LCS Summer 2020 Power Rankings: Week 5 was the Week of Upsets

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LCS Summer 2020 Week 5 is in the books, here is where the teams sit in our LCS power rankings.

8. FlyQuest (5-5)

Elo: 335 (-74)

massive setback for FlyQuest who whiffed on two teams – 100 Thieves and Dignitas – that were in the bottom three of our power rankings last week. That is a terrible way to start off the back half of the Summer Split because next week they’ll have to face TSM and Cloud9. Those are two games they could easily lose and be heading down the stretch under .500 for the season.

The biggest issue, to me, was that their star mid laner PowerofEvil did not look good at all this weekend. He went 2/5/8 on Orianna, his most-played champion in his professional career, and then went 1/3/2 on Kassadin into Azir against Fenix. PoE should have been in a great position to exploit two below-average mid laners and came up small in that spot.

7. 100 Thieves (4-6)

Elo: 338 (+87)

It might be shocking to have the Thieves still this low after, you know, beating Cloud9. But rest assured, 100 Thieves had the biggest jump in the power ranking this week, moving from “right around Immortals” to now being firmly among the playoff contenders.

The star this weekend was, obviously, Contractz. In just his second week on the job for 100 Thieves, the former Cloud9 player ran over his old team going 10/1/7 on Olaf and making reigning MVP Blaber look like an absolute rookie. He wasn’t bad in their other game, either, going 2/1/10 on Nidalee as they took down FlyQuest.

100 Thieves really seem to have found a playstyle that suits them: pressure around their star top laner Ssumday, let Cody Sun and Ryoma play for teamfights later, and have Contractz unleash all that early game pressure he’s known for. If they keep up this level of play, they could be a scary team come playoff time.

6. Golden Guardians (4-6)

Elo: 339 (+27)

It was a strong showing from the Golden Guardians in Week 4. Even though they lost to Team Liquid, they held their own for most of the game. However, they managed to beat the Evil Geniuses this weekend in a big statement game.

Golden Guardians only big issue this week was the play of mid laner Damonte, who went a combined 1/10/19 in those two games. It was against two top-tier mid laners in Jiizuke and Jensen, yes, but this was a spot where Damonte could have stepped up to put his name into that top tier and failed to do so.