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Welcome back to our League of Legends global power rankings. Every week, we look at each team in the five major regions and rank them according to how they are performing.
The NA LCS, EU LCS, LCK and LMS are entering Week 3 of competition. The LPL is entering Week 2. The +/- indicates the change since the previous ranking.
Nos. 1-10: World contenders
Nos. 11-20: Playoff contenders
Nos. 21-30: Middle of the pack
Nos. 31-40: Struggling
Nos. 41-50: Bottom of the barrel
1. SK Telecom T1
Record: 3-1 (6-3) | League: LCK | +/-: --
Kang "Blank" Sun-gu has played 10 games in the 2017 season. He has won all 10. Blank has not only inherited the circular spectacles from former SKT jungler starter Bae "Bengi" Seong-woong, but his stone-faced coolness in the face of adversity, as well. Blank has become "The Cleaner" of SKT, coming in at the pivotal moment to stabilize the team and get the world champion back on track.
2. Samsung Galaxy
Record: 4-0 (8-2) | League: LCK | +/-: --
During last year's Worlds finals, Lee "CuVee" Seong-jin was one win away from most likely being named the tournament's MVP. Alas, SKT prevailed, and CuVee's incredible month and breakthrough into the elite of the top lane position were washed away. After a disappointing spring season, CuVee is back in the form that crushed his opposition at last year's Worlds, and Samsung is humming along in the standings, currently 4-0 and the only remaining undefeated club in LCK.
3. KT Rolster
Record: 4-1 (8-4) | League: LCK | +/-: +4
KT fans, you can back away from your jerseys and put down the lighter fuel. After the team's terrible start to the season, losing its first match in a sweep to Longzhu and getting perfect gamed by the Afreeca Freecs, the runner-up of the spring split has found itself. It took down the Freecs and won its last two matches in strong fashion. The biggest change in the team has been Heo "PawN" Won-seok; following a zombie-like start to the split, stumbling around in the mid lane, he's come back to life in KT's most recent matches, putting up big numbers that resemble the former PawN of 2014 Samsung White and 2015 EDward Gaming.
Record: 3-0 (6-1) | League: EU LCS | +/-: +5
Fnatic has continued its surge in the European LCS with a marquee victory against a G2 Esports squad that showed signs of fighting back. The squad's decision to play around the bottom lane, home of Martin "Rekkles" Larsson (13.0 KDAR in the series) has paid dividends, as the unit showed no signs of hesitation in its skirmishes, which were most of the time synonymous of disaster for G2. With a clash against ROCCAT in its sights come Week 3, one should not expect Fnatic's momentum to cool off.
5. Team WE
Record: 2-0 (4-1) | League: LPL | +/-: +1
Team WE is the cream of the crop in the League of Legends Pro League. The team scrapped a lot with Invictus Gaming and DAN Gaming, but still showed off its sophisticated side lane control. Ke "957" Chang-Yu's Kled was notably key this week as WE effectively snowballed a game almost entirely off top lane in its second match against Invictus Gaming last week.
6. G2 Esports
Record: 2-1 (5-3) | League: EU LCS | +/-: -2
Despite a loss against Fnatic, G2 Esports showed why it was considered as one of the best squads in the world. Some of its jitters find root in the lack of practice with its starting lineup as Luka "PerkZ" Perkovic (illness), Ki "Expect" Dae-han and Kim "Trick" Gang-yun (rest) had barely returned to the lineup. If anything, any worries observers might have had regarding the lineup were quelled against Ninjas in Pyjamas in a series that will be more remembered for the squad's insistence to hand AD carry Jesper "Zven" Svenningsen a pentakill - which ultimately happened.
7. Jin Air Green Wings
Record: 3-2 (7-5) | League: LCK | +/-: +17
Is Jin Air good? Could it be? It's a new season and Jin Air has gotten off to another hot start. If Jin Air follows the usual script, the team would fall apart come the second-half of the season, and eventually either drop out of playoffs or lose in the first round. The biggest difference between this season and others, though, is how Jin Air is winning its games. For the first time in over two years, Jin Air is not the team in the league with the longest average game time. Also, it has a player with potential to be one of the top five best players in the world. Jin Air's AD carry Park "Teddy" Jin-seong is a true powerhouse in the bottom lane, and in only his second split as a pro, he is already putting up numbers comparable to the best marksmen. As long as Jin Air can keep Teddy under contract, it has a chance to be special; if not this split, the future, certainly.
