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 currently performing.
We're starting with Week 1 of the LMS, Week 2 of the NA/EU LCS and Week 3 of the LPL and LCK. 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: 5-0 (10-0) | League: LCK | +/-: no change
For the past two rankings, we've had SK Telecom T1 as the undisputed number one League of Legends team in the world. That trend continues after SK Telecom T1 took victories over Samsung Galaxy and MVP. The former has been on a hot streak this split, while the latter has been a bottom team in League Champions Korea. Nonetheless, SK Telecom T1's previous victories over ROX Tigers, KT Rolster, and win over Samsung Galaxy prove it's still the top dog in South Korea, and the world. If the streak continues, SK Telecom and its leader, star mid laner and League of Legends goliath Faker, will take home a domestic title with ease, making it their fourth one since Spring 2015.
2. Royal Never Give Up
Record: 5-0 (10-1) | League: LPL | +/-: no change
Like last time, Royal Never Give Up is our second best team in the world. The team took easy wins this week over I May, a middle of the pack team in LPL's group B, and LGD Gaming, who is one of the worst in the Chinese region currently. But Royal's domestic victories this year over Team WE and Vici Gaming still make it the best Chinese team in the world, and second on our list. But this Thursday is Royal Never Give Up's true test: a cross-group match versus EDward Gaming, who is the best team in group A, and a top 10 team in the world.
3. Jin Air Green Wings
Record: 4-1 (8-3) | League: LCK | +/-: +3
Despite the loss to Samsung Galaxy, Jin Air Green Wings is still a really good team. And with Samsung losing to Longzhu Gaming, who have had poor results this summer, it's clear that the top of South Korea, aside from SK Telecom T1, are vulnerable. This week will prove just how strong Jin Air is as it faces off versus the final boss, SK Telecom, on Friday.
4. Samsung Galaxy
Record: 4-2 (8-4) | League: LCK | +/-: -1
For the past few weeks, Samsung has looked like the second best team in South Korea. It hit a hot streak, but this week, it stumbled. A loss to SK Telecom T1 last week doesn't come as a surprise, but a loss this morning to Longzhu Gaming should not happen for Samsung if it wants to be in the caliber of the best. Whether that loss was a fluke or not, it's hard to assess Samsung properly without a few more games. Victories over Jin Air and ROX certainly make it a strong team, but does the loss to Longzhu show a dent in the armor? And how will Samsung adjust as the season, and meta shifts, continue to play out?
5. ROX Tigers
Record: 4-2 (8-7) | League: LCK | +/-: -1
For the team that looked like the best team in South Korea last split until playoffs, ROX Tigers have had a much bumpier summer than spring. The 2015 World Championship runner-up managed to take victories over KT Rolster and CJ Entus recently, the latter with a surprising one-game loss in the series but a victory nonetheless. For now, it looks like it's the fourth best team in South Korea. Its next few matches against Longzhu, who just upset Samsung, and Jin Air will both matter to ROX if it wants to continue being taken seriously as a top five team in the world.
6. EDward Gaming
Record: 5-0 (10-2) | League: LPL | +/-: +1
EDward Gaming had a good week last week with victories over Game Talents and Invictus Gaming, both who are middle of the pack teams in group A. EDward Gaming's consistency with victory, now on its fifth series win, is certainly notable and makes it a top team in the world for now. This week will certainly see where EDward Gaming is as it faces its group B undefeated counterpart Royal Never Give Up, who is considered the best team in China by most analysts and experts in the region. If EDward Gaming take a win in that match, it will rise in the rankings. But if predictions play out as expected, it will remain the second best in China.
7. G2 Esports
Record: 3-1-0 | League: EU LCS | +/-: -2
G2 Esports is still the best team in Europe. However, last weekend showed that gods can, in fact, bleed, as the team took an unexpected tie with ROCCAT, an opponent who, despite improving significantly this split so far, shouldn't be close to G2 in terms of performance.
8. Team SoloMid
Record: 4-0 (8-1) | League: NA LCS | +/-: no change
Team SoloMid continued its dominance in the second week with victories over top team Immortals and rising LCS challenger Apex Gaming. While it dropped its first game of the season to Immortals, Team SoloMid look like the best team currently in North America. Biofrost, the team's rookie support, has been outstanding his first four matches, while the remainder of the SoloMid squad has performed up to expectations. If this continues, Team SoloMid may get back the Summoner's Cup that's been taken from them the past two splits by Counter Logic Gaming.
