League of Legends global power rankings: Preseason

SK Telecom T1 continues to reign supreme in League of Legends. Provided by Riot Games

Welcome back to our League of Legends global power rankings! Every week, we'll look at each team in the five major regions and rank them according to how they are currently performing.

We're starting with the preseason, so Tyler "Fionn" Erzberger, Jacob Wolf and Xander Torres will take into account as much information as we know about the teams, such as international placements at MSI, roster moves and scene shifts (like North America suddenly losing two teams).

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

World Contenders

1. SK Telecom T1

League: LCK

We can't get this one wrong, right? SKT T1 is the undisputed best team in the world, currently in possession of the IEM world championship, League of Legends world championship and Mid-Season Invitational title. SKT T1 is on the verge of a four-peat in its home league, and another run at the Summoner's Cup in the fall could make a third world championship in a span of four years. The world finals venue will be in Los Angeles at the Staples Center, and Faker will be itching to get back to the arena where he first hoisted the Cup back in 2013.

2. ROX Tigers

League: LCK

ROX has everything but a championship: the coordination, the skill and the team chemistry. All that's missing from the Tigers' team house is a trophy. This is the burden the second-best team in the world has to deal with when it plays in the same region as the greatest organization in League history. The Tigers have won two out of the three regular-season titles it has competed in against SKT T1; however, the perpetual runners-up fell in the playoff finals of both those campaigns. Will the summer finally be the split where the Tigers can break through its greatest rival?

3. Royal Never Give Up

League: LPL

Had Royal Never Give Up faced any other region aside from South Korea at the Mid-Season Invitational, it would've advanced to the finals. But due to finishing first in the group stage, it was pitted against South Korean giant SK Telecom T1. Royal ultimately lost 1-3 to the Koreans, but that doesn't take away from it being a great team.

In the offseason, RNG picked up a strong AD carry in Chinese marksman Uzi, which should make its roster even better. Uzi, under the control of legendary 2014 World Championship MVP support Mata, should return to his top class AD carry form. That, mixed with the remainder of the lineup that did well at MSI, should make Royal the best in China and a top-three team in the world.

4. KT Rolster

League: LCK

Summer will be an interesting season for KT Rolster. In 2014 and 2015, summer was KT's time for a renaissance. It won the domestic championship in '14 and made the finals before falling to SKT in '15. A sturdy team from top to bottom, it will be up to the team's mid laner, Fly, to establish himself as a capable carry threat this split. Ssumday is one of the best top laners in the world, Score prides himself as a strong captain and Arrow is a consistent cog in the bottom lane. But regardless of KT's strengths, no team in Korea is dethroning SKT without a mid laner with the ability to stand toe to toe with Faker.

5. Counter Logic Gaming

League: NA LCS

Can the motto of "Respect all, fear none" lead it to an unprecedented third straight North American title? Counter Logic Gaming has come the furthest from the start of the spring to the beginning of summer. The team has proved there is no "I" in the word team, and the North American champions made a spirited run to the finals of the Mid-Season Invitational. It lost in the finals to a more talented and experienced T1 team, yet it was a gigantic step forward for the development of CLG and possibly NA as a whole. The MSI finalists will no longer be overlooked in their home region.

6. Jin Air Green Wings

League: LCK

Jin Air were, per usual, an inconsistent mess last season. Some weeks were good, some were average and some were downright terrible. The team slid into the postseason, but surprised most by taking away the wild-card series from the surging Afreeca Freecs, even taking a game off the eventual champions SKT T1 in the quarterfinals.

If Jin Air could just be consistent, the Green Wings would be a legitimate contender in Korea and a candidate to make the Riot World Championships this fall. Possibly the biggest change this split could come from the top lane with SoHwan, a relative rookie who played only one disappointing game last split, slated as the tentative starter over veteran Trace. But as we saw from last split, it takes only one or two bad games before the Green Wings turn back to its longtime pillar at the top of the map.

7. Flash Wolves

League: LMS

Flash Wolves finally had the opportunity to prove it had some bite to match its bark, but ultimately still showed the same old weaknesses at MSI. However, it was still able to take games off of SK Telecom T1 in the group stage and wasn't completely rolled by CLG in the semifinals. With their roster intact and a potential upgrade at AD carry coming, Flash Wolves are looking solid going into the Summer Split.

