We're a bit late with our League of Legends LCS 2014 Spring Split Power Rankings for week 2, but that won't stop us from barging forward. Let's just pretend that today's European LCS games didn't happen for the time being, not that they resulted in any huge surprises anyway. Week 2, however, was full of shifts and jumps in the Power Rankings as teams begin to rediscover their identities.
Week 2 marks the start of the standard schedule for both EA and NA, which means only 8 games for each league a week. Ah, but the Super Week to start us off was sublime, wasn't it? Yet with shorter weeks we're able to focus in more on the ups and downs of individual teams. Take for instance both Dignitas and Roccat, who will climb in this week's list. They certainly appeared to improving in week 2 versus week 1.
What other teams climbed and what teams floundered? Let's dive into our Power Rankings and see who was able to succeed without Yasuo in Week 2 of the LCS. Note that each team's record listing works as follows: (Overall Record, Weekly Record, Power Ranking Position Change)
1.) Fnatic (5-0, 1-0, +0) and Cloud 9 (4-1, 1-0, +0)
- Fnatic - With only one game in week 2, Fnatic's position at #1 hinged entirely on a victory against this season's dark horse Super Hot Crew. Needless to say, Fnatic went out of their way to impress in the match. With only four deaths to their fifteen kills, Fnatic methodically destroyed SHC. Not once in the match did Fnatic look vulnerable, which is why they remain at the top of our list this week.
- Cloud 9 - Cloud 9's position at #1 this week was much more tenuous than Fnatic's. Playing against Curse, they didn't just have to win, but win persuasively. With both Team SoloMid and Dignitas hoping C9 would slip, Cloud 9 got the job done. They didn't just beat Curse, they dismantled them. Even with Voyboy's Vlad getting the kills he needed to carry, C9's objective control and map awareness pushed Curse into the grave one ward at a time.
2.) ROCCAT (5-1, 2-0, +1) and Team SoloMid (5-1, 2-0, +0)
- ROCCAT - Roccat beat Gambit. No, it wasn't persuasively. ROCCAT's jungler Jankos fed his bot lane hard, feeding off of a reckless Edward on Kennen. Add in Overpow's Kayle owning team-fights and roaming like a beast and ROCCAT's threats are becoming clearer. Hand it to ROCCAT, they were given an inch and they never let go of it for the rest of the match. Their other match this week, against the Super Hot Crew, was so one-sided it single handedly bumped the SHC down this week's list.
- Team SoloMid - Two games and two persuasive victories for BjergsonMid this week. There's only one reason why SoloMid still holds the second spot over Dignitas, and that reason is Bjergson's dominating presence. Team SoloMid plays a risky style, scrappy and aggressive, but it works until it doesn't. Even though their match against Counter Logic Gaming at times looked like it could flip momentum, SoloMid's constant pressure never relented. They'll hold onto spot #2 until someone tears it from their fists.
3.) Gambit Gaming (4-2, 1-1, -1) and Dignitas (5-2, 3-0, +0)
- Gambit Gaming - Gambit Gaming lost to ROCCAT. Boy do I feel bad for their next opponents, because Gambit's going to be angry about this one. Edward may never be allowed to play Kennen again and Diamond's Shen gave up too much in the jungle to actively sway the game in Gambit's favor. They lost towers early and never regained control. They're still heads and tails above everyone else in the league, at least until Alliance get's their act together.
- Dignitas - Whereas last week Dignitas held #3 only because not other team was persuasively better than them, now Dignitas holds the spot without argument. More than that, there's reason to believe Dignitas deserves to be #1 after their week two performance. QTPie looks unstoppable and not just when he gets Jinx anymore, plus his compatibility with KiwiKid is unquestionable. Perhaps the best compliment I can give them this year, however, is that every team member looks stable. There's no huge weak point on the roster, unless it's team planning in general. I seriously considered bumping Dignitas up to #1 this week, but I stopped, remembered they only beat XDG and Counter Logic Gaming, and put them back at #3. Give me an argument in week 3, Dignitas.
4.) Alliance (2-4, 2-0, +4) and Curse (3-3, 2-2, +1)
- Alliance - It's amazing what one week can do for a team with their minds set on being the best. Four losses in week one. Four losses. They were, and frankly should be, embarrassed by how poorly they played. Yet they came into week two unburdened by their losses and beat both Copenhagen Wolves and Millenium. Whoop-de-doo, you might say, what's so great about that? Not much, to be honest, but it says a lot about Europe's LCS that it still means they deserve to be ranked at #4 because of it. Got a problem with that, SK? Do something about it.
- Curse - Curse is a really good team. The experience and leadership of Voyboy in mid and the steady hand of Cop bot will ensure that this Curse team is always competitive, but the new blood still has a lot to learn. Quas and IWillDominate continue to make a number of mistakes, whether due to team communication errors or nerves alone. Unfortunately, at least to me, Curse is the one team i think may be at a ceiling. I'm not sure they'll be able to compete any higher than where they are right now.
