LCS 2021: Ranking Every Single Starting Support in the LCS

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1. Philippe “Vulcan” Laflamme (Cloud9)

In my opinion, Vulcan was the best support in the LCS for all of last year and was actually deserving of consideration for the LCS MVP award last summer. Despite how his and Cloud9’s season ended, duiring the regular season Vulcan was the clear best support in the league.

Vulcan led the league in all major statistical categories. He put up a 3.89 aKDA, had 252 gold per minute, an estimated damage differential of 12.0, and dominated the bot lane with a 520.9 MAGXD @ 15.

And, sure, you can note that Vulcan was actually playing with the best-laning AD Carry in the LCS last year, Zven. That’s fair to point out. But Vulcan was head-and-shoulders above the rest of the supports in just about every conceivable statistic.

Most impressive, though, was his champion pool. He played 15 unique picks in the support role, which is good but not exceptional (remember, Ignar played 17 unique champions). However, what is most impressive is the depth of his pool.

Vulcan played at least 10% of his games on one of four champions – Tahm Kench, Nautilus, Yuumi, or Thresh. On all four of those picks, Vulcan’s performance was elite.

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So even though the result was not fitting of his performance and Vulcan was clearly surrounded by elite talent, you can’t deny that he was an integral piece of the team. As much as his success was a product of Cloud9, Cloud9’s success was a product of Vulcan. That will continue to be the case in 2021.