The solo queue experience is different in every region, but the high elo ranks might be more similar than previously imagined. A redditor created a spreadsheet comparing the challenger ladders in North America, Europe, and Korea, and the parallels are clear.
Start with the most played champions by the Challenger players. It’s not a surprise that the most popular champions are exactly the same that are played on stage. Many of the players in Challenger are professional players that compete in one of the leagues. The players might also be amateurs looking for a chance to get scouted or streamers playing for an audience.
The role distribution in Korea is close with one or two points between roles. In North America and Europe, the difference is more significant. Bot laners are not as likely to get to Challenger in North America as they are in the other regions. In Europe, the supports are the unpopular ones with only 16% of the Challenger players on this role.
Jungle and mid lane are the most impactful roles in the game and are the most popular across the regions. It’s surprising to see how many top laners get to Challenger. According to a survey by Riot Games, the LCS players consider the top lane to be the least impactful role in the game. The top laners are not letting these beliefs affect them however, and they keep climbing high.