Posts Tagged ‘C9 Meteos’

One rankings post down (top lane rankings), now on to the Jungle Rankings. Again they will be in numerical order of how I think they will finish in points scored. Then after that they will be separated into tier lists.

1. FNC Reignover

2. H2k Loulex

3. TSM Santorin

4. TiP Rush

5. UoL Kikis

6. Liquid IWillDominate

7. C9 Meteos

8. GMB Diamond

9. SK Svenskeren

10. Origen Amazing

11. CW Airwaks

12. CLG Xmithie

13. Roccat Jankos

14. Elements Dexter

15. Gravity Move

16. T8 PorpoisePops

17. NME Trashy

18. Giants Fr3derick

19. TDK Kez

20. Dig Azingy

 

1-4 These 4 could very easily finish number 1 and I’m probably going to all-in on FNC, but I don’t see why they should fall after performing so well the last split, and at MSI.

5-7 These 3 could and maybe should be in that first tier, but they had to many off weeks last split. All three are great junglers, and impact the games in meaningful ways, but that doesn’t always translate into fantasy points.

8-12 This is the group I was most unsure about, I went back and forth on where to place them. Overall I think they will all have good runs, but I don’t think their teams, or their individual play can get them enough fantasy points on a per week basis to make them must own.

13-16 This group is the wildcards. They are either on new teams, or their rosters changed in a significant way. Those type of moves can either greatly improve a junglers performance or make them even worse. So until they show they can consistently put up points keep them on their watch list.

17-20 These 4 will be the bottom feeders for at least the first few weeks. I only watched a few of the CS games so I don’t know a ton about NME or TDK, but I think they will struggle early on in the LCS.

 

Hope you enjoyed the Jungle Rankings, stay tuned for my Mid Lane Rankings that will go up later tonight. Have a good day and don’t forget to subscribe, follow on facebook, or follow on twitter.

 

I’m going to be releasing three posts over the next week giving my projected rankings of each position and team for the 2015 spring split, which starts January 22nd (Get Hyped!). I will only rank the NA scene this time around simply because I haven’t watched the EU scene nearly enough and I want to give you, the reader, the best information I can. I will begin to write more on the EU scene as the season progresses because I’ll be making an effort to watch and breakdown those games as well. Today’s post will be how I think the NA Mid and Na Junglers will finish in terms of fantasy points after the spring split. These rankings are based on performance of the individual, stats they have gotten in the past, and my personal take on their play within the team. I will post a simple 1-10 list then write some footnotes after each list. These lists are to be used to help you make decisions on who to draft and who has higher priority as compared to their counterparts. Obviously I will miss on some and hit on others. Here is a complete list of what the NA rosters look like.

Here are my rankings for NA Mid laners.

10 – Slooshi Team 8

9 – Jesiz Team Coast

8 – Keane Gravity (Formerly Curse Academy)

7 – Shiphtur Dignitas

6 – Fenix Team Liquid (Formerly Curse)

5 – Hai Cloud 9

4 – Link CLG (Counter Logic Gaming)

3 – Xiaoweixiao Team Impulse (Formerly LMQ)

2- Bjergsen TSM (Team Solo Mid)

1 – Pobelter Team Winterfox (Formerly EG)

My 10-8  I know very little about those three players outside of how they performed during the promotion tournaments. So they could all be better than I’m giving them credit for, but NA has a pretty good mid scene so they will face tough matches.

Hai is ranked 5 not because of his skill but because of the way C9 plays. They are the most fluid in who is going to carry which game. What I mean by that is some games their focus will be to get Hai fed and have him the carry but other games Hai plays more of a support role to allow Sneaky and Balls to do the heavy lifting, because of that he doesn’t get in the top 3.

I could see the top 3 being in any order but I do believe those 3 will finish there because of their own talent and the team’s focus on getting them farmed/kills. Pobelter has really impressed me as of late and Winterfox could be awful so he will have some good games despite that.

Here are my rankings for NA Junglers

10 – Rush Team Impulse

9 – Helios Team Winterfox

8 –  Porpoisepops Team 8

7 – Saintvicious Gravity

6 – Xmithie CLG

5 – Santorin TSM

4 – IWillDominate Team Liquid

3 – Crumbzz Dignitas

2 –  Impaler Team Coast

1 – Meteos C9

There are a lot of new faces in the NA jungle this year. I think we will see a lot of support junglers this split since so many of the teams have great players as their carrys.

10-6 It was difficult to rank these 5 because some of what they will do is unknown and some of them we know how their team plays so I’d expect lower farm numbers and kill numbers which results in lower fantasy points.

5-2 I think these 4 are also very interchangeable I put Impaler 2nd because I think he will be required to make more plays for his team which will result in the potential of more fantasy points over the course of the season.

Meteos is the best NA jungler he has been consistent in the last 4 splits and he performed amazing at IEM. As a result he is the top jungler in NA. He probably won’t be the top fantasy scorer because there are about 3 EU junglers who will do well for their team this split.

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Now that we’ve gone over some of the basics of League of Legends (click here if you missed it), let’s look at the 5 roles of an LCS team. Each team has the same 5 “positions” on their roster; like Basketball, the specific role of each person depends on match ups or skill of that player. For an LCS team to have success they must have great team work and communication during the game. When a team is clicking, it is easy to see because they usually dominate their opponent during their matches (see Cloud 9’s run of LCS summer 2013). The reason we are looking at the individual roles of an LCS team is so you can better understand what each position usually does, so you can make better decisions when drafting your Fantasy LCS team. Also, for those that are new to League of Legends, this will provide some insight on what each role does to help you know which one fits you best. I will be breaking down the roles in the order that you will see the players during an LCS match (top, jungle, mid, AD, Support).

