Marcin "Jankos" Jankowski is one of the stars on a G2 Esports team that"s looking to follow up their Mid-Season Invitational win with a world championship.Provided by Riot Games
The best teams in the world will be in Europe next month competing at the League of Legends World Championship, which also means some of the best players in the world will be vying to lớn lift the Summoner"s Cup. Two years after Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok last reached a world championship final, is he still the best player on his own team? Is Jang "Nuguri" Ha-gwon on the verge of a breakout tournament like Kang "TheShy" Seung-lok had at last year"s worlds? Which version of Rasmus "Caps" Winther will show up at worlds? Below is everything you need khổng lồ know about these players và the rest of the top đôi mươi players at worlds this year.

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1. Marcin "Jankos" Jankowski, jungler, G2 Esports

Marcin "Jankos" Jankowski is the engine of a well-oiled G2 Esports machine. Indeed, he was their most important contributor during the team"s 2019 LEC chiến dịch. Alongside Luka "Perkz" Perković, he sets the game"s tempo &, should the game not be decided by the 10-minute mark, acts as a front-line threat during teamfights. In the current meta, Jankos paves the way for swift takeovers with one bản đồ movement at a time, whether he skips a camp lớn gank at Level 2, delays a camp takedown khổng lồ throw off his opponents" expectations or executes a map split to perfection. With G2"s solid team chemistry, he can move sầu past mistakes he used to commit -- mistakes that have sầu grown rare in 2019.

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Additionally, surrounded by strong laners and teamfighters, Jankos" impeccable reading of lane states and the bản đồ eases G2"s maps takeover process. His proactivity in the early game và adaptability beyond the early part of the game have sầu proved baneful lớn teams that act predictably, and it will again at worlds.

-- Adel Chouadria

2. Kim "Clid" Tae-min, jungler, SK Telecom T1

Since 2013, SK Telecom T1 has gone where Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok took them. He was the driver, and the rest of the team, whose roster shuffled around hyên ổn as the years went by, were the passengers. After Faker và SKT failed to lớn make the world championship in 2018, the roster shuffled again, & a new team was built around Faker with four new high-kết thúc starters. The most important, in the jungle, was Klặng "Clid" Tae-min, a South Korean-born jungler who debuted in China in năm nhâm thìn.

While Faker still is, well, Faker, and sits as one of the best mid laners in the world, he no longer enters (at least for now) worlds as the most important player for SKT. If Faker wants to lift his unprecedented fourth Summoner"s Cup, it will be because of Clid, who is the catalyst for the team. When Clid is at his best, lượt thích he was in the most recent LCK playoffs, he is the best jungler in the world. In the LCK playoffs, his job was to lớn phối up his laners, specifically Faker, to succeed, and he did just that. During the opening game of the LCK summer final between SKT and Griffin, Clid"s Elise synced up with Faker"s Renekton khổng lồ shut down their opponents" lane-focused Jeong "Chovy" Ji-hoon before he could catch his breath. Over the course of SKT"s run lớn a second straight LCK title, Clid averaged over seven assists per game. Those are the numbers Clid needs khổng lồ put up for SKT to add a fourth star to lớn their crest, và based on how Clid played in the LCK playoffs, Clid is ready lớn play point guard for the surging South Korean superpower.

-- Tyler Erzberger


3. Yu "JackeyLove" Wen-Bo, AD carry, Invictus Gaming

When people think of Yu "JackeyLove" Wen-Bo, they think of the small 18-year-old world champion, hoisting the giant world championship trophy last year. They also think of the superstar AD carry who might get a little too excited và find himself in the middle of four enemies after using Kai"Sa"s Killer Instinct. This year, we got a little less of that, as JackeyLove reeled in some of his crazy plays to lớn become arguably the best AD carry in the world.