8. Longzhu Gaming
Record: 3-2 (8-5) | League: LCK | +/-: -5
The Longzhu express hit some major road bumps the past week. A loss to SK Telecom T1 was nothing to hang its head over; Longzhu, who slapped around the back-to-back world champion in the first match, had the best series of the split in any region, where it eventually lost in an epic final match that pushed both teams to their limit. The team's second loss to Jin Air, however, did take a bit of wind out of the sails. Jin Air is 3-1 and appears to be a legitimate contender, but Longzhu, who came out swinging like a heavyweight champion, showed some weakness in its second loss of the split. Still, the Dragons have had the toughest schedule of any team in the league to start the season, so hopefully, a softer next few weeks can bring back the team's swagger that exhibited in the opening week.
9. Afreeca Freecs
Record: 2-2 (6-6) | League: LCK | +/-: -4
When it comes to the first game of matches, Afreeca Freecs are the best team in the world. It has two perfect games in its last three matches, something unheard of in professional League of Legends, and the team is somehow only 2-2. For whatever reason, the team knows how to take advantage of the first game in the series but can't close the door in Game 2. If it goes to Game 3, things get even messier. In an alternate reality where LCK is only a best-of-one, the Freecs might be No.1 in our ranking. And that's why best-of-threes are needed.
Record: 2-0 (4-1) | League: LPL | +/-: +7
It's been a long time since OMG could really lay claim to being a top LPL team, but beating an Uzi-less RNG 2-0 is a step in that direction. OMG may have dropped a game to the struggling JD Gaming, but that didn't stop Xie "Icon" Tian-Yu from going deathless in that series and amassing a 12 KDA during the first week of the LPL.
11. Unicorns of Love
Record: 3-0 (6-1) | League: EU LCS | +/-: +5
The Unicorns of Love's victory over H2k-Gaming is one thing - doing so off the back of Samuel "Samux" Fernandez Fort's standout performance during the series is another. In all three games, the bottom lane has emerged as one of UoL's greatest assets in undoing H2k's schemes, as the bottom lane leads translated into map-wide takeovers from Samux and Zdravets "Hylissang" Iliev Galabov. UoL has displayed growth in a way that may make Group A's top teams revisit their strategies, as the team now provides threat from all lanes in the early game.
12. Counter Logic Gaming
Record: 3-1 (7-4) | League: NA LCS | +/-: --
CLG was so close to making a statement on Sunday and flying much higher than No. 12. It almost crushed Team SoloMid in their first meeting of the summer split; a 2-0 would have put CLG in an undisputed spot as the best team in NA with a 4-0 record but CLG didn't get it done. TSM fought back, won the next two games of the series, and while CLG still looks like the best NA has to offer so far, it can't be considered a world-class team just yet. The pieces are there for greatness, and we'll see if they come together as the summer rolls on.
13. H2K Gaming
Record: 2-1 (5-2) | League: EU LCS | +/-: --
H2k-Gaming was one Baron Nashor call away from scoring high points in the Power Rankings this week, but a shaky setup led to a brutal downfall in a back-and-forth affair against the Unicorns of Love. At the very least, the squad has looked assertive heading into objective takedowns (outside of that Baron call in Game 3) and showcased better play in the laning phase compared to its Spring Split iteration - a must if it is to contend against Fnatic.
14. Team EnVyUs
Record: 3-1 (7-4) | League: NA LCS | +/-: +20
Team EnVyUs have officially won as many games in the summer split as it did in the spring split. It's not just based on the team's Nam "Lira" Tae-Yoo-boosted early game either. EnVy has learned how to transition its leads into the mid game and how to come back from a deficit. It's a treat to see a team actually build upon its snowballing strength with basic macro play.
15. Royal Never Give Up
Record: 1-1 (2-3) | League: LPL | +/-: -7
It's easy to say that RNG needs Jian "Uzi" Zhi-Hao to perform, but historically his regular season performance hasn't matched his "big-game" performances. RNG's problems have generally stemmed from Liu "MLXG" Shi-Yu's lack of flexibility when it comes to early game pathing. RNG are easy to read in the early game and it's a problem that bears fixing.
Record: 3-1 (6-4) | League: NA LCS | +/-: -2
Immortals looked like one of the best NA teams in Week 1, but it's probably time to slam the brakes on that now. IMT was taken apart by nV and only narrowly defeated FlyQuest by focusing on scaling compositions. The team's inherent laning strengths are still there, but it has to take similar steps that nV did to really mature and grow.
