Men In The Middle: Ranking The Top Ten Mids At The 2017 World Championship

In League of Legends, there are few roles that receive as much attention as the mid lane. 

Located in the middle of the map, it is only natural the pick would become the centre of attention as they blend the excitement of the 1v1 with the ability to influence all the other roles.

With such a large impact on the outcome of the match, it should be no surprise that the teams with the superior mid laners consistently find success domestically and indeed, internationally.

As the World Championships approach, fans will be treated to matches between the best mid laners League of Legends has to offer. As a preview of what is to come, CLICKON eSports ranks the top ten mid laners who will be in attendance;

10. Huang “Maple” Yi-Tang – Flash Wolves

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For the past couple years, whenever the LMS champion Flash Wolves has been mentioned, talk has been centred around the combination of jungler Hung “Karsa” Hau-Hsuan and Maple.

Despite a downturn in his recent performance, Maple remains a very capable mid laner who cannot be ignored as he works to quell the whispers of his decline.

9. Su “Xiye” Han-Wei – Team WE

Likely best-known for his play on Lucian at the 2017 Mid-Season Invitational, Xiye has developed into a well-rounded mid laner who has thrived with supportive picks that unlock other WE members such as Jin “Mystic” Sung-jun.

In his first World Championship appearance, Xiye will look to continue his consistent play that has anchored World Elite to a first-place finish in the Spring Split and a successful gauntlet run.

8. Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen – Cloud9

As far as statistics are concerned, Jensen has had a dominant split in the NA LCS where he has proven he belongs among the elite. Cloud9 is quick to funnel resources into Jensen, a strategy that has reaped significant rewards as the team secured their fifth straight appearance at the World Championships.

While he has established himself as an elite laner, Jensen has struggled at times in high-pressure moments and failed to extend his advantages to other lanes.

7.Luka “PerkZ” Perković – G2 eSports

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PerkZ has been highly criticized in the past for his performances at international events, but G2 fans are hoping he can build upon his strong showing at MSI.

Known for his trademark “lane kingdom”, the spotlight will be on PerkZ as he faces off in a group that contains two other mid laners we rank in the top ten. If PerkZ’s lane kingdom falls, it is likely G2 will fall with it.

6. Lee “Scout” Ye-chan – Edward Gaming

After stepping out of the shadow of last year’s starter Wonseok “Pawn” Heo, Scout has delivered upon his potential in a season where he has shown significant growth.

With an impressive performance in the LPL Finals, Scout announced himself as a person to watch in the World Championships. He will have an immediate opportunity to cement his reputation as he faces off with Faker in Group A.

5. Lee “Crown” Min-ho – Samsung Galaxy

A standout performer in the 2016 World Championships, Crown has taken a step back this past season as he struggled with his consistency.

After being embarrassed by Faker in the LCK Playoffs, Crown redeemed himself by carrying Samsung through the gauntlet. Crown remains an elite mid laner, especially on picks such as his feared Viktor.

4.Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg – Team SoloMid

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Bjergsen separates himself from many of his peers in his role flexibility and the leadership he brings to Team SoloMid. The most valuable player in North America for four competitive splits, Bjergsen has created a legacy in NA that will be hard for anyone to match.

Willing to play whatever it takes for TSM to win, Bjergsen’s performance will be critical in just how far TSM can go at the World Championships.

3. Xiaohu – Royal Never Give Up

 

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The reigning MVP of the LPL, Xiaohu is hoping to make amends for a less than stellar performance at last year’s World Championship. The best mid laner in China, Xiaohu has established himself as the clear carry for Royal Never Give Up and the team has responded by giving him every opportunity to do so.

 

While the level of competition in the LPL may not quite match up to that of the LCK, Xiaohu should prove he more than belongs amongst the World’s best.

2. Kwak “BDD” Bo-seong – Longzhu Gaming

The rising star of the LCK, BDD maintained a ridiculous 11.4 KDA for the Summer Split. A key piece in Longzhu’s run to the LCK Championship, BDD is a smart player who uses excellent team fighting and positioning to deal massive amounts of damage.

In addition, BDD may be the best in the World at setting up his side lane carries of Kim “Khan” Dong-ha and Kim “PraY” Jong-in for success.

1.Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok – SK Telecom T1

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Until proven otherwise, Faker is still the king of the Rift. A player who has mastered multiple styles and champions, Faker can fill any role necessary in SKT’s compositions from an assassin to a control mage.

Despite SK Telecom T1’s struggles in the Summer Split, Faker has always elevated his play to a godly level at the World Championships, and we should expect nothing different as he makes his run for a third straight Championship.

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