On the wake of a tense second week of action, the foggy LEC’s picture became even blurrier.

Although the European region has seen similar situations across the years, the level of play in 2019 has been much closer than usual. Outside of the top three, one could argue in favour of either FC Schalke 04, Misfits Gaming, Rogue, SK Gaming and Splyce to claim the number four spot.

Editor’s Picks

  • Misfits Gaming’s 10-man roster gambit has worldly aspirations

  • League of Legends global power rankings through June 18

1 Related

Patch 9.12’s changes may separate the weak from the strong starting Week 3, or throw the rankings into chaos should top teams misread it. For now, the current rankings reflect their stage showings in Weeks 1 and 2.

S tier

1. G2 Esports (–)

Record: 4-0

Esports have maintained their top LEC spot in style as they displayed a Pyke-Yuumi bot lane combination in their victory against Team Vitality. Overall, Europe’s top dogs have maintained good form and top-tier entertainment in their showings, alternating between strong macro and understanding of their team composition against SK Gaming, and artistic displays against Vitality. However, Week 3 opponents Fnatic may be tougher than Origen, should G2 misread Patch 9.12’s drafting priorities.

A tier

2. Fnatic (–)

Record: 4-0

Fnatic’s ascended to Europe top two using savvy matchup preparation and all-around solid team fight decision-making. Their devastating drafting undid Origen and FC Schalke 04 in different ways. Against Origen, they limited their opponents’ jungle options and paved the way for a strong late game, albeit narrowly. Against Schalke 04, their stronger lanes, with an unforeseen Twisted Fate pick, decided the game’s outcome and set the tone for Week 3 draft roulette against G2.

3. Origen (-1)

Record: 2-2

Although Origen has fallen to third place in the power rankings, they hold solid footing in Europe’s top tier. In their two losses against top-ranked Fnatic and G2 Esports, they showcased great macro, but they tunneled on specific picks during the draft (Kennen without proper setup in team fights) or faced unexpected plays (against G2). Their 2-2 record is misleading, as their Week 3 performances against Splyce and Schalke 04 will show.

B+ tier

4. Misfits Gaming (–)

Record: 2-2

Thomas “Kirei” Yuen powered Misfits Gaming to commanding performances in his first LEC appearance. In fact, they separated themselves from the pack on a gameplay quality standpoint. Beyond keeping Origen in check for 30 minutes, they utterly crushed Excel Esports with Kirei’s Kindred leading the fray. Misfits may target their willingness to concede relatively small objectives for immediate improvement, lest they concede that objective and the game as they did against Origen. Should they fail to do that, their Week 3 game against SK Gaming may cause cold sweats.

B tier

5. SK Gaming (+2)

Record: 2-2

SK Gaming’s development mirrors that of Oskar “Selfmade” Boderek as he spearheaded the team’s honourable 1-1 week. Despite SK’s loss to G2 Esports, Selfmade’s ganks and map movements delayed their inevitable draft-related defeat by a significant amount of time. In SK’s subsequent victory against Rogue, they cornered their opponents into a worse draft, but forced plays early without sufficient information. Should they be as overzealous against Misfits on Week 3, the defeat screen may be in sights — no matter how well Toni “Sacre” Sabalic and Jus “Crownshot” Marusic perform.

B-/C+ tier

6a. Splyce (-1)

Record: 2-2

Splyce’s head-scratching week brought familiar performance-related questions about their consistency. Execution errors derailed them against Schalke 04, causing a rare late-game loss in the process. Although they committed minute errors against Excel Esports, their game plan and execution were much improved overall. Whether they will carry that momentum against Rogue and Origen in Week 3 remains to be seen, and their standing down the stretch depends on that.

6b. Rogue (-1)

Record: 2-2

Rogue are evolving, but their fortunes depend on drafting-related improvements. SK Gaming exploited their overeager draft and forced them into a catch-22 situation throughout the game. However, the difference between their spring split form and summer showings is night and day. In fact, their level of coordination sometimes reaches absurd levels, as Oskar “VandeR” Bogdan showed against Team Vitality with a 0.25 second difference between an easy victory and a hard-fought game. They may need similar heroics against G2 Esports and Splyce on Week 3.

6c. FC Schalke 04 (–){C}

Record: 2-2

FC Schalke 04’s tunnel vision issues remain unresolved, but their team fights have improved from Week 1. Their Splyce matchup was rich in ups and downs – mostly ups, as they nullified Marek “Humanoid” Brazda’s Irelia. On the other hand, Fnatic’s Sylas flex pick left them reeling. Schalke 04’s performances haven’t been as strong as Europe’s current Top Four, but they have the means to distinguish themselves. However, Origen and Misfits lie in wait in a tense Week 3 expedition.

D tier

9a. Team Vitality (–)

Record: 0-4

Team Vitality’s mind-wracking 0-4 start leaves many questions unanswered. On one hand, losses to G2 Esports, Origen, Splyce and the new-look Rogue aren’t damning on their own. However, there is a difference between defeat and utter annihilation, not for lack of trying. Their early-game takeover attempts have reeked of desperation, and their bot lane continues to show poor form. It is too early to ring the alarm; after all, Fnatic had a similar start to the spring split. Should they lose to Excel on Week 3, a funeral dirge would be in order.

9b. Excel Esports (–)

Record: 0-4

Excel Esports are in dire straits, as their asynchronous play indicates little hope of short-term improvement. Although they may have aimed for a playoff spot, their porous play has been exposed countless times during the summer. On Week 2, Misfits Gaming punished a forced early jungle invasion, and Splyce thwarted their early top lane tower dive attempt. However, their games have generally dragged into the mid-to-late game stages. Perhaps, they hold the key to beating Team Vitality should they steel their nerves, and should they time their Teleports and skirmishing attempts correctly.