LCK analyst and former player and coach Nick “LS” De Cesare posted on Twitter “the order of Korea mids” — a list that is likely to cause controversy and spark a debate in the League of Legends community. In his rankings, LS puts Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok in fourth place behind Griffin’s Jeong “Chovy” Ji-hoon, DAMWON’s Heo “ShowMaker” Su, and Afreeca’s Son “Ucal” Woo-hyeon.
As always, any power rank of players and teams is never 100% accurate and foolproof, and LS’ ranking of Korean mids is no exception. Faker enters Worlds as the two-time LCK champion, whereas Ucal and Afreeca won’t even be present at Worlds. Of course, League of Legends is not a single player game and a good mid laner can miss Worlds because of a poor team synergy, but putting Faker so far down in the rankings is sure to raise some eyebrows from fans and pundits.
When it comes to recent direct encounters, Faker dominated ShowMaker in the semifinal series of the LCK playoffs and stood tall over Chovy in the finals, but he also had a relatively poor regular season, which could be a factor by which LS judges his current form.
For those wondering how exactly LS came to this conclusion, the analyst promised an explanation as he streams his list of the best Worlds players.