We’ve already discussed 10 players to look out for at Worlds 2017. Here are some of the others hoping to bring home the Summoner’s Cup for their fans, team and country.
Karsa / Jungle / Flash Wolves
Karsa continues to surprise international fans with his near perfect jungle play. After being too young to compete with his team at Worlds in 2013, Karsa returned in 2015 and was one of the best stories of the tournament. His mechanical prowess on champions like Nidalee and Lee Sin helped propel the Flash Wolves to the first Taiwanese Quarterfinal appearance since the Taipei Assassins in 2012.
2016 was a disappointment for Karsa, as his play was inconsistent, and the team’s results reflected this. Now with another chance to shine internationally, Karsa will have to prove that he’s still an elite jungler and that Taiwan is still an elite region.
Chawy / Mid / Ahq Esports Club
Chawy has been waiting for the chance to play in Worlds for six years. Ever since his time on the Singapore Sentinels in the early days of professional League of Legends, he has continuously been on the outside looking in. He briefly appeared at Worlds last season as a substitute for ahq, but only played a single game. 2017 is the first opportunity Chawy will have to leave his mark on Worlds. With a legacy of stellar ADC and mid-lane play, there’s no way he’ll squander this opportunity.
Huni / Top / SKTelecom T1
Huni has been one of the best top-laners in the world since his debut in Spring 2015. His first trip to Worlds was one to remember, as he helped lead Fnatic to the Worlds Semifinals. He then left the EU LCS and spent a year in North America. Unfortunately though, he was unable to lead Immortals to Worlds after nearly qualifying several times. He was transferred late in the off-season to SKT, which was the original team that recruited him.
His Spring Split was prosperous. He was one of the best top laners in the LCK and SKT and won another championship. However, his Summer was filled with woes. He played inconsistently, faltering due to numerous mental mistakes, and was eventually benched. A thrashing at the hands of Longzhu Gaming in the LCK Summer Finals (where substitute Untara started) led SKT to decide to bring Huni to Worlds instead. Now Huni has a lot to prove. SKT has never lost a World Championship they have attended and it would be a huge burden if he was responsible for their first failure.
Rekkles / ADC / Fnatic
Rekkles may be the original child prodigy of Western League of Legends. After leading Fnatic to second place at IPL5 in 2012, he was too young to join the team in the EU LCS the following year and had to watch his team from the sidelines. Needless to say, there was great anticipation for him to make his debut appearance in LCS play. For the most part, Rekkles has demonstrated immense mechanical skill and been a part of many successful iterations of Fnatic.
But even though Rekkles has been highly touted, he has his share of critics. Many say he plays too safe, plays for KDA, or isn’t an aggressive enough player to carry a team. After a good (but not great) season with Fnatic, there are still many questions surrounding both Rekkles and his team. But the one way for Rekkles to silence his critics is to bring home a World Championship for Europe.
Khan / Top / Longzhu Gaming
Khan languished away in China for the greater part of his career after a brief stint in the LCK on Prime Optimus. But in 2017 he finally found his way back to a Korean squad with a rejuvenated Longzu Gaming roster. He exceeded all expectations in LCK Summer and emerged as one of the best top laners in the world. It was largely his incredible play in the top lane that put Longzhu ahead of SKT as Summer Split champions.
Coming into Worlds, Khan has incredible expectations. After emerging as a domestic superstar, he now has the weight of the world on his shoulders. The international spotlight has made others succumb to pressure before. Will Khan meet the challenge or fall short like so many before him?
Zven / ADC / G2 Esports
Zven has attended Worlds all three years he’s been a professional player, and that is no coincidence. After arriving as a rookie on a roster of veterans on Origen, he helped propel the team to the Semifinals. Throughout his career, he’s been known as being one of the best ADCs in the West and has shown amazing mechanics, game sense, and positioning. With a committed approach and dedication to the game, it’s hard not to root for him.
G2 has struggled internationally in the past. But now Zven has another shot to show that his 2015 performance was no fluke and that Europe is a region to be feared.
Faker / Mid / SKTelecom T1
Faker has nothing left to prove. After winning three championships, two Worlds MVPs and countless LCK awards, Faker is the most decorated player in the history of League of Legends. No one can even hope to challenge his prowess in mid lane. His champion pool rivals the depths of the Pacific Ocean, his mechanics are impeccable and his game sense is unrivaled. He is known as “God” for good reason.
Let’s be clear, Faker’s mid-lane play is poetry in motion. The only thing he can do to impress further is to win a third consecutive championship We’ll all be anxious to see if he can.
Olleh / Support / Immortals
Olleh has played in Korea, Taiwan, Brazil and North America. He holds the reputation as a true journeyman in professional League of Legends. As a polyglot, these moves are relatively easy for him, but his career hasn’t gone quite as smoothly. While he’s been a consistent performer, he has fallen slightly short of greatness each time.
When Immortals used one of their import slots on a support, many fans thought this was a questionable move. But no one thinks that anymore. Throughout 2017, Olleh was the best support in North America and has emerged as one of the best in the world. Now having met his full potential, he has the chance to take his team to new heights in the Worlds’ spotlight.
PowerOfEvil / Mid / Misfits
Ever since breaking onto the EU LCS scene in 2015, PowerOfEvil (or PoE as he has been called) has been one of the elite mid-laners in the region. Following in the tradition of other “EU mids” he has dazzled with his mechanical play on a variety of control mages and assassins, and was a vital part of Unicorns of Love’s initial season.
After a relatively frustrating and unsuccessful year with Origen in 2016, PoE joined the new squad, Misfits. In just a year they’ve gone from the Challenger Series to Worlds, with PowerOfEvil being instrumental in their success. Now with his first chance to prove himself at Worlds, and years of falling just short, he doesn’t want to miss his chance for greatness.
GorillA / Support / Longzhu Gaming
As the defacto best support in the world, and now part of several different successful Korean teams, GorillA has achieved almost everything. As a member of the KOO / GE Tigers, his squad was one of the few teams that could consistently challenge SKT both domestically and internationally. But of course, SKT has always been a thorn in their side, and despite high expectations, GorillA has yet to win an international championship.
In Summer of 2017, GorillA and his bot lane partner-in-crime, PraY, joined Longzhu Gaming to finally turn the tables on SKT. Now that GorillA and Longzhu have finally beaten SKT domestically, there is only one thing left for him to do: beat them again and take home the Summoner’s Cup.
Make sure you tune into the 2017 League of Legends World Championship Knockout Stage to watch these, and many other players, battle in cities across China for over $1-million in prize money and the coveted Summoner’s Cup.
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