It’s a new year for League of Legends and the professional season is already up and running. Here is the first LoL player ranking of 2021.
After a long offseason break, the LoL rankings are back. Fans have seen a lot of roster changes in the offseason and it’s now finally time to see which organizations managed to make the best decisions. Many players will return to Summoner’s Rift after a long break and it will likely take a few weeks before everyone is back on track to challenge for the top spots on the ranking. For now, it’s dominated by players who best succeeded in 2020, but that might change soon.
After dominating the mid lane in 2020, DWG KIA mid laner Heo “ShowMaker” Su starts out the year at the top of the rankings. While winning the Summoner’s Cup in 2020 was a team effort by DWG KIA, ShowMaker was one of the main carries and was an outstanding player when under pressure.
For 2021, the young mid laner is looking to continue dominating the LCK with a strong team at his side. With only one roster change in the offseason, DWG KIA is the favorite to take another trophy in the LCK, and so far it’s going well. ShowMaker started out the season by beating none other than T1’s Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok in a best-of-three series and it’s hard to see anyone stopping him.
It wouldn’t be a fair ranking without ShowMaker’s fantastic teammates right behind him. Taking up near spots in the rankings are teammates Jang “Ghost” Yong-jun and Kim “Canyon” Geon-bu. Former DWG KIA top laner Jang “Nuguri” Ha-gwon is also on the list but will be looking to continue his dominance over in the Chinese LPL this year after swapping to FunPlus Phoenix.
While the list is dominated by current or former DWG KIA players, one person managed to crawl up and secure the second-place spot. It’s none other than Gen.G jungler Kim “Clid” Tae-min, who had a fantastic 2020 season despite not winning any trophies. Clid has gotten off to a great start in the 2021 LCK Spring Split where Gen.G is looking solid. For now it looks like Clid and Gen.G are the biggest contenders to challenge DWG KIA.
Only one player from the Western leagues is found in the current top 10, which is Cloud9’s new mid laner Luka “Perkz” Perković. Perkz scored a lot of points for the ranking with G2 Esports during 2020, so it will be interesting to follow if the Croatian superstar can stay on top after joining an LCS team.
The player ranking will continue to develop as the 2021 spring split continues.