Esports Talk’s LoL Worlds 2019 Top 21 Players
LoL Worlds 2019 is upon us and that means it’s time for everyone’s favorite talking point: a LoL Worlds 2019 Top players list!
So today, Petar and I have put together our list together our own top 21 players list. Why 21 you ask? Because we’re different (and tiebreakers suck for deciding who is and isn’t on the list).
So without further ado, here is our top 21 players for League of Legends Worlds 2019!
*Note, the max score a player can get is 40*
1. Caps (39 points)
Petar: When push comes to shove, I have absolute faith in the Danish madman to clutch things out and do the unthinkable. That’s how he made his name, after all. And with the current meta favoring skill expression and mechanical prowess, there’s no reason why he wouldn’t be able to style on the opposition.
2. Doinb (36 points)
Isaac: Doinb has been so close to Worlds for years, and now he’s finally made it! Long considered a star mid-laner in China with his insanely deep champion pool, Doinb has torn up the rift this year on FunPlus Phoenix with crazy picks like Nautilus, Poppy, and Kled.
Now given the chance to prove himself on the international stage with one of the best teams in the world, Doinb is looking to prove his unique style can take his team all the way to a world championship. Keep an eye on him as one of the most highly promising LoL Worlds 2019 players.
3. Faker (35 points)
Petar: The sheer fact that Faker was once again able to reach Worlds as the number one Korean representative is awe-inspiring. Through thick and thin, this man was always able to thrive and find a way to remain relevant all the while coming from one of the most competitive and stacked regions known to man.
By the same token, his play and in-game prowess are no less staggering and monumental. Faker seems to be at the top of his game once again and is looking to reclaim his long-lost throne, and fortunately for him, he has the right teammates for the job.
4. Perkz (35 points)
Isaac: Perkz may be the greatest all-around player to play the game. He not only proved himself as a force to be reckoned with in the mid-role last year, taking his team all the way to the Semi-Finals at Worlds 2018, but he’s almost seamlessly transitioned into the ADC position on G2 this year as well.
With crazy picks like Yasuo and Syndra under his belt for the team, and his ability to flex into any position on the map depending on where his team needs him, Perkz will be looking to cement his legacy this year with a world championship to add his already prestigious list of achievements.
5. Rookie (26 points)
Petar: Invictus Gaming definitely fell off the tracks a bit, but they should be deemed no less dangerous than they were in 2018. We all still remember the ways in which Rookie obliterated anyone put in front of him, and that kind of talent doesn’t dissipate in one year’s time. He’s the defending champion, and the global stage should help elevate him to be more than deserving a spot as one of our LoL Worlds 2019 top players.
6. Jankos (26 points)
Isaac: Jankos looks like the best jungler in the world right now, with some of the craziest understanding of the meta and how to play around his lanes. With a star-studded line-up of Perkz, Caps, Mikyx, and Wunder to play off of and assist him, Jankos is likely to run all over most of the competition at Worlds this year.
7. Uzi (26 points)
Petar: The Chinese AD phenom is still at the top of his game, and is feared and respected by players all around the world — regardless of their role. On an individual level, it’s hard competing against such a beast. But as a team, Royal Never Give Up has more than just a couple of weaknesses and shortcomings which always hindered their chances of attaining (ultimate) success on the international stage. Despite this, Uzi is definitely worthy of your attention any time he steps foot on stage.
8. Doublelift (24 points)
Isaac: NA’s greatest son, Doublelift returns to Worlds this year with what is unarguably the strongest roster he’s ever had at his back. With Impact up top, Xmithie in jungle, Jensen in mid, and CoreJJ at support, this is the best chance Doubelift has ever had to take the trophy. He’s playing in peak form right now, and his synergy with his support is insane. The big question on everyone’s mind, though, is whether or not he’ll finally make it past the Group Stage this year.
9. Svenskeren (21 points)
Petar: The Danish playmaker is well-known for his spectacular play on the biggest of stages. When the meta suits him (and most metas suit him), he’s a force of nature. 2019 has proven to be a renaissance of sorts for the veteran jungler, as he was recognized for his impactful play and subsequently awarded the “Most Valuable Player” nod. That’s a true testament to his skill and work ethic. He’s Cloud9’s biggest catalyst this time around, and if he pops off (in patented Svenskeren pop-off ways), who knows how high Cloud9 could climb.
10. Mikyx (18 points)
Isaac: A master-class support, Mikyx is to Perkz what sound techs are to rock bands: the real hero of the show. His game sense and mechanical skills are unparalleled in the LEC and most of the rest of the world, and his Pyke is honestly better than any of the other LoL Worlds 2019 players trying to keep up. With what seems like a bottomless champion pool, and a fantastic understanding of most bottom lane match-ups, Mikyx is going to look drag his mid-turned-bot laner all the way to the Summoners Cup this year, after coming up just short in the Semifinals at Worlds 2018.
