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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