The Worst Players of the 2020 LCS Spring Split
Who are the worst players from the 2020 LCS Spring Split, the individuals who failed to deliver and were — at worst — the laughing stock of the region? Calling someone a “loser” simply doesn’t feel right because these players tried their hardest. They practiced day in and day out, hoping to leave a mark. The fact that they failed to do so in no way diminishes their valiant efforts. Still, some of them were at times so bad that it’s downright impossible not to criticize.
Hopefully, they’ll take everyone’s criticism in stride, work on their flaws (which were visible on so many different occasions throughout the split) and come back stronger than ever. Everyone loves a good comeback story and when you’ve hit rock bottom there’s only one way left to go — up.
One thing is for certain, however: the LCS had its fair share of underperformers. Unlike in the LEC, most of the names listed below simply had to perform better and yet failed spectacularly. Most of them were also set up for success with fantastic teammates and hefty paychecks, but they failed all the same.
Finally, Tommy “ry0ma” Le and Jérémy “Eika” Valdenaire, as flawed as their play was, don’t deserve to be on this list (just yet). They’re mid-tier imports who’ve been slotted into heavily flawed teams and were expected to perform above and beyond what was reasonable. They’ve tried their hardest and the fact that they didn’t always deliver should in no way affect their stock so early into their LCS careers.
With that out of the way, let’s take a look at some of the worst players from the 2020 LCS Spring Split!
Yuri “Keith” Jew (Golden Guardians, Support)
Of course, Keith had to be on our worst 2020 LCS Spring Split players list.
The LCS mainstay made the switch to support a couple of months ago — to everyone’s surprise. His multi-year-long stint as an AD carry simply didn’t yield any fruit, so it was about time he tried his hand at a different role. After all, we all know what happened when Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in switched. As a marksman, he was one of the worst bottom laners in the LCS; as a support, he quickly rose to prominence and even became a World Champion.
Keith, however, didn’t have that kind of story. In fact, one could argue that his already frail reputation took yet another hit. On the one hand, he definitely had a couple of standout moments throughout the split (mainly on Thresh), but those flashes of brilliance were so few and far between that they basically didn’t count. For every good move he made, there was always an egregious mistake (or two) that immediately followed. His positioning and map awareness are among the worst you’ll see in the LCS, which means he was setting all kinds of records — the ones you don’t want your name attached to, of course.
He has a 1.2 KDA. With 7 kills, 46 deaths, and just 50 assists to his name, it’s impossible to regard Keith’s transition to support as anything less than abysmal. Heck, that might be a bit too mild a description. It’s also important to note that he was able to accomplish such an “incredible” record with just twelve games played. After his horrid performance, he was quickly subbed out.
It’s no coincidence, then, that the Golden Guardians simply decided to keep Choi “huhi” Jae-hyun as their starter because Keith, simply put, wasn’t worth the hassle. The negatives far outweighed the positives.
Fans often bully Keith online and it’s a sad sight to behold. Then again, his play does deserve a lot of criticism. He’s a great dude and he’s proven his dedication over the years, but if the result isn’t there, it’s hard to really call him an invaluable member of the team.
Keith didn’t do much last split, and he certainly didn’t warrant a spot on the starting line-up. Whether he’ll make a return, however, is anyone’s guess at this point.
Everyone From Counter Logic Gaming
Counter Logic Gaming didn’t look good. At all. The fact that they underperformed isn’t so surprising seeing how CLG, as an organization, didn’t find much success over the years. But they did show signs of life in 2019 when they reached Top 3 in Summer. They looked like an actual challenger — a team with an identity. For a brief moment in time, it seemed like they were “back.” With a more layered coaching staff and a very talented roster, many fans and analysts expected them to bounce back in style and enter 2020 swinging for the fences.
And yet, as realistic as that prediction was, it simply didn’t materialize.
Counter Logic Gaming ended the 2020 Spring Split as the absolute worst team in the region. It wasn’t all bad, but their good moments were too few and far between. Most of them came once Eugene “Pobelter” Park joined the team mid-split. This seasoned CLG alumni was their only saving grace.
It’s hard to single out any one player as they all played some abysmal League of Legends. No synergy, no game plan, no shot at leaving a mark whatsoever. Their coaching staff deserves a part of the blame as well but there’s no use in pointing any fingers now that the damage is done. What they need to do is restructure, make sweeping changes (to both their line-up and coaching staff) and rebuild from the ground up.
Omran “V1per” Shoura (FlyQuest, Top Lane)
Talking about V1per’s recent performance is not an easy task, primarily because he’s a layered player and so is his play. On the one hand, he was definitely the worst performer on FlyQuest. That’s a fact, and it was evident from the beginning that something just wasn’t “right.” He was out of sync with the rest of the team and his individual performance left a lot to be desired.