11. Chovy (17 points)
Isaac: Yes Griffin has been inconsistent when it counts, and dropping their coach right before Worlds may have not been the greatest idea, but it’s Chovy: the man had over a 100 KDA at one point this year, and is arguably the finest talent in the new generation of Korean mid laners. With a game-sense almost unparalleled by anyone else in his position, Chovy is going to be a thorn in the side of any team trying to take on Griffin during the event.
12. CoreJJ (16 points)
Isaac: The former weak ADC for Dignitas turned world champion support in Korea, CoreJJ jumped ship to Team Liquid back in NA this year after a disastrous Worlds for Gen.G in 2018, and looks to still be one of the best supports in the game. His synergy with Doublelift rivals that of Perkz and Mikyx, and his incredible game sense will make any team taking them on at Worlds think twice about picking a fight in lane.
13. Tarzan (14 points)
Petar: The world of competitive League just can’t stop talking about Griffin’s Tarzan, and there’s a very good reason why. You don’t have to watch more than just a couple of games to realize that he’s an absolute genius and that he has more than enough mechanical prowess to back any insane play and strategy. That said, this is his first appearance on the international stage which could impact his performance. Despite this, Tarzan should be more than capable of creating chaos once he steps foot on the Summoner’s Rift.
14. Rekkles (12 points)
Petar: A legendary marksman synonymous with the region itself. While Rekkles’ regular-season play sometimes isn’t as flashy or impactful as most expect, it is his playoff and Worlds performances that matter the most. When everything’s on the line, when the pressure is mounting, Martin is capable of producing insane highlight-reel plays. And even though he’s growing older and wiser, his ability to turn the tides is still as present and potent as ever. We’ve seen Fnatic throw down with G2 Esports and they’re a worthy challenger, that’s for sure. Now we just have to see how well they fare against the rest of the world.
15. Wunder (11 points)
Petar: G2 needs an insanely talented top laner if they want to stand a chance against the rest of the LoL Worlds 2019 players looking to lift the trophy. Fortunately for them, they have just the right man for the job.
16. Tian (9 points)
Petar: To say that Tian blew everyone away with his performances over in the LPL would truly be an understatement. He’s one of FunPlus Phoenix’s key players and will surely leave quite a mark once the Group Stage begins.
17. Clid (9 points)
Petar: Clid’s growth throughout 2019 has been downright staggering. When he’s at the top of his game, he can go toe-to-toe with any other jungler, so it’ll be fun seeing him clash against the very best the world of competitive League has to offer. Expect him to lead the charge whenever SKT T1 decides to engage.
18. Broxah (9 points)
Isaac: Broxah was the biggest player in Fnatic this season, and even during their slumps was the best looking player on the team. A mini version of Jankos, Broxah is the pivot on which Fnatic spins: if he’s struggling in the game, the team likely is as well. If Fnatic can unleash him, however, Fnatic could take down some of the mighty talent facing them in Group C
19. Licorice (8 points)
Isaac: The best native top laner in North America, Licorice has had a fairly good year given the wrist injury he was dealing with for a good part of it. Now back in form, he’s been flying under the radar for a lot of analysts who’ve written him off in favor of bigger names internationally. Licorice has proven he can hold his own at this level, though, and teams that come in underestimating him are bound to find themselves staring at their fountain exploding.
20. Viper (7 points)
Isaac: Viper is a monster of an ADC, especially on caster-marksman such as Kai’Sa, Ezreal, and Lucian. Given the popularity and near-constant presence of the first two in pro play, it’s safe to say we’ll see Viper tearing it up on the rift. Griffins group is not going to be easy with G2 and C9 fighting for those top two spots to playoffs, but considering Viper is one of the world’s best ADCs, those teams are likely to struggle to get their bottom side rolling. The big question is whether Viper and his team will be able to kick off the curse of choking in critical games they’ve acquired, or if they’ll once again fall short of expectations on the big stage.
21. Jensen (7 points)
Petar: Once Jensen joined Team Liquid, he was able to attain the one thing that was eluding him for years: an LCS title. With that out of the way, he can finally set his sights on the next big thing.
- Teddy (6 points)
- TheShy (3 points)
- Xiaohu (3 points)
- Showmaker (2 points)
- Nuguri (1 point)
Like our picks or disagree? Leave us a comment on Twitter, and don’t forget to catch the Worlds Play-In Tournament when it kicks off tomorrow at 3 am PST with Clutch Gaming taking on Unicorns of Love. You won’t want to miss it.