With the 2023 LCS Spring Split fast approaching, it’s time for the annual power rankings, where I predict where every team stands concerning each other before the start of the season.
The new season is here, which means most teams have new rosters waiting to show what they are made of on the big stage. Big names like Bjergsen, Doublelift, and Pyosic have joined the league, and fans are hungry to see what they are made of.
Who is going into the season with the best roster, and who will end up at the bottom of the power rankings? Will the star rosters top the list, or will the upstart rosters surprise people with where they end up?
2023 LCS Spring: Top of the pack
- 100 Thieves
- Team Liquid Honda
These three rosters have the star power to land at the top of the league this split. 100 Thieves picked up both Bjergsen and Doublelift, kept Closer, and promoted Tenacity and Busio from their academy team. FlyQuest brought Prince and VicLa over from the LCK, both of them receiving rewards during the LCK award ceremonies. Team Liquid Honda added Pyosic and Summit to their roster, one being the defending world champion and the other winning the MVP award the last time he was in North America.
All of these rosters look really good on paper, but the real test will be when the 2023 LCS Spring Split starts. Using Team Liquid Honda from 2022 as an example, teams that look good on paper can drop the ball when everything matters, so it’s up in the air if these rosters do pan out.
2023 LCS Spring Split: Contenders
- Evil Geniuses
These three teams do have good rosters, but they are not at the level of the top three teams. Evil Geniuses picked up Ssumday and FBI from 100 Thieves to join with Jojopyun, Vulcan, and Inspired. Dignitas went from a team that was at the bottom of the barrel to a top-six team with their signings of Santorin and Jensen. Cloud9 has the biggest question mark with their signing of Diplex in the mid-lane.
These teams are not necessarily bad, but they have question marks that prevent them from moving up to the top three teams. If things break right for them, it’s possible that they can make a run for the Spring title, but it is also possible that they don’t have the firepower to match the top teams in the league.
2023 LCS Spring Split: Not the best, but not the worst
- Counter Logic Gaming
These three teams are not the best in the league, but they are also not the worst. The one team in this bracket that I can see moving up and contending with the top teams in Counter Logic Gaming. Last year, with the same roster, they were able to make a small run during the 2022 LCS Summer Split playoffs. If they are able to grow and capture the same lightning in a bottle, I can see them challenging the likes of 100 Thieves or Team Liquid Honda.
Both TSM and Immortals made changes this year, but there were sidegrades if anything. Both teams were able to turn things around late last season, but I’m not sure if they’ll be able to do the same this year with the changes that have been made at the top of the league.
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2023 LCS Spring Split: Last Place
- Golden Guardians
The last team in the 2023 LCS Spring Split power rankings is Golden Guardians. From sticking with Stixxay and adding Gori and Huhi, I can’t see this team doing well unless everything breaks right for them. There are some interesting storylines with this team, the most interesting would be the reunion of Stixxay and Huhi from their CLG days, but that doesn’t mean that they’ll play well.
The LCS Spring Split starts later this month, with the kickoff being on January 10th at 11 am PST till 2 PM PST for some fun games. The start date for the official 2023 LCS Spring Split is January 26th, 2023, with the first game being Cloud9 versus 100 Thieves at 12 PM PST.
For the full schedule, you can find it on lolesports.com, as well as any vods of games you may miss.