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Stropse’s Top 20 Players to Watch for Worlds 2020

With the group draw behind us, we now get a glimpse of the teams competing in this year’s League of Legends World Championship. Two of our League of Legends writers, Jay and Jared, put their heads together to come up with a list of our Top 20 Players for the Upcoming World Championship.

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Honorable Mentions

Chen “Bin” Ze-Bin – Top Laner for Suning (LPL)

There is definitely a future where the seventeen-year-old rookie top laner makes the top-20 list, but not quite now. As a member of an incredibly young and talented Suning roster, Bin’s rookie season has been nothing short of impressive. He expanded his champion pool in the Summer Split, playing 11 unique champions after playing just six in spring. Bin will look to further improve upon his first ever pro season during Worlds 2020.

Soren “Bjergsen” Bjerg – Mid Laner for Team SoloMid (LCS)

When you think North America, Bjergsen immediately comes to mind. Bjergsen is a world-class midlaner earning All-Pro Summer Mid Laner for NA as well as runner-up in the MVP Voting for Summer 2020. It will be up to him in the Midlane as well as jungler Spica to prove why North America is still one of the giants of the world.

20.  Zuo “LvMao” Ming-Hao – Support for JD Gaming (LPL)

Kicking off our list at Number 20 is JD Gaming’s support, LvMao. LvMao made a large impact in his run with JD Gaming, earning All Pro Support and helping JDG earn their first title in the Spring. Do not underestimate this high-profile support and do not put Bard in his hands.

19. Martin “Rekkles” Larsen – AD Carry for Fnatic (LEC)

When it matters most, Rekkles will show up. This superstar of EU has made multiple world appearances, including a recent finals appearance against Invictus Gaming. Rekkles is a god of Europe, with a wide champion pool and tactical decision of the game. Alongside support Hyllisang, Rekkles is ready to bring Fnatic to another world title.

18. Su “xiye” Han-Wei – Mid Laner for LGD Gaming (LPL)

Having come to LGD Gaming from the struggling Dominus Esports in-between the Spring and Summer Splits, xiye played an important role in earning LGD a ticket to Worlds. As a veteran in China, xiye will be participating in his second ever Worlds tournament and his first since 2017, where he finished 4th overall as a part of Team WE, losing to eventual champions Samsung Galaxy.  

17. Luka “Perkz” Perković – Bot Laner for G2 Esports (LEC)

Whether it’s stylized PERKZ, PerkZ, or Perkz, whether he’s playing in the mid lane or the bottom lane, Perkz is the rock of G2 Esports. His presence balances out the often aggressive natures of teammates Rasmus “Caps” Borregaard Winther and Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski. Although his recent performances may not be as memorable or flashy as some of the other AD carries, he has proven himself to be worthy of a spot on the top-20 list. 

16. Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski – Jungler for G2 Esports (LEC)

All hail the First Blood King. Jankos has been a star on his stint with G2, pushing them to four consecutive titles. The polish Jungler also has shown up on the World Stage on both H2K and G2. All eyes will be on him to make chaos in the jungle against the other teams.

15. Lee “LokeN” Dong-wook – Bot Laner for JD Gaming (LPL)

After a brief, year-long stint with Top Esports, LokeN returned to his home of JD Gaming prior to the 2020 Spring Split, and in his first split back, beat his old team in the finals and won JDG their first ever LPL title. As half of one of the strongest bot lanes in Worlds 2020, LokeN led all AD carries in the LPL Summer Split with a KDA (kill/death/assist) ratio of 6.2, good for fifth among all LPL players. 

14. Han “Peanut” Wang-ho – Jungler for LGD Gaming (LPL)

At just 22-years-of-age, Peanut has made a name for himself as one of the most storied players in all of League of Legends. Many will remember him from his time with SK Telecom T1, where he faced off against Samsung Galaxy in the Finals of Worlds 2017. Since then, he’s spent time with DragonX and Gen.G before making the move from Korea to China, becoming one of the most significant players on LGD, acting as a veteran and unifying voice for the talented squad. 

13. Hung “Karsa” Hao-Hsuan – Jungler for TOP Esports (LPL)

When you think Karsa, you think of his time on the Flash Wolves. Since then, Karsa has been a jungler that strikes fear into the hearts of his enemies. On TOP, you see a bit of a resurgence of the Karsa of old and that should excite fans alike. Expect him and mid laner Zhuo “knight” Ding to cause chaos across Summoner’s Rift.

12. Bai “369” Jia-Hao – Top Laner for Top Esports (LPL)

The young top laner has been one of the many shining stars for Top Esports, proving to be a versatile player that can slot into many different roles. Over the course of the 2020 Spring and Summer Splits, 369 played a total of 16 unique champions, playing carry champions such as Jax, Renekton and Kayle while also playing champions that excel in teamfighting and utility, such as Ornn, Maokai and Sion. 

