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.
So, from all players out there in the world, who have managed to take over the professional stage and make it into the top ten? Who are the most memorable and best players of all time?
10. 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.
9. Rekkles | LFL - Karmine Corp
Rekkles' career is undeniably one of the best of any western League of Legends player, having started his career back in 2012 on Fnatic. He has raked in over 2,000 kills playing the EULCS and LEC, but decided to switch things up in 2022 and moved onto the French LFL.
Rekkles has won multiple EULCS and LEC titles and has even made an appearance in the 2018 League of Legends World Championship finals. Ahead of the 2021 season Rekkles made the surprising move away from Fnatic and to rival team G2. He is still regarded as one of the best players of all time.
8. Bjergsen | LCS – Team Liquid
Bjergsen is probably the most well-known LCS player of all time, having spent almost his entire career on TSM, as a player and a coach, the mid laner is known for carrying his team on his back and onto the World's stage.
He joined TSM in 2014 and has accumulated 6 NALCS titles. Unfortunately, Bjergsen has not been able to show off his talents on the World's Stage, but by joining Team Liquid in 2022, he might have a shot at redemption once more.
7. TheShy | LPL - Weibo Gaming
TheShy is not shy when it comes to the top lane at all. He is known for his aggressive playstyle and either going all-in or nothing. He has become an icon during his time on iG and even has a World Championship title under his belt.
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.
6. Deft | LCK - DRX
Deft makes playing League of Legends look like an art. His killer instinct and aggressive plays have earned him the rights to the sixth spot on our best pro players of all time tier list. Deft has 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.
5. Perkz | LEC – Vitality
Perkz is a monster when it comes to League of Legends. Not only has he mastered the mid lane, but he also made the switch to the bot lane for one season when Caps joined G2. He's a true icon, known for his trash talk and fun attitude about the game.
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, but has since moved back to the LEC, joining Vitality.
4. Clearlove | Retired
For anyone who has been a League of Legends esports fan for a while, then Clearlove will definitely be a name you recognize. The former EDG jungler is one of the best to have ever put his hands on a mouse and keyboard. He retired from pro play and is now the manager of the current EDward Gaming squad.
In 2015, Clearlove and EDG were able to best SKT T1 who seemed to be unbeatable at the time. Clearlove has been an integral part of the org since he joined. With EDG, he managed to gain 11 tournament wins, the same amount he had on his former squad Team WE. This man is simply a monster.
3. Uzi | BiliBili Gaming
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. 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.
Ahead of the 2020 LPL Summer Split, due to countless wrist injuries and shoulder pains as well as being Type 2 Diabetic, Uzi decided to retire from the pro scene. In 2022, he has returned to the pro scene though joining BiliBili Gaming as their back-up ADC behind young talent Doggo who comes over from the PCS.
2. Rookie | LPL - Victory Five
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 center 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. In 2022, he joined Victory Five, bringing the team to the top of the LPL ladder.
1. Faker | LCK - T1
What did you expect? Of course the number one spot belongs to 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 – having played over 70 unique picks throughout his career. 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.
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.