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Like me, many of you must have looked for the list of the best players in League of Legends, but none of them were too satisfactory. Most of them either contained players from a certain region more, while ignoring the other regions or compared the players playing in differ roles on the basis of a common criteria which is completely odd. Some other lists were biased, and had personal favorites included, to a great extent.

So, we have tried to make a new and complete list, which includes the top 6 players, for each role. This was quite an audacious task, and proved to be too daunting. So, after looking through all the player profiles, their achievements as team as well as individually, how much significant is their role in the team’s victory and their efforts to prove themselves in the upcoming season, we were able to come up with this list (with all efforts to be fair and well-informed, keeping out personal preferences and favorites). The players have been mentioned in no particular order, as we aren’t deciding their world rankings (their tournament earnings till date, has been mentioned just for information purpose).

(P.S.- Long list ahead)

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Top lane is one of the most diverse roles in League of Legends, as it can house everything from resistance-stacking tanks to high damage assassins, and every player has their own unique idea on how the lane should be played. Though playing as top laner is often considered an easier role by most, the best top laners in the world can swing the tides of battle completely, when they get involved.

  • ·         Song “Smeb” Kyung-ho

Current Team- KT Rolster

Country of Birth- S. Korea

Age- 21

Most Played Champions- Maokai, Rumble, Jayce

Tournament earnings- $209,099

Best known for his Yoric and Riven plays, he often wins his lane against the other team’s top laner during matches. He has back-to-back South Korean MVP awards, and he shed the stigma of being a second-place finisher by starring in the Tigers’ win over KT Rolster in the summer 2016 LCK finals.

He got the first pentakill by a toplaner in Champions history (Scored a pentakill with Riven against Jin Air Green Wings in 2015 LCK Summer Split.)

  • ·       Seung “Huni” Hoon Heo

Current Team- SK Telecom T1

Country of Birth- S. Korea

Age- 19

Most Played Champions- Maokai, Rumble, Gangplank

Tournament earnings- $210,787

He is well known for important teleport plays to help his team gain the lead. Moreover, he is known for playing unorthadox top laners, such as Cassiopeia. He does have a few achievements under his belt, such as scoring pentakills with:

1.      Quinn in their match against Team Liquid in Week 6 of the 2016 NA LCS Spring Split.

2.      Ekko in their match against Team Impulse in Week 9 of the 2016 NA LCS Spring Split.

  • ·         Tong “Koro1” Yang

Current Team-  Royals Never Give Up

Country of Birth- China


Most Played Champions- Jayce, Poppy, Maokai

Tournament earnings- $245,956

One of the underrated top-laners, he has shown consistent performance in the Demacia Cup tournaments and LPL Spring playoffs, first for Edward Gaming and then for Royals Never Give Up.

  • ·         Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho

Current Team- Team Dignitas

Country of Birth- S. Korea

Age- 20

Most Played Champions- Gnar, Ekko, Shen

Tournament earnings- $79,375

Known for playing Tanks and Bruisers such as Renekton, Riven and Shen, he is considered as a very dominating top laner, often killing the enemy, even when in a disadvantaged position himself in fact, he is widely considered as the best top laner in Korea, alongside with Looper.

  • ·         Jang “Looper” Hyeong-seok
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Current Team- Echo Fox

Country of Birth- S. Korea

Age- 24

Most Played Champions- Trundle, Rumble, Maokai

Tournament earnings- $346,307

Known for his exceptional use of Teleport., he gained popularity for his Singed plays, and is regarded as one of the best Dr. Mundo players in the world. He was awarded the Best Top Laner in the 2016 Demacia Cup, while he was a part of Royals Never Give Up.

  • ·         Lee “Flame” Ho-Jong

Current Team- Immortals

Country of Birth- S. Korea

Age- 24

Most Played Champions- Poppy, Gangplank, Nautilus

Tournament earnings- $79,362

Flame is well known for his ability to seamlessly dive on to the opponent’s priority targets even if they are protected by a strong front line(‘The Flame Angle’), and his ability to consistently dominate his lane opponent both in kills and farm, usually outfarming his lane (‘The Flame Horizon’).

He is also called the “Pilot” because of his ability to hard carry his team to victory. He was even awarded Best Top Laner at 2013 Korean e-Sports Awards.

