LCS Spring Split 2020: Final Team Power Rankings

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 26: — during 2020 LCS Spring Split at the LCS Arena on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California, USA.. (Photo by Colin Young-Wolff/Riot Games)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 26: — during 2020 LCS Spring Split at the LCS Arena on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California, USA.. (Photo by Colin Young-Wolff/Riot Games) /

5. Evil Geniuses (10-8)

Preseason elo: 310
Final elo: 381

I know this is going to be a major shock to most LCS fans since EG is one of the hottest teams in the league and will serve as the final boss to getting the second seed (they play the winner of 100 Thieves and FlyQuest). Yes, their recent 5-1 run has been stellar but let’s not forget that EG is one of only three teams to have lost to CLG this year (along with TL and TSM). They’re also one of two teams that have gotten 2-0’ed by TSM this year (Golden Guardians is the other).

At the end of the day, I think this team is too reliant on Jiizuke. If he pops off, this team can beat almost anyone. If he doesn’t, he can single-handedly cost them the game.

4. TSM (9-9)

Preseason elo: 405
Final elo: 382

You’d have to chalk this season up as a disappointment for TSM, given expectations and how they were positioned going into the final two weeks. With a chance to clinch top-two against a fairly mediocre schedule, TSM went 1-3 in their final four games, losing to Immortals, 100 Thieves, and Dignitas.

Not only did these losses take TSM out of the running for the second seed (if they had won just one of those games they’d be in a tiebreaker), it dropped them out of the top four. This means that they’ll be starting in the losers bracket and a single lost series ends their Spring Split.

3. 100 Thieves (10-8)

Preseason elo: 358
Final elo: 412

Man, what a run it has been for 100 Thieves this year. They proved all expectations wrong for this team and are poised to perhaps get the second seed in playoffs. They finished the back-half of the split on a ridiculous 7-2 run, showing that they are a team to be reckoned with.

While I still think their bot lane has some questions (particularly support Stunt) their top half of the map has been one of the best in the league. Ssumday is having an MVP-caliber split and Meteos is one of the most underrated junglers in the LCS. They’ll face FlyQuest for the right to play Evil Geniuses for that second seed.

2. FlyQuest (10-8)

Preseason elo: 384
Final elo: 408

I’m thrilled that my pre-season outlook on FlyQuest was pretty close to dead-on. While most pundits ranked FlyQuest in the bottom half of the standings, the additions of Ignar and PowerofEvil looked to be slam-dunks for me. That has proven to be true.

Despite the fact that FlyQuest still has massive issues in the top lane (V1per appears to have regressed this split) and ADC (WildTurtle remains a liability) at the end of the day FlyQuest remain one of the strongest, most well-rounded teams in the LCS. They know who they are as a team, they play that style every game, and they’re always a tough out.

1. Cloud9 (17-1)

Preseason elo: 384
Final elo: 548

Okay, I’ll stop patting myself on the back and eat my pile of crow. It was a shock to everyone in the LCS landscape that C9 was this good, but I didn’t expect them to be above middling coming into the split.

I wasn’t sure if Blaber could take the leap forward in the starting role, but he’s jumping tall buildings in a single bound (and is no longer a dark-horse MVP candidate). I wasn’t sure if Vulcan was more a product of playing with Cody Sun or vice versa (it’s clear now Vulcan was the driving factor). I wasn’t sure if Zven was permanently damaged by his time on TSM (cut to TSM fans sobbing).

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Cloud9 is, right now, the undisputed best team in the LCS. As TSM showed this year, they can be beaten by a team that is playing at its absolute peak. Unfortunately, this year in the LCS, I don’t think there is any team that can play at that level for three out of five games.