2023 LCS Spring Split Power Rankings After Week 1: FlyQuest Are Off to a Roaring Start

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2023 LCS Spring Split Power Rankings After Week 1: FlyQuest Are Off to a Roaring Start

An overall look at how all ten LCS teams are performing throughout the Spring Split.

There are some big broadcast changes coming into the year. The league switched the gamedays from weekends to weekdays, Thursdays and Fridays during regular weeks. Also, some broadcast members won’t be appearing as regulars, with James "Dash" Patterson parting ways with Riot as the regular show host and David "Phreak" Turley retiring from casting LCS.

The split itself kicked off on January 26 with Week 1. The Spring Split Finals location also has been revealed ahead of the opening day, which will be held in PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina on April 8-9. Tickets for the Finals went on sale during Week 1, Day 2.

This power rankings list will be updated throughout the split with each week of games, and readers can find the full schedule for the 2023 LCS Spring Split here.

2023 LCS Spring Split Daily Recaps

10. Immortals (Ranked 10th last week)

  • Top lane: Mohamed “Revenge” Kaddoura
  • Jungle: Shane Kenneth “Kenvi” Espinoza
  • Mid lane: Nicholas Antonio “Ablazeolive” Abbott
  • AD Carry: Edward “Tactical” Ra
  • Support: Kadir “Fleshy” Kemiksiz

Week 1 Update

At this point in time, it’s not surprising that Immortals aren’t looking too hot, and there isn’t a clear roadmap toward improvement. All three of their lanes look among the weakest in the league. Any resemblance of good play from Ablazeolive was absent in the first week, and negatives were fully on display. And they still don’t have enough macro play to compensate for their weak individual talent. I’m not seeing any way how they can magically get better.

Pre-Season Prediction: 10th Place

It’s getting harder and harder to get excited about Immortals with each split. This will be the third split in which they are building around Revenge, but he still hasn’t shown enough improvement. This is especially worrying since both Ablazeolive and Tactical also suffers from the same fate. Once regarded as one of the better prospects in their positions, neither player took the next step into LCS stardom. With the other two players on the team being relatively inexperienced, I don’t have any significant expectations for Immortals once again.

9. Dignitas (Ranked 7th last week)

  • Top lane: İrfan Berk “Armut” Tükek
  • Jungle: Lucas “Santorin” Tao Kilmer Larsen
  • Mid lane: Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen
  • AD Carry: Trevor “Spawn” Kerr-Taylor
  • Support: Lee “IgNar” Dong-geun/Vincent "Biofrost" Wang

Week 1 Update

Well, Dignitas have nothing super about them so far, budget or not. Their two games last week weren’t even close, they did nothing to take a good lesson from. Apart from Jensen, no one on the team seems to be in a good form. Spawn was a promising talent last split, but he struggled a lot in the laning phase. Maybe if the meta changes in the next weeks and he can play something else other than poke Varus, he might show more. Dignitas playing with Biofrost, who really didn’t have a good week, is also a factor to consider. Apparently, IgNar isn’t joining the team anytime soon, so that’s another hurdle they will have to overcome. With TSM looking a lot better, they might just drop down to the bottom two.

Pre-Season Prediction: 7th Place

There are two endings for the 2023 Dignitas roster. The budget super team, or the retirement home. Nearly all players on this roster, with the exception of the rookie Spawn, are players who played on championship contenders and who won trophies. But they also either didn’t have the best 2022 or have been very inconsistent. Well, apart from Santorin who was trying to drag Team Liquid on his back. So it’s hard to say whether they will be a good playoff team or just crash and burn. I’m just hoping it’s the former for the sake of Santorin, but not too optimistic.