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One of the hardest role to play in LoL, a jungler moves around the whole map, from lanes to lanes, ganking the enemy champions when they are at a disadvantage, while harvesting gold in between from the neutral creeps. Constant vigilance on which lane cab be turned to their advantage determines how good a jungler is. Here are the junglers who clearly deserved a place amongst the top six.

  •  Han “Peanut” Wang-ho

Current Team- SK Telecom T1

Country of Birth- S. Korea

Age- 19

Most Played Champions- Rengar, Lee Sin, Kha’Zix

Tournament earnings- $267,665

He is the one of the most talented upcoming junglers in the recent times, and has won the KDA Leader (Jungle) awards repeatedly in the recent LCK Spring tournaments. In his first season, he was nicknamed the “Battle Ward”, for his play being all offense with little anything else, and proving that the blood of his enemies is the best way for his team to see the map.

  • Ming “Clearlove7” Kai (previously called Clearlove)

Current Team- EDward Gaming

Country of Birth- China

Age- 23

Tournament earnings- $356,843

Considered to be the number 1 jungler even before he  joined Team WE in Season 2, he averaged the most kills of any jungler in the league with the least amount of deaths. There are a lot of up-and-comers each year, yet Clearlove remains as solid as Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok at the mid lane position.

  • Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen

Current Team- Team SoloMid

Country of Birth- Denmark

Age- 21

Most Played Champions- Rek’Sai, Gragas, Nidalee

Tournament earnings- $104,955

Svenskeren is the most aggressive jungler in North America. His favored champions are those who can counter-jungle effectively to outfarm the enemy jungler, such as Lee Sin and Graves.

He even  performed a baronsteal with Gragas against LGD on his first game with TSM.

  • Kang “Ambition” Chan-yong

Current Team- Samsung Galaxy

Country of Birth- S. Korea

Age- 24

Most Played Champions- Rengar, Kha’Zix, Graves

Tournament earnings- $220,797

Known for his consistent performance and un-emotional playing style, he is one of the upcoming junglers in the recent times. In fact, he is considered the most consistent Mid-laner of all of Korea, which was his previous role.

  • Choi “inSec” In-seok

Current Team- Royal Club

Country of Birth- S. Korea

Age- 23

Most Played Champions- Zed, Zac, Evelynn

Tournament earnings- $124,944

Known for playing carry junglers like Zed or Evelynn, he was considered by many pro players to be the best jungler in the world. He is also well known for his Lee Sin play (considered the best in the world due to his incredibly good mechanics).

  • Danil “Diamondprox” Reshetnikov

Current Team- Gambit.CIS

Country of Birth- Russia

Age- 24

Most Played Champions- kha’Zix, Lee Sin, Rengar

Tournament earnings- $104,424

Starting his professional career with 1800 elo (relatively low in the pro scene), he has revolutionized the jungle with counter-jungling methods and unorthodox Champs, such as Karma, Dr. Mundo, Nasus and Hecarim. He is also known for his early-game aggressive play with Lee Sin, Shyvana and Udyr.

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Going head-to head, a mid laner does the crucial task of defending the mid lane, as the game is usually lost if this lane falls too early. Choosing the top six for this was rather easy, as there are a few favorites, of all the LoL fans around the world, who clearly prove they are a class apart and definitely deserve a place amongst the world best.

  • Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok

Current Team- SK Telecom T1

Country of Birth- S. Korea

Age- 21

Most Played Champions- Orianna, Corki, Ryze

Tournament earnings- $1,047,606

Widely considered the best League of Legends player till date, he has earned numerous nicknames over the years, such as “God”,”Lionel Messi of League of Legends”, “Michael Jordan of League of Legends” and “The Unkillable Demon King”. He has won the awards for ‘Best League of Legends Player’, ‘Korea Esports Player of the Year’, ‘Most Popular Player’ and ‘KDA Leader (Mid)’ numerous times, and is currently the only player who has won over one million dollars as prize money. Well known for his hyper aggressive play style, he holds the record for most kills in a World Championship at 209.

  • Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg

Current Team- Team SoloMid

Country of Birth- Denmark

Age- 21

Most Played Champions- Zed, LeBlanc, Azir

Tournament earnings- $157,711

He is Riot’s youngest featured Streamer and is said to have recorded 70K viewers on his first stream after joining Team SoloMid, in Nov 2013. If it isn’t proof enough, he is called the “Western Faker” because of his deep champion pool and his famous Zed play, and has won numerous MVP awards in the NA region.

