d be asking CLG how much Crown would cost and hope you can turn things around for him on your team.