Mechanical prowess, incredible outplays or mastering strategical skills. What does it take to become a world-class League of Legends player? The recipe is ever-changing, and arguments are always aplenty, but we’ll try and answer that question. Here’s our list of the top 10 professional league of legends players of all time.
10. Doublelift (Retired)
Doublelift has earned every right to be on our best players of all time tier list. Much like many high-profile AD carries, he started his career as a mechanical legend. Quick-witted and possessing unrivaled mechanical precision, Doublelift was miles ahead of his early competition. With outplay after outplay, he’s earned his name in esports history as a veteran, leader and innovator. At the end of 2020, he did retire though after finding success with CLG, Team Liquid and TSM.
2020 was the end of an era with multiple famous esports personalities retiring. Doublelift was one of them, but who else left the pro-scene at the end of 2020?
9. Smeb (Retired)
Smeb is probably one of the most iconic players from Korea. All we have to say is 2016, G2 and Kennen and any European League of Legends fan is going to have war flashbacks. His insane mechanical skill is what has catapulted him onto our top 10 professional lol player list.
He has four regional titles (2 KeSpa Cup titles and 2 LCK Champions titles) and is a 2-time regular season MVP as well as the only top laner in the LCK to have reached 1,000 kills. He was most famous during his time on the Rox Tigers, where the team continued to go head-to-head with Faker's Dynasty SKT T1. At the end of 2020, Smeb announced his retirement from professional League of Legends.
8. Deft (LCK – Hanwha Life)
Deft makes playing League of Legends look like an art. His killer instinct and aggressive plays have earned him the rights to the eighth spot on our best pro player of all time tier list. While his laning can be considered not up to par with some others on our list, Deft makes up for that with incredible attention to detail during team fights or short skirmishes.
As noted, though, his over commitment and eager aggression can cost him and his team dearly, especially in the later stages of the game. With some improvement on communication in the late game, we’re absolutely sure Deft can climb the ranks of our top ten list.
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7. Perkz (LEC – Cloud9)
Perhaps the most unusual player in the world on our top 10 list. Making his debut in 2016, Perkz quickly made it apparent there were many, many ways to play mid lane – so much so – it made him incredibly unpredictable when it came to the pick and ban phase in major League of Legends games and tournaments.
He made his name on G2 as both a mid laner, as well as an ADC, role swapping to make room for Caps who came to the team from Fnatic. He is one of the most decorated LEC players, winning four titles in a row and even making it to the 2018 and 2020 LoL Worlds semi-finals and 2019 finals. At the end of 2020, he announced a change of region, moving from Europe to North America, joining Cloud9.
6. TheShy (LPL – Invictus Gaming)
TheShy is considered one of the heaviest hitters and aggression players in the early game of League of Legends. His overwhelming aggro and tactical plays would take a novice surreal amounts of time to learn and master, but, TheShy likes to have his cake and eat it too. For TheShy, aggression is his style of League of Legends. He makes it high up on our top 10 League of Legends pro players tier list due to his stellar communication, team fight effectiveness and overall mechanical aggression early & late game for his team.
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5. Rekkles (LEC - G2)
The bot lane bruiser is fifth on our top 10 pro LoL players list. Since 2012, Rekkles has been showing us what it takes to be a world class AD carry, dominating the bottom lane with a widely varied champion pool. Rekkles knows when to carry; his team fighting skills are second to none, always gaining a CS lead, pushing aggressively and always maintaining a gold lead.
On July 27, 2019, Rekkles became the first player in Europe to reach 1,500 competitive kills in professional League of Legends within Europe’s LEC. At the end of 2020, the unexpected happened with Rekkles leaving Fnatic and joining their arch-rivals G2 esports for the 2021 season.
Want to know more about Rekkles and his journey? Worry not, we have all the info you need if you're interested in his story in a two-part player profile series. Read part 1 right here and then continue in part 2!
4. Caps (LEC – G2 Esports)
Making his name for champion pool, CS lead and huge solo kills, Caps is renowned for his mechanical genius. Nicknamed “Mini Faker” his lead in games usually means that someone, somewhere, is going to be solo killed soon. Caps routinely works to create new styles and champion rotations that make him completely unpredictable when it comes to mid lane picks.
If left alone, Caps can easily overwhelm anyone who stands in his way. While shaky at times, Caps can still garner the confidence to hard carry many games if given a large enough lead. Many might have criticized him for leaving Fnatic for G2 Esports, but it’s undeniable that Caps has been the most important factor when it comes to G2 Esports and their success in getting Europe to the LoL Worlds finals 2019.
3. Uzi (Retired)
No matter who you ask about top-tier bot laners in League of Legends you'll always hear the name Uzi. The LPL monster has, over the years, torn through the bot lane as an AD carry, bringing RNG to countless victories over the years. His stellar communication and commitment to his support show that Uzi is a master strategist as well as a mechanical genius and the extensive list of champions he can play is a testament to that.
Unfortunately, his stellar plays came at a price, and Uzi announced his retirement last year before the beginning of the 2020 LPL Summer Split due to countless wrist injuries and shoulder pains. His career-high came in 2018 when he managed to win the Mid-Season Invitational. Now, 3-years later his squad, RNG, has repeated the same feat once more.
2. Rookie (LPL – Invictus Gaming)
Rookie rose to fame through his incredible Solo Queue performance. Acquired by iG, Rookie amazed casters and crowds with his huge champion pool, mechanical prowess and excellent team fighting skills. During the 2018 LoL World Championship Rookie showed up big, crushing teams left right and centre with a claim of dethroning our number one pick on our list.
His individual skills were so overwhelming in fact that he spent the entire tournament bullying world-class mid laners as if they were brand-new players to the game. Invictus Gaming looks to Rookie as the next best mid laner in the world. Still, Rookie has a long way to go if he’s to be considered number one of our top 10 best professional LoL players list.
1. Faker (LCK - SKT T1)
What did you honestly expect? Of course, it’s Faker. To date, no other pro even comes close to the monster that is Lee "Faker" Sanghyeok. The man is a mechanical genius, often referred to as the “Unkillable Demon King”. Faker continues to climb and climb, learning and mastering every single League of Legends champion in the game. His roster is unmatched, his mechanics unrivalled, his dominance so unreal it’s something that casters continue to be impressed by. He treats League of Legends like a canvas, and he is the true artist here.
The Story of SKT T1:
Faker puts in surreal amounts of pressure on the enemy mid laner, treating his lane like a game of chess. Faker has one aim, lane dominance and complete outplay until victory. His communication, team playing ability and sheer amounts of pressure early, mid and late game make him a legend that should not be taken lightly. Faker has an outstanding plethora of awards, titles and victories that earns him the number 1 spot on our professional lol player tier list.
Long live the Demon King Faker.
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