League of Legends
At the moment there is no game in esports that can rival League of Legends in popularity. The game has 67 million monthly players, 27 million playing every day and over 7.5 million playing at the same time during each day’s peak play time. About 36 million people watched the world finals last year, a global audience bigger than the Tour de France or any number of other mainstream sporting events.
Its star players, in turn, have the same type of major global following you'd expect any sports celebrity to have. The game's top streamers are among the world’s most popular gaming entertainers. Never heard of an Imaqtpie ("I'm a cutie-pie") or a Dyrus (“Oh my God, dude”)? Well, that's what I’m here for. It's time to get to know the best LoL streamers on Twitch.
Rabia “Nightblue3” Yazbek is the most popular live streamer on Twitch with more than 1.3 million followers. He worked as TSM’s substitute and made a huge impact as a jungler in the Challenger Tier. Being a full-time Twitch streamer at the moment, Nightblue3 spends more than 7 hours every day on Twitch and had, so far, over 133 million views in his channel.
Why is he my first pick? Nightblue3 has an immense knowledge on how to play the game. While streaming he teaches you how to move in the map, what items should you buy and why, how to position in team fights, basically he is a teacher if you are willing to learn.
Michael “Imaqtpie” Santana spent over three years as the ADC for pro team Dignitas before taking his leave of the professional scene. At his peak, Qtpie was considered to be among the best at his position in North America, and along with Alan “Kiwikid” Nguyen formed one of the most well known bottom lane duos in the game. At the moment he has over 1.1 million followers and over 134 million channel views.
But its Qtpie’s personality that has defined his place in the scene and sparked his immense popularity as a streamer. Despite his laid back personality (and eternally unapologetic about it) he has a deep knowledge of League of Legends and a sense of humor to match it. Qtpie has won the hearts of thousands of fans who watch his daily live streams.
Ever since League of Legends was in its beta phase, Dyrus has made a mark with his dominating gameplay as a support for All or Nothing which was among the first competitive League teams.
Dyrus reached peak popularity by joining Team SoloMid (TSM) as their top laner after the vacancy left by TheRainMan. He has since then made a huge impact and this has attracted a lot of traffic on his Twitch channel with more than 1 million followers and 163 million views.
Dyrus offers great updates, news and insights to his fans and followers. On Twitch, he is loved mostly for his laidback attitude and his incredible expertise in League of Legends.
There’s no more direct a way to achieve streaming popularity than by simply being the best, and at least as far as the League Championship Series goes. This is a claim that Soren “Bjergsen” Bjerg can as comfortably make as anyone might. In fact, Bjergsen earned the reputation of being one of best mid laners the game has ever seen, rivalling in popularity with SKT mid laner Faker.
The mid laner for Team SoloMid is so strong in his play that his teammates often base entire games around making sure he can effectively carry the squad to victory, and as simple as it is, that strategy has proven brutally effective in LCS competition due to Bjerg’s raw skill and ability. This has attracted a lot of followers. He currently has over 1.1 million followers and over 73 million views.
The draw to his stream is simple. If you want to see the best on this side of the planet, you want to watch Bjerg.
Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng is among the most experienced professional League of Legends players who are still active Twitch users. He started his journey with Counter Logic Gaming (CLG) around 4 years ago and is at the moment the ADC for TSM and he has established quite a reputation for himself as an ingenuous and aggressive mechanical player.
On Twitch he is animated and emotive albeit engaging. He has a knack for launching into outbursts although his opinions are backed by sound explanations. With all the drama and hysteria surrounding him, Doublelift has attracted the attention of more than 700.000 followers and 28 million views.
Joedat “Voyboy” Esfahani reached peak popularity while playing for Curse Gaming and at the moment he is the official streamer for the immensely popular Luminosity Gaming. Voyboy first came under the spotlight with his top tier gameplay as Renekton, Akali and Lee Sin in his early career and later for his Elise while top laner for Curse.
On Twitch he is known for his in-depth insight on anything related to League of Legends. He currently has over 700.000 followers and over 84 million views.
One of the single most popular streamers on Twitch with over 1.2 millions followers and 84 million views, James “Phantoml0rd” Varga got his start as many League professionals did: As a top solo queue player grinding out games and looking to prove himself. A professional playing career followed, but Phantoml0rd found his true calling in streaming, where he amassed his unrivaled following with an engaging personality and frequent bouts of shrill laughter.
Phantoml0rd has largely transitioned away from League of Legends in his more recent streams, often choosing instead to play Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and feed a growing gambling addiction that has seen him bet thousands of dollars in weapon skins during live broadcasts. He even makes time for hijinks not directly related to gaming, such as rubbing lotion on his face after having made a grave mistake in assuming its owner.
Brian “TheOddOne” Wyllie is another retired pro who built up his fan following through years of play as Team SoloMid’s jungler. Like Qtpie, at his peak he was considered to be one of the region’s best. While TheOddOne still remains a part of the SoloMid organization, he stepped down from his role as an active player in 2014.
TheOddOne makes no bones about being uniquely fit for his name. Affectionately referred to as “The General” by his followers, Wyllie’s wandering commentary and clear disdain for many of his hapless teammates makes for a far different viewing experience than the average League of Legends stream, and his jungling prowess is still sharp enough to make for a good show. Currently he has over 800.000 followers and 190 million views.
If you enjoy anime references and the idea of a seasoned pro struggling to contain the rage he feels as yet another mindless teammate throws his body into the line of fire, TheOddOne might be the streamer for you.