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LoL NA LCS Week 7 Power Rankings: A first loss for Cloud9!

LCS Spring Split 2020 Power Rankings
LoL NA LCS Week 7 Power Rankings: A first loss for Cloud9!

Week 7 of the LCS Spring Split just ended, which means it's time for us to deliver our power rankings. Who shone brightest? Which team is currently the best?

LoL NA LCS Week 7 Power Rankings: A first loss for Cloud9!

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In two weeks, the 2020 Spring Split of the League of Legends Championship Series will end, but sadly Cloud9 won't make it with a perfect record. This week, the leaders suffered their first defeat since the beginning of the season against a team than no one was really expecting: Team SoloMid. However, quick maths will help you notice that Cloud9 are now guaranteed to be first seed in Playoffs — as no other teams will be able to compete with their record anymore.

TSM is far from being the powerhouse roster that it used to be, but they managed to secure the second place neck and neck with FlyQuest. Meanwhile, 100 Thieves, Evil Geniuses and Immortals are battling for the third place.

Sadly, Team Liquid had another rough week, and they dropped down in the LCS standings. The quadruple champions are now tied with Golden Guardians for the seventh place, and they might even miss out on Playoffs.

At the bottom of the pile, Dignitas now occupy ninth place, just above the team that has been last for the entire split: Counter Logic Gaming.

Based on statistics, relativity, but also on our own instinct, the following rankings are only taking Week 7 into account. They are obviously destined to evolve along the season.

1 — Cloud9

Week 7 Score: 1 - 1

Previous Ranking: 1 (=)

Streak: 1 Win

Cloud9's first loss was astounding and unexpected — especially when considering their opponents, Team SoloMid.

However, they still remain leaders and are now guaranteed to be first seed in Playoffs.

With such a record, their first place in our rankings is still unquestionable.

2 — Team SoloMid

Week 7 Score: 2 - 0

Previous Ranking: 5 (+3)

Streak: 2 Wins

Last week, Team SoloMid were beaten by Counter Logic Gaming and this defeat definitely acted like a wake-up call — as proved by their two incredible victories over Cloud9 and FlyQuest.

TSM looked completely different from the previous week and they proved their ability not only to defeat the two best teams but also to reverse the trend after several disasters. They made a spectacular recovery, and we decided to reflect that in our rankings.

3 — FlyQuest

Week 7 Score: 0 - 2

Previous Ranking: 2 (-1)

Streak: 2 Losses

After TSM, it's FlyQuest's turn to taste the bitter taste of defeat. The team had definitely a pretty bad week. Their loss against Team SoloMid sprang a big surprise, but getting defeated by Evil Geniuses was the real blow.

Now tied with TSM for the second place, FlyQuest will have to achieve an almost perfect record over the next two weeks if they want to secure second seed.

They go down in our rankings, not really because of their two defeats, but rather because Team SoloMid suddenly proved themselves better.

4 — Evil Geniuses

Week 6 Score: 2 - 0

Previous Ranking: 8 (+4)

Streak: 3 Wins

Evil Geniuses came back into the circuit this year, and we can't really expect them to outperform veterans that have been installed for years. However, they proved once again that they have the potential to become one of the best teams in the LCS.

They demonstrated several times already their ability to defeat mid-table teams, and their victory over Counter Logic Gaming was another testimony of that. However, it remained to be seen if they could regularly win against teams from the leading pack. It is now done with their second victory over FlyQuest since the beginning of the split.

Evil Geniuses seem to have what it takes to be among the best, but their current record prevents them from getting higher placement in our rankings. Perhaps next week...

5 — 100 Thieves

Week 7 Score: 2 - 0

Previous Ranking: 7 (+2)

Streak: 2 Wins

While their victory over Counter Logic Gaming was a formality, 100 Thieves encountered hard resistance in their match against Dignitas.

Dominated during the early and the mid-game, the Thieves stole Baron around 25 minutes and reversed the trend of the match — eventually grabbing a well-deserved win.

Even after such a good week, it remains hard to consider that 100 Thieves is anything else except a mid-table team. They go up in our rankings, not because of their incredible performance, but rather because Dignitas and Team Liquid played poorly.

6 — Immortals

Week 7 Score: 1 - 1

Previous Ranking: 4 (-2)

Streak: 1 Win

Immortals end another week with mixed results: a victory over Team Liquid and a loss to 100 Thieves.

Last season, a win against the quadruple LCS champions would have been telling, but it's not something really impressive this year considering their current situation.

Tied in the LCS standings, 100 Thieves and Immortals have also something in common: the capacity to maintain their spot in the mid-table while being unable to compete against the leading teams.

However, 100 Thieves clearly dominated Immortals this week, hence the placement of both teams in our rankings.

7 — Golden Guardians

Week 7 Score: 1 - 1

Previous Ranking: 9 (+2)

Streak: 1 Loss

Facing Dignitas in their first match of the week, Golden Guardians showed an impressive mastery of the Rift and closed an almost perfect game without even losing the upper hand once.

While they clearly dominated their first match of the week, they got demolished by Cloud9 — but it's hard to blame them for that considering the current rof the leaders.

Just like 100 Thieves, the Guardians are benefiting from the disastrous week from Dignitas and Team Liquid — hence their new placement in our rankings.

8 — Team Liquid

Week 7 Score: 0 - 2

Previous Ranking: 3 (-5)

Streak: 2 Losses

It seems almost impossible not to succumb to a question which seems obvious: is Doublelift the real problem? Team Liquid won both matches last week with Edward "Tactical" Ra, but lost everything when Yiliang "Doublelift" Peng returned from the bench.

The question remains quite unsolvable, but the results are here: this week, Liquid lost to Immortals... and to Counter Logic Gaming. While the first defeat is understandable considering the current state of the team, the second is telling.

Team Liquid are in the turmoil — and with such a record, the four-time champions could even miss the qualifications for Playoffs...

We believed last week that they could rise back to the top, but apparently, we were wrong — hence their current placement in our rankings.

9 — Dignitas

Week 7 Score: 0 - 2

Previous Ranking: 6 (-3)

Streak: 5 Losses

It's getting worse for Dignitas, which leaves us no choice but to relegate them in our rankings. After weeks of mixed results, this is their second 0-2 week — but this time they don't have the excuse of their opponents.

While getting beaten by Cloud9 and FlyQuest can be explained and understood, a defeat to both 100 Thieves and Golden Guardians only seems to indicate their inability to win — even against low and mid-table teams.

It remains to be seen if they can climb the standings — until then we can't give them higher placement in our rankings.

10 — Counter Logic Gaming

Week 7 Score: 1 - 1

Previous Ranking: 10 (=)

Streak: 1 Loss

With Lee "Crown" Min-ho leaving and Trevor "Stixxay" Hayes getting benched, Counter Logic Gaming continue their roster shuffle, but it's already too late. With only three victories to their credit, the team is almost certain to remain bottom of the pile.

Even though they managed to win against Team Liquid, CLG are looking down and out. It's still mathematically possible for them to make Playoffs, but they would need a miracle.

Do you agree with our power rankings? Have we misplaced a team? Feel free to drop a comment in the section below!

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