  • Fabian “Febiven” Diepstraten

Current Team- H2k-Gaming

Country of Birth- Netherlands

Age- 20

Most Played Champions- Azir, Vladimir, Viktor

Tournament earnings- $90,030

Currently known as one of the strongest current mid laners in the EU LCS (and previously considered the best mid laner on NA) , he gained popularity with his solokills on Faker.He is also the first player who reached Challenger in Korean server at the 2015 Bootcamp after 8 days, having 75% win rate.

  • Heo “PawN” Won-seok

Current Team- KT Rolster

Country of Birth- S. Korea

Age- 20

Most Played Champions- Ryze, Orianna, Ahri

Tournament earnings- $405,041

He proved himself as the one of the most consistent player with Edward Gaming, before he moved on with KT Rolster in Nov 2016. He got the name “The God Slayer” as he solokilled Faker (“God”) multiple times in season 4. Known for his Yasuo, he is considered the best Yasuo player (alongside with Dade) and a 1 vs 1 duel specialist.

  • Huang “Maple” Yi-Tang

Current Team- Flash Wolves

Country of Birth- Taiwan

Age- 19

Most Played Champions- Vladimir, LeBlanc, Ryze

Tournament earnings- $151,258

Recording back to back victory in the IEM Season XI – World Championship and 2017 LMS Spring, Flash Wolves is a Taiwanese team to watch out for. Maple is one of the most versatile mid laners around and has already proven to be practically unopposed in the LMS region, where he led all mid laners with a 6.9 KDA during the regular season.

  • Lee “Crown” Min-ho

Current Team- Samsung Galaxy

Country of Birth- S. Korea

Age- 22

Most Played Champions- Ryze, Viktor, Syndra

Tournament earnings- $150,351

One of the upcoming team hailing from Korea, who can give stiff competition to SKT, Samsung Galaxy has usually held the second position, just after SKT in the world championships. Known for his flawless Zed and Riven plays, he often plays an important role in the team’s victory.

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The winning or losing of a match, is usually said to depend on the AD carry, how well he could outfarm the opponent and get kills, to create a clear gold advantage, and come up with their builds at the earliest. Weak in the early game, and too buffed up in the late game, their progress determines the outcome. Choosing the top six among so many finest players around the world was quite hard, but we do think we were able to determine the best six.

  • Kim “Deft” Hyuk-kyu


Current Team- KT Rolster

Country of Birth- S. Korea

Age- 20

Most Played Champions- Ashe, Varus, Ezreal

Tournament earnings- $268,446

When we discuss about the world’s best AD carry players, Deft’s name usually crop up amongst the top few. When he was in the Edward Gaming rooster, he was the driving force behind its top performance. Known for being excellent at creating the most efficient mastery and rune pages, and amazing Ezreal and Lucian plays, he had been awarded the MVP award and Best AD award  in the 2016 Demacia Cup.

  • Bae “Bang” Jun-sik

Current Team- SK Telecom T1

Country of Birth- S. Korea

Age- 21

Most Played Champions- Ezreal, Ashe, Varus

Tournament earnings- $781,027

By now you would have guessed, that if someone belongs to SKT, he would be amongst the top 6 here. After all, SKT wouldn’t have been the best team, if they didn’t have the best players.

 He has the highest KDA of all time in a Premier tournament of 71 after the Groups Stage of 2015 World Championship. Moreover, he scored his 1000th kill this year, after killing Mata during their match against KT Rolster in Week 6 of 2017 LCK Spring.

  • Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao
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Current Team- Royals Never Give Up

Country of Birth- China

Age- 20

Most Played Champions- Ezreal, Varus, Ashe

Tournament earnings- $240,632

Considered one of the best, if not the best AD carry of season three and four, with only Deft and Imp to rival him, he was the first player in the history of League of Legends to make to two World Championship Finals back to back.

Known for his excellent mechanics, he believes that the sole measure of worth of an ADC is how hard he carries the team and most specifically how much damage he deals. The ADC needs to be a robotic brick, never wavering, and always at the absolute peak of perfect micro play.

  • Martin “Rekkles” Larsson

Current Team- Fnatic

Country of Birth- Sweden

Age- 20

Most Played Champions- Sivir, Ezreal, Jhin

Tournament earnings- $111,627

In the initial years of LoL, Fnatic was one of the best team in the world. Now they are trying to reclaim their old glory, by rebuilding their team around Rekkles, which explains his actual worth. One of the youngest players ever to play in competitive play, he is one of the most popular player in EU region. Holding the record for fewest deaths during an entire LCS split, he has scored numerous pentakills and known for his superb Jhin plays, amongst his peers.

  • Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng

Current Team- Team SoloMid

Country of Birth- United States

Age- 23

Most Played Champions- Kalista, Jinx, Sivir

Tournament earnings- $93,815

The player with the most pentakills in the competitive scene of League of Legends (10 pentakills), he is widely regarded as one of the most mechanically skilled AD carries in NA. Very driven to maintain this title, Doublelift’s pride and practice schedule are legendary in the NA scene.

  • Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen

Current Team- G2 Esports

Country of Birth- Denmark

Age- 20

Most Played Champions- Sivir, Lucian, Caitlyn

Tournament earnings- $166,350

All around the world, many LoL competitive scene followers believe, the only team that can dethrone SKT is G2 Esports. Their consistent winning in this year’s tournaments (either 1st or 2nd position), proves the point. Having won two EU LCS titles in a row, he is the force behind the team. He got the most Double Kills during the 2015 Summer Split across EU and NA LCS, and doesn’t seem to stop anytime soon.

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Anyone who knows about League of Legends, knows how much the team’s performance depends on the player, playing in the support role. Contradictory to the other players in the team, the support dedicates his time to healing, buffing, warding and helping the carry get extra kills. A good support can change the tides of the game, by helping a fellow teammate at a crucial time. Here are the top support players, whom we thought deserved a place here amongst the top six in the world.

  • Cho “Mata” Se-hyeong

Current Team- KT Rolster

Country of Birth- S. Korea

Age- 23

Most Played Champions- Karma, Zyra, Lulu

Tournament earnings- $382,369

Considered by many players to be the best support player in the world, he is the reason behind Deft’s outstanding performance. He became known for being so incredibly talented on Thresh, that his fans say “If MadLife is God, then Mata is Buddha”.

  • Hong “MadLife” Min-gi

Current Team- Gold Coin United

Country of Birth- S. Korea

Age- 24

Most Played Champions- Thresh, Blitzcrank, Alistar

Tournament earnings- $106,055

Regarded as one of the best support players in the world in terms of both aggressive and passive play, he is known as a god within the community (for his ‘godlike’ support play). Often praised for his ability pull off complex and difficult plays, he possesses a deep champion pool with no known support champions that he is weak with.

  • Tian “meiko” Ye

Current Team- Edward Gaming

Country of Birth- China

Age- 19

Most Played Champions- Braum, Tahm Kench, Thresh

Tournament earnings-$193,599

Known for his very good Annie play, he is one of the youngest support player in the pro scene and has been with Edward Gaming since Dec 2014. He was awarded the Best Support in the 2016 Demacia Cup, and his team has been the most consistent one in the Chinese competitive scene.

  • Hu “SwordArt” Shuo-Jie

Current Team- Flash Wolves

Country of Birth- Taiwan

Age- 20

Most Played Champions- Alistar, Braum, Thresh

Tournament earnings- $154,725

Considered one of the best supports in the world during the 2015 World Championship and 2016 Mid-Season Invitational, he has been in the pro scene since season 3. Known for his stellar Alistar and Thresh play, he scored a KDA score of 30, with Karma in the recent 2017 LMS Spring Split.

  • Alfonso “Mithy” Aguirre Rodriguez

Current Team- G2 Esports

Country of Birth- Spain

Age- 22

Most Played Champions- Karma, Tahm Kench, Bard

Tournament earnings- $191,062

He has climbed the competitive scene ladder playing only Supports (mainly using Sona, Blitzcrank and Alistar), which proves how suited he is to this role. Whenever G2 Esports performs too well, it means Mithy has been an excellent support to Zven. He is very suited to Zven’s playstyle, and G2 Esports doesn’t want to let go of this winning pair.

  • Lee “Wolf” Jae-wan

Current Team- SK Telecom T1

Country of Birth- S. Korea

Age- 20

Most Played Champions- Karma, Nami, Miss Fortune

Tournament earnings- $785,528

Having numerous KDA Leader (Support) titles and Most Popular Player awards to his name in S. Korea, he is one of the best support players in the recent times. LoL is a team game, where each of their players needs to be at their best for a perfect record, and Wolf seems to well suited as support to Bang.

