LCS Summer 2020 Power Rankings Week 6: Maybe No One is Good

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LCS Summer 2020 Week 65 is in the books, here is where the teams sit in our LCS power rankings.

3. TSM (7-5)

Elo: 395 (-12)

Two straight weeks of poor performances, the fact that TSM has managed to come out of those weeks going 2-2 is pretty miraculous. Even though they lead the 6-6 teams by a game, they’re basically dead-even with Evil Geniuses heading down the stretch in Summer 2020.

The biggest problem I have with TSM is that, like in Week 5, their Week 6 win was not at all inspiring and was basically secured on the back of mid laner Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg playing out of his mind. The bot lane was solid, with Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng still playing quite well (he went 4/3/7 over the weekend) and new support Erik “Treatz” Wessén played solidly in his LCS debut (going 0/3/8).

Where top laner Sergen “Broken Blade” Çelik looked awful in Week 5, this week it was Mingyi “Spica” Lu’s turn to bear the cross of feeder. He looked absolutely terrible, going 2/8/5 over the two games and making key mistakes that cost his team a chance against FlyQuest. Once again, these mistakes were also compounded by draft issues, something that was (shocking) not solved by subbing in Treatz.

2. Cloud9 (10-2)

Elo: 495 (-28)

After dropping only a single game in the spring, Cloud9 has now doubled their loss total in Summer 2020 with six games to go (including two against TSM and Team Liquid). In Week 6, they dropped a stunner to an Evil Geniuses team that looked like they were on life support.

Unlike their first loss against 100 Thieves, where Robert “Blaber” Huang got run over in the jungle, Cloud9 were ahead for most of the game. Unfortunately, they were never able to expand their gold lead to beyond 2,000 thanks in large part to some unfortunate picks and flubbed teamfights. While top laner Eric “Licorice” Ritchie went 2/6/3, drawing a lot of the ire from observers, it was simply a matter of the team collectively not playing well.

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1. Team Liquid (10-2)

Elo: 495 (+11)

That’s right folks, Cloud9 and TL are literally dead even in terms of elo ranking ahead of their meeting next week. It’s going to be an absolute barn-burner as Cloud9 will look to regain their footing against a resurgent Team Liquid.

Now riding a six-game winning streak, Team Liquid look like the team we expected to see coming into Summer 2020. Their macro is clean, their synergy is fantastic, and they’re playing that same methodical (some would call slow and cautious) style that got them such domestic success in the last two years.

Individually, support Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in (who deservedly won Player of the Week honors after going 1/0/22 this week) and mid laner Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen (who went 14/4/11 and would have been my second choice for PotW) have been back at MVP levels after a down Spring Split. While their top lane and jungle remain weak points, rookie ADC Edward “Tactical” Ra has been stellar after earning the starting job.