Invictus Gaming looked untouchable at the over of worlds last year & during the group stage at this year"s Mid-Season Invitational, but toward the kết thúc of MSI và the LPL summer season, things got really bad for the LPL"s first world champion. In a year when mid laner Song "Rookie" Eui-jin and the worlds final MVP Gao "Ning" Zhen-Ning weren"t the same, JackeyLove stepped up to be the primary carry và make the difference for iG in its down season. This year, it"s not about Uzi being the best AD carry in the world, but his junior, JackeyLove.

-- Xander Torres

4. Jian "Uzi" Zi-Hao, AD carry, Royal Never Give sầu Up

JackeyLove sầu might be the most hyped AD carry going in the world championship, but Uzi is still right there with hlặng as the main carry of Royal Never Give Up & the greademo AD carry of all time. The latter matters less in this context, as the rankings are focused on summer performances, but Uzi continued to lớn be excellent in a roller-coaster season for RNG. RNG"s focus on bot lane và laông chồng of willingness to diversify their playstyle is frustrating, but if any player is worth doing that for, it"s certainly Uzi. Still a monster in both lane and teamfights, Uzi is once again one of the most hyped players going into worlds. The only difference is that he"s not favored as the best player in the world, or on a team that"s favored to lớn take the world title. It might just be that lachồng of pressure that makes the difference for Uzi và RNG in Europe this year.

-- Torres

Klặng "Doinb" Tae-sang trọng has been critical to lớn FunPlus Phoenix"s success this year.Provided by Riot Games

5. Kyên ổn "Doinb" Tae-sang trọng, mid lane, FunPlus Phoenix

There"s a lot to lượt thích about Doinb. From the interesting way he sees the game & moves in and out of lane to his slightly off-meta champion picks, khổng lồ his tankier build choices, lớn his effervescent personality & interesting-looking dog, Doinb is magnetic on & off the Rift. His style has been essential khổng lồ FPX"s success this year, và during the summer, this culminated in his first LPL title after trying for nearly five years.

Doinb is also one of the most difficult players khổng lồ rank on any danh sách. He"s invaluable to lớn the way that FPX play, but on a list that places mechanical or more individually impressive achievements higher than value lớn a team, he could easily rank lower. This isn"t lớn knock his mechanics in any way, but he"s not a laning trùm cuối in the same way as someone like Griffin"s Jeong "Chovy" Ji-hoon. The reason why Doinb is this high on our list is because FPX are so good at playing their style, và that style is based around Doinb. His awareness & influence on FPX"s side lanes, at the cost of his own mid-lane resources, is one of the primary reasons that FPX is at worlds as China"s No. 1-seeded team.

-- Emily Rand

6. Park "Teddy" Jin-seong, bot lane, SK Telecom T1

For two years, Teddy was the star of the Jin Air Green Wings. His mechanical skill was remarkable, & as the strongest player on the team, he received the majority of his team"s resources. That Jin Air team was so bot-lane-focused that many wondered how Teddy would bởi vì on a team lượt thích SK Telecom T1, that wouldn"t give sầu hyên nearly as much attention, despite being a team that frequently relies on a scaling bottom lane. Yet, Teddy has proven time và again over the entirety of this year that he"s a force lớn be reckoned with, and his consistency has been a driving factor behind SKT"s LCK success this year. Teddy does not receive the same amount of resources or attention that he did while on Jin Air, but still holds his own well in lane và shines in the mid-to-late-game teamfights that SKT loves.

-- Rand

7. Kang "TheShy" Seung-lok, top laner, Invictus Gaming

Kang "TheShy" Seung-lok is a force of nature. When TheShy plays, it sometimes seems lượt thích stat lines & items don"t matter. He could have given up a few kills in lane, been down an thành tích & have a K/D/A scoreline of 2/5/1 on Aatrox, but at the same time still appear khổng lồ be the strongest player in the game. It"s a quality few players have. It"s not often that it seems TheShy is out of a game or not influencing it in some way, even if his confidence bordering on arrogance leads hlặng khổng lồ a less than glamorous beginning to a game.

