Who is the best Lee Sin player in the west? It’s a title many pros have been keen to lay claim to, yet with more and more mechanically impressive rookies entering both the EU and NA LCS, the question is becoming increasingly difficult to answer.
Some of the best moments from professional League of Legends play are a direct product of Lee Sin’s unique champion kit. The jungler has been a permanent fixture within the professional meta: mobile, adaptable, mechanical and the go-to champion for many of the game’s brightest talents.
With nearly every professional jungler playing the blind monk to varying levels of proficiency, CLICKON eSports examines the highlight reels of some of the best Lee Sin players from both the EU and NA LCS… it’s probably for the best that we keep the Koreans out of this.
Season 7 has seen the jungle role rise to prominence in competitive play once more. With both the European and North American regions stacked with talent, the fight for objective and lane control has birthed a new breed of aggressive junglers.
Willing to take risks and pull-off match winning plays, LCS fans have revelled in the strategic battles put on screen by the best junglers in the leagues.
Whilst Counter Logic Gaming’s Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett has claimed himself to be the ‘cleanest Lee Sin NA’, his self-appointed title has not been without challengers. Similarly in EU, first blood king Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski is no longer the undisputed overlord of aggressive jungling in Europe.
Here are our pick of the best Lee Sin players in the EU and NA LCS… but who takes the crown?
Perhaps not currently at the peak of his powers, Svenskeren's Lee Sin remains amongst the best in the LCS. Often a target ban, whenever Lee Sin is allowed to slip through the net, Sven punishes the error in style.
Very little needs to be said about this particular Lee Sin play. Lira knows every mechanic in the book - when he's playing Lee Sin, it's almost as if he sees the world in slow motion.
H2K's own 'first blood king' doesn't mess around when it comes to utilising Lee Sin's creative gank pathing. Known for smelling blood, a Jankos Lee Sin can be a terrifying prospect.
Echo Fox's jungler rose to prominence in the first half of the Spring Split and continues to impress on the competitive stage. His aggressive jungling style and oppressive Lee Sin play has earned him a spot on the list.
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Though it took a while for him to bed into the ranks, as Dignitas haw flourished, so to has Korean import, Chaser. This Lee Sin play on C9's Jensen perfectly demonstrates the fine margins between an expert and an amateur Lee Sin.
Cloud9's own rookie jungler started his first split with the team on a hot streak, crushing none other than Team SoloMid with his Lee Sin play in the opening week. His ruthless play set the benchmark for all other Lee Sin players in the league.
None other than the 'cleanest Lee Sin in NA' himself. Even going so far as to claim Lee Sin as his very own 'pocket pick', Dardoch's Lee Sin remains one of the most potent weapons in the league, now wielded by Counter Logic Gaming.
Though he may have found himself replaced by Meteos (who understandably, will not feature in this list *cough* Flash Wolves *cough*), Inori's Lee Sin - whilst, not as oppressive as his Rengar play - is still pretty darn clean.
NA LCS' latest jungle rookie to the league by storm, MikeYeung clearly demonstrated his Lee Sin talents vs CLG.
Making his Dignitas debut vs Team SoloMid, Shrimp stole Lee Sin away from Sven to devastating effect. Securing early kills and objectives, Shrimp showed his capability to establish a firm grasp on the game and not ease on the pressure.