Top 20 Players at the League of Legends World Championship

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The 2019 League of Legends World Championship is underway, with 24 professional teams from around the world competing in a month-long race for the Summoner’s Cup. This year the world championship is being held in three European cities: Berlin, Germany; Paris, France; and Madrid, Spain. The tournament kicked off on October 2 and has already seen some exciting wins. But who are the top players of the tournament? Although the winning team of this year’s LoL Worlds remains to be seen, some players have already proven their worth.

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Here are our picks for the top 20 players at this year’s League of Legends World Championship.

20. Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in

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Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in joined the professional esports world back in 2014 and played on several different teams before joining Team Liquid in 2018. The Korean gamer has competed in 21 tournaments to date, earning over half a million dollars and ranking #189 in the world.

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He is currently the support for Team Liquid and hoped to help the team dominate the tournament. However, the young gamer’s dreams were squashed when the North American team was eliminated from the world championship after losing to China’s Invictus Gaming. Despite this, CoreJJ is still one of the top players in our eyes.

19. Song “Rookie” Eui-jin

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Song “Rookie” Eui-jin is a mid-laner for Invictus Gaming and has been a member of the team since late 2014. Rookie, originally from Korea, ranks #177 in the world and has competed in 24 tournaments to date. Last June, Rookie made a name for himself after becoming the first Korean LPL pro to hit 1,500 kills.

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Rookie went into the worlds after one of the worst summer seasons in his career after an undisclosed family health issue caused him to return home and forfeit his spot for a few weeks. However, Rookie quickly showed the world what he was made of by solo killing Jensen to open up Invictus Gaming’s group-advancing blowout of Team Liquid.

18. Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle

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Young Slovenian player Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle plays as the Support for G2 Esports, a Spanish professional esports organization in Madrid. The team made its debut at the 2019 League of Legends World Championship on day two of the Group Stage, demolishing South Korean team Griffin.

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Although it was G2’s first time at the worlds, Mikyx reached the world championship back in 2016 with North America’s Splyce. A wrist injury earlier this season nearly prevented Mikyx from competing with his team this year at the LoL world championshin; however, he recovered in time for the 2019 summer split.

17. Luka “Perkz” Perković

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Luka “Perkz” Perković is a Croatian professional League of Legends player who is the bot laner for G2 Esports. Despite switching from mid lane down to bot lane this year to make way for Rasmus “Caps” Winther, Perkz adjusted easily to his new position and has been on fire.

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Although he wasn’t able to bring European glory to the 2017 worlds, he definitely played a major role in getting G2 to the world championship this year. Perkz holds six League of Legends European Championship titles, making him the most decorated LEC player in history.

16. Martin “Rekkles” Larsson

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Martin “Rekkles” Larsson is a Swedish professional League of Legends player who plays AD Carry for Fnatic. He is considered by many to be “perhaps Europe’s best AD Carry” and became the first player in the EU LCS to reach 1,000 kills.

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Rekkles and Fnatic celebrated a massive win in the 2019 League of Legends World Championship this past week after defeating Royal Never Give Up, advancing to the knockout stage and cementing their spot in the playoffs. The victory stirred up emotions in Rekkles after finally beating RNG’s AD Carry Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao.

15. Rasmus “Caps” Winther

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Rasmus “Caps” Winther is another G2 Esports player that stands out among the masses. Caps is a Danish League of Legends player who is currently the Mid laner for G2. Despite his young age, Caps because the first European player to win back-to-back MVP awards on two different teams.

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He first gained the MVP title at EU LCS Summer 2018 with Fnatic and then again at LEC Spring 2019 with G2 Esports. Caps is best known for his strong laning phase, roaming, and teleport plays that have helped G2 Esports get to the top

14. Hung “Karsa” Hao-Hsuan

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Hung “Karsa” Hao-Hsuan is a Taiwanese professional League of Legends player, and a jungler for Royal Never Give Up. Karsa is renowned for his strategic play and has numerous achievements under his belt in both the LPL and LMS leagues. Formerly with Flash Wolves for two years, Karsa joined Royal Never Give Up at the end of 2017 to challenge himself in another region.

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Karsa has competed in the League of Legends World Championship for five consecutive years, three of which were with Flash Wolves. Last year he was one of the favorites to win; however, the team was ousted in the quarter-finals.

13. Liu “Crisp” Qing-Song

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Liu “Crisp” Qing-Song is a Chinese League of Legends player who is a Support for FunPlus Phoenix. Crisp joined the team in 2017 but has been a professional player since 2014, first with Oh My God and then with Tan Chi Sa Gaming and Newbee.

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At the start of the 2019 Worlds, Crisp helped his team take down GAM with four kills, earning him the third-highest total on the team. Meanwhile, his 10 assists were the second-highest in FunPlus Phoenix in the victory. It’s evident that if FPX makes it far in the 2019 League of Legends World Championship, it will have a lot to do with Crisp.

12. Jeong “Chovy” Ji-hoon

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Jeong “Chovy” Ji-hoon is a Korean professional League of Legends player who is a mid laner for Griffin. Chovy made a name for himself as one of South Korea’s most promising LoL players at the ripe age of 17. Earlier this year, Chovy raked in $10,755 from LCK Spring 2019 after earning second place.

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Chovy has been playing well alongside his teammates at the 2019 League of Legends 2019 and has a high overall win rate of 85.7%. At such a young age, if Chovy keeps up with his hard work, he has the potential to follow in the footsteps of Faker and become one of the greats.

11. Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok

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Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok is a South Korean professional League of Legends player that has been a prominent figure in the esports world for quite some time. In fact, Faker was picked up by SK Telecom T1 in 2013 and has played in four world championships to date in 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2017. What’s more, he made the finals in all four tournaments and won the first three.

