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LCS 2020 Post-Free Agency Power Rankings – 10 to 6

Tim Sevenhuysen is the founder of OraclesElixir.com and Head of Esports Data Science for Esports One. He led Shadow.gg from 2017-19 and was Statistical Consultant for Fnatic in 2015.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: LoL offseason!

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I love following along with offseason news, reacting to Wolf Bombs and armchair-analysting teams’ roster moves. So let’s get things started by ruthlessly judging the hard work of all the LCS management teams with an early power ranking of the 2020 rosters!

In this post, I’ll share my thoughts on the “bottom 5” teams of the LCS, as I see them. Later this week, I’ll post my order and reasoning for the “top 5”.

Bear in mind that, with a month and a half still to go before the 2020 season actually kicks off, we have plenty of time to gather more impressions, watch more video, and refine our opinions. By the time week 1 arrives, I might be ready to move some teams up or down in these power rankings. But for now, here’s where my analysis has landed.

10. Golden Guardians

Roster: Hauntzer, Closer, Goldenglue, FBI, Keith

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I’m going to be honest: I don’t understand why the Golden Guardians traded for Goldenglue and made him their starter when they could be using Damonte or Pobelter or giving a shot to a player with a less-explored ceiling, like Yusui or Ablazeolive.

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Lane efficiency: case studies from the NA and EU LCS

In professional play, some teams do a great job of managing minion waves and controlling the lanes. It’s a complex part of the game, with influence over many things, including gold income, map control, setup for objectives, and both extension of leads and defensive stalling while behind.

Lane efficiency is a new statistic that measures how well teams manage minion waves, securing as much lane farm for themselves as possible while denying farm from their opponents. For a full discussion of the theory and measurement of the statistic, take a look at the methods article.

Below are the lane efficiency (LE) statistics for the NA LCS and EU LCS, presented alongside jungle control (JNG%) and kill-to-death ratio (K:D) to paint a more full picture of teams’ play. For the NA LCS, the Immortals are discussed as a case study, while H2K are presented from the EU LCS. Continue reading Lane efficiency: case studies from the NA and EU LCS

Assist Support for NA LCS Kill Leaders

Behind every carry there are helpful teammates; behind most kills, there are assists.

The tables below show where the assists came from for the three AD carries and three mid laners who had the most kills in the NA LCS 2016 summer regular season.


ad carry kill leaders teammate participation

Doublelift received more help than the other two players from his support, Biofrost, with Bio helping on 85% of Doublelift’s kills. Surprisingly, Bjergsen only assisted on 62% of Doublelift’s kills. Part of that is because the TSM duo lane created lots of kills all on their own (Doublelift had 14 kills where Biofrost was the only assist, compared to 9 each for the other two ADC/support pairings in this graphic).

By comparison, WildTurtle and Sneaky both received more help from their junglers and top laners. In particular, Impact was very helpful in providing assists on Sneaky’s kills, while Pobelter did a lot to help WildTurtle.


mid lane kill leaders teammate participation

Jensen was the overall kill leader of the NA LCS this split, and also had the highest ratio of solo kills among the three mid lane kill leaders. He synced with Sneaky on a lot of kills, getting more assists from Sneaky than the other two mid laners got from their ADCs.

Pobelter’s jungler and support stacked up a lot of assists on his kills, with Reignover’s support of Pobelter being much higher than the help Meteos, and especially Svenskeren, gave to Jensen and Bjergsen, respectively.

Across the board, Bjergsen had low assist rates from his teammates, relative to Jensen and Pobelter. This suggests that Bjergsen did more of his own work, and that more of his kills came from smaller engagements, where his kills would come with only one or two assists rather than three or four.