8. G2 Esports

League: EU LCS

It's not often champions make changes. But in the case of G2 Esports, its roster adjustments were massive upgrades. The team, which finished first in Europe and fifth at the Mid-Season Invitational (due to a vacation prior to the tournament), signed former Origen bottom lane Zven and mithy, who were among the best in the region last year. That will most likely prove to make the first-place European team even stronger this summer, marking it a candidate for top 10 in the world. If nothing unexpected happens, G2 Esports will once again contend for Europe's gold and a spot at Worlds.

9. EDward Gaming

League: LPL

The second-best team in China may temporarily lose its mid laner PawN to medical injuries, but don't count out EDward Gaming just yet. In PawN's place is former SK Telecom T1 substitute, Scout, who could prove to be serviceable.

The remainder of EDward Gaming is what makes it great, however. South Korean AD carry Deft and Chinese support Meiko have been a strong bottom lane in the region since coming together, while jungler Clearlove and top laner Koro1 are legends of Chinese League of Legends. The team will likely continue to be the second-best competitor in the region, but it all comes down to Scout.

10. Immortals

League: NA LCS

How good are the Immortals? Through the course of spring split, the team dropped only four games, losing once to CLG in the regular season and a sweep loss to Team SoloMid in the semifinals. The splitting of games with CLG looks good now that Counter Logic has established on the world stage, and the loss to TSM can be credited to the team not respecting the meta it was playing in during the semifinals. When Immortals did play to the meta, the rookie club juggernauts smashed a tough Team Liquid team 3-0 in Las Vegas during the third-place match.

The roster is the same for the summer split, so it's time to see the group's growth over the course of five months. If the Immortals can play around the standard and hope the tank meta dies out toward the end of the split, so Huni can play his carry champions again, we could be looking at a team gunning for CLG's throne and probably a top-eight spot at Worlds.

Playoff Contenders

11. Longzhu

League: LCK

With the talent on Longzhu, it should be a top-five team come the end of summer. The team finally shrunk its roster from 10 to seven so it can focus more on building trust and comfort over the pure skill and unpredictability tactics, which led them to missing the postseason last split. Out of all the mid laners in Korea, LZ's Coco has the best chance of equaling SKT T1's on the grand stage of a best-of-five series. It's up to the rest of team and coaching staff to allow their star mid carry the chance at getting there.

12. Afreeca Freecs

League: LCK

Afreeca were the antithesis of Longzhu last split. A roster on paper that didn't inspire much confidence, but a coaching staff and team that rallied in the second stage of the spring season to make a Cinderella run to the playoffs. Jin Air ended the party early for the Freecs in the postseason, and it's now time to see if the development of the Freecs last split was a fluke or the real deal.

13. Ahq e-Sports Club

League: LMS

Ahq e-Sports Club is coming off of their first series loss in Taiwan in over a year. As individuals, the play was sloppy and they obviously looked burned out -- Mountain in particular was incredibly subpar. Despite that, ahq was still the best LMS team in the regular season and still has great talent in the likes of AN, Chawy and Ziv.

14. Team Liquid

League: NA LCS

This could be the split where the jokes of "TL always fourth" subside for a team ready to make its first NA LCS Finals. A team with three rookies last season barely lost to the eventual winners CLG in the semifinals, and the group playing around ace Piglet in the AD carry position will only be better this split. For Liquid, it's Worlds (top three) or nothing for them.

15. Team WE

League: LPL

Of all the regions, China remains the most unchanged. While third-place team Team WE lost two members, neither were starters for the team. Now with its starting five, and end-of-the-season strong performances from both mid laner Xiye and jungler Condi, Team WE will look to retain its commanding third-place finish and shoot for higher results -- if it gets the chance to do so.

In China, it'll be in the same group as teams such as Royal Never Give Up and LGD Gaming, so Team WE will have its work cut out. Nonetheless, Team WE should continue to be a staple for the Chinese scene.

16. Fnatic

League: EU LCS

After its most bumpy split in the League Championship Series, Fnatic has made a change to its lineup, welcoming back star support and shot caller YellOwStaR. For his part, YellOwStaR led Fnatic to two LCS titles last year, before leaving to join Team SoloMid in North America.

Returning home to Europe and competing with Fnatic, alongside long-standing bot lane partner Rekkles, YellOwStaR will likely make Fnatic great again. That said, the team will still have the monstrous hill to climb in the new G2 Esports lineup, which will be one of the most difficult domestic tasks the team has had to face in its long competitive League of Legends history.