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In short, Faker has made quite a name for himself in esports and is a force to be reckoned with. After missing the 2018 LoL world championship, he is back for redemption as a mid laner for SK Telecom T1.

10. Shi “Ming” Sen-Ming

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Shi “Ming” Sen-Ming is a Chinese professional League of Legends player who is the support for Royal Never Give Up. Ming began his professional career in late 2015 with Marvelous GB before moving on to Young Miracles in January 2016.

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When Ming joined RNG, Uzi became his mentor in the 2017 Spring Season and has become one of the most important players for the team. At only 20 years old, Shi “Ming” Sen-Ming is already making a name for himself in the esports space and has the ability to go far in the pros.

9. Jang “Nuguri” Ha-gwon

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Jang “Nuguri” Ha-gwon is another professional League of Legends player that hails from South Korea. He began his career in March 2017 with Gaming Star before joining Damwon Gaming later that year as a top laner.

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Although Nuguri is still fairly new to the big leagues, some believe he has the potential to follow in the footsteps of TheShy, who was a prodigal talent last year and has since turned into a world champion, a megastar, and one of the most well-known names in LoL.

8. Martin “Wunder” Hansen

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Martin “Wunder” Hansen is a Danish professional League of Legends player who is currently the top laner for G2 Esports. Wunder began playing video games in 2004 at the ripe young age of six. Ten years later, he entered the big leagues by joining professional esports team 4everzenzyg. After a few disappointing loses, Wunder left the team and later joined SK Gaming Prime, which later morphed into Team Dignitas EU.

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When Dignitas was later forced to sell one of its teams, the roster moved to Follow eSports, later Splyce. Wunder spent the 2016 and 2017 seasons with the team before joining G2 Esports in November 2017. Now Wunder is easily considered the best top laner among the Western teams and is known for his strong laning phase, roaming, and teleport plays, which have helped G2 Esports get to the top. 

7. Kang “TheShy” Seung-lok

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Kang “TheShy” Seung-lok is a Korean professional League of Legends player who is the top laner for Invictus Gaming. TheShy has played a large role in the team’s success in recent years and became a world champion after IG won first place at the 2018 LoL World Championship against Fnatic in a 3–0 sweep.

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TheShy is now an international star and is considered one of the scariest players to face one-on-one in the laning phase.

6. Park “Teddy” Jin-seong

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Park “Teddy” Jin-seong is a Korean professional League of Legends player who is the bot laner for SK Telecom T1. He joined the professional esports world in 2015 and holds the record for the highest CS in LoL history with a score of 1,456 creep kills.

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Prior to joining SK Telecom T1, Teddy was the star of Jin Air Green Wingers for two years and was easily the team’s strongest player. Although his role as bot laner for SK gives him less attention, he remains a force to be reckoned with and an important part of this team’s success this year.

5. Kim “Doinb” Tae-sang

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Kim “Doinb” Tae-sang is a professional League of Legends player from South Korea who is currently the mid laner for FunPlus Phoenix. He began his professional career in 2015 with the Qiao Gu Reapers but was recognized well before that for his solo queue talent.

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Despite his talent, Doinb’s career has been cursed with missed opportunities and conflict—from a disagreement with a former teammate to continuously being shuffled to different teams. Luckily, his interesting approach to the game has been a great fit for FPX, and his influence and awareness helped the team earn its spot in the 2019 LoL world championship as China’s first seed team.

4. Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao

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Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao is a professional League of Legends player from China who is a bot laner for Royal Never Give Up. Uzi started his professional esports career back in 2012 with Royal Club and has since made a name for himself as the greatest AD carry of all time.

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Despite his reputation for having a temper and condescending attitude, Uzi is a fan favorite with a decorated career, having attended five world championships. He also won a mid-Season Invitational and holds two domestic LPL titles. Last year, Uzi signed an endorsement deal with Nike, marking the first time the brand has partnered with an esports player. Unfortunately, due to ongoing struggles with injuries, Uzi is contemplating retirement.

3. Yu “JackeyLove” Wen-Bo

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Yu “JackeyLove” Wen-Bo is a Chinese professional League of Legends player who is currently the AD carry for Invictus Gaming. JackeyLove is ranked #205 in the world and has raked in over half a million from just 11 tournaments. He joined IG at the ripe young age of 15 and is now an emerging contender for the title of world’s best AD carry.

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After playing and winning the 2018 LoL worlds with IG, JackeyLove has proven he can play on the highest possible levels. Now, at 18-years-old, he will likely continue to refine his skills and become one of the greatest.

2. Kim “Clid” Tae-min

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Kim “Clid” Tae-min is a Korean professional League of Legends player that is a jungler for SK Telecom T1. Clid kicked off his professional esports career with Newbee Young in 2016, which rebranded to QC Reapers when the team’s roster was acquired by JD Gaming. His time with JD Gaming proved to be an inflection point for the young gamer as he was deemed one of the most mechanically gifted junglers in the LPL.

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After SK Telecom T1 failed to qualify for the 2018 worlds, the whole team was reshuffled, and Clid was added to the roster. Although Faker is the driving seat behind SKT’s efforts, Clid plays a vital role in setting up the winning conditions.

1. Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski

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Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski is a Polish professional League of Legends player who is currently the jungler for G2 Esports. He began his esports career back in 2013 playing Warcraft 3 and DOTA before taking up League of Legends in Season 1. Jankos spent time on various teams before joining G2 Esports at the end of 2017.

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Jankos holds the record for most games played without a title, competing in 336 competitive games before achieving his first title in 2019 Spring Split. He reached 1,000 kills in the EU LCS this past September, making him the second player to do so in the LEC after Rekkles. Some of Jankos strongest assets include his impeccable reading of lane states and the map, along with his proactivity in the early game and his adaptability throughout.

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