8. TSM (Ranked 9th last week)

  • Top lane: Colin “Solo” Earnest
  • Jungle: Lee “Bugi” Seong-yeop
  • Mid lane: Huang “Maple” Yi-Tang
  • AD Carry: Toàn “Neo” Trần
  • Support: Jonathan “Chime” Pomponio

Week 1 Update

What a start for TSM. They are currently tied for first, so they are surely moving way up the rankings, right? Well, maybe not so soon. Of course, they played really well during the week, but it’s also important to note they had a relatively easy schedule. Immortals are Immortals, and we’ll talk about TL’s problems. If we look at how the games went, TSM look downright abysmal during the early games. All three lanes lost their individual lanes, and they were down an average of 3k gold at 15 minutes as a team. They won by outscaling, but what is going to happen when they cannot do that against a good team? I hope TSM continue to win for the sake of the competitiveness of the LCS, but I’d like to see more from them before getting my expectations higher.

Pre-Season Prediction: 9th Place

TSM put together one of the most strange rosters I’ve seen in the LCS in recent years. They don’t seem to have a clear direction and just stuck with players who helped them avoid disaster last split. I’m happy that players like Chime and Solo are getting a chance on a roster, but I’m not sure how this specific one should be functioning. They don’t necessarily have strong laners or star players, and the team hasn’t been together long enough to beat people with the power of friendship. Maybe they can get an upset here and there, but TSM fans shouldn’t expect too much more.

7. Golden Guardians (Ranked 8th last week)

  • Top lane: Eric “Licorice” Ritchie
  • Jungle: Kim “River” Dong-woo
  • Mid lane: Kim “Gori” Tae-woo
  • AD Carry: Trevor “Stixxay” Hayes
  • Support: Choi “huhi” Jae-hyun

Week 1 Update

GG’s first week was almost the opposite of TSM’s. They started 0-2 with a really hard schedule. But I still think they will be better than TSM in the long run, especially considering they didn’t have Gori playing. I thought Young had a decent showing as a rookie stepping in, and I hope to see him start in the LCS one day, but the real GG starts playing in Week 2. I am even more excited for Gori with River looking a lot better compared to the last Summer. He was proactive in the early game and was mainly playing around his mid laner. With the reigning PCS MVP stepping into that role next week, this mid/jungle duo can cause a lot of trouble to other teams. And with the upcoming engage support buffs, we can hopefully see a spike in huhi’s performance, both in the lane and the rest of the map.

Pre-Season Prediction: 8th Place

The first try at the River experiment didn’t go that well for Golden Guardians. He was single handily carrying Dignitas’ playoffs hopes in Spring 2022, but couldn’t show the same performance last split. But I have some hopes for 2023, with Gori joining the lineup. I think he will be one of the best signings of the Spring. He is coming into the LCS as the reigning MVP of the PCS, and he has experience playing in LPL and LCK. If Stixxay can keep up his play from last Summer Playoffs with huhi behind him, they might make a push for the playoffs.

6. Team Liquid (Ranked 5th last week)

  • Top lane: Park “Summit” Woo-tae
  • Jungle: Hong “Pyosik” Chang-hyeon
  • Mid lane: Harry “Haeri” Kang
  • AD Carry: Sean “Yeon” Sung
  • Support: Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in

Week 1 Update

You know it wasn’t a good week for you when your jungler needs to retire after his first game. All jokes aside, there are some real worries for Team Liquid. Pyosik definitely didn’t carry over his form from Worlds 2022, but from the LCK Spring of last year. He had difficulty finding early ganks and helping his lanes, and his decision-making during the mid game was shaky at best. Summit also had a rough time, either getting solo killed by Grandpa Impact or getting caught in the side lanes over and over. At least Yeon and Haeri showed some flashes here and there, more so in the TSM game, but the two rookies won’t probably carry this team to a victory in this split. 

Pre-Season Prediction: 5th Place

Dubbed TLCK by the fans online, Team Liquid build a full Korean-speaking roster with two big imports after a year where they get burned by them. It will be interesting to see if their strategy pays off, but fans should temper their expectations. We know Summit himself can carry a team to the top during the regular season, he is the 2022 Spring LCS MVP for a reason, but other top laners should be more ready for him this time around. They also promoted two Academy players to the roster, which means TL intends to invest some time in this project. I can see them making some noise in Summer after Haeri and Yeon adjust to the LCS level, but it’s hard for them to come out the gate at the level of some of the other squads.