17. Team SoloMid

League: NA LCS

The departure of YellOwStar and the addition of rookie North American support Biofrost will raise a lot of questions for TSM entering this split. It was only one teamfight away from winning the club's fourth NA LCS title and representing the region at MSI, but we're now left wondering how well Biofrost will handle the pressure in his first season. Playing on TSM isn't like playing for any other team in the NA LCS as a rookie. His triumphs will be magnified, and his mistakes will be frontline news.

18. Newbee

League: LPL

Newbee, formerly known as Qiao Gu Reapers, is a wild card coming into the season. Assuming it makes no other changes after the release of this article, HappyY, who played mid lane for the team during playoffs, will become the team's AD carry, replacing Uzi. Filling the mid lane role will be legendary Korean mid laner dade, who has performed significantly worse during his tenure in China versus his time in South Korea, where he became a legend.

But if the pieces of the puzzle fit properly and all of Newbee perform as they should, dade, HappyY and jungler Swift could lead Newbee to being a top team in the LPL, maybe even second in its group. It'll have to put up a fight against EDward Gaming if it wants the title for China's group A, though.

19. CJ Entus

League: LCK

CJ Entus will either make the playoffs this season or be an unmitigated disaster. The team is bringing back longtime top laner Shy into the mix after he sat on the bench all last season. CJ Entus will also add a new rookie jungler in Haru and appear to be settling on 17-year-old Ghost as the team's starting carry. There are a lot of moving pieces in this CJ roster, and like Longzhu of last split, you can see there is a lot of talent there. BDD should be more comfortable in his sophomore year, Madlife is as good as ever in the support role and the rest of the team will need to come together around those two.

In a world where everything comes together for CJ, it could make its first domestic final in over three years. If not, relegations could be likely.

20. Machi 17

League: LMS

Machi 17 finally made their way to a playoff series this spring after two long years of competitive play within the region. It upset the likes of J Gaming, and while they looked pitiful against Flash Wolves, Machi put up a better fight than ahq e-Sports Club. Look for Dreamer and BoBo to carry the squad to victory as they look to overthrow ahq next.

Middle of the Pack

21. H2k Gaming

League: EU LCS

Since joining the LCS, H2k Gaming has been one of the top teams in the league. That won't change this year, with the team replacing former AD carry FORG1VEN with former Renegades marksman Freeze. For some, that's an upgrade; for others, maybe not.

The team chose Freeze in hopes to mesh more as a team, something Freeze is known for doing previously. Now, the star-studded lineup will have to face the likes of G2 Esports and Fnatic for the title of a top European team.

22. Origen

League: EU LCS

As G2 Esports grows with the addition of Zven and Mithy, Origen's new roster brings a lot of performance and chemistry questions into play. To replace its departed bottom lane, the team picked up former H2k Gaming AD carry FORG1VEN and former G2 Esports support Hybrid. Those additions should make Origen a top competitor but likely lesser than G2 and Fnatic, both of which have made unquestionable upgrades.

But the biggest question will be FORG1VEN. Shall he perform as well as he has with a new team, Origen could hit the ground running hard early on in the season. Now with Hybrid, who proved himself to be a top support in the region last split, and FORG1VEN, Origen could either come out as a monster of Europe or disjointed, as it was early on in the spring.

23. Cloud9

League: NA LCS

C9's success will hinge on the effectiveness of jungler Meteos returning after almost a year of sitting on the sidelines. Impact should be an upgrade in the top lane over Balls, and Bunny should play well as the team's starting support. Whether Meteos can return to his old level as one of the elites in NA's jungle, and if the team can function without Hai's shotcalling, will either take C9 from a top-three team to one fighting for the last playoff spot in NA.


League: LCK

Could EVER be South Korea's best rookie club since the Tigers busted onto the scene in the spring of 2015? Crazy is an above-average top laner, and the middle of the map appears to be steady enough to survive the tough waters of the LCK. EVER's bot-lane duo of Loken and Key will be, pardon the pun, the key to the team's overall prosperity. A world-class bottom lane has taken an otherwise average team to great heights before, and EVER will be hoping the same can happen when Loken and Key make their debut in Champions Korea.

25. Echo Fox

League: NA LCS

How far can Rick Fox's squadron go this split? The team is finally stable after visa issues plagued the roster in the spring, and AD carry Keith is making noise in South Korea by making it into the top 40 of the world's toughest solo queue ladder in only weeks' time. Fox would have been a playoff team last split if not for constant roster turnover, and making the top six and getting to the semifinals should be its goal this summer.

