The 2022 LCS Spring split has started on January 5th, sooner than in previous years.
While 2021 might have been a disappointing year for North America, with the region falling further behind their European counterparts, this new year represents an opportunity for NA to turn it all around.
Three well known names are reentering the race for the best League of Legends team: Cloud, 100 Thieves and Team Liquid.
These teams have all had their fair share in glory competing in the NA LCS in the past, and they are once again in the spotlight as the strongest teams in the region.
While this makes it harder to predict reliable LCS 2022 Power rankings, we can expect teams like Team Liquid who dominated the past LCS to perform strong, while team like Fly Quest who failed to make any power moves to lurk at the bottom.
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LCS 2022 Power rankings
1. Team Liquid
Team Liquid are a safe bet to place well amongst the top 3 in our LCS 2022 Power rankings, a team who had shown solid play all throughout 2021. As last year’s dominating team, TL is not set to fall anytime soon. They have revamped the roster with top talent that is likely to make them the new LCS super team.
The addition of all these new players could dampen the team’s performance in the short run. However, they will be strong contenders for NA’s top spot, especially now that they have signed Bjergsen from rival TSM. This player is expected to be instrumental in mid lane and carry the team to victory.
Two important additions to the roster are Bwipo and Hans Sama, two of the best players from Europe. Santorin and CoreJJ are the two remaining players and they have great synergy, which is very important on bottom lane. These are all strong reasons why Team Liquid ranks the highest in our LCS 2022 power rankings and we expect them to win the Lock In.
2. 100 Thieves
100 Thieves is the second-highest ranking team ahead of the 2022 LCS. That’s because they decided to keep the entire roster, so they’re expected to win matches right from the start.
The decision not to change anything is quite surprising, given the abundance of changes made by other organizations. 100 Thieves had a strong team already, so it makes sense for them to stick to what works.
Ssumday is a monster on top lane and works amazingly well with Closer, who is one of the best junglers in the North American LCS. On mid lane, Abbedagge is expected to dominate most of his opponents and put the team ahead early on. He’s a strong player both individually and as a member of the team.
FBI and Huhi have been playing together for quite a while now and they are a force to be reckoned with on them lane. We expect them to steadily build leads and create big advantages later on.
3. Cloud 9
Despite losing three of their most valuable players: Perks, Vulcan and Zven, C9 still remain worthy to be on our top 5 2022 LCS Power rankings.
While the previously dominating bot lane may be no more, they have found new strength in Berserker and Isles. They decided to gamble everything on two talented rookie players who are yet to prove their worth.
Blaber, was also an upcoming talent and the 22 year old has confirmed after being fostered by Cloud 9 in their academy team. Summit remains a pillar of stability on top lane and his addition from Sandbox Gaming is expected to improve the early game for the team.
The decision to move Fudge from top lane to mid lane is also a surprise. Time will tell if he will adjust to the new position and will be able to deliver the same consistent performance.
4. Evil Geniuses
If not for the overly diverse nature of the Evil Geniuses roster, they would be ranked within the top 3 in the 20222 LCS Power rankings.
The team’s roster comprises of very strong individual players from all around the world. However, as Impact comes from Korea, Svenkeren from Denmark, Jojopyun from Canada, Inspired from Poland and Danny from the United States, it poses a major question, would communication within the team exist?
With proper communication and synergy, there is no doubt EG would easily contest the top teams in NA. However, the possible lack of communication considering their recent team may spell disaster. What is certain is that they have strong supports, having to choose between Ignar and Vulcan.
5. Team SoloMid
This year, TSM’s 2022 roster is stacked with Chinese talent. Broken Blade and Bjergsen performed extremely well throughout the previous splits, but they are both out of the picture.
Huni needs no introduction, as he’s one of the players from the former organization to still play for TSM. He continues to perform as one of North America’s reliable top laner and is known for his consistency.
Tactical has switched sides and the iconic ADC from Team Liquid will try to replicate his success with the archrivals. He’s an amazing player capable of single-handedly win games against top LCS teams.
The two new additions of Keaiduo and Shenyi, while an unexpected move by the team, is not to be overlooked. The Chinese players have performed well for FunPlus Phoenix’s second team in the LDL. They have great synergy together and should work well with fellow Chinese player Spica. The latter is an essential part of Team SoloMid and the experienced jungler will bring cohesion to the team.