Cloud 9’s dominance in the North American professional League of Legends scene dates back to last season, and their sustained success comes in large part to their internationally focused approach to regional competition. They pay attention to the world metagame, but incorporate their own strategies based on local influences as well. The emergence of solo lane Soraka in the North American solo-queue challenger scene is one such influence, which the team has incorporated into the highest level of professional team play. Over the course of the past few weeks, Cloud 9’s mid-laner, Hai “Hai” Lam boasts a 3-0 record with Soraka, earning a target ban status heading into their regional playoffs.
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Week 5 was highlighted by what was perhaps the most entertaining (yet, beneath the surface, most exposing) game of the LCS season so far in North America. With heavyweights Vulcun and Cloud 9 battling for the top of the class, Cloud 9 came back in unbelievable fashion. It really bugs me that in this game, much like others this week and last, it was an indecisive b**** call that decided the outcome of victory.
Bar- I mean, Mr. Nashor, has been unkind to this league, and in the spirit of Dignitas, here are some B-words that describe the teams in this week’s power rankings.
Week 4 in the North American LCS essentially cemented the top two teams in the league, whose performances this week were an emphatic statement that they belong where they are, regardless of what their record indicates, and regardless of the fan perception (that is, popularity) of teams in the league right now.
This being the inaugural power rankings post, commentary on each team is more detailed than what will become the norm, as I have plenty of thoughts on the current state of the North American scene and its current standings.