5. 100 Thieves (Ranked 4th last week)

  • Top lane: Milan “Tenacity” Oleksij
  • Jungle: Can “Closer” Çelik
  • Mid lane: Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg
  • AD Carry: Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng
  • Support: Alan “Busio” Cwalina

Week 1 Update

100T ended the week on a decent note, which was great after they didn’t look so good against C9. The two rookies on the team haven’t had the best debuts, but there was always going to be an adjustment period. At least we saw Doublelift play two good lanes in two games, and dominate the entire opponent against Immortals. If this will be a consistent performance, 100T will be just fine. On the other hand, Closer and Bjergsen were slower to start the season, but with how experienced both players are, it’s not exactly a cause for concern.

Pre-Season Prediction: 4th Place

Not only Doublelift returns to professional League of Legends, but he is once again reunited with Bjergsen. We saw this duo win multiple titles before, but his time their job will be a lot harder. Not only is Doublelift coming off of a two-year break, but the team will also need to integrate two rookies in a very fast fashion. Luckily for them, both Busio and Tenacity have enough talent to speed up the process, but most of the time winning takes time.

With just the name value, a team comprised of Closer, Bjergsen and Doublelift sounds like a title contender. But unlike the last half-decade of LCS, the league’s mid lane pool is in a good state and Bjergsen had some games where he struggled to impact the game. If we get the Bjergsen/Doublelift duo from 2020 Summer, and Closer from any of the last three splits, 100 Thieves can be the title favorites in the Summer Split. But Spring might be too early for their rookies.

4. Counter Logic Gaming (Ranked 6th last week)

  • Top lane: Niship “Dhokla” Doshi 
  • Jungle: Juan Arturo “Contractz” Garcia
  • Mid lane: Cristian “Palafox” Palafox 
  • AD Carry: Fatih “Luger” Güven
  • Support: Philippe “Poome” Lavoie-Giguere

Week 1 Update

Before the split, CLG was the team everyone left out of the top five in their rankings, me included. So far, it seems like everyone underestimated them once again. They looked great during Week 1, both individually and as a team. We saw how impressive they are at not letting go of games when they fall behind against EG. They are one of the more coordinated teams when it comes to late game fights, sticking with the same five players certainly helps with them. More great news going forward was the performances of Luger and Palafox. Both players had their ups and downs in the past, but they were absolutely carrying 5v5s last week, and they can make CLG compete with anyone talent-wise if they can keep their consistency.

Pre-Season Prediction: 6th Place

Counter Logic Gaming is the only team that did not make any changes coming into the 2023 Season, thankfully so. They were the most exciting team to watch the last split, and the hope is they can continue playing their style. But unfortunately, I don’t think they can repeat their performance performance-wise. The 2022 Summer Split was a very weird one, with multiple teams struggling to find their form and peaking only toward the playoffs like Cloud9. Combine this with teams like FlyQuest making significant upgrades, they might be a little left behind. Still, CLG fans still have a lot to cheer for as their team is at least guaranteed to play with everything they have.

3. Evil Geniuses (Ranked 1st last week)

  • Top lane: Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho
  • Jungle: Kacper “Inspired” Słoma
  • Mid lane: Joseph Joon “jojopyun” Pyun
  • AD Carry: Victor “FBI” Huang
  • Support: Philippe “Vulcan” Laflamme

Week 1 Update

Going 1-1 in a week where Jojopyun played like it was his first time on the Rift, could’ve been worse for EG. Their two solo laners need to step up more if they want to win the LCS again, but I am sure they will be able to do so. If we want to focus on the positives, FBI is back to the 2021 Summer form. He carried EG to a win against GG and it looks like he can be a teamfight threat from the bot lane EG desperately needed last playoffs. If Jojo reigns in his unforced errors from last week, EG are still one of the biggest contenders.

Pre-Season Prediction: 1st Place

Losing Impact and Danny for 2023 has been a significant blow for Evil Geniuses, but if I had to choose two players to replace them, I would probably choose Ssumday and FBI. It’s arguable who’s better between the two top laner, probably changes with each match-up. And even though FBI may not have the same late-game teamfight presence as Danny, he is still one of the best bot laners in the league, not to mention he is a better laner. He might also be a better fit with this jungle/support duo as well. Both Inspired and Vulcan are very active players in the early game, so an ADC who will contribute to this activity might give EG access to another playstyle.

