Join us as we make a quick rundown of all the best League of Legends players to watch out for during the 2019 competitive season.
Season 8 of League of Legends has brought us plenty of surprises. Surprises that were more than welcomed for many fans. The Korean dominance has finally ended, Europe and North America managed to put up better performances than in previous years and as expected, many roster changes have been made for the upcoming season.
We are all excited for these roster changes, especially the ones made in LCK and NALCS. SKT T1 deciding to split up their core was expected and their addition of Mata, Khan, and Teddy makes them instant contenders for both domestic and international titles. In North America, Jensen signing with Team Liquid, while 100 thieves have created one of the best bot lanes in the Western hemisphere when Bang decided to sign with the franchise.
Be that a breakout year, or continuing their form from last year, I have made a list of the best League of Legends players that we can expect to see performing throughout the entire year.
Who Are Going to be the Best League of Legends Players this 2019?
5. Park “Teddy” Jin-Seong
Finally, Teddy has a gotten a chance to play for a world class team like SKT T1.
With Bang leaving for greener pastures, SKT brought in Teddy to replace Bang. Although he did not have much success with Jin-Air Green Wings, we can expect him to dominate more now that he’s surrounded with better players. Not to mention, he will have a much easier time now that he’s partnered with someone like Cho “Mata” Se-hyeong.
A legendary support player, Mata has a reputation for making things easier for his ADCs. It’s safe to say that the expectations for the “Walking Nuxes” are as high as ever.
What’s more interesting is how the presence of Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok will affect Teddy’s performance this year. But, if we are to guess, it’s going to be all good for the all-new SK Telecom T1 roster.
4. Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen
Jensen gave his career a huge boost by joining Team Liquid. Even if he was a fan favourite with Cloud9, he was never able to win anything meaningful as part of his previous team. But, by joining Team Liquid, he has given himself a better chance of competing for the NA LCS Spring and Summer titles. At the same time, he provides a much needed boost to Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng, who has never passed the World’s group stage.
Why do we expect Jensen to be one of the best League of Legends players this 2019? There’s plenty of reasons. For starters, his jungler, Jake “Xmithie” Puchero, plays the kind of style that fuits Jensen like a glove. He also joins his former teammate, Jung “Impact” Eon-yeong, with whom he has shown great synergy with. Finally, with the Season 7 World champion, Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in, on the roster, there’s less pressure for him to perform extraordinarily every game, possibly making way for a more consistent, albeit still impressive performance all year round.
3. Rasmus “Caps” Winther
When Caps first joined Fnatic back in December of 2016, the hype was at an all-time high. Many described him as a prodigy and that he would outperform many seasoned veterans. Fast forward two years later, that’s exactly what he has done. He led Fnatic to back-to-back EU LCS titles, and more importantly, he helped the team reach the World’s finals this year.
Just as any great competitor, though, Caps believed a change in environment was necessary for him to continue growing. As a result, he would leave Fnatic in favour of their mortal enemy, G2 Esports.
As he has always done in the past, we can expect Caps to shine and have a wonderful year. He’s likely to have an even better this year if all the cards fall into the right place.
Finally, expect the showdowns between Fnatic and G2 Esports to be even more heated. Look to Caps, in particular, to prove that he’s one of the best League of Legends players in the world, and that Fnatic’s success was because of him, and not the other way around.
2. Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok
Even if he retires now, Faker will have a place among the best League of Legends players to ever play the game. So, why is he here? I’ll tell you why.
Season 8 was a total disappointment for Faker, and for someone who’s had so much success early on in his career, we know for sure that he did not take this failure lately. We’ve seen how Faker has played before with a chip on his shoulder, and the chip is arguably the largest now than ever before.
With the new additions to SKT, expect Faker to take full control once again. The fate of the entire competitive scene in Korea, if not the entire world, lies on how well this team meshes with each other. If they do as well as expected, then expect Faker, and the rest of SKT, to destroy everything on their path.
1. Kang “TheShy” Seung-lok
TheShy fell short so many times during the regular season with Invictus Gaming as he was forced to watch his rival, Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao, carry his team to one trophy to another. However, it was TheShy who got the last laugh as he ended up winning the World Championship.
Don’t expect that to satisfy TheShy, though.
In the eyes of many, Invictus Gaming still plays second fiddle to RNG. Given that fact, look to TheShy to prove that his reign on top of the LoL scene is undisputed. If nothing else, expect the battles between RNG and Invictus Gaming to be even more exciting to watch going forward.
Who do you think are the best League of Legends players to watch out for this 2019? Do you think we missed out on any player? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.