9. Flash Wolves
Record: 1-0-0 | League: LMS | +/-: no change
Flash Wolves had a pretty easy first week in the LMS, only having to face off against relegation-tier Midnight Sun. It was business as usual for Flash Wolves, as it was clearly several levels up on its opponent and faced very little opposition from MSE. Hung "Karsa" Hau-Hsuan was specifically dominant during the series earning himself a perfect KDA of 17.
10. Team WE
Record: 4-1 (9-4) | League: LPL | +/-: +1
Team WE has been on a mission: prove it's the third best team in China. With victories over Vici Gaming last week, it's making a rather good case for itself behind Royal Never Give Up and EDward Gaming. This should hold true this week in its matches versus Game Talents and Snake Esports. If it should lose to either, it will certainly fall in the rankings, but barring any kind of surprise, Team WE should take Ws over both this week.
Record: 3-1 (7-4) | League: NA LCS | +/-: +1
A loss to Team SoloMid isn't the end of the world for last split's regular season champion. In fact, taking Team SoloMid to three games certainly means something. Huni should be right at home in this top lane carry meta, and Immortals were only one team fight away from defeating Team SoloMid.
12. KT Rolster
Record: 3-2 (7-5) | League: LCK | +/-: +2
Prior to the season, we thought KT Rolster would be a top ten team in the world, specifically at number four on our rankings. Now, however, it looks like the team is more or less a playoff contender. It took a loss to ROX Tigers last week, which is expected given both teams' performances, but it also took a win over Afreeca Freecs, who we had ranked above KT Rolster last week.
13. Ahq e-Sports Club
Record: 1-0-0 | League: LMS | +/-: no change
Ahq e-Sports Club continued to show cracks in its once unbreakable armor as it faltered multiple times against the likes of Team Mist. While the squad still managed to 2-0 the newly qualified team, it was still very much at odds in the early and mid game. It is also worth noting that ahq elected to start sub RD at the AD position over AN, looking for a more controlled carry.
14. Afreeca Freecs
Record: 2-3 (4-6) | League: LCK | +/-: -4
Afreeca moves down in the rankings after losses to KT Rolster and Jin Air Green Wings, both who are now above it in the rankings. Those losses aren't catastrophic, as Afreeca is still a strong team, but the losses do put it lower than last week's 10th place ranking. This week, Afreeca plays ESC Ever, who it should beat easily.
15. H2k Gaming
Record: 2-2-0 | League: EU LCS | +/-: +5
H2k Gaming beat Fnatic and Giants last week in rather convincing fashion. The former is a surprising and great victory for H2k, who have looked like an upper middle of the pack team based off its week one performance. That makes H2k better than expected, for now, and bumps it up in the rankings marginally until it faces against the likes of G2 Esports this week.
Record: 2-1-1 | League: EU LCS | +/-: no change
Fnatic, to the surprise of many, lost to H2k last week while not banning Draven from H2k AD carry Freeze, who is known as one of the best players on that champion. Whether that loss be due to lack of scouting or just pure stubbornness, it brings to question if Fnatic is as good as it once was believed to be. For now, it falls in the rankings to a similar level to H2k and ROCCAT.
17. Hong Kong Esports
Record: 2-0-0 | League: LMS | +/-: +8
Hong Kong eSports surprised in its first week, earning itself two wins and a perfect start to the summer. Raison is clearly an upgrade over Godkwai at AD carry and ex-LSPL mid laner, Gear, was a rock in the mid lane. With the meta shifting over to carry tops, MapleSnow will be right at home. However, HKE still has sloppy team coordination overall and will have to show it has more than individual talent.
18. Vici Gaming
Record: 3-2 (6-5) | League: LPL | +/-: +7
Vici Gaming took a win over OMG last week, but took a loss at the hands of Team WE, China's third best team. But its first game with WE was certainly closer than expected. Top laner Loong showed strength in that series, while the remainder of the team filed in normally. Overall, Vici is either the fourth or fifth best team in China and its match versus Newbee this week should be easy.