17. Team SoloMid
Record: 2-2 (5-5) | League: NA LCS | +/-: +1
It's hard to gauge this Team SoloMid squad. The defending NA champion was a game away on Sunday from going down to a 1-3 record and having calls from the community to change up the starting roster. Yet, as it usually does -- at least in domestic play -- TSM woke up at the right time and survived to keep its record at .500 following a tough schedule to start the season. Immortals, Dignitas, C9 and Counter Logic Gaming are four of the best teams in the league alongside TSM, so it'll be interesting to see how the club rebounds with must-win matches coming up.
Record: 3-0 (6-1) | League: LMS | +/-: +2
Ahq eSports Club hasn't necessarily improved, but since Flash Wolves looked terrible with its subs last week, that alone merits ahq a top standing in Taiwan. It appeared that Liu "LBB" Ping-Hsin was going to be the uncontested starter, but Chou "AN" Chun-An was slotted in last week and performed relatively well. The pressure of a new AD carry prospect may be what he needs to return to form.
19. Invictus Gaming
Record: 1-1 (3-3) | League: LPL | +/-: +2
Invictus Gaming had an on and off first week. Song "Rookie" Eui-Jin is still the MVP of IG in the mid lane, but the team seemingly lives and dies by Ghao "Ning" Zhen-Ning's performances in the jungle. Losing 2-1 to Team WE could be considered a success, but getting caught off-guard by I May's jungle Nidalee pick was less than ideal.
Record: 2-1 (4-2) | League: EU LCS | +/-: +12
Splyce has isolated itself from the pack of stragglers and from the leading squads, standing at a safe fifth overall place in Europe. Its laning phase play was overwhelming enough to dispose of Mysterious Monkeys and of Vitality (in the second game of that series), and its ability to recover against teams with unclear game plans is there. The good news for Splyce fans is: the team has improved - just not enough to catch up with UoL, H2k, Fnatic and G2 yet - as an improved early game would do wonders to help it contend.
Middle of the pack
21. EDward Gaming
Record: 1-1 (2-2) | League: LPL | +/-: -9
22. ROX Tigers
Record: 1-4 (4-8) | League: LCK | +/-: +11
23. Team Dignitas
Record: 3-1 (7-4) | League: NA LCS | +/-: +3
Record: 2-2 (5-4) | League: NA LCS | +/-: -1
25. J Team
Record: 3-0 (6-0) | League: LMS | +/-: +2
Record: 2-1 (4-3) | League: EU LCS | +/-: +13
27. I May
Record: 0-1 (1-2) | League: LPL | +/-: -5
Record: 1-0 (2-1) | League: LPL | +/-: --
29. Ever8 Winners
Record: 1-3 (3-6) | League: LCK | +/-: -18
30. Flash Wolves
Record: 0-2 (0-4) | League: LMS | +/-: -20
Record: 1-3 (2-7) | League: LCK | +/-: -12
32. bbq Olivers
Record: 0-4 (2-8) | League: LCK | +/-: -1
33. Raise Gaming
Record: 4-0 (8-1) | League: LMS | +/-: +3
34. DAN Gaming
Record: 1-1 (2-2) | League: LPL | +/-: +13
35. LGD Gaming
Record: 1-1 (3-2) | League: LPL | +/-: --
36. Echo Fox
Record: 2-2 (5-4) | League: NA LCS | +/-: -5
Record: 0-2 (2-4) | League: EU LCS | +/-: -13
38. Suning Gaming
Record: 0-1 (1-2) | League: LPL | +/-: +4
39. Wayi Spider
Record: 2-2 (4-4) | League: LMS | +/-: +10
Record: 1-3 (3-6) | League: NA LCS | +/-: +3
Bottom of the barrel
41. JD Gaming
Record: 0-2 (1-4) | League: LPL | +/-: -12
Record: 0-3 (1-6) | League: LMS | +/-: -1
43. Team Liquid
Record: 1-3 (3-7) | League: NA LCS | +/-: +7
44. Ninjas in Pyjamas
Record: 0-3 (0-6) | League: EU LCS | +/-: +1
Record: 0-4 (2-8) | League: NA LCS | +/-: -7
46. Snake Esports
Record: 0-1 (0-2) | League: LPL | +/-: -6
47. Mysterious Monkeys
Record: 0-3 (0-6) | League: EU LCS | +/-: -10
Record: 0-2 (0-4) | League: EU LCS | +/-: -2
49. Hong Kong Attitude
Record: 0-3 (1-6) | League: LMS | +/-: -5
Record: 0-2 (0-4) | League: LMS | +/-: -2