League of Legends global power rankings through July 16

No Jian "Uzi" Zi-Hao? No problem, for now at least. While the star AD carry has stepped down for a bit per doctor's orders for rest, top laner Liu "Zz1tai" Zhi-Hao has stepped into the bottom lane and back to his original role in mid for picks like Swain and Fiora. In Game 3 against EDward Gaming, RNG ran a super composition around Liu "Mlxg" Shi-Yu with the team's other jungler, Hung "Karsa" Hau-Hsuan, also starting. Uzi's absence has allowed RNG to experiment with some of the less standard compositions that the meta has to offer - the least standard champion pick for Uzi this split was a one-off Kennen bot, unless you want to count Vayne - and funnel resources into other players on the team's extremely talented lineup. We'll be glad when Uzi returns, but it doesn't seem like his absence will hurt RNG too much.

Invictus Gaming only had one match in this short Week 4, and it was a quick 2-0 for the team's first summer interconference series. Jungler Gao "Ning" Zhen-Ning's overly-aggressive tendencies were curbed a bit with a Galio to support him in Game 1, and the result was a perfect game, with Ning crushing FPX's Chen "Alex" Yu-Ming. Yet, Ning's decision-making in Game 2 was a bit shakier and against a stronger team, could have cost iG a lot more. We've harped on Ning's inconsistencies already this split, but they continue to stand out, especially when his jungle presence was more reliable in 2018 LPL Spring during iG's incredible run through the regular season.

We saw less of the LoL Pro League teams this past week - three days of eight total games as opposed to the LCK's ten games over five days - and EDward Gaming had the toughest matchup with a series against East Region powerhouse RNG. In Game 1, EDG also pulled out a Camille/Galio composition for jungler Chen "Haro" Wen-Lin and mid laner Lee "Scout" Ye-chan adding a Gangplank for Jeon Ji-won for extra global damage. Yet, even with an early lead in Game 2, EDG's teamfight decision-making cost them the game. EDG's players can become a bit too overconfident at times, especially with a lead, costing them early advantages. Game 3 was a bit of the same, with EDG trying to fight RNG's super composition when they couldn't hold their own in a 5-on-5. It was a close series, but RNG's creativity and coordination got the better of EDG in the end, which still need steadier calls in high-pressure moments.

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