LEC Power Rankings 2022 – Who signed best team in the off-season?
The LEC Power Rankings 2022 are here! The League of Legends off-season is coming to an end for the LEC, as the 2022 Spring Split will kick off on Jan. 14. After 2 months of inaction, it’s time to see what the teams have done during the break and which teams are looking the strongest coming into 2022.
This list should help you make your pre-season LoL betting predictions, before the action kicks off and we have a clearer picture of which teams gel-ed well.
Without further ado, let’s jump right into it!
Astralis reached their first-ever playoffs in the 2021 LEC Summer Split, giving them good momentum for the upcoming 2022 season. Contrary to most people’s expectations, the organization decided to make substantial changes to its roster. Both mid laner Magifelix and Nukeduck left the organization, together with ADC Jeskla.
Astralis, to replace them, picked up Kobbe and mid laner Dajor. Kobbe previously played for Misfits, so it’s technically a good upgrade from the previous ADC. The big question mark, however, is around Dajor. It feels like it’s still too soon for LEC for him, and there were many more options to take into consideration. With that being said, Astralis might have seen something we don’t know…
9. XL Esports
XL Esports are still trying to break the playoffs curse, after missing them for so many consecutive splits. The roster, however, doesn’t fully convince me. Finn’s addition to the team is definitely positive, but the main question mark is nukeduck. His stint on Astralis wasn’t the greatest, to the point where he became inactive for a while. He’s an old veteran now, after playing for so many years in the competitive scene. He definitely has the experience, but I doubt he will bring anything more than that to the table.
8. Team BDS
Team BDS is the newest addition to the LEC, replacing Schalke04. Despite being a new entry, they did a pretty good job at creating a decent roster with some potential. The most notable being Fnatic’s former top laner Adam, following his drama with the English organization during the off-season. He will re-unite with xMatty and Cinkrof, his old teammates from the Karmine Corp days. Together with former G2 coach Grabbz, they will have a chance to prove themselves, but for now, it’s still pretty unknown.
7. SK Gaming
SK Gaming definitely needs to come back from the disastrous Summer Split from last year, when Treatz roleswapped to the jungle position due to organizational problems. Now that he returns to the support role, and with the god Gillius himself, SK can have a chance to make it to playoffs. With that being said, the mid-pack fight is insanely close and they will likely be out of the top 6.
6. Misfits Gaming
Misfits, unfortunately, lost their best player Razork for 2022. That is a big hit to one of the biggest surprises from last year, after reaching playoffs for two consecutive times and fighting it out with the very best. The org decided to fill his spot with their academy jungler Shlatan as well as changing its bot lane with former S04 ADC Neon and support Nersa, coming from Gamers Origin. The mid and top Vetheo and Hirit will still likely be top-tier players in the role, but I doubt they will do much better than just a playoff finish.
Rogue had a very similar off season to Misfits, losing both their ADC Hans Sama as well as its jungler Inspired. Despite replacing them with former DWG Kia jungler Malrang and former Vitality ADC Comp, Rogue lost quite a lot of firepower from 2 of their best players. Together with the problems that might arise from importing a Korean player, Rogue will likely be a mid-pack team for the Spring Split.
4. MAD Lions
MAD Lions is the last team that fell into the same category as in the two previously mentioned. Losing both ADC Carzzy and mid laner Humanoid will likely compromise MAD Lions’ streak of success in the LEC from 2021. They are still a very good team, but Reeker and UNF0RGIVEN might need some time to get used to the new competition. It will definitely interesting to see how MAD Lions will grow these talents… if they follow the last two years’ trends, we might be surprised once again.
3. G2 Esports
G2 Esports made the headlines during the off-season after departing with Wunder, Mikyx and Rekkles. Despite the rebuild, they were still able to put together quite a solid roster. BrokenBlade has been a top tier player in the LEC last year, while the bot lane of Flakked and Targamas is a good bet for the future. Nonetheless, this roster can be a double-edged sword: it can be insanely good, but also pretty bad. (for G2’s standards)
Fnatic is one of the two teams who benefitted the most from the 2021 off-season. Fnatic fully revamped its top side of the map, picking up one of, if not, the best players from other LEC organizations. Wunder, Razork and Humanoid form an insane trio that is easily top 2 in the Europe. Together with arguably the best bot lane in the league, Fnatic has the biggest chance to make an explosive return to the top of the LEC.
1. Team Vitality
The last team left is Team Vitality. From a bottom-tier playoff team, to being the number 1 in the LEC Power Rankings. Fully rebuilding its roster from the ground up, Vitality did a great job at picking up the best available talent from abroad. Alphari and Perkz will return to EU, while Carzzy and Labrov can be a very solid bot lane. It was hard to choose the number 1 between Fnatic and Vitality. The reason ended up being the fact at how valuable players like Alphari and Perkz can be to the team with their extremely vocal personalities. They might not be the best on paper right away, but they should have the highest potential out of any LEC teams. We’ll see if they can meet expectations: the pressure is building up already…
We are aware everyone has their own preference, and fandom comes as a big factor when making each seasonal Power Rankings, but we tried to keep objective and keep in mind all the metrics and player performances to date when making ours.
Check back with our Esports News section next week for our first set of LEC Predictions.