To see how my perceptions of the teams have changed over the first three weeks of the 2016 summer split, check out my preseason rankings.
10. Unicorns of Love
They just can’t really keep up right now.
9. Giants Gaming
They’re not as bad as I thought they’d be; or maybe the other teams are worse.
Vitality lack coordination and consistently show poor understanding of their win conditions, and their Korean imports look like downgrades.
Once they get a real AD carry I’ll happily give them more credit.
Better than they used to be, but weak early macro and a lack of playmaking mean they’re easily punished by decisive opponents.
6b. Schalke 04
Fox can’t do everything, though he tries—and sometimes gets punished—but if he doesn’t go out and make good things happen, no one else on the team is very likely to.
I don’t like singling out players for criticism, but Airwaks has a 27.7% death share and 4.3 deaths per game, and really needs to stop playing like he’s invincible, because it’s constantly costing his teammates—who are actually pretty good!—a lot of valuable momentum.
They will be really good if they can develop a few more dimensions of their play beyond their early-game macro and pick comps, and if they can learn to pull the trigger on team fights more decisively and cohesively.
Rekkles can carry after all, Spirit is great when he’s drafting to the meta, and the team is steadily learning and improving, enough that I see them surpassing H2K head-to-head as time goes on.
1. G2 Esports
It’s hard to argue against a team that can carry from literally any role on any given day, even if they still have some kinks to iron out and need to keep growing to stay ahead of the pack.
Yes, I put Splyce, Schalke 04, and Roccat all at a near-tie for sixth, because none of them are good enough to deserve being called an upper-half team right now.