In our Mid-Season Invitational top 20 players feature, TheShy was No. 1, our consensus "best player in the world" titleholder. At MSI, TheShy had the highest of highs at the tournament with a highlight-reel performance on Akali versus G2 Esports that will go down in the record books, but he also had some of the lowest of lows with games in which it seemed like he was sleepwalking. In the over, Invictus Gaming fell khổng lồ Team Liquid in the semifinals and the team has been in disarray ever since, only coming together in the LPL regional final to qualify for worlds & give sầu themselves a chance at defending their world championship.

While TheShy no longer sits at the head of the class, he still might be the scariest player to lớn go up against in the entire tournament. It was at last year"s world championship where TheShy really became the international star he is considered today, and no matter if his scoreline looks pretty or not, come the late game, the enemy team should be sweating.

--Erzberger

8. Martin "Wunder" Hansen, top lane, G2 Esports

Versatile top laner Martin "Wunder" Hansen is the second top laner lớn appear in the top trăng tròn & the best top laner among mỏi Western teams. His svào laning phase, roaming & teleport plays have sầu facilitated G2"s ascent to lớn the top. Equipped with an absurdly large champion pool, Wunder has performed split pushes, brawled from the front lines, assassinated targets (see: Akali and Irelia), played Annie (why not?) & even healed (with an absurd Soraka top-lane pick). Unless he has faced a svào counterpick (blame GrabbZ"s drafts for that), he is a reliable contributor lớn G2"s victories. In tandem with Rasmus "Caps" Winther (with whom he shares too many flex picks), Wunder"s play provides G2 with devastating side lane pressure potential. Depending on his piông xã, matchups, as well as the game"s circumstances, he has taken over games on his own.

-- Chouadria

9. Jang "Nuguri" Ha-gwon, top laner, Damwon Gaming

Think about where TheShy was last year & you have Damwon"s Nuguri. Heading into the 2018 world championship, TheShy was well-respected as a prodigal talent & was possibly the best lane-dominant player in the world. All he needed was the international exposure & khổng lồ prove sầu himself on the largest stage.

A year later, TheShy is one of the most well-known names in League of Legends, he"s a world champion & a megastar. That"s what Nuguri could be if he plays as well as he has at times this year. Damwon is Nuguri"s team, and how far they go might depover on how far the top laner can carry them.

If you think of the top lane like a football field, then Nuguri spends almost the entirety of the laning phase in his opponent"s end zone. He attacks relentlessly and doesn"t let up. If you leave sầu Nuguri to lớn his own devices & attaông xã Damwon"s weak side (the bottom lane) then he"s happy, because he"s able lớn farm & will crush you in the late game. If the opposing team zones in on him & repeatedly tries lớn keep him down in lane, punishing his forward positioning in-lane và overaggressive tendencies, he"s even happier, because it opens up the rest of the bản đồ for his team. Nuguri is a rookie wanting to walk down the same road TheShy did in 2018.

At last year"s worlds, TheShy starred, while whispers about Nuguri và Damwon blowing out world championship teams in scrimmages were comtháng. During MSI this year, G2"s Wunder named Nuguri as the one top laner he wished to face who wasn"t at the tournament. While a rookie, Nuguri has been on the radar of the world"s best for over a year. Now, it"s time to see if he can turn those whispers and backroom hype into the real thing.

--Erzberger

10. Shi "Ming" Sen-Ming, tư vấn, Royal Never Give sầu Up

Uzi is always the first player who comes up when discussing RNG, but Ming should always be second. Ming has arguably been the most important player on RNG for the last few years, & his value as both a communicator và mechanically talented support knows no bounds. Whether he"s playing Alistar, Braum, Janna or another champion, he performs at the highest màn chơi. Not only that, but he maintains nearly perfect early-game synergy with jungler Hung "Karsa" Hao-Hsuan, who was arguably the team"s missing piece lớn becoming a perennial international contender. The vision-control relationship between the two has been messy at times but ultimately great when competition is at the highest màn chơi.

