LCS Summer 2020: Top Five Snubs from the All-Pro Teams

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The LCS All-Pro teams were announced today, but there were five players who didn’t even make the list that deserved some consideration.

As the LCS playoffs march on, it’s also time to see and debate the end of season awards. Today, Riot announced the fifteen (sixteen this year due to a tie) players who made one of the three All-Pro teams for the Summer Split.

While all (or at least most) of the players are deserving, five players who were deserving did not make it onto a team. Here are the five biggest snubs from the All-Pro Teams

1. Juan Arturo “Contractz” Garcia (Jungle, 100 Thieves)

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Coming into a new team mid-split is always a tough ask, but Contractz stepped into the jungle role of a flailing 100 Thieves team and helped them turn their split around. He obviously had some memorable pop-off carry games, but he’s also consistently been a top-three early game jungler, behind Closer and Blaber. I would still give Santorin the nod over him for third-team All-Pro.

2. Bae “Bang” Jun-sik (ADC, Evil Geniuses)

The bot lane of EG does not get nearly enough credit for how consistently they’ve performed well while the top half of the map has been one flaming dumpster fire swapped for another. Bang has been one of the best teamfighting AD Carries in the LCS and is great at playing the weak-side ADC role alongside his support.

3. Tristan “Zeyzal” Stidam (Support, Evil Geniuses)

Speaking of Zeyzal, it’s shocking how little credit he gets for the consistent performance. Zeyzal isn’t flashy, but he almost never makes mistakes and in NA that’s more than most teams can ask for. He also just happens to have some of the highest damage outputs of any support.

4. Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng (ADC, TSM)

Yesterday’s disastrous showing notwithstanding, Doublelift actually had a pretty good season. Despite swapping supports midway through the split, Double had the highest adjusted gold per minute and translated that gold into the most kills per game. While you would like his damage output to be higher, Doublelift dominated as one of TSM’s main carry this split.

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5. Kevin “Hauntzer” Yarnell (Top, Golden Guardians)

I cannot believe that people gave Impact third-team All-Pro when Hauntzer (and Solo) both do his job (playing to weakside) much better than him. Hauntzer also has the dimension of being able to play carries effectively (something Impact doesn’t do well), as evidenced by the fact that he had the second-highest damage-to-gold ratio in the league. He also had some of the best laning stats outside of Licorice for top laners.