LCS 2021: Week 1 LCS Player Ranking and Ratings

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Now that the LCS season has kicked off, we can give our first true LCS player rankings. While we did initial player rankings after the Lock-In tournament, those games were kind of meaningless, so there wasn’t quite as much useful information to be gleaned from them. Now that the games are counting, though, it’s time to get serious and see where the LCS players rank so far.

Top Lane

1. Barney “Alphari” Morris, TL – 93 OVR (-6)
2. Ibrahim “Fudge” Allami, C9 – 88 OVR (+12)
3. Jung “Impact” Eon-yeong, EG – 85 OVR (+2)
4. Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho, 100T – 82 OVR (-5)
5. Finn “Finn” Wiestål, CLG – 78 OVR (NR)
6. Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon, TSM – 77 OVR (+1)
7. Mohamed “Revenge” Kaddoura, IMT – 76 OVR (-7)
8. Aiden “Niles” Tidwell, GGS – 76 OVR (-)
9. Eric “Licorice” Ritchie, FLY – 75 OVR (+3)
10. Aaron “FakeGod” Lee, DIG – 71 OVR (-3)

Not a lot of big changes among the top laners, with the exception of Cloud9’s Fudge. After a fairly underwhelming Lock-In tournament, Fudge seems to have rebounded, as he currently has a massive lead over all other top laners in both KDA and adjusted KDA (which weighs kills and solo kills more, while weighing assists less).

On the negative side, both Alphari and Ssumday dropped off this week. For Alphari, it’s just a matter of him not maintaining the insane pace he was playing at during the Lock-In, but he’s still clearly the best top in NA. For Ssumday, though, he’s been good but not the classic carry Ssumday we’re used to seeing. But that’s a good thing, because a big part of the reason why is that he’s not forced into that role.

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

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1. Robert “Blaber” Huang, C9 – 101 OVR (+8)
2. Lucas “Santorin” Tao Kilmer Larsen, TL – 81 OVR (-8)
3. Raymond “Griffin” Griffin, CLG – 80 OVR (+1)
4. Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen, EG – 80 OVR (+9)
5. Ethan “Iconic” Wilkinson, GGS – 80 OVR (-3)
6. Brandon Joel “Josedeodo” Villegas, FLY – 80 OVR (-)
7. Can “Closer” Çelik, 100T – 77 OVR (-5)
8. Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett, DIG – 72 OVR (-6)
9. Mingyi “Spica” Lu, TSM – 69 OVR (-6)
10. Andrei “Xerxe” Dragomir, IMT – 64 OVR (NR)

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it 100 times more: Blaber is so much better than every other jungler in the LCS it’s ridiculous. It’s a chasm between him and everyone else, to the point that there are about five to six other junglers just clumped up because Blaber has just zoomed past them.

At the bottom of the pack, though, we have the disappointing debut of Xerxe. Although he was once a very strong jungler in the LEC on Splyce, the recent years have not been too kind to him and that trend does not appear to be going anywhere now that he’s crossed the pond.


1. Daniele “Jiizuke” di Mauro, EG – 92 OVR (+4)
2. Luka “Perkz” Perković, C9 – 91 OVR (+7)
3. Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen, TL – 84 OVR (-12)
4. David “Insanity” Challe, IMT – 82 OVR (+6)
5. Tanner “Damonte” Damonte, 100T – 80 OVR (-4)
6. Alexey “rjs” Zatorski, CLG – 78 OVR (NR)
7. Cristian “Palafox” Palafox, FLY – 74 OVR (-1)
8. Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage, TSM – 73 OVR (-3)
9. Nicholas “Ablazeolive” Antonio Abbott, GGS – 72 OVR (-8)
10. Max “Soligo” Soong, DIG – 68 OVR (-2)

The top of our mid lane tier list continues to get shaken up as the Italian Stallion himself moves up to the top spot of our player ranking thanks to a strong opening week. And, after facing some harsh criticism during the Lock-In tournament, Perkz performed closer to expectations now that the regular season has started, including owning the best KDA and aKDA in the role.

One player who decidedly did not have a great start to the regular season is Ablazeolive. He posted an aKDA under 1.0 (0.43) as well as the lowest gold per minute of all LCS mids.


1. Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen, C9 – 93 OVR (+3)
2. Ian Victor “FBI” Huang, 100T – 85 OVR (-5)
3. Toàn “Neo” Trần, DIG – 84 OVR (+4)
4. Jason “WildTurtle” Tran, CLG – 82 OVR (+6)
5. Matthew “Deftly” Chen, EG – 82 OVR (-)
6. Edward “Tactical” Ra, TL – 81 OVR (-12)
7. Johnson “Johnsun” Nguyen, FLY – 77 OVR (+4)
8. Lawrence “Lost” Sze Yuy Hui, TSM – 75 OVR (+6)
9. Trevor “Stixxay” Hayes, GGS – 71 OVR (-5)
10. Quin “Raes” Korebrits, IMT – 69 OVR (NR)

Quite the downturn for Tactical this weekend, who was not at all effective in Team Liquid’s games against Immortals. He actually has one of the lowest GPMs of all ADCs through three games, but given the small sample size and his strong laning, I don’t foresee this as a trend.

One player who is clearly overperforming expectations, however, is Neo. Initially, I thought he would be among the weaker ADCs in the LCS this year, but he has proven to be more than serviceable in his limited action this year.


1. Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in, TL – 94 OVR (-3)
2. Choi “huhi” Jae-hyun, 100T – 88 OVR (+4)
3. Philippe “Vulcan” Laflamme, C9 – 86 OVR (-1)
4. Lee “Ignar” Dong-geun, EG – 85 OVR (+1)
5. Leandro “Newbie” Marcos, GGS – 78 OVR (+1)
6. David “Diamond” Bérubé, FLY – 77 OVR (-3)
7. Zaqueri “Aphromoo” Black, DIG – 76 OVR (+2)
8. Mitchell “Destiny” Shaw, IMT – 73 OVR (NR)
9. Hu “SwordArt” Shuo-Chieh, TSM – 73 OVR (-2)
10. Andy “Smoothie” Ta, CLG – 71 OVR (+4)

Like with his teammate, Alphari, CoreJJ’s drop in the player rankings is just due to him regressing to a more reasonable level of play than he did in the Lock-In tournament. He’s still the best LCS support, but he has a few others like huhi, Vulcan, and Ignar all nipping at his heels.

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Among the other supports, it must be said, once again, how disappointing SwordArt has been so far this year. Averaging 4.7 deaths per game, he has the second-most deaths of any support (Smoothie has 5 per game) by a large margin. That needs to get cleaned up if TSM wants any hope at making that massive contract worth it.