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. MadLife | Retired
Hont "MadLife" Mingi is a legend when it comes to lolesports. His name is known by everyone by perfecting the art of playing champions like Thresh and Blitzcrank. His precision when it comes to hooks has made him infamous and is known as 'The God of Hooks'.
In 2012, MadLife and Azubu Frost won Champions Summer, earning a spot at the 2012 World Championship. MadLife once again showed off his skill, helping his team to the finals of the event, but the team was upset by the Taipei Assassins 3 - 1. While MadLife didn't reach the same heights again, he continues to be one of the best individuals to have played League of Legends.
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. Score | Retired
Greatness isn't always defined by how many championships one has. Score is the perfect example of this, having been the runner-up for most of his life. 'Always the Bridesmaid, never the Bride', is a perfect analogy for this successful jungler, but in 2018, he finally managed to break the curse as KT Rolster took the crown of the LCK.
Score was the fourth player in the LCK to reach 1000 kills, following Faker, PraY and Bang, and he was the first LCK player to reach 500 games. He stayed true to his team until he retired to do his mandatory military service. He has since returned to the LCK as the head coach of Gen.G.
5. CaPs | LEC – G2 Esports
CaPs, also written as Caps, is one of the best players to come from Europe. Whenever a European team is at the top of the international ladder, Caps seems to be a part of the fray, having helped both Fnatic and G2 Esports to two second-place finishes at the League of Legends World Championship.
Within Europe, CaPs is also one of the most dominant players out there, with seven LEC titles under his belt. Now, if that isn't dominance, then we don't know what is. He's one of the best mid laners in the world, has fun playing the game and continues to push the limit of western League of Legends.
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.