26. Vici Gaming

League: LPL

Joining the likes of Team WE and Royal Never Give Up in Group B is Vici Gaming, a team which, like Newbee, has a chance of being great if things fall in its favor. Housing 2014 World Champion DanDy and 2015 World Champion Easyhoon, the team's star power is rounded out by solid local talent.

But the main make-or-break is top laner Loong, who will need to improve to hold up to his competition such as Royal's Looper and LGD's MaRin. If he performs better than expected, Vici could be ranked higher, but for now, they're a middle-of-the-pack team in the world, and third-fourth in Group B of the LPL.

27. Vitality

League: EU LCS

Of all the roster changes in Europe, Vitality's prove to be the most questionable. The team has added two Koreans, former Newbee Young jungler Mightybear (formerly known as Moon) and former Apex Gaming AD carry Police. Neither have been spectacular in their time competitively, but have been mediocre in their roles respectively while competing abroad in China and North America, respectively.

While its two new members leave a lot to be desired, it's hard to count out the remainder of the Vitality roster: strong veterans such as top laner Cabochard, Nukeduck and support kaSing. Each have been top three in their roles domestically at some point in their careers. Vitality will likely prove to be an upper-middle-of-the-pack team in Europe this split, and a middle-of-the-pack team globally.

28. Samsung Galaxy

League: LCK

Samsung appeared to be on a resurgence last spring, coming out of nowhere to end the ROX Tigers' perfect season and contend for a top-four spot in the LCK. The happy times didn't last forever; the team went into a major slump to end the season and watched as the Afreeca Freecs passed them to take the final slot in the postseason. SSG are outpowered by a majority of the teams in Champions, so it'll be up to new recruit Ruler in the AD carry role to possibly become the team's new ace carry.

29. Snake Esports

League: LPL

While it once was a top competitive team in the LPL, that may change for Snake Esports this split. The team recently lost mid laner U, leaving it to play with other mid laner TANK. This split, the team will have to figure out how it plays and how to properly face off against teams who are strategically stronger. That will come with huge growing pains most likely, barring any miracle changes.

In its group, Snake looks like a surefire for middle of the pack. Group A will likely be dominated by EDward Gaming and Newbee, with Snake, Saint Gaming and Invictus Gaming trailing behind the big two in the group. That also makes Snake a middle-tier team internationally.

30. J Gaming

League: LMS

Taipei Assassins are no more -- Taiwanese mega-pop star, Jay Chou, purchased the team and rebranded them under his own name as J Gaming. Despite the name change and big bucks coming in, it is unlikely that there will be anything else new regarding the team. REFRA1N and FoFo were fantastic last split, but it's questionable if the jungle/mid duo can make up for the team's poor engage coordination.


31. MVP

League: LCK

The Korean minor league runners-up last split, MVP have been promoted to the major leagues this campaign. A good all-around squad, you shouldn't expect too much from this season when going up against the world's best in South Korea. MVP is an organization known for its brains and scouting, so while this split could end in the bottom for the rookies, don't count them out as the split rolls along. MVP have built an LCK champion before in the form of MVP Ozone, and it'll look to do the same with this brand new iteration.

32. Team ROCCAT

League: EU LCS

After parting ways with three-fifths of its roster in the offseason, ROCCAT made hot bids for several players. The result ended with former Unicorns of Love star AD carry Steeelback, former Stardust top Parang and support Raise filling out the team's lineup. Steeelback is undoubtedly an upgrade from previous marksman Tabzz, but as for its new top and support, it's hard to tell.

Both players had decent showings during their time with Stardust in Challengers Korea, taking third in the regular season and fourth in the playoffs. Both could prove to be upgrades to fredy122 and NoXiAK, but for now, it's too early to tell. Either way, Team ROCCAT should prove to be a contender in Europe, but certainly won't advance very far if it makes the playoffs.

33. Invictus Gaming

League: LPL

One of China's best teams in 2015 has had an ill fate in 2016, finishing fourth in its group last split behind Royal Never Give Up, EDward Gaming and Vici Gaming. Invictus Gaming has a lot to prove this summer in regards to whether it still deserves to be in discussion when talking about its region. And while its talent overall isn't spectacular, mid laner Rookie is still one of the best, if not the best, mid laner in China.

