Plenty of surprises have already happened as we enter Week 3 of the League of Legends European Championship, and with those surprises came some standout moments in the LEC.
Fnatic and Rogue are both still undefeated while Astralis still have to pick up a win. Fans have their eyes set on how the newly formed rosters are playing and how the new rookies of the league perform. Anyone can have opinions of which players are performing well or not, but it can be interesting to have a critical look at how players performed so far according to numbers.
With that in mind, Upcomer decided to create a by-the-numbers look at the best players at each position in the LEC thus far this season and for every week going forward.
Those rankings were made with Oracle’s Elixir data. An algorithm was then coded in order to rank each LEC player in several statistics depending on their role, then the average of each of those ranking was taken and that’s how a player got his final rank. Depending on the role each stats was valued differently. For example supports weren’t rated at all on their CS or damage per minute but their vision score was more valued. There are several ways to rank players according to statistics and results can vary slightly depending on how it’s done.
Andrei “Odoamne” Pascu had an incredible performance in the first two weeks of LEC as Rogue sit at a 5-0 record. He’s at the top in his role with both a 7.6 KDA (kills/deaths/assists) and in Damage per Minute. Vitality’s Barney “Alphari” Morris, despite his team’s start, enters the LEC ranking because of his incredible laning statistics, including an average creep score difference at 10 minutes (plus-19.4). While worse mid-to-late game statistics for Alphari might be because of Vitality’s 2-3 record, it could also mean than Alphari struggles to snowball his early game leads.
Despite a score of 3-2, MAD Lions have the highest average Gold Difference at 15 minute out of any team in the LEC (plus-1522). This could explain why Javier “Elyoya” Prades Batalla earns the top ranking in our LEC algorithm. His early game numbers are very good, but he also managed to be the jungler with the most farm per minute. If MAD Lions and Elyoya manage to maintain those leads, we could expect more wins for them in the coming weeks.
Rogue’s Emil “Larssen” Larsson is performing the best in both KDA and Damage per Minute, which implies his good KDA doesn’t come from a playstyle that could be considered too safe. Larssen isn’t just toward the top of the the LEC rankings at his position in damage; he even averages the highest farming differential at 15 minutes. However, Fnatic’s Marek “Humanoid” Brázda does have better gold leads at that time. This could mean that Humanoid tends to get advantages out of lane more than Larssen or Excel mid laner Erlend “nukeduck” Våtevik Holm, who like Larssen is also among the top-ranking LEC players in lane.
There’s a lot of Rogue at the top of the LEC going into Week 3, but Markos “Comp” Stamkopoulos’s return to the LEC and spot in these rankings is probably the biggest surprise of that group. The Greek bot laner is first in average CS per minute (9.9) and Damage per Minute (672). This might mean that Comp plays slightly more for the later stages of the game, as Fnatic bot laner Elias “Upset” Lipp does have better laning numbers, but Comp still does pretty well in that department.
William “UNF0RGIVEN” Nieminen has played very well for a rookie for MAD Lions and manages to rank consistently high in all statistics in the LEC despite his support roaming a lot.
Zdravets “Hylissang” Iliev Galabov averages an incredible kill participation for Fnatic. He is present for 84.6% of his team’s kills, which is by far the highest percentage among any support. On top of that, Hylissang also manages to have the best KDA (8.3), which is very notable for a player who’s not afraid to make risky plays. He has been a big part in leading Fnatic to wins in their undefeated run so far.
Adrian “Trymbi” Trybus would have most likely made the top three if it wasn’t for his lower ranking in the LEC in terms of vision.