Released way back in 2009, League of Legends remains an integral part of the esports scene. As one of the most established esports of all time, it’s no wonder that League of Legends has produced hundreds of celebrated pro-level gamers. While European pros like Soren “Bjergsen” Bjerg have previously dominated League of Legend tournaments, it’s Asia that’s producing the next crop of League of Legends superstars. Below, we give 8 of today’s brightest lights their due.
- Hung “Karsa” Hao-Hsuan
Karsa isn’t exactly a LoL freshman. He’s previously played for Top Esports, before making the jump to Victory Five. This Chinese organization was previously considered a second-rate operation. However, in recent months, Victory Five have lived up to their mantle. Karsa is arguably the main reason behind their meteoric rise. This dynamic jungler is one of the most versatile players currently competing in Asian tournaments. In future seasons, expect him to secure no end of MVP titles.
- Kim “Malrang” Geun-seong
Korean by birth, Kim “Malrang” Geun-seong is now an active presence in the League of Legends European Championship (LEC). He originally played for DWG KIA, before jumping ship to Rogue in 2021. Since then, he’s emerged as one of the best junglers currently competing professionally. He might perform in a support role, but Malrang’s backseat driving is felt with every match.
- Kim “Canyon” Geon-bu
Canyon is another modern jungle legend. This Korean player has already cut his teeth in international championships. Although Malrang and Karsa are ones to watch, both pale in comparison to Canyon when it comes to in-game insights.
- Song ” Rookie” Eui-jin
Rookie currently sits alongside Karsa as part of the Victory Five line-up. As of yet, he’s not made a massive impact. However, spend a little time watching Rookie in action and you’ll see he’s one of the finest mid-laners ever to grace pro-level LoL competition.
- Ryu “Keria” Min-seok
T1 is without doubt one of the finest LoL teams of all time. Keria has been playing with them since 2020 and looks set for League stardom. He’s mastered champions like Thresh in just a couple of playing seasons. When it comes to support roles, this is one player you’d want on your side. At a push, we’d argue that Keria is one of the best LoL all-rounders currently in operation. Hopefully, when Riot Games relaxes eligibility criteria, Keria will become a firm fixture of the LoL Champions Queue.
- Lee “Gumayusi” Min-hyeong
He might be young, but Gumayusi is a League of Legends great in the making. In 2018, he made a name for himself in the Korean amateur leagues. Since then, he’s secured a spot on the T1 roster and chalked up a respectable kill count.
- Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok
Keeping in the family, let’s move on to Gumayusi’s distant cousin. While the familial connection might be thin, LoL is clearly in the DNA of this clan. Faker has been playing professionally for many years. Although many of his contemporaries have since departed pro-level play for coaching roles, Faker is still going strong. He remains a core member of T1, serving as a reliable mid-laner.
- Moon “Oner” Hyeon-joon
A staple of the T1 roster, Moon “Oner” Hyeon-joon is a living legend. Before joining the fray as part of the latest T1 line-up, Oner had relatively little experience. Nonetheless, he’s quickly established himself as one of the best junglers in active competition. What sets Oner apart from the other jungler pros on this list? Well for starters, he’s incredibly versatile. Oner regularly deploys multiple champions, showing a stunning amount of skill with the likes of Viego, Lee Sin, and Poppy. Bear in mind, we’ve only just scraped the surface here. Give him another playing season or two, and Oner could be regularly using more than 10 go-to champions.
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