To get back to where it once was, the team will need to find its footing and get some wins in a group with EDward Gaming, Newbee, Saint Gaming, Snake eSports and more. While that's not entirely impossible, beating the likes of EDward and Newbee will prove to be a difficult task in group A of the LPL.

34. NRG Esports

League: NA LCS

South Korea's Ohq and NA's Kiwikid becoming a bottom lane duo? On paper, this team is a fantastic mess. Quas is coming off a retirement, Santorin is returning to NA after a subpar stint back in Europe, Ohq and Kiwikid will try to come together as a tandem and GBM will be in the center trying to keep everything together. When it's all said and done, we could either be looking at the surprise top-three finisher in North America or the biggest trainwreck in NA LCS history.

35. Saint Gaming


Led by legendary top laner Acorn, Saint Gaming, formerly known as Hyper Youth Gaming, retained its LPL spot after defeating Young Miracles in the summer promotion tournament. But the remainder of Saint Gaming is young, inexperienced and outright mediocre, save Styz and otto.

If Acorn holds up and can teach his team a thing or two, Saint Gaming makes a strong case for middle of the pack for its group, likely under EDward Gaming and Newbee, and maybe Snake. But with that comes the potential to fall apart, which is not out of the question.

36. LGD Gaming

League: LPL

Oh how the mighty have fallen. China's best team in 2015, LGD Gaming have taken a nosedive in its domestic rankings throughout 2016 and is now one of the worst from the region after some changes. Most recently, it lost star support Pyl and mid laner We1less due to surgery and a wrist injury respectively. That will leave the support and mid lane roles to the likes of Yu and either Punished or yiw. Either way, LGD's downgrades are apparent and will most likely present a weaker LGD than last split, even though the team still starts 2015 World Champion top laner MaRin and 2014 World Champion AD carry imp. While both have been great in the past, the weight of the rest of LGD is nearly impossible for either to carry on their shoulders.

37. Team EnVyUs

League: NA LCS

EnVyUs possess a solid roster and should feel decent about its chances of making the playoffs in its first season. Seraph and Ninja are one of the better top-mid duos in the NA LCS, and former Impulse jungler Procxin improved mightily in the final weeks of the spring into the promotional tournament. While you shouldn't pen in EnVyUs for surviving its first split, this roster is skilled enough to at least avoid relegations if the players mesh well.

38. Apex Gaming

League: NA LCS

What is this roster? Just ... what? Along with NRG's funky starting five, Apex brings us the most interesting roster coming into the NA LCS summer split. You have a 10-man roster with five North Americans, four South Koreans and European legend Diamondprox in the jungle. The top lane will be fought between Challenger king Cris and South Korean Ray, who has been playing in the EDG system for over a year in China. This team is madness, and placing them is difficult. The potential is there if everything clicks, but that'll be even harder to find with such a huge roster. It'll be up to LCS coach Saintvicious and Challenger coach Crumbzz to find the perfect major league roster if Apex wants to contend for a top spot in its first run in North America.

39. OMG

League: LPL

The full Chinese team of the LPL has made a name for itself for years. But now, the team will likely go through a rough patch of finding an identity. Sure, the talent OMG has added could prove volatile, but without leadership, it's hard to tell.

For now, that puts OMG at the bottom of the food chain, unless its talent shows up out of nowhere. In its group, the Chinese legend organization will face the likes of Royal Never Give Up, Team WE, Vici Gaming and LGD Gaming, each of which is arguably stronger this split. But don't count them out yet; OMG's new talent could show up with some surprises in their sleeves.

40. Unicorns of Love

League: EU LCS

After it lost its mid laner Fox and AD carry Steeelback in April, while simultaneously parting ways with its jungler loulex, Unicorns of Love scrambled to assemble its new lineup. Like many, it looked to South Korea for its jungle and AD carry position, picking up former Gravity Gaming jungler Move and former Vortex AD Veritas. Wrapping up the roster is rookie mid laner Exileh, who hasn't competed in a competitive game since November 2015.

This roster looks like a mess on a paper, barring miraculous performances from Move, Exileh and Veritas. Still, with top laner Vizicsacsi and support Hylissang at the helm, the team will somehow finish within the top six or seven, as it always has since joining the league.

Bottom of the Barrel

41. Hong Kong Esports

League: LMS

Hong Kong Esports finally has its South Korean bot lane back together after the expiration of Raison's suspension. As a result, however, the team has also lost South Korean mid laner, Rokenia, to the LJL and will have to commit to its rookie mid laner, MarS, or perennially mediocre Hong Kong mid laner, Chillyz. At the very least, both should be able to outweigh the mess that Godkwai was last split, right?

