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Every week, we look at each team in the five major regions and rank the teams according to how they are performing. For the fifth straight week, Kingzone remains the king of the power rankings, while KSV continues its plunge out of the top 20.
Nos. 1-10: World contenders
Nos. 11-20: Playoff contenders
Nos. 21-30: Middle of the pack
Nos. 31-40: Struggling
Nos. 41-52: Bottom of the barrel
1. Kingzone DragonX
Record: 10-2 | League: LCK | +/-: --
What else is there to say? Kingzone DragonX once again maintain its stranglehold on the first-place position in our power rankings this week. With series against MVP and Kongdoo Monster, it wasn't the toughest week for KZ, but these victories combined with shakier performances from the likes of KT Rolster and the Afreeca Freecs keep Kingzone in the top spot.
2. Afreeca Freecs
Record: 8-4 | League: LCK | +/-: +1
Moving back into the second-place spot are the Afreeca Freecs, who kicked off the week with a sweep of KSV Esports, before going 2-1 against a rising SK Telecom T1. The Freecs also shuffled their roster around a bit, giving AD carry Kim "Aiming" Ha-ram some playing time over Ha "Kramer" Jong-hun. Afreeca is a team heavily reliant on fighting, and its strong 5v5 composition with Park "TusiN" Jong-ik on Rakan and Lee "Kuro" Seo-haeng on Galio against SKT showcased this well, allowing it to play around Park "Blossom" Beom-chan's Skarner. TusiN continues to have a career split, especially once he's out of lane and helping Afreeca initiate fights on the likes of Rakan and Alistar.
3. KT Rolster
Record: 9-3 | League: LCK | +/-: -1
Mid priority was the name of the game for KT Rolster this past week. When it didn't have it against the ROX Tigers, Go "Score" Dong-bin & Co. found themselves pushed back and occasionally out of position in enemy territory without necessary map control. Although Kongdoo Monster is the weakest team in South Korea, mid laner Son "Ucal" Woo-hyeon looked good in his LoL Champions Korea debut on Azir. With upcoming matches against SK Telecom T1 and KSV Esports, it will be interesting to see if Heo "PawN" Won-seok's struggles this past week, and inconsistent mid lane pressure generally, will lead to more starts for Ucal.
4. Invictus Gaming
Record: 9-1 | League: LPL | +/-: +1
Song "Rookie" Eui-jin & Co. did it: Invictus Gaming is at the top of the League of Legends Pro League with the best overall win rate and only one series loss. Cross conference play has allowed iG to further distinguish itself, not just as the best East Region team, but the current best team in China. iG can play through any lane, and it excels at creating smaller, advantageous skirmishes for the team, while splitting pressure on the map through top laner Kang "TheShy" Seung-lok. More impressive is that iG's latest 2-0 wins came against the top West Region teams of Snake and EDG, allowing iG to keep a six-point lead over second-place Rogue Warriors in the East Region.
5. Snake Esports
Record: 7-2 | League: LPL | +/-: +4
After a messy Game 1 win and a fairly quick Game 2 loss, Snake Esports strangled Suning Gaming, proving that it's still one of China's best teams. Jungler Lê "SofM" Quang Duy and top laner Li "Flandre" Xuan-Junhas have been instrumental in Snake's victories, and this past week we were able to see how the two can work so well in tandem with Flandre on Shen to support SofM's aggressiveness. The upcoming patch could be a bit tricky for Snake, since it could necessitate more of a shift to the bottom lane, but for now, its win this past week moves them back up in the standings.
6. ROX Tigers
Record: 7-5 | League: LCK | +/-: +2
A ROX Tigers victory over KT Rolster doesn't necessarily come as a shock, especially to anyone who watched the first, inconsistent series between these two teams. What may come as a surprise is just how cleanly the Tigers were able to dismantle KT. Kim "Lava" Tae-hoon, the worst mid laner in the LCK last split, has become a reliable performer that the team seems well-prepared to play around. On 8.4, he'll be further put to the test, especially with the absence of Zoe, but for now, he's an important part of how the ROX Tigers are a team far greater than the sum of its parts.