Top Lane – Top lane has changed quite a bit over the last two seasons, and with some of the changes introduced in the latest patch, we will probably see some new champs emerge as top priority for LCS games. The main role of the top lane has been one of two things- a tanky champion or a great duelist/split pusher. A tanky champion should be fairly self explanatory, but in case it isn’t, this is what they will do. Their sole goal will be to get CS (creep score) early, so they can build their first two tank items. Then in team fights, they will try and soak up as much damage as they can while their “carries” (high damage dealers) destroy the enemy team. The hard part of playing a tanky champion is if you don’t get some early gold and get a few items, you will be useless the rest of the game. A duelist/split pusher is typically a high damage champion that does great in small skirmishes (1v1, 2v2, 2v1) or has good wave clear with an empowered auto (i.e. nasus, fiora, jax to name a few). Their goal is simply to find fights early in the game when they have an advantage and get kills. This results in a big gold advantage over their counterpart and forces the enemy team to put more of their time and resources into trying to prevent them from pushing down all of the towers. This creates advantages on the other side of the map for the other players on their team. The hard part of playing a duelist/split pusher is if you don’t get early kills and let the enemy team live through your early power spikes, you become “squishy” (easy to kill) or a non threat in team fights. The exception to that rule is Jax, Ryze, and Nasus who only get stronger as the game goes, but they also are very weak early in a game. Obviously there are other options to play as top laner, but these are typically the popular choices. I think we will see a lot more duelist/split pushing champs early this season because of the new possibilities of dragon buffs and the new elixirs. Most top laners won’t score a ton of fantasy points during the LCS season because of their role on the team, but a few will be consistently high scoring because they will play the split pushing champs.

Jungler – Jungler is in my opinion the most difficult of all of the positions, but it is also probably the most rewarding. The jungler controls the space on the map between the lanes. The jungler’s role is to either be an aggressive “ganker” (surprising the enemy lamer and creating a mismatch to get kills), to be a farm heavy late game damage dealer, or to be a tanky/support jungler. Those are the three most common jungle champs you see in the LCS. Also, the jungler is usually responsible for controlling the global objectives (Dragon and Baron). A lot of times the jungler can turn the tide of a game with well timed ganks, a great “smite steal,” or being such a mid game bully that the team can’t do anything about it. However, a jungler can turn the tide in a negative way too,by not being able to get the early kills for themselves or their laners, allowing the enemy jungler to control the global objectives, or not having enough gold to make an impact on the game. Most junglers won’t be the highest scoring LCS players because they are trying to feed the person on their team intended to carry them to the win, but there are a few junglers that will score some big points throughout the season (C9 Meteos).

Middle Lane – Mid laners are probably the most glamorous role in Fantasy LCS. They usually get the most attention and a lot of times they have a lot of the highlight reel plays. The reason for this is mid lane usually features the highest damage dealers in the game. They typically play high damage mages, great aoe champs, or assassins. The middle lane usually has a lot of fighting because their lane is the shortest in the game. It is easy access to the global objectives in the river, and if your mid towers fall, you lose a lot of control over your jungle. So a majority of the game is spent right in the middle of the map. That also results in the mid laners getting lots of action during the games. Mid laners usually have high cs, get lots of kills/assists, but sometimes have the most deaths in the game (because of all the action). Most weeks mid laners will have the most fantasy points, but this doesn’t mean they are the most valuable picks (think of them like fantasy QBs- they score lots of points, but a lot of QBs score a lot of points, making the difference from 1-10 not that big).

AD Carry – AD Carry is the marksman class in League of Legends. These champions have ranged attacks and have a majority of their skills scale off of attack damage. Their role is farm up, get some items, and then stay alive in team fights while doing as much damage as they can. A lot of teams play protect the AD carry compositions (a team that has shields, buffs, and lots of crowd control (cc) so their AD carry can mow down the enemy team without having to worry much about getting killed). AD carry is another high scoring role in League of Legends, but a lot of times an AD carry will be “feast or famine” depending on how well their team plays. The reason for their “feast or famine” scoring is the enemy team usually is going to try and kill the AD carry first, which can result in lots of deaths for the AD carry during games. AD carry also has some of the most noticeable tiers in fantasy LCS.

Support – In the current format of the game, supports are generally high utility or play making champions. Their main goal is to help the AD carry get gold. They do this by harassing the enemy AD carry, shielding or buffing the AD carry during fights, or using their cc abilities to limit the enemies damage on their AD carry. Support is by far my favorite role because I like to try and protect or save my teammates during fights, and I enjoy trying to make plays during the game. Also, supports are the masters of vision during games. When a team has great vision on the map (because of wards, and destroying enemy wards) it is much easier to make objective calls because you know exactly where the enemy team is located. Supports are typically the lowest scoring role in the game, but some supports will consistently score high because their LCS team focuses on getting their AD carry the most gold. When a support’s AD carry is really strong the support will usually get a lot of assists. Support is typically the least glamorous position, but I think it is the 2nd most impactful position in the game behind the jungler.

So there are the 5 roles of League of Legends. Each one offers a very different feel from the other, and each position can play a variety of different roles in their specific team compositions. I’m interested in what you think is the most important role in the game? Let me know by leaving a comment below. Also, which position do you think is the most important for a fantasy LCS team?