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Over the past two weeks, we’ve been reviewing the Spring Split of the LCS to analyze the best and worst fantasy performances of the season. This weekend, the split will conclude with a historic final in North America and an exciting clash in Europe, and we’re wrapping up our fantasy reviews.
Today, we’ll be focusing on mid laners, one of the highest scoring positions in League of Legends. Mid laners are the playmakers and carries, with the ability to lead your fantasy team to victory with their performance.
In this review, we’ll compare the Skrilla fantasy points per game (SKPPG) of mid laners in the NA LCS and EU LCS. We won’t be considering bonus categories like quadra kills and pentakills, as they are rare occurrences. Team scoring, such as towers and barons secured, will also be ignored as these are team stats rather than individual achievements. The goal is to identify the players who performed well individually in terms of Skrilla Points Per Game and have a strong chance of continuing their success in the Summer split.
North America, Average: 24.64 SKPPG
1) Kim “Fenix” Jae Hun, Echo Fox, 5.7 KDA, 29.74 SKPPG
2) Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg, Team SoloMid, 8.5 KDA, 28.49 SKPPG
Much like Martin “Rekkles” Larsson in Europe, Bjergsen is the top fantasy scorer in North America. However, this season, Fenix has taken the crown when it comes to fantasy points. Fenix emerged as the top scorer in the league, largely due to playing on the most aggressive team in the LCS. Echo Fox’s playstyle led to high fantasy scoring for all their players, and Fenix benefited greatly from the aggressive attention of Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett, resulting in the strongest gold differential at 10 minutes among mid laners.
Bjergsen was statistically the top mid laner, except in fantasy points. He boasted an 8.5 KDA (highest in the league), 77.6% kill participation (second in the position), and the most kills in the league. If we were to predict who will score more points next season, Bjergsen would be the safe bet. He remains the king of fantasy until someone consistently proves they can match his performance.
3) Nicolaj Jensen, Cloud9, 7.0 KDA, 27.92 SKPPG
4) Choi “Huhi” Jae Hyun, Counter Logic Gaming, 3.5 KDA, 26.06 SKPPG
Jensen, a favorite for the MVP title, demonstrated his fantasy scoring potential by placing himself in the same tier as Fenix and Bjergsen. Huhi’s presence as a top performer may come as a surprise, but he has shown his ability to produce numbers in the past. Although he may not have the explosive gameplay of Jensen or Bjergsen, Huhi consistently earns fantasy points through high kill participation.
5) Eugene “Pobelter” Park, Team Liquid, 24.23 SKPPG
6) Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage, OpTic Gaming, 3.9 KDA, 23.02 SKPPG
7) Yoo “Ryu” Sang Wook, 100 Thieves, 4.1 KDA, 22.80 SKPPG
8) Fabian “Febiven” Diepstraten, Clutch Gaming, 7.3 KDA, 22.49 SKPPG
This tier consists of mid laners who have performed consistently throughout their careers and have the ability to put together strong fantasy seasons. Febiven, despite ranking last in terms of fantasy scoring, has the most potential for next season. His elite KDA and high kill count indicate his capabilities, and with a faster-paced Clutch Gaming next season, Febiven could be a formidable force.
9) Song “Fly” Yong Jun, Flyquest, 2.8 KDA, 21.44 SKPPG
10) Hai Lam, Golden Guardians, 2.3 KDA, 20.58 SKPPG
Cloud9’s teamwork is no longer able to mask Hai’s mechanical weaknesses. These players are unlikely to appear on many fantasy rosters next season.
Europe, Average: 23.69 SKPPG
1) Luka “Perkz” Perković, G2 Esports, 4.7 KDA, 28.81 SKPPG
2) Rasmus “Caps” Winther, Fnatic, 4.3 KDA, 25.69 SKPPG
Perkz has established himself as a top mid laner this season, showcasing Europe’s pool of talented players. Putting behind a middling Summer split last year, Perkz led the league in kills and assists while playing for the aggressive G2 Esports.
3) Chres “Sencux” Larsen, Misfits, 4.3 KDA, 24.63 SKPPG
4) Jin “Blanc” Seong Min, ROCCAT, 4.8 KDA, 24.09 SKPPG
Blanc’s first full season was impressive, solidifying his position as one of Europe’s top mid laners. Despite playing for a relatively weak ROCCAT squad, Blanc achieved the highest KDA and the second best kill participation. His standout performance within his team should not go unnoticed. Keep an eye on Blanc in the next split; with improved circumstances, he could have an even better season.
5) Marcin “Selfie” Wolski, 4.2 KDA, 23.19 SKPPG
H2k-Gaming’s success was significantly influenced by Selfie’s presence in the lineup. With him, H2k-Gaming won 58% of their matches and became a playoff team. Selfie boasts elite indicators such as the highest kill participation in the league and a low death share. He also achieved the highest creep differential at 10 minutes. If H2k-Gaming continues to improve next season, Selfie is definitely a sleeper pick.
6) Daniele “Jiizuke” di Mauro, Team Vitality, 3.4 KDA, 23.16 SKPPG
7) Fabian “Exileh” Schubert, Unicorns of Love, 2.6 KDA, 22.90 SKPPG
8) Erlend “Nukeduck” Våtevik Holm, FC Schalke 04, 4.2 KDA, 21.56 SKPPG
9) Yasin “Nisqy” Dinçer, Splyce, 3.9 KDA, 20.90 SKPPG
10) Felix “Betsy” Edling, Giants Gaming, 20.63 SKPPG
The remaining mid laners in the league share a common characteristic: low kill participation numbers. Without scoring points from their team’s kills, these players struggle to make an impact in fantasy. Caps is an exception due to Fnatic’s impressive win rate.
The mid lane is the most exciting position in League of Legends, home to the most mechanically skilled players who execute plays that win games and produce high fantasy scores.
This season, big names like Bjergsen, Jensen, and Perkz delivered impressive numbers as expected. We also witnessed the rise of Fenix and breakout performances from players like Blanc. While we can’t predict what the Summer split holds, it is sure to be equally thrilling and productive in daily fantasy.