LCS Spring Split 2020: Week 8 Player Power Ranking

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Here are the best performing players by position in the LCS after Week 7 of the Spring Split.

Heading into the last week of the LCS Spring Split there aren’t just questions for several teams looking to make playoffs (*cough* Liquid *cough*) but also questions for several players. We break down which players have potentially played themselves out of a job in the Summer Split and which ones are likely to return to their team.

Top Lane

1. Eric “Licorice” Ritchie (Cloud9)
2. Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho (100 Thieves)
3. Sergen “Broken Blade” Çelik (TSM)
4. Kim “Ruin” Hyeong-min (CLG)

A lot of prominent voices in the LCS community are probably horrified at me for ranking Ruin so high, saying that he doesn’t deserve to be back next year on CLG or any team above the Academy level. However, looking at the stats Ruin is far better than most players give him credit for.

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His adjusted GPM and DPM are both around average. Though his laning stats are below average and he does die a lot, a big reason for that is that his entire team dies a lot. While Ruin “leads” LCS top laners with 2.9 deaths per game, his death share is actually better than average at 20.6%, indicating that he’s not the primary issue with his team.

5. Kevin “Hauntzer” Yarnell (Golden Guardians)
6. Ziqing “Kumo” Zhao (Evil Geniuses)
7. Colin “Solo” Earnest (FlyQuest)

I’ve been a big Solo fan going back to last year and it’s a crime that he didn’t at least get an Academy spot. In his two-game showcase with FlyQuest, Solo proved himself to be more-than-capable as a starting top laner. Even though his Ornn game in the loss to 100 Thieves wasn’t great, he should earn at least a look in summer.

8. Jung “Impact” Eon-yeong (Team Liquid)

With how disappointing this split has been for TL, I can’t imagine that they would go into summer with the same exact roster. If there is a player that should probably be in the spotlight that would be Impact, who looks completely disinterested. His play on Mordekaiser in the loss to EG was embarrassing, with two completely unforced deaths.

9. Omran “V1per” Shoura (FlyQuest)

I think V1per is a candidate for getting replaced on FlyQuest, but it’s not as likely as someone like Impact. With how young V1per is and how well he played last year for the team, I think they might give him another chance and see if he improves. I could, however, see them swapping between him and Solo in the Summer Split.

10. Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon (Dignitas)
11. Paul “sOAZ” Boyer (Immortals)

If I was GM of Immortals, I would be calling up Solo if FlyQuest doesn’t take him, or even taking a flyer on another promising top laner in Academy. I don’t think any team has gotten less out of their import slots as Immortals. You can say they’ve pulled out a lot of wins thanks to the veteran leadership of players like sOAZ, but I don’t know how much that outweighs his atrocious kill participation (51.9%) and 22 unforced deaths.