Being 10th on this danh mục might be a little low for Ming given his reputation và past performances, but he"s still the highest ranked support, with Suning"s Hu "SwordArT" Shuo-Chieh missing out on the tournament & SKT"s Cho "Mata" Seyoung sitting on the bench.

-- Torres

Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok has been lớn the worlds final four times, winning three times & losing once.Pholớn by David Lee/Riot Games

11. Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok, mid laner, SK Telecom T1

Faker has played in four world championships in 2013, năm ngoái, 2016 và 2017. He made the final in each of those tournaments, winning the first three và losing the fourth. After a year absent from the tournament that turned the wunderkind inlớn a megastar và one of the most famous competitive sầu video clip game players, Faker is bachồng, with redemption on his mind.

Yet, here he sits at No. 11, the third SKT player mentioned in our ranking. This is a new Faker. This isn"t the Faker of 2017 who was forced onto lớn Galio each game so he could use the champion"s ultimate khổng lồ save sầu his tilting side lanes and make sure he could carry them khổng lồ victory. This is a T1 team that doesn"t need Faker khổng lồ always be the headlining star. He slink inkhổng lồ a background role in a lot of games now, with Teddy"s late-game heroics and Clid"s sliông xã engages becoming the lifeline for the winningest franchise in League of Legends history.

Still, this is Faker. This is worlds. Teddy might be the late-game carry & Clid might be the most influential player on the map, but when SKT needed hlặng khổng lồ come up big at this year"s MSI, he did just that & was the best performing player for SKT in their losing effort to G2 Esports in the semifinal. For Faker, nothing short of redemption for that final loss to Samsung Galaxy two years ago at worlds will be considered a fruitful trip for the GOAT.

--Erzberger

12. Park "Viper" Do-hyeon, bot lane, Griffin

This is likely the most contentious name here, especially considering Griffin teammates Jeong "Chovy" Ji-hoon và Lee "Tarzan" Seung-yong aren"t on the menu. Chovy is a remarkably svào laner, the likes of which South Korea hasn"t seen in a while, but his out-of-lane awareness and ability khổng lồ translate his laning leads inlớn Griffin successes have been lacking this summer, especially when he"s not on one of his favorite champions like Akali or Irelia. While integrating top laner Choi "Doran" Hyeon-joon, a lot more has been asked of the remaining Griffin starting four, & no other player has done more with comparatively little on the team than Viper.

Viper is here due khổng lồ his flexibility, which was already a key factor in Griffin"s success last summer when the bottom lane opened up to champions like Ryze and Vladimir (và yes, he was the one who played bot lane Teemo as well). Unlike a lot of bot laners at this tournament, Viper has a far less flexible mid in Chovy who, with jungle attention và a winning lane matchup, can take over a game, but he needs more help from the rest of the team khổng lồ vày so. This is help that Viper provides due khổng lồ his stability, which is sometimes remarkable given the oddly restrictive sầu champion pool of tư vấn Son "Lehends" Si-woo.

-- Rand

13. Liu "Crisp" Qing-Song, support, FunPlus Phoenix

While Doinb will inevitably have sầu the spotlight whenever it"s pointed in FPX"s direction, Crisp is behind some of FPX"s greachạy thử successes and impressive sầu teamfights. In FPX"s LPL final victory, Crisp earned MVPhường for his own roams & ability to apply pressure alongside Doinb. When Royal Never Give Up focused on diving FPX"s bot lane over và over, it was Crisp who was able khổng lồ keep FPX bot laner Lin "Lwx" Wei-Xiang safe so he could take over teamfights on Kai"Sa. He did this on Alistar và Nautilus, the latter of which can be a valuable flex pick in draft for FPX since it"s an odd go-to lớn champion for Doinb in mid. Crisp"s understanding of what he can bởi vì in and out of lane is a hallmark of FPX"s early game that frequently goes unnoticed due khổng lồ Doinb or Tian"s antics. If FPX bởi manage khổng lồ go far in this tournament, Crisp will be a primary factor in their success.

