LCS Summer 2020 Week 9 Power Rankings: On To the Playoffs

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CLG Smoothie. Photo by Colin Young-Wolff/Riot Games
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The LCS Summer 2020 split has ended so it’s time for our final power rankings following Week 9.

The LCS Summer Split’s regular split has come to an end and the playoff bracket is set. Although we now know where each LCS team is ranked based on the final standings and tiebreakers, we should still look at our final power rankings based on the elo ratings for each team through Week 9. We’ll also use these ratings to evaluate the first-round match-ups going into the playoffs.

10. Immortals (4-14)

Final Elo: 275

First-round match: Missed playoffs

Immortals were a team that underwent a lot of strife during this season, including jettisoning basically their entire starting roster from the start of the split and firing their coaching staff. In the end, the finished a not-completely terrible 4-10 following this roster swap, but the team likely still has a lot of questions heading into the offseason.

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They have a promising young mid laner in David “Insanity” Challe and some solid pieces with veterans Jake “Xmithie” Puchero and Nickolas “Hakuho” Surgent. With those three, all native NA players, Immortals should be looking to follow models similar to 100 Thieves and Golden Guardians and try to find some under-appreciated import talent at the top and ADC positions.

9. CLG (5-14)

Final Elo: 279

First-round match: Missed playoffs

One win. All CLG needed to do to make the playoffs was to win a single game in the final weekend, where they were almost certainly guaranteed three tries. Granted, their first two games against FlyQuest and C9 were tall asks for a team that finished summer on a seven-game losing streak, but you would hope that they’d have a better showing in that final tiebreaker game against Dignitas.

With a roster that was mostly held over from last year (the exceptions being mid laner Eugene “Pobelter” Park and support Andy “Smoothie” Ta), a second-year of weak play is probably going to trigger some big moves on the roster. They experimented with three of their Academy players in the Summer Split (Alexey “Deus” Zatorski, Kristopher “Fragas” Myhal, and Jean-Sébastien “Tuesday” Thery) but none of them showed any sort of promise. I would recommend that CLG blow it all up and try to rebuild with young NA talent that hasn’t gotten a shot in LCS yet.