Worlds 2023 once again put League of Legends back on the pedestal of global esports, delivering one of the most exciting events of the year. At this tournament, Faker was finally able to win his fourth trophy, confirming his undoubted talent. Let’s take a look at the top five League of Legends players in this eventful year for esports.
Despite the fact that more than ten years have passed since the release of League of Legends, the game’s esports scene has not slowed down. Constant changes and updates have meant that the game now looks very different from what Faker played when he first became champion in 2013.
Speaking of which, this year has been particularly important for Faker. He was forced to take time off due to a wrist injury and then bounced back to defeat JDG to win the Worlds. This was a real triumph in the history of eSports and a magnificent return of a veteran to the peak of his form.
To avoid the list being made up of players from the same team, we’ll focus on the standouts from each squad. While many players from T1 and JDG deserve mention, don’t forget that this year saw great competitors from all over the world create exciting stories and make their mark on eSports.
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Chen “GALA” Wei – LNG Esports
Despite Team LNG’s setbacks at Worlds 2023, GALA demonstrated outstanding performance throughout the year. He became the key player LNG was missing to join the top teams in China. Although they were defeated by T1 at Worlds (a team that is nearly impossible to beat), there is no denying GALA’s excellent play throughout the year, no matter who he played.
Michael “Mikyx” Mele – G2 Esports
The year has been very successful for G2, and Mikyx has become the key player that holds this team together. His ability to pick the right moments to intervene or defend makes him the glue that holds G2 together. While each team member has strong individual skills, it’s hard to imagine G2 without Miki’s involvement. The team’s decision to retain its current roster for 2024 is a clear sign of confidence in this combination of players.
Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok – T1
Faker has had a very mixed year, from a disappointing spring season to an injury in the summer to winning the Worlds. Even though this legend hasn’t had the most stellar results recently in his career and compared to other players, he is still an integral part of T1’s success. His return in 2023 was impressive, and even considering the difficulties the team faced without him, it is difficult to imagine how strong T1 would have become without his participation. The decision to retain this championship squad speaks volumes about the synergy and chemistry between the players that they have been able to achieve.
Chen “Bin” Ze-Bin – Bilibili Gaming
Bin is a player who proves that the game is not all about short-term victories. He has become famous for his preference for unusual heroes in the top lane, even in cases where other players choose more traditional tanks. Bin brings something special to the table, commanding attention with his playstyle despite the complexities of his role. His unique style, confidence and skill suggest that Bin will continue to produce an outstanding level of play in 2024.
Park “Ruler” Jae Hyuk – JD Gaming
JDG has become a true super team this year, and unlike many of the other so-called “super teams” in League of Legends last season, JDG have actually done well. Ruler was second to none, and with JDG’s flexible lineup, they dominated the LoL esports world for the better part of a year. Despite losing to T1 at the end of the year, it is worth noting that when looking at the entire season as a whole, JDG were better than T1 and superior to every other team in the world. The organization clearly believes in their potential and intends to repeat their success in 2024, as Ruler remains with JDG.
Top LoL players by total prize money
Lee Sang-hyeok • 27 years old
Lee Ho-seong • 29 years old
Bae Jun-sik • 27 years old
Lee Jae-wan • 27 years old
Bae Seong-woong • 30 years old
Park Jae-hyuk • 24 years old
Li Yuanhao • 25 years old
Yu Wenbo • 23 years old
Jo Yong-in • 29 years old
Han Wang-ho • 25 years old