Power Rankings - Week 30

Power Rankings - Week 30

We use a system similar to the Associated Press power rankings for College Football or Basketball - a panel of writers vote on who they think should be listed, and an aggregate is produced from combining their rankings.

Our panel votes on these criteria, in this order:

  • Recent results
  • Predicted future performance
  • Historical trends (as they pertain to future results and present form)
  • The "eye" test (How good does a team look, relative to the rest of the world)

Our panel is available at the footer of this article, with each of their credentials and specialties. It is important to note that all our voters follow all five major professional leagues (LPL, OGN, GPL, NA/EU LCS) on a weekly basis.

Make sure to tweet @Lolesports with your Power Rankings or let us know in the comments below.

Bolded teams have qualified for Worlds.

  1. KT Rolster Arrows (+2)
  2. Samsung Galaxy Blue (-1)
  3. Samsung Galaxy White (-1)
  4. SK Telecom T1 K ( - )
  5. Edward Gaming (+3)
  6. OMG (-1)
  7. Najin White Shield (-1)
  8. Alliance (+3)
  9. Najin Black Sword (-1)
  10. StarHorn Royal Club (+3)
  11. Jin Air Stealths (+1)
  12. SK Telecom T1 S (-3)
  13. Cloud9 (+1)
  14. Fnatic (-4)
  15. LMQ (+1)
  16. CJ Entus Blaze (+2)
  17. SK Gaming (+1)
  18. LGD (NEW)
  19. CJ Entus Frost (NEW)
  20. Team SoloMid ( - )

Number of first place votes in brackets.

  1. (+2) KT Rolster Arrows - #3 Korea Regionals - 196pts - [6]

    The king is dead! Long live the king! The KT Rolster Arrows knocked off Samsung Galaxy Blue in a 3-2 win during the Grand Finals OGN Champions Summer 2014. The series was the best five game series of the year so far. The Arrows win pushes them into fourth place in Circuit Points. They await the winner of the KT Rolster Bullets/NaJin White Shield series in the Korea Regional Qualifier.

    Written by Thomas Watts

  2. (-1) Samsung Galaxy Blue - Korea - Qualified for Worlds - 194pts - [2]

    Samsung Galaxy Blue suffered a tough defeat at the hands of the KT Rolster Arrows in OGN Champions Summer 2014. They are still automatically qualified for the 2014 World Championship as Korea's No. 1 seed. The only question surrounding this team following the loss is can they bounce back from their loss, and perform like the team that was the dominant force in Korea over the past six months during the World Championship.

    Written by Thomas Watts

  3. (-1) Samsung Galaxy White - #1 Korea Regionals - 183pts

    SK Telecom T1 K and Samsung Galaxy White will play a tiebreaker to decide who goes to Worlds. The loser will be #1 Seed in Korea Regionals

  4. ( - ) SK Telecom T1 K - #1 Korea Regionals - 174pts

    SK Telecom T1 K and Samsung Galaxy White will play a tiebreaker to decide who goes to Worlds. The loser will be #1 Seed in Korea Regionals

  5. (+3) Edward Gaming - #1 China Regionals - 151pts

    Despite a shaky second half of the 2014 Summer Split, Edward Gaming pulled themselves together for a tightly controlled best of five against LGD Gaming that ended after only three games. Even with their star AD carry constantly imprisoned in Lissandra's Glacial Tombs, EDG found a way to rally and come out ahead in fights. In a meta so focused on team fighting internationally, EDG excels. The question is whether they can take this new found set of legs and run with them throughout the rest of the playoffs.

    Written by Kelsey Moser

  6. (-1) OMG - Qualified for China Regionals - 146pts

    OMG has suffered a great deal of internal drama, and their lack of confidence has been evident this past week when they dropped two games against Young Glory. A team best known for their ability to coordinate and trust one another in their play style exhibited a lack of synergy, and many fixated on the bottom lane duo, san and Dada7. Yet there were larger factors at play, including a sudden drop in vision control.

    After two losses to StarHorn Royal Club in the Playoffs, it seemed that OMG would continue to struggle, but a sudden regroup had them come out swinging in Game 3. Cool's terrifying Yasuo has clearly been bootcamped in private, and he managed an incredible score over corn, who was playing Ryze, a direct Yasuo counter. OMG's second wind saw them win their semifinal match and find a spot in the anticipated upper bracket finals against EDG.

    Written by Kelsey Moser

  7. (-1) Najin White Shield - #5 Korea Regionals - 141pts
  8. (+3) Alliance - Europe - Qualified for Worlds - 129pts

    Froggen has finally succeeded in his super team goal. Alliance outrotated Fnatic and were careful to avoid allowing Fnatic their usual pick-heavy playstyle by staying largely grouped, and looks a strong contender going into the World Championships. They seem a cohesive unit, which allows the individual skill of their players to shine, and makes them a scary matchup for any team.

