LCS Summer 2020: Week 1 LCS Power Rankings Has Surprise at the Top

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LCS Summer 2020 Week 1 is in the books, here is where the teams sit in our  LCS power rankings.

5. TSM (1-1)

Elo: 377 (-17)

After they got absolutely molly-whopped by Team Liquid in that first game, a 25-minute match in which jungler Mingyi “Spica” Lu basically got his form on Kayn as the Nexus was exploding and in which top laner Sergen “Broken Blade” Çelik didn’t even crest 2,000 damage in the game on Aatrox, I thought they were doomed. The synergy between Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng and Vincent “Biofrost” Wang didn’t seem to be there and mid laner Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg was as passive as ever.

Then, in their second game of the weekend against DIG, they turned it around and did a complete 180. Spica had a much better early game on Trundle, the team’s macro was crisp as they rotated to objectives quickly and on time, they consistently grew their gold lead over the game, and ended quickly in 25:33. While the team looked very good, they were playing Dignitas who might end up being one of the worst in the LCS, so we need to see this sort of performance against better competition.

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4. Golden Guardians (1-1)

Elo: 377 (+10)

The exact same result for GGS as for TSM, as they managed to beat Dignitas but lost to Team Liquid. That said, the paths the teams took to get to that result were wildly different.

On the one hand, Golden Guardians struggled a lot more to close out DIG than TSM did. The game lasted 38:28 and, although they only surrendered seven kills they did have quite a few moments where their gold lead shrunk, delaying the game.

But, on the other hand, GGS had a much better performance against Team Liquid. They actually held the gold lead for most of the game, up until the 36th minute when TL won a teamfight that netted them multiple towers and an inhibitor. Both these games showed that this team, if they can clean up their mid-to-late game shot-calling, has the pieces to be dangerous.