The Mid-Season Invitational 2019 was a joy to watch, and it was mostly because we saw some of the best LoL players in the world battle it out for ultimate supremacy — at least, until the World Championship later this year.
With the gap between the West and East now finally closer than ever, fans from all over the world can now rejoice. Not just because they have their own respective players to cheer for already, but because, the even playing field means that each match is going to be a must-watch as we don’t know what will happen until it happens.
With that said, we rounded up the 10 best LoL players who played at the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational.
Below, you’ll see a mix of both familiar and new faces, but all were responsible for making the 2019 MSI the spectacle that it was.
1. Song “Rookie” Eui-jin
We’ll start this list with the formidable world champion.
The star Mid laner of Invictus Gaming was outperforming his counterparts in almost every game that he played. Unfortunately for him, it was almost impossible to defeat Team Liquid on his own since he got almost no help during that semifinals series. But, that didn’t stop him from singlehandedly keeping Invictus gaming in the series with his LeBlanc performance in Game 3.
Had the rest of Invictus Gaming played better as a team, we could’ve been talking about the 2019 MSI differently. Alas, that did not happen, and the reigning World champions were sent home early.
2. Jung “Impact” Eon-yeong
If you listed down the best LoL players of the 2019 MSI prior to the start of the tournament, Impact wouldn’t really make it to the top of the list. He wouldn’t even make it close to it.
That’s why Impact’s performance at the 2019 MSI came off as such a big surprise. He was fantastic throughout the entire tournament, both in the games that Team Liquid won and lost.
If Impact continues performing like this, Team Liquid will be a scary team at the World’s’ this year.
3. Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok
You can’t just make a list of the best LoL players, even if it’s just at the 2019 MSI, without Faker in it.
So long as the legendary SKT Mid Laner is playing in an international tournament, he’s a shoo-in to be a part of the list, and for good reason — he’s just that good. At the 2019 MSI, he performed and did everything that he could to help his team advance to the finals.
Unfortunately for SK Telecom T1, that wasn’t enough.
It’s sad to see Faker give his best and come up short. But still, it was nice to see Faker in an international tournament again, against some of the best that the world has to offer.
4. Rasmus “Caps” Winther
Caps’ performance was phenomenal, to say the least. The things that he pulled off on the rift during the tournament were mindblowing.
During the finals against Team Liquid, it seemed like he was toying with the enemy team, and it was obvious that he had become one of the best Mid laners in the world, if not the best right now.
As one of the best LoL players right now, we can hardly wait to see what G2 Esports brings to the table later this year.
5. Martin “Wunder” Hansen
When you receive praise as the most feared top laner in a tournament full of Chinese and Korean pros, that’s when you know that you’ve made it.
Known as “The Artist”, G2 Esports’ top laner, Wunder, was easily one of the best LoL players of the tournament. He played Pyke in the Top Lane when few else would dare do the same, and not just that, he won three out of the four games that he had this champion.
6. Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in
CoreJJ has made a strong case for himself as the best signing that Team Liquid has made in a long time, and his performance at the 2019 MSI only helped to validate that.
From his decision making during the series against Invictus Gaming to his coming up clutch against other teams, CoreJJ was one of the near-constant presences that Team Liquid could always rely on.
CoreJJ was the player that enabled Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng to do Doublelift things, and it resulted in Team Liquid finishing 2nd when everyone had already counted them out.
As the symmetry between the rest of Team Liquid and CoreJJ improved, we can only expect CoreJJ to solidify himself as one of the best LoL players today.
7. Kim “Clid” Tae-min
If there is one thing that SKT should be happy about, is the fact that they have found a Jungler for their future. Throughout the entire tournament, you could see Clid outperforming the enemy Junglers and his pathing was amazing. It seemed like he didn’t put a foot wrong, and if you look at his KDA, you will see that this young man has a very bright future ahead of him, and Faker should be happy about that.
8. Yu “JackeyLove” Wen-Bo
The 18-year-old Chinese world champ has already made his name as a top tier ADC, and this tournament was no different. His performance on Xayah was out of this world, and he was one of the main reasons, as to why Invictus Gaming went 9-1 during the group stages. Even in the series that they lost against Team Liquid, it was him and Rookie that made IG fans think they still had a chance of winning.
Already one of the best LoL players in the world at such a young age, JackeyLove has nowhere else to go but up.
9. Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle
After joining G2 Esports, no one expected that Mikyx would gel so well with Luka “Perkz” Perkovic in the Bot lane.
With Perkz being a Mid laner that decided to play Bot, since Caps joined the team, it was thought to be a risky experiment. However, it’s safe to say now that the gamble worked, as Mikyx has gone on to become a formidable Support with one of the largest champion pools in the scene. His performances on Rakan and Morgana were fantastic, especially in the finals. In particular, in the two games he played Rakan, he didn’t even die a single time, which just proves that Mikyx was one of the best LoL players in the tournament.
10. Park “Teddy” Jin-seong
We end this list with Teddy because there was no way of not including him. His games on Lucian, where he had a KDA of 23, and Kalista, where he won four games out of four, were just phenomenal. In the series that they lost against G2, Teddy still performed at a very high level in four games. His performances in Ezreal and Varus were great to watch, and despite SKT not being able to win this MSI, we can expect them to come back stronger.
Who do you think was the best LoL players at the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational? Do you think we excluded someone worthy on our list? Be sure to let us knwo your thoughts in the comments down below.