-- Rand

14. Hung "Karsa" Hao-Hsuan, jungler, Royal Never Give Up

In Đài Loan Trung Quốc, there have been many debates over whether Karsa is actually the best jungler in the region, with the rise of Gao "Tian" Tian-Liang on FunPlus Phoenix alongside mid laner Doinb. Overall, Tian has been the more successful jungler, but his impact has been more steady than explosive, và is often fueled by Doinb"s excellent và occasionally self-sacrificing control of the mid lane. Karsa, on the other h&, has consistently bailed out RNG with star cấp độ play on slow tanks lượt thích Zac and more aggressive sầu junglers lượt thích Lee Sin.

It"s also worth noting that RNG"s bot lane-focused approach lớn the game has taken its turn stifling numerous players, & Karsa is no exception, but he has generally done well to recover and persize when it matters most. As one of the most experienced junglers at worlds, Karsa will have to lớn contribute to lớn RNG at an elite màn chơi, especially with top-tier junglers lượt thích Jankos, Clid and Tarzan at the tournament. With RNG being one of the sleeper contenders at worlds, his relative sầu value compared to lớn the rest of the field is only heightened.

-- Torres

15. Rasmus "Caps" Winther, mid laner, G2 Esports

Rasmus "Caps" Winther"s 2019 LEC journey has been as devastating as it was pleasant, with lots of fun và quirky flex picks. He generally acted when the team needed him khổng lồ bởi vì so, often roaming to lớn either side lane to lớn secure favorable outcomes in skirmishes -- if not destroying the enemy mid laner directly. Surrounded by Europe"s strongest players, he openly expressed his mechanical talent in the region. However, he rarely needed lớn vì so, as his teammates up top, in the jungle or in the bot lane frequently took over games. Even then, he either facilitated takeovers or took over by himself. And when things went awry, he and his like-minded teammates easily laughed it off.

However, Caps" bane has been his occasional mishaps. He once floored Tyên "Nemesis" Lipovsek in the playoffs and greatly outperformed opponents during the season. However, he also lost a game at Level 1 during the regular season against Fnatic. If G2 wants khổng lồ lift the worlds trophy, he will need to channel his best performances against the likes of Faker, Chovy and Song "Rookie" Eui-jin.

-- Chouadria

After falling short of a title last year, Martin "Rekkles" Larsson and Fnatic are looking khổng lồ return lớn the League of the Legends World Championship final.Provided by Riot Games

16. Martin "Rekkles" Larsson, AD carry, Fnatic

There was a time not too long ago when Martin "Rekkles" Larsson would have sầu refused to play Karma. Last summer, when patch 8.11 gutted the marksman Rekkles had built a career mastering, he benched himself rather than flounder on unfamiliar mages and bruisers. The team, he reasoned, would be better off without hlặng.

For two months, substitute top laner Gabriël "Bwipo" Rau filled in as Rekkles patiently waited for Riot Games khổng lồ correct their mistake. When they did, he returned in time khổng lồ help Fnatic win a second straight EU LCS title & a second-place finish at worlds last year.

Though marksmen are in a better place these days, the constantly shifting meta in the LEC has occasionally forced Rekkles outside his comfort zone. He played seven games of Karma this summer, winning six while supporting his solo lane carries. If Yummi is left unbanned, Rekkles is willing lớn abuse Garen too.

Instead of exile, Rekkles chose lớn grow as a player, adapting lớn whatever role gave sầu Fnatic their best chance at victory. The choice is also a practical one, as Fnatic laông chồng the depth to survive another extended absence from their iconic bot laner. Luckily for Rekkles, Fnatic seem to be moving away from Karma compositions as the meta shifts toward bot priority, allowing the three-time league MVP lớn shine on Xayah, Ezreal and Sivir. In a tournament stacked with excellent bot lanes, playing around Rekkles is Fnatic"s best chance khổng lồ repeat their worlds 2018 success.

