Here at Gimbl, we’re HUGE fans of competitive eSports Tournaments, and we know many of our fans and followers are too. We’re going to take a look at the best eSports athletes currently on the circuit in our new series, “Top 10 Players” by starting with the Top 10 LCS Players,
With many players also being streamers, we’re excited to possibly have a few of them sign up to Gimbl themselves. If that happens, our users can really be involved in their live streamed training sessions and help their favorite eAthletes honing their skills.
For our first Top 10, we’re going to look at the North America League of Legends Champion Series (LCS) and narrow down the top 10 North American pro League of Legends players. Of course these are just our opinions, so comment below or on our social media channels with your own ideas!
#10 Santorin (FlyQuest)
Lucas “Santorin” Tao Kilmer Larsen is a 22-year-old player from Denmark who has been living in the US and competing in the LCS since 2015. He’s currently a member of FlyQuest, who he’s been with since May 2018.
Since then, Santorin has grown, developed, matured, and emerged as definitely worthy of this Top 10 LCS Players spot.. Santorin makes our list for Top 10 LCS Players because what he’s contributing to FlyQuest this year is phenomenal.
His early game control, his ability to play both carry team-focus, and his ability to initiate combat and drive his team forward. FlyQuest have been considered a mid-tier team for a while, with consistent 6th-4th place LCS finishes. However with what FlyQuest is bringing to the table this year, FlyQuest might actually have a chance to end in the top three for the first time.
#9 Broken Blade – Team SoloMid
So far, he’s helped TSM win 7 of the 12 matches he’s participated in so far, with TSM finishing the LCS Spring standings as the runner-up.
TSM had made it to playoffs in almost every single tournament they entered. Until 2018, that is, which ended up being TSM’s worst year since the team’s inception. So far, it looks like Broken Blade might be one of the keys to their glory being restored, and that’s one of the main reasons he has a spot on our Top 10 LCS Players list.
#8 Licorice – Cloud9
Canadian Eric “Licorice” Ritchie is a 21-
Licorice is primarily a Top Laner, and is versatile in his playstyle. He truly excels at playing carry, even when using champions that many would see as unconventional. His tanking skills are also phenomenal, and when we first started thinking about the Top 10 LCS players list, there was no doubt that Licorice had to be on it. Cloud9 are vying to overtake Team Liquid and nab the top spot this year, and Licorice just might be one of the key components to make that happen.
#7 PowerOfEvil – CounterLogic Gaming
Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage is a 21-year-old German
Until 2017, when he was playing for Misfits Gaming, helped them secure a second-place spot in Europe’s summer season, sending the team to the World Championships. The resulting quarter-finals match between Misfits against Korea’s SKT T1 is probably one of League of Legends’ best quarter-final matches in the history of the World Championships.
In 2018 PowerOfEvil made the switch to the NA LCS with a move to OpTic Gaming. After a terribly disappointing year for the team despite his top-tier plays, PowerOfEvil then joined Counter Logic Gaming ahead of the 2019 season.
He’s currently the only Mid Laner to have an 80% kill participation, and we expect to see Counter Logic go all the way to Playoffs this year with PowerOfEvil.
#6 Zven – Team SoloMid
Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen is TSM’s AD Carry, and his DPM (damage per minute) is INSANE. With a kill participation of 70%, it’s clear to see why this Danis player is squarely in the middle of our Top 10 LCS Players,
Team SoloMid have all learned how to play around Zven during late-game, and their matches this year have proved that this tactic works, and Zven just might end up being the lynchpin that restores TSM to glory.
#5 Froggen – Golden Guardians
Danish Henrik “Froggen” Hansen is Golden Guardians’ current Mid Laner, and has been with the team since December 2018. Golden Guardians recruited him after they placed last in two splits in 2018, and the difference now that Frogger is on board is definitely noticeable.
Froggen taking Golden Guardians from the bottom to the middle of the ladder is the main reason he made our Top 10 LCS Players list. And it’s looking likely that he’ll be able to push them all the way to the playoffs, which would be a first for the team.
#4 Sneaky – Cloud9
Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi is, oddly, one of the only American players on our Top 10 LCS Players list, but is one of the most highly decorated pro League of Legends players currently active in the LCS.
Cloud9 is one of the most well established League of Legends teams in the world, and Sneaky has been a part of the team for over six years now. His AD Carry skills are legendary, and force other teams to think up strategies to deal with him specifically.
He might not be the flashiest player the LCS has ever seen, but his consistency is dependable. The only reason he isn’t higher on our Top 10 LCS Players list is because the competition for top spots is just THAT good.
#3 Bjergsen – Team SoloMid
Another Mid Laner, Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg is another European transplant into the LCS. The 23-year-old from Denmark is one of Team SoloMid’s old-guard, and he’s been with the team since November 2013, since he was just 17 years old.
He’s a consistent player, and has been celebrated as the best League of Legends Mid Laner, and his mid-game and end-game plays have won Team SoloMid plenty of championship titles over the years, and there’s no way we could have made a Top 10 LCS Players list without including him in the top three.
#2 CoreJJ – Team Liquid
Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in has the distinction of being the only player on our Top 10 LCS Players list who plays Support, and won the MVP award at the 2019 LCS Spring Split.
The Korean 25-year-old only made the switch from the LCK (League of Legends Championship Korea) to the NA LCS with Team Liquid at the end of 2018. Just a few months later he helped Team Liquid take the championship title at the Spring LCS, as well as coming in first at the Spring Playoffs. He’s been called the best Support player in the world, and we’re likely to believe it.
#1 Doublelift- Team Liquid
As the oldest player on our Top 10 LCS Players list, Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng is also the most experienced. The 26-year-old native Californian has been a pro League of Legends player since all the way back in 2011, and is currently Team Liquid’s Bot Laner.
Doublelift has more competitive pentakills (where a single player kills eliminates all five members of the opposing team in a short period of time) than any other League of Legends player in the world. He hit the 1000 LCS Kills mark back in 2016, and was the first player in the world to hit that milestone. There is no other player in the world that could have taken this spot in our Top 10 LCS Players list, and we’re excited to see what he does going forward, especially as him and CoreJJ seem to be an unstoppable duo.
Everyone here at Gimbl is on the edge of our seats to see what happens in the coming weeks as the LCS Summer Season moves into its second half. We’d love to see some of our top picks powering through Gimbl Challenges one day, so be sure to reach out to your favorite eAthletes and let them know you want to see them on https://gimbl.gg!
For more gaming content like this, check out the first article in our other new series: Games That Changed Gaming, or one of our special features, like From Geeks to Gods: How eSports became what it is today.