19. Team ROCCAT
Record: 1-3-0 | League: EU LCS | +/-: +5
Team ROCCAT is becoming the king of ties this split. But unlike previously, where it tied with the likes of H2k and Splyce, ROCCAT tied with the best team in Europe -- G2 Esports -- this past week, which is more than impressive. It then took a victory over Splyce as expected. The tie with G2 bumps Team ROCCAT in the standings.
20. Team EnVyUs
Record: 4-0 (8-2) | League: NA LCS | +/-: -1
The rookies are still undefeated, but the tough part of its schedule is about to hit, and that's why its ranking hasn't changed much. If you had to vote for MVP, Seraph would be the leader and LOD would be the frontrunner for Rookie of the Split if it wasn't for Biofrost from Team SoloMid. This week, the team will face Immortals and Counter Logic Gaming, and it'll need to defeat both teams if it wants to be taken seriously as a top team in North America.
Middle of the pack
21. Longzhu Gaming
Record: 2-4 (6-8) | League: LCK | +/-: +14
To the surprise of many, Longzhu Gaming pulled out a win over Samsung Galaxy today after a loss to CJ Entus last week, who look like the worst team in South Korea. Longzhu's biggest issue is inconsistency but at face value, beating Samsung Galaxy is no easy feat and should certainly bump Longzhu in the rankings both domestically and internationally. For now, it sits as a playoff contender. If it qualifies for the LCK playoffs, it could pull an upset over a team that it may be counted out against.
22. Snake Esports
Record: 3-2 (7-4) | League: LPL | +/-: +16
With victories over Saint Gaming and Invictus Gaming, Snake Esports is looking better than we originally anticipated. The team looks like it may be the second best in group A, which translates to being the fifth best -- give or take -- in the LPL. Internationally, that makes it a middle of the pack team, but an upper one nonetheless.
23. J Team
Record: 1-1-0 | League: LMS | +/-: +10
Rolling in with no roster changes, J Team didn't look to be a serious threat after its meltdown against Machi 17 in the most recent LMS playoffs. J Team came to play though: the team had some of the more poised victories this week, still maintaining its fantastic early game play. However, it did still tie with Machi 17 and showed that much of its issues with engage coordination still remain.
Record: 3-1 (7-4) | League: NA LCS | +/-: no change
The reshaped Cloud9 has been electric thus far in the first two weeks. Meteos has been stellar in his return to pro play, and Impact has given the former champions a new dimension in the top lane. With a win over Counter Logic Gaming last week, Cloud9 still should be considered an upper middle of the pack team, but its close call with Phoenix1 leaves much to be desired.
25. Machi 17
Record: 0-1-1 | League: LMS | +/-: -7
Machi 17 is clearly looking at options to progress itself from a playoff team to a world caliber team with the inclusion of Chen "Vayn3z" Han and Shih "Breaker" Yueh-Ting, but so far the team has been heading in a confused direction. Starting the first week without a win is a bit of a bummer, but its losses showed it was very close to HKE's overall skill and was able to tie with J Team. Its emphasis on split-pushing will prove to be a boon to the team with picks like Irelia and Jax sure to come into the meta, with the new Trinity Force buffs.
26. Apex Gaming
Record: 2-2 (5-5) | League: NA LCS | +/-: -5
The Lions came back to Earth in week two, getting swatted aside by the two unbeaten in Team SoloMid and Team EnVyUs. Ray has been magnificent when he gets off to a hot start, yet the team has failed to do well when he is kept down. Overall, the team looks to have fallen a bit, while its rookie counterpart EnVyUs has risen the rankings.
Record: 1-4 (3-8) | League: LCK | +/-: +4
MVP, to the surprise of many, took down ESC EVER last week before falling to SK Telecom T1 this morning. The former is certainly a notable win, making MVP move up in the rankings and EVER move down.
28. Splyce Gaming
Record: 1-2-1 | League: EU LCS | +/-: +8
Splyce took an unexpected victory over FC Schalke 04 last week, which is good news for them. Even though it lost to G2, Splyce are performing better than most expected, which gives it a bump in the rankings above Vitality. To improve more, and go higher up, Splyce will need to convincingly beat Giants this week and look to tie or beat Fnatic, who is a better team so far.
