The top 5 League of Legend Newcomer - players
1. Peanut (SKT)
Han Wang-ho (South Korea) began his professional career in 2015 as a substitute jungler for NaJin e-mFire. After spending the season with the team he would join ROX Tigers, and take a trip to the World Championships, where he would lose to SKT. After this season SKT would pick Peanut up for themselves, he is a playmaker out of the jungle who is more than capable of carrying his team to victory. His map early ganks, and exceptional map awareness make it seem like he is in more than one place at a time. Although Peanut is relatively new to the professional scene he already has a World Championship title under his belt. Expect to see many highlight plays from this young player in years to come.
2. Mata (KT Rolster)
Cho Se-hyeong (South Korea) has been a professional League of Legends player since 2013. He started off as the support for MVP Ozone which rebranded into Samsung Galaxy White, and competed at Worlds in the 2013 season. Although they were a favorite, they struggled and ended up falling in the playoffs. The next season was something out of a fairy tale, the underdog team ended up winning the 2014 World Championship. Mata would leave the team soon after, and has been bouncing from team to team ever since. No matter where he plays he is known for his stellar performance as a support player. Mata is constantly setting up his carries for big plays, and giving them leads over his opponents. If you think a support can’t win a game for their team, Mata is the player who will prove you wrong.
3. Ssumday (Team Dignitas)
Kim Chan-ho (South Korea) started his career in October of 2013 with KT Rolster, as their top laner. The team had many solid appearances throughout the season, but could never match up to the top competitors in the game. After their less than stellar Worlds appearance in 2016, KT Rolster released Ssumday with his teammate Fly. Ssumday was then picked up by Team Dignitas, where he has remained throughout the current 2017 season. Although he is always in the running for being considered the best top laner in Korea, he has not yet made this happen. Ssumday is aggressive and known for playing bruiser champs, which can bully opponents out of lane. Unfortunately Ssumday has yet to land himself on a highly successful team, however this leaves him plenty of opportunity to prove himself at a higher level, against teams which rank better than his own.
4. GorillA (Longzhu Gaming)
Kang Beom-hyeon (South Korea) is a top tier support that is often innovative in his champion selection. He started his career as a substitute for NaJin White Shield in 2013. After two mediocre seasons with the team he transferred to the HUYA Tigers, which would be rebranded into KOO Tigers, and then once again to ROX Tigers, as they are known today. GorillA is a very defensive support, playing as high utility champions which can protect his overly aggressive ADCs. He has remained a top tier player in his position, more often than not setting his teammates up for success. GorillA’s last Worlds appearance was somewhat lacking as his team fell to SKT once again. He has since moved to Longzhu gaming for the 2017 season. We should expect to see the bottom lane being quite successful with GorillA as their support.
5. Bjergsen (TSM)
Soren Bjerg (Denmark) has been around since the beginning. In his first season (2012) he would bounce between smaller teams, and miss a portion of the 2013 season due to age restrictions put in place by Riot Games. During the 2013 season he would leave the European League of Legends scene and move to the North American powerhouse Team SoloMid (TSM). With TSM he has become one of the most celebrated players on the NA server. He has two accounts that rank in the top 200 players in North America, and was voted into the 2014 allstar game by the League of Legends community. Some call him “The Western Faker” for his large champion pool, aggressive play style, and ability to lead his team to victory. Even though the North America might be considered one of the weaker regions, Bjergsen continues to dominate, and prove himself against the toughest opponents.
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