A lesson from this week’s League of Legends global power rankings? Don’t underestimate Hanwha Life Esports. Six days after the LCK squad in danger of being relegated swept Damwon Gaming, they upset streaking SK Telecom T1 2-1. The loss ends SKT’s nine-match winning streak, dropping them from third to eighth in our rankings. Gen.G took a tumble from sixth to 17th due to inconsistent play — former Heroes of the Storm carry Lee “Rich” Jae-won took over mid lane for Song “Fly” Yong-jun to little effect — highlighting the region’s ever-churning quagmire of top teams. In China, two flagship organizations also introduced new blood. Royal Never Give Up top laner Xiao “LoveZrr” Zhi and Invictus Gaming’s 17-year-old jungler Lu “Leyan” Jue made their LPL debuts against each other, with RNG taking the series 2-1.
Yet no Chinese team was able to snag the top spot from Europe’s G2 Esports, who dabbed their way to a 2-0 week with wins over Rogue and Misfits Gaming. Only LCS and LMS playoff teams were considered for this week’s ranking, which accounts for the large jumps taken by lower-tier teams. Well, for most of the jumps — Hanwha Life earned theirs. — Miles Yim 1. G2 Esports Record: 14-2 | League: LEC | +/-: — G2 Esports showed how dominant they were in Europe during the 2019 summer regular season — a dominance akin to that of Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon’s 2015 Fnatic. Four years later, a superteam unlike any other has played Soraka top and won — another in a long list of absurd yet believable feats for G2. G2’s toughest opponents in Europe are themselves, such as when they picked Garen against Team Vitality. Should they beat themselves, it wouldn’t affect the standings much, as the teams they face in Week 9 […]
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