29. CJ Entus
Record: 1-5 (3-11) | League: LCK | +/-: -3
Taking a game off the ROX Tigers today, CJ Entus certainly looks like it found something that works, primarily off the back of mid laner Bdd. The team looks better than MVP, but worse than the remainder of the LCK, although it did beat Longzhu last week as well. Nonetheless, CJ Entus has work to do as it faces off against Samsung Galaxy at the end of this week.
30. Counter Logic Gaming
Record: 1-3 (3-7) | League: NA LCS | +/-: -13
Don't let its record fool you, Counter Logic Gaming are still a decent team in North America. Those losses come at the hands of Cloud9, Team SoloMid, and Apex Gaming, the two former which are certainly notable this split, and the latter which has showed up big in week one. Counter Logic did take down Team Liquid, which is good news, but the team is also not nearly as good as it anticipated coming off of a second place finish at the Mid-Season Invitational.
31. Invictus Gaming
Record: 2-3 (6-7) | League: LPL | +/-: -2
With a loss to Snake, it shows that Invictus Gaming isn't as good as originally anticipated, but it's likely the strength of China that makes it where it is. The loss to Snake isn't awful, Invictus is still middle of the pack in its group -- and middle of the pack internationally as a result. Invictus should take down OMG this week, and likely lose to China's best team Royal Never Give Up.
32. NRG Esports
Record: 1-3 (4-6) | League: NA LCS | +/-: +11
At 1-3, NRG Esports are better than its record shows. It took both Immortals and EnVyUs to a third game, and the combo of Ohq and GBM has gotten crisper every game. Santorin has been the quiet force, however, his improvements in week two enabling his South Korean threats. The victory over Echo Fox and the close series with Immortals definitely put NRG higher than they were last week by a large margin.
33. Game Talents
Record: 3-2 (6-5) | League: LPL| +/-: -11
Not much has changed for Game Talents. A loss to EDward Gaming is not even remotely surprising considering EDward's huge step in terms of performance so far. For now, Game Talents falls in the rankings due to the improvement of others in its group. Its upcoming match versus Team WE should tell us more about where it stacks up in China.
34. FC Schalke 04
Record: 1-2-1 | League: EU LCS | +/-: -4
FC Schalke 04 had a rough week in week two as it lost to Splyce and tied with Origen, the latter who looks disjointed this split after recently losing AD carry FORG1VEN. The loss is a bit surprising, but the tie shouldn't happen if Schalke wants to be a top team in the region. For now, they stay in the same spot, but have Splyce advance above them.
Record: 0-3-1 | League: EU LCS | +/-: -3
Vitality is still struggling to find its footing, bringing in new Danish AD carry Reje in all four games last week instead of Police. Support kaSing shows signs in recent interviews of missing his old bottom lane partner Hjärnan, who stepped down due to lack of motivation. And as a result, the team that was once top six in Europe now looks like it's in the bottom three.
36. ESC EVER
Record: 1-4 (3-8) | League: LCK | +/-: -21
A loss to MVP certainly brings to question if EVER is the worst team in the LCK. If it's not, it's close to CJ, who it beat earlier in the split. Regardless, EVER has a big mountain to climb versus Afreeca Freecs this week, a match which will mean a lot to the team if it wants to regain its notability as a solid team. For now, EVER is ranked as struggling due to a shocking loss to a team that many have already counted out.
37. Team Mist
Record: 0-0-1 | League: LMS | +/-: +12
Team Mist proved to be more competitive than most newly qualified teams despite not being able to take a game off ahq in their first series. The individual talent on the team is evident, but more impressive was the team's lack of fear and general authoritative decision making. The team is still new, but with the right amount of coaching, it just might be able to contest M17 and HKE for fourth place.
38. I May
Record: 2-3 (6-6) | League: LPL | +/-: -4
Not much has changed for I May. As expected, the team lost to Royal Never Give Up last week, meaning it's still a middle of the pack team in group B. It should dominate this week's match versus Saint Gaming, the first it'll play outside of its group. If it doesn't, then I May has bigger issues, but for now, it's definitely a team that's struggling to put ends together as it sits under Vici Gaming, Royal, and Team WE.
39. Team Liquid
Record: 1-3 (3-6) | League: NA LCS | +/-: -2
For the first time this season, Team Liquid managed to win a series, albeit over Echo Fox. That means that there's hope for Liquid, who many expected to be better in the best of three meta than it currently is. But nonetheless, Liquid still has a lot to prove, as it takes on Apex Gaming and Immortals this week. If it wins either of those, Liquid may be on to something.