These were the best pro players depending on the role they perform in their team, according to us. Everyone has their own criteria of judging them, and you may not agree to all of them. So, we would like to know who do you think deserved a place in this list (but please state who amongst the above should have been replaced too, as we are just considering the best six players).

(This being a long post, some errors may have creeped up unintentionally. Please do let us know and we would correct it at the earliest).

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How Professional Athlete Education Is Becoming Crucial for Esports

Esports is already massive, and will continue to grow even faster. No expert would contradict this: esports is already overtaking ice hockey, and now even competes against flagships sports such as football. However, what is often forgotten in the conversation are the athletes themselves. Pro footballers are highly educated model athletes who leave nothing to chance. Clubs command entire armies of coaches and advisors to help their players cope with the various challenges on and off the field. Comparatively, esports athletes live the life of an amateur.

Football clubs command armies of coaches and advisors. Comparatively, esports athletes live the life of an amateur.

Weekly training schedules with given exercises? No way! Nutritionists, mental coaches, fitness trainers or other specialists? They simply do not exist for most professional esports athletes. While investors and sponsors have smelled blood and are pumping more and more money into the esports market, the professionalisation of esports athletes lags behind.

A career as an esports athlete begins and ends much earlier (in most cases) than the majority of other careers as professional sportsmen. Competitive gaming careers often end in the mid-twenties as the human brain and reflexes no longer react as intuitively to high-speed attacks from the opponent. Therefore, most gamers have to turn pro at the age of 17, or even younger – a rather short time to learn how to live like a pro. The foundations for a successful career as a gamer therefore lay in one’s youth. If a gamer wants to get to the top of his game, he must invest early on.

However, at the start of their esports career, most of them are miles away from a professional way of living – compared to young elite footballer players. Through systematic education and established support systems, footballers not only learn technique and tactics, but they internalize having a professional lifestyle at teenage age. That is exactly what is missing in esports. Only the high-talented gamers manage to get from their bedroom as a child to the top of the esports business.

This is why most recent esport moves of different European high schools are quite interesting. Since last year, the Norwegian school“Garnes Vidaregåande Skule” in Bergen, for example, offers esports as a school subject. In addition to traditional classes, where pupils write exams, their abilities as a team player or their skills in communications are evaluated as well as their performance in game strategy and tactics. On top of gaming exercises there are athletic training, nutritional counseling and special exercises to improve the reflexes of students. Overall, it’s a very popular project, and some High Schools in Sweden already apply similar concepts. Rumors say that schools in the United States and South Korea are also thinking about offering eSports as a subject.

Training and educating esports athletes will need to happen in a professional sports environment.

Universities are also slowly waking up. For example, several US-American and Asian universities offer scholarships for gamers. In England, the University of Staffordshire announced a new bachelor’s degree in esports. Tencent, the largest e-game developer in China, recently announced plans to build a whole city dedicated to esports, which will host a university.

While schools and other academic institutions increasingly discover the relevance of gaming content in their curriculums, training and educating esports athletes will need to happen in a professional sports environment. At least in Europe, pro football clubs entering the scene with dedicated FIFA or LoL teams could play an important role. The gamers can benefit from their coaches and infrastructure, and profit from their expertise in marketing, sponsoring or even scouting. Some clubs already offer academies or campuses to train their employees. Why not open them for professional esports teams?

Scouting esports talents currently takes place mainly through game-specific ranking lists by the developers/publishers. However, a simple update in the game software can completely mix up rankings from one day to another. Accordingly, the contract periods are short. Gamers are usually signed for not more than two splits – high fluctuation within a team is normal. Thus, for football clubs it is important to recognize future stars early on and tie them to the club. Here, Schalke 04 led the way last year with the so-called “Scouting Days”.

Gamers are usually signed for not more than two splits – high fluctuation within a team is normal.

However, discovering talent is only one side of the coin. Developing them is the other. Gamers do not enjoy structured career plans, they did not attend any eports junior performance center or university, and they did not benefit from regional or national support centers. Even if the eSports organization “Penta-Sports” has recently opened the first professional eSports academy in Berlin, this was only a first move. Many more have to follow.

Although linking professional football clubs with esports seems to be a win-win situation, it is still a long way for both sides to benefit from each other. One thing should be clear: the professionalization of esports athletes must go ahead if they want to keep up with the rapid growth of the industry and if they want to keep up with the expectations. Education is crucial, first and foremost.