-- Miles Yim

17. Luka "Perkz" Perković, AD carry, G2 Esports

Even before he took the stage at worlds 2017 in Wuhan, Đài Loan Trung Quốc, lớn play 1907 Fenebahçe one final time, Luka "Perkz" Perković knew it was over. Not G2 Esports" run at worlds; everytoàn thân knew G2 wouldn"t make it out of group play. No, Perkz was mourning the loss of his team.

By that point, all the players knew that due to lớn contract expirations & diverging interests, the Fenebahçe match would be their last together. After G2 won, Perkz joined the postgame huddle, embraced AD carry Jesper "Zven" Svenningsen for a long moment & began khổng lồ cry, pulling up his hoodie khổng lồ hide the tears. It didn"t work. Though G2 left worlds amid thunderous chants of "G2! G2!" from the Chinese crowd, they failed to lớn keep their promise of a better result than năm nhâm thìn.

By the end of November 2017, Perkz was the last man left on the roster. Over the next two years, Perkz was the only thành viên of that old lineup lớn attover an international tournament. He followed up a semifinals berth at worlds 2018 with Europe"s first-ever MSI victory và the region"s first international trophy at a Riot event since worlds 2011.

While Perkz might not always grab the headlines, he remains G2"s beating heart. His own devil-may-care ethos directly influences the team"s style, flexing whatever champion works in draft & then executing at a rapid clip. G2"s signature tendency of having tư vấn Mihael "Mikyx" Mehle roam early is enabled by Perkz"s experience holding a solo lane. Plus, the team is more willing lớn attempt wonky compositions because of his champion pool as a former mid laner; if you ban all the meta marksmen, he still has Syndra ready to lớn go.

Perkz couldn"t deliver European glory at worlds 2017, but he has since done everything lớn fulfill that lost promise. If G2 complete their year with a world championship, it"ll be because Perkz stayed khổng lồ take them there.

-- Yim

18. Mihael "Mikyx" Mehle, support, G2 Esports

International observers didn"t initially notice, but Mihael "mikyx" Mehle"s star has been on the rise since năm nhâm thìn, when he và Splyce reached the world championship. Although he would not return khổng lồ worlds until this year with G2, his playmaking and teamfight decision-making have been regarded as top-notch within Europe. A wrist injury could have sầu derailed his season, but a surprisingly fast recovery allowed hyên ổn to lớn play the 2019 summer split, playoffs included.

Should his injury flare up again, the team might use substitute Hampus "promisq" Abrahamsson during scrimmage sessions as they did at MSI, then field hyên ổn in games. However, there is no indication that he"ll sit out. Mikyx has adapted quickly khổng lồ meta evolutions in the bot lane và has juggled many counterpicks during the summer split, some of which he shares as flex picks. Whether there are more picks lượt thích this remains to lớn be seen.

-- Chouadria

19. Song "Rookie" Eui-jin, mid laner, Invictus Gaming

For most of the 2019 LPL summer split, Invictus Gaming was reeling from MSI. Losing a best-of five sầu series to an LCS team will do that. At the heart of the dysfunction was iG"s vocal mid laner Song "Rookie" Eui-jin. Try as he might, Rookie could not cajole the team out of its funk, nor could he consistently display the flashy mechanics that defined hlặng as a player. After losing two of three matches to lớn begin the summer split, Rookie left iG khổng lồ giảm giá with an undisclosed family health issue in South Korea.

Invictus Gaming hit roông xã bottom when LNG Gaming swept them out of the LPL summer playoffs. The loss seemed to irrevocably damage iG"s teetering state, putting the defending world champions in danger of missing worlds.

But something clicked during the regional qualifiers. He carried Game 5 of iG"s first-round regional qualifier on Corki against JD Gaming, then destabilized Top Esports" superstar mid laner Zhuo "Knight9" Ding with a pocket Lucian in Game 5 of the final.

If Rookie from the Top series shows up at worlds, iG are baông chồng in business. So much of their gameplan revolves around Rookie"s roams, which enable carry performances from TheShy & JackeyLove sầu, and simultaneously he has to manage rookie jungler Lu "Leyan" Jue. It"s enough pressure lớn break a player, but Rookie has already proven he can handle it.