40. Giants Gaming
Record: 1-0-3 | League: EU LCS | +/-: +2
With a victory over the Unicorns of Love, Giants Gaming move up in the rankings slightly. It lost to H2k, but that doesn't take away much considering H2k is a tier above Giants in Europe. The true test for Giants is their upcoming match this week versus Splyce, which if it wins, makes it significantly better than expected. It should also beat Origen this week without question.
Bottom of the barrel
Record: 2-3 (5-8) | League: LPL | +/-: no change
Newbee took down Saint Gaming last week, proving it's not the worst team in LPL's group A. Newbee is still one of the more disappointing teams in the LPL, but things look like they could be half-decent for Newbee. Whether or not that continues, we'll see this week as Newbee faces off versus Vici Gaming, which is a significantly better team.
42. Midnight Sun Esports
Record: 0-0-1 | League: LMS | +/-: -3
Midnight Sun easily had the hardest matchup this week, having to face off against Flash Wolves. Against the most recent LMS champs, Midnight Sun had a few tricks up its sleeve in the early game, but crumbled when it came to coordinated objective play and teamfights. Individual performances were decent enough and future matchups against lower tier teams will tell more about MSE's future.
43. Echo Fox
Record: 1-3 (3-6) | League: NA LCS | +/-: -16
It was a rough week for Echo Fox, taking losses to Liquid and NRG Esports. That is bad for the team, which people hoped would improve in the best-of-three format. It's got a tough week this week as well, facing off versus Immortals and Counter Logic Gaming.
Record: 0-2-2 | League: EU LCS | +/-: +1
With the departure of FORG1VEN, many, us included, thought this was the end of Origen's reign completely. However, the team had a shocking week with ties versus Team Vitality and Schalke 04. Both of those teams have been better than Origen so far, so taking the ties definitely means Origen wants to improve, whether xPeke is playing AD carry or not.
45. Unicorns of Love
Record: 1-0-3 | League: EU LCS | +/-: -5
The Unicorns of Love took a beating this week after losing to the likes of Giants Gaming and Fnatic. Those losses move it down in our rankings, and make it arguably the worst team in Europe (alongside Origen). Unicorns will need to find something special if it wants to compete with the best. This week, it will either lose or tie with Vitality, and likely get crushed by G2 Esports.
46. LGD Gaming
Record: 1-4 (3-9) | League: LPL | +/-: -2
LGD Gaming finally won a series, albeit over OMG, who alongside Saint Gaming, is the worst in the LPL. But LGD looks half-decent, taking a game off of Team WE earlier. The team still is in the bottom half of the LPL, and therefore, towards the lower end internationally. All things considered, LGD Gaming is still similar to spring LGD: it has the talent but lacks everything that makes a team great.
Record: 0-4 (1-8) | League: NA LCS | +/-: +3
Phoenix1 took Cloud9 to three games, which is odd to say the least. And now, the team has upgraded its jungle position with Inori, who has obtained his visa today according to substitute jungler Zentinel's Twitter. That should make Phoenix1 better, after a week that was a bit surprising. For now, Phoenix1 rises the rankings by three.
Record: 0-5 (1-10) | League: LPL | +/-: no change
OMG lost to LGD Gaming, who is also bottom of the barrel in group B and internationally. OMG may not be the worst in China but it makes a case for it, with that title coming down between it and Saint Gaming. OMG needs to figure something out if it wants to move up the rankings.
49. Saint Gaming
Record: 0-4 (2-10) | League: LPL | +/-: -3
Saint Gaming is the worst team in group A, the weaker of the two groups in the LPL. For how well Acorn has done in the past, Saint Gaming looks like a relegation-tier team, and will likely be so at the end of the split. There's very little hope Saint Gaming can figure things out, and they should get crushed by I May this week.
50. eXtreme Gamers
Record: 0-0-2 | League: LMS | +/-: -3
eXtreme Gamers, fresh off requalifying for the LMS, didn't show much to be excited for. The team still fails to play appropriately around mid lane ace, SuwaKo, and even put veteran jungler, Yo, on carry junglers like Graves. Individual performances weren't too much of an issue, but the team is still searching for the dynamic it showed early last Spring.