LCS Summer 2020: Week 9 Player Power Ranking and Season Awards

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Now that Week 9 of the LCS Summer Split is over, let’s give our final player power ranking of the split and hand out some end of season awards.

It’s over, it’s done. The 2020 LCS Summer Split has finally come to an end with the conclusion of the games in Week 9. Rather than just going through the changes in our player rankings and ratings like normal, today we will be giving our picks for end of the year awards.

This includes the conventional awards, like MVP and Rookie of the Split, as well as a few awards that we have come up with like most-improved or most-aggressive laner. We’ll go through position by position and give our awards at the end.

Top Lane

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1. Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho (100 Thieves) – 91.3
2. Eric “Licorice” Ritchie (Cloud9) – 89.5
3. Kevin “Hauntzer” Yarnell (Golden Guardians) – 84.0
4. Colin “Solo” Earnest (FlyQuest) – 81.5
5. Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon (Dignitas) – 81.3
6. Kim “Ruin” Hyeong-min (CLG) – 80.2
7. Alexey “Deus” Zatorski (CLG) – 80.0
8. Sergen “Broken Blade” Çelik (TSM)  – 79.8
9. Ziqing “Kumo” Zhao (Evil Geniuses) – 79.3
10. Samson “Lourlo” Jackson (Dignitas) – 78.7
11. Jung “Impact” Eon-yeong (Team Liquid) – 77.1
12. Paul “sOAZ” Boyer (Immortals) – 74.7
13. Omran “V1per” Shoura (Dignitas) – 74.7
14. Kieran “Allorim” Logue (Immortals) – 74.1


Most Improved: Solo

He entered the split graded at a 72, towards the bottom of all top laners. Over the course of the season, though, he proved that he deserves a starting spot for the foreseeable future.

Most Consistent: Huni/Solo

Huni had the smallest variance in his grades this split, never dropping lower than 81.2 or going higher than 82.2. Of course, with only four weeks of play, we can’t really consider this a fair sampling, which is why Solo is also up for this award as well. Of all the top laners who played the entire split, Solo had the smallest variance in his play, never falling lower than a 77.0 grade and that was in his very first week of play.

Most Efficient: Huni

Although he’s been labelled as a one-dimensional, carry top laner, Huni actually does a great job as using the resources he gets. He has the highest damage-to-gold ratio of any top laner with a significant amount of games (for clarification, sOAZ’s was higher but he only played in four games).

Best Laner: Licorice

The only top laner to average +10 CSD at 15 or better, Licorice also doubled the gold difference at 15 (+784) of the next-closes top laner (Ssumday at +316).

Worst laner: V1per

Both V1per and Allorim had -10 CSD at 15 and Allorim had a bigger gold deficit at that time, but V1per was consistently behind in experience with an average -415 XPD at 15. Also, a lot of Allorim’s stats were skewed by that one miserable 0/7/0 Aatrox game against Cloud9 in Week 3.

Most Mistake-Prone: Ruin

Although he’s not quite as bad as most commentators believe (he’s a slightly above-average laner and fairly efficient with his resource share), he had the most unforced deaths of any top laner this year.

Biggest Disappointment: Impact

He might say that he’s improved from his disappointing play earlier in the split, but from my view Impact is still a very inconsistent player in the mid game. Although he’s one of the lowest-resource tops in the game, he doesn’t do anything with the resources he does get, leading to one of the lowest damage-to-gold ratios. An honorable mention would go to Broken Blade, whose inconsistency got better towards the end of the split after a pretty weak middle.