-- Yim

Jo "CoreJJ" Yong-in decided to team up with Yiliang "Doublelift" Peng on Team Liquid.Colin Young-Wolff/Riot Games

20. Jo "CoreJJ" Yong-in, tư vấn, Team Liquid

If Jo "CoreJJ" Yong-in could travel baông chồng to lớn năm ngoái & tell his 21-year-old self anything, he said the message would be simple:

"You will never be a good AD carry, so change your position ASAPhường."

CoreJJ has come full circle in the intervening years. After a disappointing 2015 on North America"s Team Dignitas, he returned to South Korea, joined Samsung Galaxy, role-swapped khổng lồ tư vấn, won a world championship, failed to adequately defend the championship and left South Korea for North America again.

Throughout his time on Samsung, CoreJJ never forgot the brash AD from America he never bested while on Dignitas: Counter Logic Gaming"s Yiliang "Doublelift" Peng. CoreJJ eventually got his revenge on Doublelift at worlds năm nhâm thìn, but when it came time to lớn choose a new team once the old Samsung lineup dissolved in 2018, he wanted lớn join forces with Doublelift, now on Team Liquid.

"I saw him as a player that was always improving, not a player who had already reached the top," CoreJJ said. "Every year I matched against him ... just the feeling that I got from laning against him, you could feel that he had gotten better."

With CoreJJ at tư vấn, Team Liquid extended their LCS title streak khổng lồ four this summer và finished second lớn G2 Esports at MSI. For his exceptional play, CoreJJ was awarded MVP of the 2019 LCS spring split and came within four points of repeating the honor in summer.

If Liquid ever ascend the mountaintop of winning a world championship, it"ll be because of CoreJJ. After all, he knows the way.

"I don"t know too much about climbing," CoreJJ said, "but climbers probably have sầu the same feeling of, when they climb the highest mountain, they look for a higher mountain. They want lớn feel that again. I want that feeling of winning everything, climbing up the highest mountain again."

-- Yim

Honorable mention: Tyên "Nemesis" Lipovšek, mid laner, Fnatic

Tlặng "Nemesis" Lipovšek might not be ahy vọng the top đôi mươi players at worlds, but he is at the core of Fnatic"s resurgence after Caps" departure. Although Fnatic initially struggled lớn integrate him into the lineup, the move sầu paid off as he developed into Europe"s second-best mid laner and as the team player Fnatic needed. Initially touted as a long-term tăng cấp lớn Caps, Nemesis developed his ability khổng lồ play for maps dominance alongside his jungler, Mads "Broxah" Brock-Pedersen.

With quirky picks lượt thích Twisted Fate or forgotten powerhouses lượt thích Cassiopeia, he has become one of Fnatic"s most reliable contributors. Whether Nemesis can develop further after facing Faker, Rookie, Doinb và others remains to lớn be seen; but if the LEC is any indication, he will likely surpass expectations, as he has the ability lớn st& his ground at the bare minimum. He can vày it all, as a rookie.

-- Chouadria

Honorable mention: Đỗ "Levi" Duy Khánh, jungler, GAM Esports

Exactly 5 minutes, 18 seconds into lớn Fnatic"s first group-stage game at worlds 2017, Summoner"s Rift went dark. Support Jesse "Jesiz" Le was dead within moments, subjected khổng lồ an incredibly early Nocturne paranoia that shocked his team and fans across the world.

Levi had arrived.

The triggerman jungler for Vietnam"s Gigabyte Marines (now GAM Esports) burst onlớn the world stage in 2017, leaving an impression everywhere he went. He terrorized Longzhu Gaming with Rengar, defeated Immortals with Kayn, and broke Fnatic with a power-leveled Nocturne. Five sầu months earlier at MSI in Brazil, Levi outdueled Team WE"s Xiang "Condi" Ren-Jie with a 14-kill Kha"Zix & twice bodied G2 Esports" Klặng "Trick" Gang-yun. His brand of electric, aggressive sầu jungling drove GAM to lớn performances so impressive that Riot separated Vietphái nam from the GPL and put the region"s summer champion directly into lớn the worlds group stage.