    Written by Mattias "Gentleman Gustaf" Lehman

  9. (-2) Najin Black Sword - OGN - 120pts
  10. (+3) StarHorn Royal Club - Qualified for China Regionals - 117pts

    Uzi and company hadn't scrimmed the entire week before Playoffs as a result of inSec and Zero returning to Korea to straighten out visa concerns. It definitely showed in their scattered play against OMG. Even when they had a lead, they failed to capitalize on it, and they seemed miles away in terms of synergy than they have been recently. Despite a powerful a bottom lane and successful invasions by inSec on Drug's jungle, SHRC are in need of a regroup, but they only have a day to prepare for their lower bracket set against LGD Gaming.

    Written by Kelsey Moser

  11. (+1) Jin Air Stealths - OGN - 114pts
  12. ( - ) SK Telecom T1 S - OGN - 108pts
  13. (+1) Cloud9 - #1 NA Regionals - 103pts
  14. (-4) Fnatic - Europe - Qualified for Worlds - 97pts

    Fnatic has lost their stranglehold on the #1 spot in the EU LCS playoffs for the first time since the league’s inception, and in commanding fashion. Alliance took them down 3-1 thanks to straight up better play from every position. Fnatic simply needs to evolve to stay in the scene. TSM managed to stay around after Cloud9 upset them, and there’s no reason Fnatic can’t do that as well, but they will have to work for it.

    Written by Mattias "Gentleman Gustaf" Lehman

  15. (+1) LMQ - #2 NA Regionals - 88pts
  16. (-1) CJ Entus Blaze - OGN - 71pts
  17. (+1) SK Gaming - Europe - Qualified for Worlds - 63pts

    SK Gaming may have lost the top spot to Alliance, but they have returned to their previous form for the playoffs. Their dismantling of ROCCAT showed off their ability to dominate a game when they’re actually practicing regularly. With the World Championships coming up, expect them to continue improving.

    Written by Mattias "Gentleman Gustaf" Lehman

  18. (NEW) LGD - Qualified for China Regionals - 57pts
  19. (NEW) CJ Frost - OGN - 56pts
  20. ( - ) Team SoloMid - #3 NA Regionals - 47pts

Rising - Taipei Assassins - SEA - Qualified for Worlds - 43pts

Things are definitely starting to look up for the Taipei Assassins. A 3-0 record over local rivals AHQ is a sharp improvement in three months' time -- back in spring, their final set against the same team was a sloppy full-five set that suggested parity between the two GPL champion teams. They've since left them in the dust, demonstrating vastly improved vision strategies and map movements. Interestingly, their Grand Finals set was played without Chawy in the mid lane, and there has been no word as to which of the two mid laners will be spearheading the region's efforts come Worlds.

Written by James Chen

Others Receiving Votes: CLG, Jin Air Falcons, Curse, Team WE, Roccat, Taipei Snipers, Saigon Fantastic 5, Invictus Gaming, Supa Hot Crew

The Panel:

Alex Manisier - ggChronicle staff writer, OGN expert and President of UTS LoLSoc in Sydney, Australia. Regularly watches all five major leagues.

Andrew "Glyceroll" Whitmore - Covers NA and EU LCS as well as Challenger for lolesports.com and surrenderat20.net. Regularly watches the five major leagues.

Christopher "MonteCristo" Mykles - OGN Analyst and Commentator. Season 3 World Championship Analyst, esports veteran.

Frank "Mirhi" Fields - Senior Web Content Coordinator for lolesports.com. Esports veteran, follows all five major leagues.

Jack "NeoIllusions" Ho - TeamLiquid staff writer. Has covered OGN, NA and EU LCS for TL and lolesports.com. Regularly watches most of the five major leagues.

James "Obscurica" Chen - GPL and SEA expert. Covers GPL for lolesports.com and watches all five major leagues regularly.

Jason "Jayway" Wai - Web Content Coordinator and stats aficionado for lolesports.com. Watches OGN religiously and regularly watches all five major leagues.

Kelsey Moser - GosuGamers senior editor and LPL expert. Covers LPL for lolesports.com. Regularly watches all five major leagues.

Joshua "Jatt" Leesman - Riot Games LCS Analyst and Commentator. Veteran commentator of both Season 2 and Season 3 World Championships.

Mattias "Gentleman Gustaf" Lehman - League of Legends theorycrafter and statistics nerd turned esports journalist, watches NA/EU religiously and all five major leagues regularly.

Michael Mooridian - Freelance esports journalist. Specializes in NA & EU LCS and Challenger leagues and follows all five major leagues.

Taylor Cocke - Web Content Coordinator for lolesports.com Watches EU/NA with a passion, follows all other leagues.

Team Inven - Esports veterans and OGN experts. Regularly watch every game of all five major leagues.

Thomas Watts - OGN expert and freelancer for lolesports.com. Veteran college football reporter. Regularly watches most of the five major leagues.

Tyler "Fionn" Erzberger - TeamLiquid staff writer and OGN expert. Esports veteran and Freelancer for lolesports.com. Regularly watches all five major leagues.

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