With Week 2 of 2020 LCS Summer Split over, we break down the best performers of the week in our player power ranking.
Two weeks down in the Summer Split of the 2020 LCS season and there is a clear hierarchy of the best teams (C9, Evil Geniuses, Team Liquid), the contenders (CLG, TSM, FlyQuest) and everyone else. But even within those struggling teams, there are still players performing exceptionally well. Our Week 2 player power ranking is much more than just a participation award, so let’s see who have been the best players so far this split.
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1. Eric “Licorice” Ritchie (Cloud9)
2. Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho (100 Thieves)
3. Ziqing “Kumo” Zhao (Evil Geniuses)
I still maintain that Kumo is one of the most underrated top laners in the LCS and one of the best weak-side top laners in the league, given how much jungle attention goes to Jiizuke and Bang. Once again, Kumo has gotten very little assistance but he has the second-highest CSD and gold differential at 15-minutes, behind only Licorice.
Kumo also absolutely dominated in lane during the team’s win over Team Liquid. He massively outplayed Impact to get early kills in lane and through teleport plays, helping snowball the team to a statement victory.
4. Sergen “Broken Blade” Çelik (TSM)
5. Kim “Ruin” Hyeong-min (CLG)
6. Colin “Solo” Earnest (FlyQuest)
The Solo experiment for FlyQuest is clearly paying dividends (just take a look at how V1per is doing with Dignitas) but he’s still having problems getting ahead in lane. He averages the second-worst CSD at 15 (of course, V1per has the worst CSD at 15).
That’s despite the fact that he managed to get 13 CS lead at 15 over V1per as Ornn against Volibear. For reference, he faced Broken Blade in that exact same match-up the day before and was down 30 CS. So against actual, competent, top laners, his CSD at 15 is significantly worse than the -8 CSD he’s averaging.
7. Kevin “Hauntzer” Yarnell (Golden Guardians)
8. Paul “sOAZ” Boyer (Immortals)
9. Jung “Impact” Eon-yeong (Team Liquid)
At some point, we have to question Impact’s champion pool, specifically his continued insistence to pick Mordekaiser. For reference, he is the only player in the LCS to pick Morde this split (it’s been banned once), playing it in three out of four games this split. Last week, he picked Mordekaiser into Volibear (considered to be a losing matchup) and got smashed by Kumo, who got a 1,300 gold lead at 15 minutes.
Impact has accounted for a whopping 40.9% of his teams deaths this year, the most of any LCS player. Once heralded as the best “safe” top laner, Impact has been dragging his team down more than any player so far this split.
10. Omran “V1per” Shoura (Dignitas)