Now, after 17 months spent trying to lớn make it abroad -- first on 100 Thieves Academy in North America, then with JD Gaming in Trung Quốc -- Levi has returned lớn GAM Esports. GAM qualified for worlds thanks in large part to Levi"s partnership with top laner Phạm "Zeros" Minch Lộc, a combination on full display during the VCS summer final against Team Flash. In one show-stopping sequence, Levi"s Baron steal triggered a teamfight in which Zeros" Jax teleported alone inkhổng lồ five Team Flash members and wiped them off the Rift. Levi might not be one of the top đôi mươi players at worlds 2019, but if there"s a more exciting player to lớn watch, he hasn"t appeared. Expect every GAM match to be a chaotic joyride with Levi at the wheel. He"s bachồng, & no lane is safe.

-- Yim

Honorable mention: Chu "FoFo" Chun-Lan, mid laner, J Team

This year"s world championship might have sầu the most stacked & diverse field yet, so it"s not surprising that the limping LMS region failed to have sầu at least one player on this list. Still, J Team"s mid laner FoFo has all the talent and reputation khổng lồ be considered for the top trăng tròn, & he just might change people"s minds at worlds. A laning speciacác mục, FoFo"s champion pool continued lớn be endless this summer, as he continued khổng lồ dominate a field without Huang "Maple" Yi-Tang. Some might point lớn that as a knoông chồng against FoFo, but the reality is that he was always the best mid laner in the region, save for one average split in 2017. Given his raw mechanical ability displayed on both the Korean solo queue ladder và in professional games at Rift Rivals in the past, FoFo has a chance to lớn make his name known lớn the global audience on League"s grandest stage.

-- Torres

Honorable Mention: Gao "Tian" Tian-Liang, jungler, FunPlus Phoenix

Last year, when Tian was on Suning, he was benched for Yang "H4cker" Zhi-Hao. I agreed with the move sầu at the time but was also surprised at the large amount of negativity directed at Tian. Tian"s significantly improved performance this year on FunPlus Phoenix presents an interesting conundrum that all junglers with Doinb as their mid laner face: How much of his improvement is his own, and how much of it is due khổng lồ Doinb"s playstyle. Doinb is, above sầu all else, a "jungler"s mid." He is even jokingly called FPX"s second jungler. Right now Tian is in a weird perception bubble, in which he"s much better than people thought he was last year & has grown in his position, but is also being made lớn look better than he is at times due lớn Doinb"s influence. There are so many svào players at this year"s worlds that Tian can easily make a top-đôi mươi menu or fall just short of it.

-- Rand

Honorable mention: Lee "Tarzan" Seung-yong, jungler, Griffin

My favorite quote about Griffin"s Lee "Tarzan" Seung-yong comes from an interview Inven Global had with FPX star Doinb at the most-recent Rift Rivals in South Korea.

"He"s really the king of the jungle. Like they say Ji-sung Park has three lungs ... it seems Tarzan has two brains."


Tarzan is one of the most respected players in League of Legends today. When he does something in solo queue or tries something different in a pro game, people follow his footsteps. Earlier this year, Tarzan started building the tác phẩm Redemption early in games on Olaf to give his team extra health in teamfights around neutral objectives. Less than 24 hours later, it felt lượt thích every jungler in the world was drafting Olaf and building Redemption as soon as possible.

On Griffin, Tarzan is the talisman. He"s not the most naturally gifted player on the team -- that would be Chovy -- but he is the brains of the operation. Personally, I"d have Tarzan somewhere between No. 5 và No. 10, và a somewhat disappointing kết thúc to the summer split leaves hyên ổn coming into worlds with a chip on his shoulder.

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If Griffin is to shred their reputation as a team that chokes under pressure, Tarzan will need khổng lồ be the driving force that pilots a talented but flawed young team deep inkhổng lồ October.