The best League of Legends players of all time
With 115 million users across the world, it is safe to say the League of Legends is one of the biggest events in world eSports. A global phenomenon now, League of Legends tournaments are world events that have huge viewership ratings across the world.
While eSports may not have been as huge as normal sports before the decade started, it is now a massive event. Winners' purses are reaching astronomical sums, and the best players in the world get huge sponsorships and even bigger pay checks.
Since 2009, there has been some truly great League of Legends players. Most of them took the world by storm, while some of them changed the way the game itself was played. These players have had a huge impact on the way League of Legends is played today and will be remembered for a long time.
Here’s a look at 4 of the best League of Legends players of all time:
1. Lee Sang-hyeok (Faker)
Faker was born on the 7th of May, 1996. He is considered to be the greatest League of Legends player of all time, bar none. He started out his career in the competitive league, playing in Season 3. He was very quickly identified to be a prodigious talent.
It was noted that his skills were so advanced that all a team needed was to get a few players who were decent at the game to surround him. He was able to carry his team to victory with absolutely no issues. After just his first tournament, his name began to be spoken across the world.
The League of Legends world fan base started to notice that he possessed a flair and a streak of brilliance that allowed him to pull off moves no one else would dream about. He is known to want to enter very specific training sessions to improve minute aspects of his game.
He joined T1 in 2020 when they were undergoing a major squad re-haul. With a lot of new faces joining the line-up, he served as their mentor. It is said that any team can be in the running for a win as long as Faker is in the line-up.
Career Prize Money: $1,254,240
2. Song Kyung-ho (Smeb)
Born on 30th June 1995, Song Kyung-ho has been a League of Legends player for over 7 years now. He has been know to play varying roles in his League of Legends Teams. This is a rare skill, as most players concentrate on one particular team role.
He joined HUYA tigers in 2014, which then changed their name to GE Tigers. With him in their roster, GE Tigers were one of the very best performers in South Korea in 2015. This earned them a place in the 9th season of the IEM World Championship.
They performer admirably, but lost out in the semi-finals. Song Kyung-ho was instrumental in taking his team to the semi final. He was one of the best players in the tournament and was lauded across the world.
GE Tigers’ loss was considered to be one of the biggest upsets in world League of Legends tournaments. He became the 6th player to reach the landmark of 1000 kills in 2018. Although his debut didn’t go as planned, he quickly rose to the top echelons of League of Legends.
Current Prize Money: $336,574
3. Ming Kai (ClearLove)
Born on 25th July 1993, Ming Kai has proven to be one of the most versatile players in League of Legends. He is the player and coach of Edward Gaming. He has risen to become one of China’s best League of Legends players.
Ming’s specialty is his ability to switch roles effortlessly. He is not confined to playing a single role or a single specialty. He can effortlessly switch between roles, serving any need that his team asks of him. There aren’t many League of Legends players who possess this talent.
He has been with his current team for a long time, displaying a strong sense of loyalty as well. When his team lost a big event in 2014, he was down, but not out. He showed true grit and determination in the face of defeat. He claimed that one end was only a new beginning.
Due to his intelligent gameplay, he has become a tactical master whose moves are very hard to predict. His reaction to situations and responses to certain gameplay scenarios have become talked about, as he never chooses the conventional option.
Current Prize Money: $471,086.
4. Kim Hyuk-kyu (Deft)
Born on 23rd October 1996, Kim Hyuk-kyu is known as one of the friendliest League of Legends players on the circuit. Possessing a unique set of skills, he has been known to be a great Dodger with excellent reactions.
Thanks to his long neck and facial features, he has been called ‘Alpaca’ on the League of Legends circuit. He has taken this name on in jovial spirits and is known for his polite and friendly demeanor. He is known to be close friends with some of the best players in the world.
Another aspect of his game is his extraordinary ability to inflict damage on opponents. He takes a very calculated, intelligent approach that allows him to do this game after game. In a 2014 tournament, he left onlookers shocked with the amount of damage he caused to his opponents.
He is a part of the DragonX team. He is one of the more experienced and seasoned players on the team, helping to mentor younger players. He also holds the unique distinction of being the very first player to reach 1000 kills in two different regions.
Current Prize Money: $536,356
League of Legends is a game that requires a lot of skill, a lot of talent, and a lot of practice. These are the players who have spent their life chasing their dreams of becoming professional League of Legends players.
They have put all they have into reaching the levels they have. Most of them are well below the age of 30 and have changed the landscape of the game and will continue to do so.
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