LCS 2021: Post Lock-In Tournament Player Ranking and Rating

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Before the season started, we laid our ratings for all 50 starting players in the LCS, as well as our player ranking by position. Now, following the conclusion of the LCS Lock-In tournament, we not only have a better idea of where the teams rank, but where the players rank as well. As a result, it’s time to rate and rank the starting LCS players by position, comparing them to where they were rated in the preseason.

Top Lane

1. Barney “Alphari” Morris, TL – 99 OVR (+18)
2. Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho, 100T – 87 OVR (+2)
3. Mohamed “Revenge” Kaddoura, IMT – 83 OVR (+31)
4. Jung “Impact” Eon-yeong, EG – 83 OVR (+9)
5. Colin “Solo” Earnest, CLG – 82 OVR (NR)
6. Ibrahim “Fudge” Allami, C9 – 76 OVR (-6)
7. Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon, TSM – 76 OVR (+2)
8. Aiden “Niles” Tidwell, GGS – 76 OVR (+10)
9. Aaron “FakeGod” Lee, DIG – 74 OVR (+1)
10. Eric “Licorice” Ritchie, FLY – 72 OVR (-17)

First of all, Alphari is out of his mind good. Better than even I thought he would be. Second, Revenge easily outperformed my preseason expectations, where I had him pegged as the worst top laner entering 2021.

For disappointments, obviously, Licorice has to be named the biggest one. He looked absolutely terrible and really appears to struggle without being supported by the rest of C9. I also over-estimated how Fudge would perform as he moved up into the LCS, as he performed closer to the mid-tier of top laners.

See how all the LCS starters stack up in our player ranking!

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1. Robert “Blaber” Huang, C9 – 93 OVR (-3)
2. Lucas “Santorin” Tao Kilmer Larsen, TL – 89 OVR (+7)
3. Ethan “Iconic” Wilkinson, GGS – 83 OVR (+13)
4. Can “Closer” Çelik, 100T – 82 OVR (+5)
5. Brandon Joel “Josedeodo” Villegas, FLY – 80 OVR (+2)
6. Raymond “Griffin” Griffin, CLG – 79 OVR (NR)
7. Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen, EG – 79 OVR (+9)
8. Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett, DIG – 78 OVR (+3)
9. Mingyi “Spica” Lu, TSM – 75 OVR (-2)
10. Hoangan “Xin” “Nxi” Dinh, FLY – 60 OVR (NR)

In the jungle, the player who easily caught my attention was Iconic in his first LCS action. I was much higher on Iconic than most in my initial player ranking and he still managed to impress in his debut. Additionally, Griffin has proven to be a solid jungle option that some teams (cough TSM cough) should consider as an Academy or substitute option.

Speaking of TSM, I wasn’t incredibly high on Spica last year and his play in the Lock-In tourney did nothing to calm those fears. The poor play wasn’t entirely his fault, but he had some of the worst early game jungling other than Nxi. Who…yeah I just feel sorry for him. He was clearly outmatched.


1. Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen, TL – 96 OVR (+11)
2. Daniele “Jiizuke” di Mauro, EG – 88 OVR (+8)
3. Tanner “Damonte” Damonte, 100T – 84 OVR (+11)
4. Luka “Perkz” Perković, C9 – 84 OVR (-11)
5. Nicholas “Ablazeolive” Antonio Abbott, GGS – 80 OVR (+10)
6. Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage, TSM – 76 OVR (-12)
7. David “Insanity” Challe, IMT – 76 OVR (+6)
8. Cristian “Palafox” Palafox, FLY – 75 OVR (-4)
9. Max “Soligo” Soong, DIG – 70 OVR (+4)
10. Eugene “Pobelter” Park, CLG – 69 OVR (-)

Lots of movement at the top of our player ranking for mid laners, with Jensen staking his spot as the best mid in the LCS thanks to his strong performance. A big surprise performance from Damonte, who excelled in his enabling role. I guess that’s what happens when you have two world-class sidelanes.

While Perkz is getting slack from a lot of commentators, his performance out of the gate was slow. Expectations were sky-high for the legendary mid laner and he did not reach them, yet. The biggest disappointment though was TSM’s PowerofEvil. He was, in my mind, the best mid laner last year and yet this year he has looked absolutely terrible.


1. Edward “Tactical” Ra, TL – 93 OVR (+6)
2. Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen, C9 – 90 OVR (+3)
3. Ian Victor “FBI” Huang, 100T – 90 OVR (+11)
4. Matthew “Deftly” Chen, EG – 82 OVR (+8)
5. Toàn “Neo” Trần, DIG – 80 OVR (+19)
6. Trevor “Stixxay” Hayes, GGS – 76 OVR (+10)
7. Jason “WildTurtle” Tran, CLG – 76 OVR (-2)
8. Johnson “Johnsun” Nguyen, FLY – 73 OVR (+1)
9. Yuri “Keith” Jew, IMT – 73 OVR (NR)
10. Lawrence “Lost” Sze Yuy Hui, TSM – 69 OVR (-6)

FBI seems determined as everything to prove that last year’s performance was not a fluke and he’s well on his way to doing that after the Lock-In tournament. The only player who impressed me more was Neo, who looked very comfortable in the tournament.

On the other hand, though, there was really only one disappointing ADC and that was TSM’s rookie Lost. Not only has he become a meme that will probably never die, he died often and had one of the worst damage outputs of all bot laners in the LCS.


1. Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in, TL – 97 OVR (+12)
2. Philippe “Vulcan” Laflamme, C9 – 87 OVR (-7)
3. Lee “Ignar” Dong-geun, EG – 84 OVR (+4)
4. Choi “huhi” Jae-hyun, 100T – 83 OVR (+4)
5. David “Diamond” Bérubé, FLY – 80 OVR (+5)
6. Leandro “Newbie” Marcos, GGS – 77 OVR (-7)
7. Joseph “Joey” Haslemann, IMT – 76 OVR (NR)
8. Hu “SwordArt” Shuo-Chieh, TSM – 75 OVR (-10)
9. Zaqueri “Aphromoo” Black, DIG – 74 OVR (+5)
10. Andy “Smoothie” Ta, CLG – 67 OVR (+1)

Okay, okay, I get it. CoreJJ is like…really good. Like way better than Vulcan, who clearly was not having a great showing in the Lock-In tournament.

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On the other side, the two import supports both struggled in their LCS debuts. Newbie’s underperformance went a bit more under the radar, since he is coming from a wildcard region. However, SwordArt’s underperformance isn’t getting nearly the amount of concern that it should be getting. He was not great in the Lock-In tournament but, then again, no one on TSM was.