NALCS Power Rankings Week 3: Team SoloMid Takes Off
When the season started, expectations were that Cloud 9 would be near the top whereas FlyQuest (Cloud9 Challenger) would be near the bottom. Mind you, expectations are generally way off point. That cheesecake recipe never turns out as I would hope.
Anywho... at least half of the expectation was on point. Cloud 9 has looked dominant and have earned themselves the top spot.
1. Cloud 9 (6-0): Contractz is the aggressive, play-making jungler they needed and has wasted no time clicking with his teammates. Early on in the split, Jensen also appears to be the best mid laner in North America. Yes, that means he has surpassed Bjergsen.
2. Team SoloMid (5-1): TSM got off to a rocky start and both times in week 3 they lost the first game of the best of 3. Their adaptability in between games led them to reverse sweeps over CLG and P1 and make them a force in the Bo3 format.
3. Phoenix 1 (4-2): P1 kept it very close with a team in TSM that has been together for a lot longer. Ryu and Arrow along with NA jungler Inori have come together well and given more time as a team they'll finish off TSM.
4. FlyQuest (5-1):
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I'm still not sold on FlyQuest and think that they're the beneficiary of a lot of new teams trying to synergize. Still, with Hai at the helm anything is possible. If he can lead C9 through the gauntlet to Worlds, he can take Fly to the NA crown.
5. Counter Logic Gaming (2-4): Has CLG looked good? No, definitely not. But they're notoriously slow starters and I'm starting to feel like the turnaround is just around the corner. A two game sweep of DIG and a 1-2 loss to TSM isn't the worst week.
6. Echo Fox (2-4): At this point Echo Fox has too much talent not to do well. Sure they went 0-2 this week but that was at the hands of C9 and they barely lost out to TL. A tough week ahead against CLG and TSM will really test them.
7. Team Liquid (2-4): No idea what's going on with TL. Reignover is hit or miss and shockingly Lourlo has been their most consistent player. It's not too late to pull it all together but historically TL has inner turmoil.
8. Team Dignitas (1-5): DIG is in the conversation of having too much talent to be a bad team and have definitely suffered with communication issues. A korean top laner and jungler trying to work with a new English-speaking bot lane is going to take time.
9. Immortals (2-4): Immortals are the face of disappointment this split. Dardoch doesn't seem like his usual aggressive self and the bot-lane is a major weakness. And I mean a major weakness. Cody Sun and Olleh were a combined 2-15-10 against FLY.
10. Team Envy (1-5): Lira has brought a bit of a spark to this team but it'll take time to see cohesion. The win over TL is a good sign but until they show some consistent results, they'll be in the bottom spot of the power rankings.
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