5.) Copenhagen Wolves (3-3, 1-1, +1) and Team Coast (2-4, 0-2, +1)
- Copenhagen Wolves - Along with Millenium, the Copenhagen wolves discovered Alliance may have just passed them by after what must have been a disappointing loss. Yet, prior to that loss they managed to beat Millenium off the play of mid-laner CowTard and jungler Amazing's Lee Sin. In fact, those two are carrying the bulk of the weight of the team right now. If they can help the rest of the team gain some confidence maybe they can push towards the top four in the Euro LCS, but right now they're just having to fight to remain at the top of the bottom four.
- Team Coast - Shiphtur disappeared a bit in week two, but it's obvious to anyone paying attention that this is where the line sits. What line? The line between teams that have the talent and attitude to prove themselves and teams that don't sits. Shiphtur and ZionSpartan are hugely talented solo laners, but NintendudeX is struggling massively trying to help both of them carry... to the point where many mistakes are being made. If Zion and Shiphtur can find out how to help Nintendude more instead of the opposite, Coast's team can only go up from here.
6.) Millenium (2-5, 1-2, -2) and Counter Logic Gaming (2-4, 0-2, -2)
- Millenium - Sadly, Millenium doesn't look great. They learned the hard way that there are now four teams fighting for any what respect they can garner and Alliance isn't one of them anymore straight away in week 2. After that realization they struggled for a loss against the Copenhagen Wolves and then struggled for a win against SK Gaming. Struggling in the bottom four isn't where they want to be, but it's where they currently stand.
- Counter Logic Gaming - Whatever magic they had in week one has quickly disappeared. Both Team SoloMid and Dignitas found no humor in an unpracticed HotshotGG mid-lane, countering the team's moves and refusing to let them control the tempo like they have in previous wins. The truth is now known -- this team needs Dexter and they need him fast. Only then will CLG find its true potential. Only then can they find out how good of a team they really are.
7.) Super Hot Crew (1-5, 0-2, +0) and Evil Geniuses (2-4, 1-1, +1)
- Super Hot Crew - Where other teams seemed to improve in week 2, Super Hot Crew looked much, much worse. Where was that fire we saw in week one? You are the team that barely snagged a spot in the LCS, so are you just going to roll over, take your money and leave next split? No. Please, prove why you deserve to be here next week. Oh, they lost to ROCCAT and Fnatic this week? Ouch guys. Okay, tend to your wounds and let's hope next week has a bit better schedule.
- Evil Geniuses - Despite looking as bad as first week in their matches in second week, EG managed to find strength in a comfortable setting -- a long game against XDG. Yes, long games, woohoo! Pobelter's Gragas kept EG in the game long enough for the team to rely on their experience, and confidence, to beat a mentally broken XDG. Not much of an achievement right now, but enough to get them out of last place for this week.
8.) SK Gaming (2-4, 0-2, -3) and XDG (1-5, 0-2, -1)
- SK Gaming - At times SK Gaming looks confident, whether that be behind a fredy Renekton or otherwise. Other times, most of the time, SK doesn't look like they know who they should trust to make the right call. I can tell you one thing, they need to decide how they want to start winning games fast and then trust in each other to make plays, because after their losses to both Gambit and an unimpressive Millenium there's really no other place for them to go but up.
- XDG - How the mighty have fallen. XDG looks nothing like the team that took second place in the North American Summer LCS. Mancloud continues to struggle with the new meta filled with tanky tops and aggressive junglers, while Zuna's jungle looks strong early but can't seem to carry. Though if I had to be honest, I'd say the real reason these guys are losing is that they just don't look like they're having fun. They look like a team that doesn't want to be playing. These guys need to talk their issues out, I think.
EU LCS: Things are beginning to settle down in the EU LCS with the teams breaking into two talent groups. At the top is Fnatic, Gambit and ROCCAT and at the bottom are the Wolves, SK, Millenium and Super Hot Crew. All that's left is for Alliance to figure out whether they belong in the top half or the bottom half.
NA LCS: Where the EU LCS has already settled down, the NA LCS is beyond tumultuous. The top teams in the league could very well lose a game or two to any other team on any given day. Many of the lower teams in the power rankings seem more like they're having attitude and mental issues rather than hitting any sort of talent wall. Perhaps the biggest wrench left in the gears is Counter Logic Gaming, whose jungler Dexter has finally had his Visa approved and should be available this weekend.
Some great shifts in the Power Rankings this week, as both Alliance and Evil Geniuses managed to escape the bottom rankings. I was this close to moving around the top ranks a bit more, but decided against it in the hopes that week three will give me more reason to be vicious. Keep in mind these Power Rankings are entirely opinion-based.
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