Hooks, cares and cats: The League’s best support players at Worlds 2022
Although there was no professional League of Legends play since patch 12.15, recent improvements to enchanters and some support items have led to a diversification of the support role among players internationally. While picks like Nautilus and Leona dominated the pro game meta for years, champions like Lulu and Soraka quickly rose in popularity, creating more complex team compositions.
This year’s World Championship is expected to be one of the most exciting for support players, a far cry from the days of the Ardent Censer meta of 2017. These players have used their mastery of the support role to adapt to the changes made this year, cementing himself as some of the best support players in the world and fans should look forward to seeing Worlds play.
While some of these players will begin their global journey with the play-ins stage in Mexico City, Mexico on September 29, others have qualified directly for the group stage where they will be one step closer to the Summoner’s Cup. . Either way, these players have shown throughout the year that they’re willing to do whatever it takes to support their team, which makes each of them remarkable in their own right.
Gen. G Lehends
Singed’s support is real and can certainly hurt you.
Lehends is known for his darker picks, ones players would normally expect to see in solo queue, not on a pro stage. Between Singed, Brand, and Maokai pre-mini-rework, and nearly 20 others, Lehends kept fans coming back to each of Gen.G’s matches, wondering what the next non-meta pick would be.
Although unable to pull a single game out of T1 in the Spring Split, General G successfully ended his rivals’ historic run to win the Summer Split and become the LCK’s first seed at Worlds. Ruler and Lehends’ bot lane has consistently come out on top in a meta where bot lane success is so vital to game results, giving Gen.G a large amount of momentum ahead of their phase-phase run. groups.
All of T1’s names alone are enough to strike fear into any player’s heart, but together they create a dominating force that thrives on the pressure of international tournaments. Among those players is Keria, the threat in the supporting role that keeps the team together.
Keria has always been quick to master meta changes, often requiring a few weeks to adapt to players. When Enchanters hit the top of the meta earlier this year, Keria had no problem switching to Yuumi and Lulu to bring out the potential in her lane partner Gumayusi, even being one of the first to use with hit League’s new support champion, Renata Glasc.
Yet even with the fluctuating meta, Keria has always had a staple to rely on, be it a meta pick. Combined with Gumayusi’s aggression, Keria spent the better part of the year throwing successful Nautilus hooks whenever he could and racking up nearly indisputable leads for the T1 bot lane.
With the year T1 has already had, Worlds is just another place where the team can prove they are among the best. League players in history – and Keria is ready to reign supreme as king of support once again.
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Ending an LPL split with the highest KDA of any support player is no easy task, but this was one of the Top Esports supports that Mark pulled off easily. Mark was more than happy to diversify his pool of supporting champions throughout the year when others were more hesitant, allowing him to take on a team that wasn’t in the championship conversation in the spring to win it all. in the summer, ending with a 6.1 KDA in the summer regular season.
This feat was a long time coming for the support player; for most of his career he was confined to the lower end of the LPL rankings. Now, with TES, Mark returns to Worlds for the second time as part of the LPL’s second seed.
With some of the region’s most talented players at his side, Mark has the potential to make this year’s Worlds a time when he finally becomes a household name that can no longer be overlooked.
Edward Gaming Meiko
Meiko, part of reigning EDward Gaming World Champions, returns to the international scene for the sixth time in his career, and he’s only 24 years old.
If that support player can get their hands on Leona, Nautilus, or Braum, it can quickly cause problems for the opposing bot lane. While not overly aggressive in the laning phase, Meiko shines with her knowledge of the map and willingness to roam the map from the start, which has resulted in her team snowballing multiple times.
While Meiko is able to switch to a pick like Renata Glasc or Lulu, it functions more consistently with frontline initiation access. Still, other teams are fully aware of Meiko’s comfort choices, making her a prime target in the draft stages, but still has a trick up her sleeve.
Evil Genius Vulcan
As far as North American support players go, Vulcan has stood out for several years due to its consistency and flexibility. Alongside ADC Danny, Vulcan seamlessly transitioned his talents to the Evil Geniuses roster, playing a pivotal role in the organization’s first championship win in the spring, as well as another strong run in the summer.
While he favors engaging champions like Nautilus and Rakan that allow the rest of his team to capitalize, Vulcan recently changed his playstyle to match the changing meta, prioritizing picks like Nami, Yuumi, and even Sona who put more priority on what her team can do. Vulcan’s call for fire and faith in his team paid off with Kaori’s surprise replacement in EG’s main roster, ultimately making the premier ADC a force in the LCS Championship.
Vulcan’s ability to adapt to almost any situation, whether the odds are in his favor or not, has made him stand out among nearly every NA support since his LCS debut in 2018. While EG may have a long way ahead of them at this year’s Worlds, having Vulcain at the helm is a great way to make a good impression on the competition.
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If you overlook the minor regions, start paying attention to this year’s LCO representatives, Chiefs Esports Club. This team has completely dominated Oceania throughout the past year, finishing its second run unbeaten after nearly doing the same in the first.
Much of that success can be attributed to the team’s star support player, Aladoric. Despite only playing for the side in the Second Division, the long-serving Australian support player was a crucial factor in what would be an unbeaten streak for the side, winning a second successive championship of division two, but this time for a different team.
Unlike most support players, Aladoric remained committed to hiring champions, even when enchanters became more supportive. Rakan and Nautilus remain Aladoric’s most-played champions, boasting win rates over 90% on both across 17 games and defining themselves as the instigation the Chiefs needed to claim victory in an unforgettable split.
While Aladoric didn’t have much time to show off his skills at Worlds last year alongside PEACE, he seems to have found the momentum that could see the LCO finally move past the play-ins and make its mark internationally.
Inting is part of Fnatic’s support plan, Hylissang. This support player is known to be one of the most aggressive support players the region has seen in years. With his patented Pyke pick, Hylissang has no problem diving straight into his opponent’s bot lane early in the laning phase, often forcing his ADC, Upset, to be more aggressive in the lane.
Despite a few overzealous plays, Hylissang has established himself as one half of one of the best western bot lanes today. While he certainly favors engaging game mediums, he isn’t afraid to step back into the role of an enchanter to ensure Upset can perform to his full potential.
But fans may have to wait a bit before they see Hylissang and Upset perform together on the Worlds stage. Due to the COVID contraction, both players are replaced until further notice. When Hylissang returns, however, players should beware of a surprise Pyke lock that has the potential to snowball any bot lane.