7. SK Telecom T1
Record: 6-6 | League: LCK | +/-: --
Park "Blossom" Beom-chan continues to propel SKT forward with help from Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok's strong mid lane control. Not to be underestimated is the SKT duo lane of Bae "Bang" Jun-sik and Lee "Wolf" Jae-wan. Bang has looked far more comfortable now that SKT are fighting frequently and Wolf's engages on Alistar and Leona have aligned exactly with the more proactive playstyle that Blossom favors. SKT, and Blossom in particular, still look a bit less coordinated when they fall behind with slight miscommunication errors between Blossom and the team, but at least SKT are attempting plays, even while pushed back, rather than defaulting to passivity. With every week, SKT looks stronger.
8. EDward Gaming
Record: 7-3 | League: LPL | +/-: -4
This was a rough week for EDward Gaming who fell to Rogue Warriors and Invictus Gaming after their sweep of Suning. Against JD Gaming, EDG rallied behind yet another young AD carry, Wang "Hope" Jie. Taking center stage in Game 1 was top laner Jeon "Ray" Ji-won who again showed off his individual carry prowess on Camille. However, everything isn't settled for EDG. A fortuitous Baron steal saved EDG in Game 2, and the team's execution is still shaky. The team has a strong lineup individually that's still coming together. Given the organization's history, EDG won't drop far, but they do have a lot to work on going forward.
9. Rogue Warriors
Record: 7-2 | League: LPL | +/-: +3
Rogue Warriors followed up its 2-1 victory over Bili Bili Gaming by handing EDward Gaming its first loss since Week 1 of the LPL split. Due to his more supportive playstyle, Kim "doinb" Tae-sang appears to be the perfect mid laner for the overly-aggressive Sung "Flawless" Yeon-jun and aids Rogue Warriors' mission to help Han "Smlz" Jin carry. Rogue Warriors also know exactly how they want to collapse on opponents as a unit, and the LPL's extended time on 8.2 has served its use of Teleport and Unsealed Spellbook well.
10. Jin Air Green Wings
Record: 4-8 | League: LCK | +/-: -4
The trio of the Jin Air Green Wings, SK Telecom T1, and the ROX Tigers separated a bit this past week, with strong performances from both ROX and SKT. For Jin Air, it seems like the team is almost, but not quite there. Although the Green Wings often put together strong early game plans, its fumbles them just as often and jump immediately to ceding objectives completely while waiting for star AD carry Park "Teddy" Jin-seong to scale into the late game. This week the Green Wings had a lot of good ideas -- top laner Kim "SoHwan" Jun-yeong's Illaoi against bbq was picked up by the ROX Tigers later in the week -- but not strong enough execution. With the rise of SKT and the surprising consistency of ROX, time is running out for Jin Air.
11. Echo Fox
Record: 11-3 | League: NA LCS | +/-: -1
The story around Echo Fox hasn't changed much this season. This team is obviously talented -- there are at least three legitimate MVP candidates on the team with four games left in the regular season -- and headed towards an easy clinch of a first-round bye, but the fear of losing in the semifinals is looming larger every weekend. This team's lackadaisical nature hasn't hurt it too much in the single-game format this split, and that won't be the case come to the best-of-five playoffs where adaptation will be paramount. Unless something drastic happens, Echo Fox will keep hovering around the 8-13 spot in our rankings, but it'll take a best-of series win to really prove this team is ready for the big time.
Record: 10-4 | League: EU LCS | +/-: -1
The king of Europe continues to sit atop its throne, one game ahead of G2 Esports, but faced similar struggles and had its seven-game win streak snapped by Misfits Gaming. There Misfits beat out Fnatic with the aid of two Banner of Commands to Fnatic's one (though the squad was building into a second one). Fnatic had a tendency to overcommit to skirmishes and objectives last week, but still pulled out a victory against Vitality on the back of Martin "Rekkles" Larsson's Tristana.
13. BiliBili Gaming
Record: 6-4 | League: LPL | +/-: --
Due to the LoL Pro League schedule, Bili Bili Gaming have not played since the last power ranking, so the team stays at 13 for this week.
