At the end of the split, the most valuable player of the season is voted on by his peers, the media, and the LCS broadcast team. This summer, Riot Games shared the list of the top ten finalists for the award.
Four out of the ten players on the list are from Team Liquid. Top laner Jung “Impact” Eon-yeong, jungler Jake “Xmithie” Puchero, and bottom duo Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng and Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in are all MVP finalists.
It doesn’t come as a surprise that Team Liquid is taking over the awards this split. The squad was consistently on top throughout the regular season and are the favorites for the title. Team Liquid is having a great year, as they won the 2019 LCS Spring split, were a finalist at the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational, and are close to a fourth consecutive LCS title.
Counter Logic Gaming and Cloud9 each have two players in the top ten. Jungler Raymond “Wiggily” Griffin and support Vincent “Biofrost” Wang are the contenders from CLG. Mid laner Yasin “Nisqy” Dinçer and jungler Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen are the Cloud9 representatives.
Throughout the regular season, Wiggily and Biofrost were the catalysts for CLG. Wiggily’s personal improvement in the jungle and Biofrost’s leadership pushed CLG back into the playoffs after an extended break from the postseason. The team swept OpTic Gaming in the quarterfinals and appears ready for the next stage versus Cloud9.
Svenskeren is one of the frontrunners for the MVP award. The Danish jungler is the key to Cloud9’s recent achievements and the best jungler of the season according to the All-Pro team standings.
Every member of the team has had its moment, but no one is as consistent as Svenskeren and Nisqy. The duo will lead Cloud9 through semifinals, and every game matters for them as they are fighting for a pass to the 2019 World Championship.
Golden Guardians were one game away from playoffs. They fell in a tiebreaker versus OpTic Gaming and finished their season early. Most of the success for the team comes from Froggen and his ability to go for uncommon picks, and Froggen is the lone player on the list not to make a summer split playoff appearance.
Crown is finally living up to the expectations around the former world champion. He recovered from a disastrous spring split and took his team all the way to the summer playoffs. Crown’s performance versus CLG in quarterfinals was disappointing shouldn’t be an indicator of his quality as a player, as he still is a class mid laner.
The 2019 LCS Summer Split Honda MVP will be revealed on August 22.