The second League of Legends player ranking of March has landed and it is without any representation from Western players in the top 10.
In just two weeks, a lot has happened in the LoL player rankings. The top two ranked players remain the same, but with DWG KIA mid laner Heo “ShowMaker” Su pulling further ahead of FunPlus Phoenix top laner Jang “Nuguri” Ha-gwon. The rest of the top five continues to be dominated by DWG KIA players, but further down the top 10 there are a few new faces.
ShowMaker and Nuguri have been fighting for the first-place spot in the LoL player ranking all year, but ShowMaker finally seems to be sitting more comfortably on the throne. After a few shaky weeks for Nuguri and the rest of FPX, ShowMaker has increased his gap through his own dominance in the LCK.
With DWG KIA playing so consistently well, bot laner Jang “Ghost” Yong-jun has now entered the top three and knocked down Gen.G jungler Kim “Clid” Tae-min. Ghost is only a few points behind Nuguri at the moment, so continuing dominance from DWG KIA in the upcoming playoffs might result in Ghost taking that second spot. Nuguri and FPX still have a chance to go for in the LPL, which is likely needed for Nuguri to remain this high on the list.
Looking further down the top 10, a few new faces have appeared since last time. Occupying the current 10th and ninth spot are T1 bot laner Park “Teddy” Jin-seong and Hanwha Life bot laner Kim “Deft” Hyuk-kyu, respectively. Both bot laners have performed well in recent weeks and are taking advantage of the current meta in which marksmen have a lot of potential to carry games and collect kills.
Between the two, Deft is placed the highest with just a few points of separation. The reason for that is likely due to Hanwha Life performing better in the LCK, as the team is currently fighting for the second seed going into the LCK playoffs. Deft has also gotten playtime in all games this split, giving him more time to prove himself.
The fact that Teddy has entered the top 10 comes after two great series in which Teddy was finally put back on the starting roster. T1 has been shaky throughout the spring split and experimented quite a bit with its 10-man roster. Now that the playoffs are getting underway, the experienced bot laner has gotten his starting spot back and is performing well. In T1’s latest series against Gen.G, Teddy dominated on Aphelios with a 13-0-3 scoreline that secured T1 a much-needed 2-0 victory.
With the playoffs coming up in all four major regions, it’s expected that we’ll see more changes to the player rankings in the upcoming weeks.