Note: the following article reflects the writer’s personal opinions, not those of Break the Game’s staff, therefore it should not be taken as factual.
As with any sport and eSport, some players are hailed as gods while others are simply irrelevant in the eyes of fans. Often times, some of these ignored players are in actuality heavily underrated. With that said here is my personal list of most underrated players in League of Legends history (the list is in no particular order):
1. Evgeny “Darien” Mazaev
This is a controversial choice, but I believe Darien was overlooked very often during Moscow 5’s glory days, and even during Gambit Gaming’s good times. While it’s easy to push him aside in favor of Alexey “Alex Ich” Ichetovkin or Danil “Diamondprox” Reshetnikov, the reason why he makes this list is because he is one of the rare Western top laners that would do well against Korean top laners. Part of that may be because of how innovative he was. At different times in League’s history, Top Lane has been looked at as nothing more than a sacrificial role that just needs to do its job. Darien was a top laner that could not only fulfil his duties to the team, but he could also break past the top lane meta and play other roles such as being the carry of the team when needed or playing different strategies and champions that could surprise opponents.
2. Feng “Fzzf” Zhuo-Jun
A legendary player within China, Fzzf is very underrated when it comes to the western audience. Part of what made 2014 Edward Gaming’s bottom lane good is not only Zhu “NaMei” Jia-Wen but also Fzzf’s mechanical prowess and ability to team fight. His accolades are also no joke, having at least thirteen 1st place finishes while being part of World Elite and Edward Gaming.
3. Yoon “Zero” Kyung-sup
Formerly a Korean player, Zero moved to China in 2014 along with Choi “inSec” In-seok, paving the way for the Korean Exodus that occurred in 2015. While apart of Star Horn Royal Club, Zero was always a solid player but he really peaked at Worlds, forming a strong lane with star ADC Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao (简自豪). The team was able to take 2nd place after losing 1-3 to Samsung White, being one of two teams to hand them a loss (the other being Team SoloMid). Even after his SHRC days, Zero was a shining spot for the disaster that was Team King in Summer of 2015. After playing for Team WE throughout 2016, he has remained a strong support with good laning and team fighting.
4. Wang “Stanley” June Tsan
Easily the most forgotten TPA member, Stanley was a world class top laner in his prime. Being considered one of the best Nidalee players in the world, he was a rock in the top lane, being challenged mainly against Korean top laners. What made him really great was how he was able to perform at a top level on any champion he had to play. Nidalee was definitely his best champion but he was also a constant pressure point for TPA even on champions such as Jayce, Olaf and Jax.
5. Jung “RapidStar” Min-sung
Because there are so many gods in the mid lane, it’s hard for people to remember RapidStar. He was actually a really good and versatile mid laner. Not to mention he was one of the only mid laners that could stand up to Wai “Toyz” Kin Lau, who was in his peak at the Season 2 World Championship. Being a master of Lux, Karthus and Anivia, RapidStar was self-sufficient and didn’t require a lot of jungle attention to do well. This would open up his jungler to give more attention to other lanes. Part of Azubu Frost’s success at Worlds is how well rounded RapidStar was.
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