14. Royal Never Give Up
Record: 6-4 | League: LPL | +/-: +2
Now that they've settled on their starting lineup, including former Flash Wolves jungler Hung "Karsa" Hau-Hsuan and legacy AD carry Jian "Uzi" Zi-Hao, Royal Never Give Up are undefeated in series, including last night's 2-0 victory over a rising FunPlus Phoenix. That's not to say that RNG are flawless. Despite strong individual moments from RNG players, especially Uzi and Karsa, RNG still make a lot of execution errors. Against FunPlus, Royal stalled out a bit in the mid-to-late game and against a stronger team, Royal will find these errors more costly.
15. G2 Esports
Record: 9-5 | League: EU LCS | +/-: --
G2 had a relatively rough showing following the end of its win streak last week at the hands of Fnatic. G2 was beat out by Splyce's early-game centric composition and Galio roams (and Banner of Command tomfoolery), but did prevail in the late game against Giants Gaming with the indomitable six-item duo of Tristana and Viktor. G2 will have to prove that it can stabilize itself in matches against H2K Gaming and Schalke 04 next week.
16. Team WE
Record: 5-5 | League: LPL | +/-: +2
Team WE continued this week with new jungler Zhou "Magic" Jun-Xuan and support He "Celestial" Xin who helped lead the team to victories over JD Gaming and Topsports Gaming. With FunPlus Phoenix surging in the standings since cross-conference play began, these two wins were crucial for WE to maintain their position in what has been a erratic split. WE's one constant this has been mid laner Su "xiye" Han-Wei, who has been mentioned frequently when talking about WE for good reason. Xiye's mid pressure was also a benefit for Magic as he tried to further integrate himself into the lineup.
Record: 10-4 | League: NA LCS | +/-: --
It's good to be a Cloud9 fan right now. This is a team with a proven core that is ready for the postseason, and a first-round bye is in its crosshairs with a strong close to the regular season. When it comes to the early game, C9 is one of the best in the league, and as long as it can tighten up how it closes games, C9 should have smooth sailing until the semifinals for the spring split begin. Could this finally be the MVP season for Nicolaj "Jensen" Jensen? He's in the top five of KDA, kills, and CS differential at 10 minutes of all players in the NA LCS.
18. bbq Olivers
Record: 4-9 | League: LCK | +/-: +2
bbq Olivers is one of the most frustrating teams to watch in South Korea right now. The team has the talent, and both jungler Kim "Trick" Gang-yun and Lee "IgNar" Dong-geun were strong pickups for the team this past offseason who have given bbq a new identity with strong initiation and teamfighting. Unfortunately, bbq fumble not only the execution of team compositions, but also simple in-game macro details like side wave control, vision setup, and neutral objective control. bbq has already proven that it's a team that can take series off of anyone in South Korea, but a lack of consistency is holding them back and will likely cost bbq a playoff spot unless something changes immediately.
19. Suning Gaming
Record: 5-5 | League: LPL | +/-:+2
Following a 1-2 week in series, it seems a bit counterintuitive to move Suning Gaming up in the rankings. Yet, Suning had one of their strongest weeks yet when it came to its play on the Rift, After a disappointing performance against EDward Gaming, where Suning was too hesitant to punish EDG's over-aggressiveness in Game 2, Suning obliterated Oh My God and then had a close series against Snake Esports, which included a near-perfect Game 2. Despite jungler Gao "Tian" Tian-Liang's previous experience with mid laner Zhuo "Knight" Ding, the jungle/mid duo that has been working best for Suning has been Knight and Yang "H4cker" Zhi-Hao, who have led the team recently.
20. Flash Wolves
Record: 8-0 | League: LMS | +/-: +3
The king of Taiwan finds its way back into the top 20 with dominant performances over both J Team and Machi Esports. Kim "Moojin" Moo-Jin has settled well into the lineup and AD carry, Lu "Betty" Yu-Hung, is tearing through enemy bot lanes in his sophomore year. Flash Wolves has separated itself from LMS competition yet again, even without Hung "Karsa" Hau-Hsuan.