11. Kim “Canyon” Geon-bu – Jungler for DAMWON Gaming (LCK)

DAMWON was, without a doubt, Korea’s strongest team this past year, and Canyon, without a doubt, was Korea’s strongest jungler. The 19-year-old dominated in the jungle, working with his laners to aggressively push leads. He scored himself a pentakill on Fiddlesticks early on in the Summer Split, the first ever for an LCK jungler. Canyon and the rest of DAMWON will look to live up to their names in their second straight Worlds appearance. 

10. Gwak “BDD” Bo-seong – Mid Laner for GenG (LCK)

BDD is a shining star of the LCK. From his debut with Kingzone DragonX, BDD has made quite the impression. Now with GenG, BDD has another chance to show why he is one of the best mid lanes from Korea. After beating Faker in the Regional Qualifiers, his next challenge is to show the World why he is one of the best.

9. Park “Ruler” Jae-hyuk – Bot Laner for Gen.G (LCK)

In a meta dominated by top laners, mid laners and junglers, Ruler, an AD carry, carried his team to Worlds 2020. For the past four years, the young veteran has been a staple for Gen.G, making it to two World Finals and winning one of them. It’s no secret that in order to beat Gen.G, you shut down Ruler. However, that’s often a hard ask.

8. Sin “Kanavi” Jin-Hyeok – Jungler for JD Gaming (LPL)

Perhaps the best jungler in the tournament, Kanavi became a rising star this year. At only 19, his full split as a starter has dominated the Chinese region. Kanavi is an incredible player and is extremely influential across the map. All eyes will be on him on champions such as the Nidalee and the Lee Sin to make crossmap plays to prove why he is the best of the best.

7. Zhang “Zoom” Xing-Ran – Top Laner for JD Gaming (LPL)

The veteran for JDG, Zoom is a threat in the top lane. As the second All-Pro team, Zoom is a force to be reckoned with playing both carries and tanks. On the World Stage, it will be up to Zoom to hold his own against the World’s best. With a narrow yet effective champion pool like Ornn and Volibear, Zoom will attempt to approve that he is a consistent threat.

6. Jang “Nuguri” Ha-gwon – Top Laner for DAMWON Gaming (LCK)

Nuguri is no stranger to the world stage and no stranger to international competition. After smashing the LCK this summer, he returns to the World Stage as a potential favorite to take it all. From his carry style on champions like Jayce and Renekton to his greedy and storied playstyle, Nuguri is a scary top laner and will make his presence known to the world.

5. Yu “JackeyLove” Wen-Bo – Bot Laner for Top Esports (LPL)

Starting to see the trend of Top Esports players on this list? JackeyLove, like the rest of his teammates, slots firmly into the top-20 list as one of the most talented players in the tournament. The 19-year-old output the most damage-per-minute among all LPL players over the summer, with a whopping 708. Since JackeyLove joined Top Esports, the team has been an unstoppable force in China. The bot laner has been a glue of sorts, as his arrival has transformed the team from a group of extremely talented players into the best League of Legends team in the world. 

4. Rasmus “Caps” Borregaard Winther – Mid Laner for G2 Esports (LEC)

No Western player comes anywhere close to Caps when it comes to talent, pedigree or experience. At 20-years-of-age, Caps has two consecutive World Finals appearances under his belt along with six straight European titles. Despite his massive successes in League of Legends, the Denmark native has never won a single game in the World Finals. Having been swept both series, he’s 0-6 in the Finals against Invictus Gaming and FunPlus Phoenix. However, neither of those teams are in Worlds 2020, and Caps along with the rest of G2 are hungry to become the first Western team to ever lift the trophy. 

3. Jeong “Chovy” Ji-hoon – Mid Laner for DRX (LCK)

Our top 3 could have all been interchangeable. At number 3 we have the superstar Chovy. From his time on Griffin to his style in DRX, Chovy will strike fear into the hearts of his opponents. He is a mechanical genius, can solo carry games for DRX, and will become a threat against any team on the international stage.

2.  Heo “Showmaker” Su – Mid Laner for DAMWON Gaming (LCK)

Coming in at Number 2 is perhaps the strongest individual player from the LCK. Showmaker has shown why he is the best of the best. His carry plays are unmatched, his ability to hardcarry a game is monstrous, and his champion pool is large. With a 16 KDA across the LCK, he will look to stamp his name in the history books.

1.  Zhuo “knight” Ding – Mid Laner for Top Esports (LPL)

Knight is the best player in the world right now, no further argument is needed. However, for the sake of it: knight was top-three in nearly every statistical category in the 2020 LPL Summer Split, including having the highest KDA, with a whopping ratio of 7.2. The 20-year-old played 26 unique champions over the course of the Spring and Summer Splits, which is so impressive that it sounds like an error, but it’s not; knight is simply the best player in the world. However, the mid laner will be playing in his first ever Worlds tournament, and many opponents eagerly await him, ready and waiting to test him. 

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