Of course, this will also be the second year for Jojo, and there is a big expectation to see him take another step forward. He already showed he can be a great team player who will roam the map last split, mainly after the MSI, but this Spring I’d like to see him play more traditional carries as well. A combination of star power and a preexisting synergy of their three core players makes Evil Geniuses favorites to win their second Spring Finals in a row.

2. Cloud9 (Ranked 3rd last week)

  • Top lane: Ibrahim “Fudge” Allami
  • Jungle: Robert “Blaber” Huang
  • Mid lane: Dimitri “Diplex” Ponomarev
  • AD Carry: Kim “Berserker” Min-cheol
  • Support: Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen

Week 1 Update

The LCS teams hopefully learned their lesson about not leaving K’Sante open after Fudge’s dominance on the champion. Both games of Cloud9 were heavy stomps after their top laner got an early lead, and opponents couldn’t deal with him. Now, this might be a worry for some other teams in the league but Fudge showed in the past that he can consistently carry from the top lane, at least in the LCS. Blaber was also impressive, his willingness to pull the trigger at a moment's notice and find angles many couldn’t still his biggest asset. He also spent a lot of time around mid lane this week helping Diplex, and the two seemed to have a good synergy. The rookie mid laner had some missteps, but he was a positive overall. We didn’t see much from their bot lane but I’m not necessarily worried, with how much talent and experience is down there.

Pre-Season Prediction: 3rd Place

Reigning champions are coming in at the number three, even though they only made one roster change. I think there is a big chance Diplex might be an improvement over Jensen as the latter wasn’t consistent enough on carry champions for Cloud9. But even with the possible improved roster, the worry is that their Summer Playoffs victory was too reliant on the meta at the time, with Berserker dominating other bot lanes on Zeri plus enchanters. We are still seeing Zeri getting played in other regions, but with nerfs on the horizon, C9 fans should hope he broadened his champion pool.

There were also big consistency issues for Cloud9 in Summer. Fudge, Blaber and Zven had games they looked like the best players in the league, and then played like it was their first time as a team. They are in third place with the expectations of them improving their communication problems, and Zven getting comfortable on more champions. Sure, there are a lot of caveats, but these players have proven themselves time and time before.

1. FlyQuest (Ranked 2nd last week)

  • Top lane: Jeong “Impact” Eon-young
  • Jungle: Mingyi “Spica” Lu
  • Mid lane: Lee “VicLa” Dae-kwang
  • AD Carry: Lee "Prince" Chae-hwan
  • Support: Bill “Eyla” Nguyen

Week 1 Update

I expected FlyQuest to be good, but I thought it would take some more time. We’ve seen the promised brilliance of Prince firsthand in Week 1, who had the best debut he could probably imagine. He died only once in two games, and that was when he dove the enemy fountain to try to get a Pentakill in his first-ever LCS game. In that almost deathless two games, he got 19 kills in his name. And he didn’t even have his starting support with him!

The top side of the team is also looking scary. Impact had one of the cleanest Gangplank games on Day 1, even solo killing Summit. VicLa didn’t have to do much, but he was impressive nonetheless. Also great to see Spica back in a good environment once again, where he can show why he won his MVP award. As mentioned, they looked this good without Eyla playing, so I can’t wait for what’s more in the store once they start playing with their full roster.

Pre-Season Prediction: 2nd Place

What an off-season it has been for FlyQuest. After chasing playoffs with a limited budget roster for two years, the organization finally build a roster that can legitimately challenge the LCS trophy. While they have a very young core, all of these players showed they could play at a very high level for at least a season before. The only exception to this is Eyla, but even he has a small sample size of games from last year when he subbed for TL. So the expected floor for this five-man roster is pretty high, they should at the very least finish top-three. And if all five players come into the season firing at all cylinders, well the league might be in trouble.

Although I’m not expecting them to do that from the start. Both VicLa and Prince might need some time to adjust to NA and to communicate in English on the Rift. Still, it’s almost certain that they will be one of the championship favorites once the playoffs start.

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