On the other hand, he was by no means abysmal, but seeing how FlyQuest were the second-best team in the region, his mediocre play stood out. Statistically speaking he was okay, although his laning was nowhere near as good as it was in the past. He also has the lowest Damage Per Minute out of all top laners (307) — a meager number that’s inexcusable, especially given the amount of gold he was getting.
Again, he wasn’t the main reason why FlyQuest was struggling early on, but he certainly didn’t help them out in any way, shape, or form. You could see the difference between V1per and Colin “Solo” Earnest, the latter of whom didn’t even compete for the majority of the split.
In the end, V1per’s 2020 certainly didn’t start off particularly well. His play deteriorated and he was quickly (and successfully) replaced by Solo, the former Echo Fox top laner who was brought over by FlyQuest as a positional coach.
V1per is, in a way, the least egregious offender on this list as he just had the bad luck of underperforming at the exact time when everyone else on his team played their best League of Legends yet. Hopefully, he’ll improve and bounce back in Summer as he certainly deserves to be a starter on an LCS team. Whether he’ll still wear a FlyQuest jersey, however, remains to be seen.
Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett (Team SoloMid, Jungle)
Dardoch is quite a polarizing player. Whenever we talk about him, it’s always because he’s either playing out of his mind and carrying his team through awe-inspiring mechanical outplays, or because he’s a complete non-factor and is “too heavy to carry,” which makes him one of the worst 2020 LCS Spring Split players.
Team SoloMid’s 2020 struggles are hard to define, and while Dardoch definitely isn’t the problem (much like the myriad of stellar junglers of past TSM line-ups), he’s definitely a part of it. His inconsistent — and at times flat-out abysmal — play left a lot to be desired. There was very little rhyme or reason behind his decisions and they went from mind-blowing to horrendous fairly quickly. When he brought his A-game, we saw plays that left you in a state of awe. When that wasn’t the case, however, he was nowhere to be found.
He was always known as a volatile playmaker, and his tendencies definitely shined bright this past split, for better and worse. He leads all junglers in Death Share at a staggering 30.5%, while also having the highest First Blood rate at 67%.
With Dardoch, it’s always “kill or be killed,” and it wasn’t exactly what TSM needed. When it worked, everything looked great. When it didn’t, Dardoch simply couldn’t bounce back in-game. The fact that he played more towards the top lane rather than mid (in a mid/jungle meta) is also a cause for concern, although that’s probably a team-wide decision (i.e. misread of the meta) than his own call.
TSM will start with their Academy jungler in the upcoming 2020 Summer Split, but whether or not they’ll be able to improve much as a team still remains to be seen.
How could this list ever be complete without the one and only Huni? The Korean top laner is an absolute legend, although he made headlines this year for all the “wrong” reasons. The first big problem was his astronomical, mind-blowing $2.3 million two-year contract with Team Dignitas. There was no way he could’ve justified such a number, and sure enough — he didn’t. That brings us to the second Huni-related problem, and it’s arguably the most important one: quality of play.
Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon (Team Dignitas, Top Lane)
Huni simply wasn’t good. He was always known as a 50/50 kind of player, as a dude who’ll either go 5/0 in fifteen minutes and take over the game or 0/5 and just run it down like a solo queue scrub. Unfortunately for everyone involved, we saw the latter a lot more this year. With the second-lowest KDA (2.0), highest Death Share (25.1%), and lowest First Blood rate (15%), it’s fair to say that Huni had his worst split yet.
The fact that many expected him to shine bright on a fairly acceptable Dignitas line-up only added pressure to the situation. As expected, Dignitas has decided to part ways with their legendary (albeit expensive) top laner, so it’ll be interesting to see whether Huni will stay in North America, or perhaps move back to the LEC or LCK.
While his play was horrendous more often than not, Huni is well known for his dips in performance, so he should be able to bounce back in a couple of month’s time.
The Team Liquid Gang
A lot has been said and written about North America’s most successful player and his motivational issues. It’s a worn-out topic, and there’s very little reason to revive it now. What hasn’t been talked about (nearly as much), is the fact that Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng was by no means the worst performer on his team. He was definitely underwhelming (especially by his own standards), but he was also the most vocal about his play, which made him an easy target.
His teammates, however, didn’t talk much nor did their play improve over the course of the split. One could argue that Jeong “Impact” Eon-yeong and Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in — two former World Champions — played much, much worse. Impact channeled his inner Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon as he was getting caught out of position and had one of his worst splits in North America. That’s the problem when you play so well for so long — any kind of change in consistency is immediately visible.
Team Liquid’s struggles this year went far beyond Doublelift and his play. No one played well (other than a couple of short stand out moments) and it was hard to tell whether that was the result of them getting complacent after winning the LCS four times in a row, or the fact that they simply couldn’t bounce back psychologically after the whole visa debacle at the beginning of the split.
Either way, for a team with so much inherent talent, finishing ninth is simply unacceptable. The Team Liquid bunch is, without a shadow of a doubt, the worst offender on this list. They were bad as a team so it’s unfair to single anyone out.