42. I May

League: LPL

The worst team in group B of the LPL is I May, formerly known as EDward Esports, the sister team to EDward Gaming that was promoted to the LPL and then sold. Bolstering names such as former EDward Gaming top laner AmazingJ and South Korean mid laners BaeMe and Athena, formerly of CJ Entus Blaze and Ever respectively, predicting where this team might end up is difficult. But it barely beat Young Miracles in the League Secondary Pro League to qualify for the big stage, taking the matches 3-2.

This brings concern for the team, especially in such a tough Chinese group like group B, which also houses Royal Never Give Up, Team WE, Vici Gaming and others who are indefinitely stronger than I May. Nonetheless, I May could surprise others if it figures out how to play at the highest level quickly, but more than likely, it will be the bottom of its group.

43. FC Schalke 04

League: EU LCS

Soccer club Schalke 04's expansion into League of Legends made headlines everywhere this offseason. One of Germany's biggest sports teams joining the LCS is a big deal, but with its current lineup, don't expect much from Schalke 04 this split. With a lack of free-agent talent, the team made only one change, adding Fox in its mid lane.

It has retained the remainder of the Elements roster, which it purchased in the deal. That roster took seventh place last split and will likely not do much differently this split, either.

44. Midnight Sun Esports

League: LMS

Midnight Sun just nearly avoided relegation last split, and although their coaching staff did a good job bringing the rag-tag talents together, it's hardly a serious threat. A team can only get so far when their main carry can seemingly play only two champions at the highest level.

45. Game Talents

League: LPL

Luckily for I May, it's not the worst team in the LPL. That title is left to Game Talents, who is formerly known as Energy Pacemaker.All. Not only is the lineup extremely mediocre, there is no particular star with a long competitive history on Game Talents. It has its ups, but is a clear cut for the bottom of group A and the bottom of the LPL.

It's likely we'll see Game Talents once again competing to retain its spot in the LPL come the end of summer.

46. Giants Gaming

League: EU LCS

The most changed European roster during last split has once again made two changes, this time in its mid lane and jungle. Picking up former Inspire Esports jungler Maxlore and former Ever8 Winners mid laner Na "NighT" Gun-woo, Giants Gaming's changes bring a lot into question. How will two rookies fit in this team? And what exactly are this team's strengths?

Those will have to be answered this split, but both changes could prove fruitful with practice. Maxlore, for his part, is one of the few Challenger junglers from last Challenger split who many would argue deserves a shot at the LCS big stage. As for NighT, he's only played in Challengers Korea and will need to show up big. Overall, for now, Giants is a bottom team domestically and globally.


League: EU LCS

Changing Nisbeth for Mikyx might prove fruitful for Splyce, but unless he revolutionizes the way the team plays, we'll likely see them in the bottom half of the standings in Europe this split. There are glaring issues within this roster, but its strengths are 17-year-old young gun mid laner Sencux and AD carry Kobbe.

Splyce isn't doomed for tenth in its region, but putting it any higher than fifth would be extremely difficult due to only one change in its lineup. For now, Splyce will need to find its identity in the LCS before it's truly able to compete. That will either take more roster changes or a giant step up from the team entirely. This split, Splyce will once again prove to be a bottom-of-the-barrel team.

48. eXtreme Gamers

League: LMS

XGamers retained their LMS status by defeating Taipei Berserkers in the LMS promotion series, but hardly looked great doing it. The squad has proven that they're above the amateur level, but mid laner SuwaKo is the only one who poses a major threat for the team. It's not as if the team will place higher than sixth again.

49. Flash Husky (Team to be sold or renamed)

League: LMS

Right now it's Flash Husky, but tomorrow it can be Gash Bears or even Toyz's new organization breaking into the LMS. Regardless, whatever team that buys in won't be able to get their hands on star players, Betty and Breeze, and likely won't be competitive at all.

50. Phoenix 1 (Team Impulse)

League: NA LCS

We're a week away from the season starting and we still don't know who has bought Team Impulse's spot in the NA LCS or what its roster entails, though the name is apparently Phoenix 1. Seeing as every other team in the other five major regions at least has some sort of a roster, we're going to have to put Phoenix 1 as the 50th-ranked team in the Global Power Rankings. Really hurting the average there for North America, P1.