League of Legends has forever changed the world of gaming. It has pioneered the Esports industry and has largely helped make it what it is today. It has transformed professional gaming into a respectable and sustainable career.
League has also popularized streaming. It has been streamed on several platforms, such as Azubu.TV that has existed way before Twitch.tv and Facebook Gaming.
Today, League of Legends hold many exciting leagues and events such as the LCS hosted in North America, the LEC hosted in Europe, the LPL hosted in China, the LCK hosted in South Korea, and many other smaller leagues. There is also the Mid Season Invitational that is hosted after the conclusion of the Spring Split, where the top teams compete. Then after the Summer Split, there is the World Championship, where the top 3 teams of each region compete for the title of world champion.
Aside from the professional scene, League is also one of the most popular games on Twitch. Streamers consist of full-time streamers and professional gamers.
In this article, we will be talking about some of today’s most popular professional gamers and streamers. We will also be listing the gaming headset to help you take your audio game to the next level.
- 10. LOLTyler1
- 9. Imaqtpie
- 8. Perkz
- 7. Broxah
- 6. Rekkles
- 5. Caps
- 4. Sneaky
- 3. Bjergsen
- 2. Doublelift
- 1. Faker
Followers: 3.3 million
Starting off this list is one of League’s most controversial and most loud personalities. It is none other than Tyler1. Tyler Steinkamp, better known by his in-game ID Tyler 1, is one of the most successful League of Legend streamers on Twitch.
He first began streaming in 2014, where has was able to secure a spot in the top 20 solo queue ladder. However, he was known at the time to be extremely toxic. He was constantly flaming his teammates and even lost on purpose during unwinnable games. These incidents lead to a permanent ban on most of his accounts.
He was, however, able to redeem his behavior and proved it on his streams. His more positive behavior led to a lift on his ban. Despite being a better person overall, Tyler1 still retained his crazy behavior that has been associated with his personal brand.
You can catch Tyler’s stream along with other well-known players such as Doublelift on his Twitch account.
Headset: Logitech G430
Tyler1 is best known for using the Logitech G430. In fact, this headset is almost synonymous with Tyler1’s image. Despite having better options in today’s market, Tyler1 still prefers this classic design from Logitech.
The G430 is one of Logitech’s first designs during their Logitech G rebrand. This headset aimed to challenge the Razer Kraken and Steelseries Siberia, which were the two big-name gaming headsets that were available at the time.
Logitech has, of course, gone a long way with their designs and offers many better-sounding alternatives. However, for games like League of Legends, the G430 is certainly capable enough.
Followers: 2.7 million
Michael Santana, better known as Imaqtpie, is a former professional player for Dignitas and is one of the most successful streamers on Twitch. Despite not winning anything during his professional career, his genuine personality and high proficiency in the game have earned the hearts of his viewers (as seen on his 2.7 million follower count).
Despite not playing competitively anymore, Imaqtpie still constantly demonstrates his high mastery of almost every role on his stream. Imaqtpie specializes in the ADC role since that was his role during his professional career. This has led to many funny encounters with another ADC, Tyler1.
Imaqtpie has constantly engaged with fake drama with Tyler1, which has resulted in various comedic episodes. This even led to a 5v5 professional match that was held as an intermission during the 2018 LCS summer split finals. He played with other well-known streamers such as Voyboy and Yasssuo.
Imaqtpie’s success shows that there is a career for professional players outside of competitive leagues. His popularity is only going to keep on increasing as League gets more popular. Make sure to catch Imaqtpie’s stream on his Twitch channel.
Headset: Sennheiser HD598
Imaqtpie is truly a man of culture. Instead of rocking gaming headsets, Qtpie is using a real headphone for gaming. This headphone is non-other than the Sennheiser HD598. The HD598 is an open-back headphone has the basis for the Sennheiser Game Zero and Drop PC37X.
The HD598 offers superior sound reproduction and directional sound imaging compared to most gaming headsets. Sure, this may be a bit overkill for League of Legends, but it is a versatile pair that can be used for other games. Qtpie plays other games such as first-person shooters, so this is a perfect fit for him.
If you need a microphone, check out the Drop PC37X or Sennheiser Game Zero. Those models utilize the same drivers as the HD 598.
Team: G2 Esports
Region: EU (LEC)
Achievements: 7 LEC TItles, 1 MSI Title, 1 World Championship Finalist
Luka Perković, better known by his League of Legends ID Perkz, is the current AD Carry for G2 Esports. He is best known for being one of Europe’s best mid-laners as he led the original G2 lineup in back to back LEC (EU LCS at the time) titles. He then transitioned to the ADC role, where he was able to beat several world-class ADC’s who have been playing the role longer than him.
Perkz has one of the most colorful personalities in the LEC. He is a player who loves trash talking (although he is not serious most of the time) and building hype during their games. He is usually doing something funny such as ranking players during his live streams. He is also known for sharing his thoughts on current League related news and issues during his live stream.
Perkz has many notable achievements during his career. When he first qualified in the LEC, his team was able to destroy everyone and qualified for the MSI. He and his team were also able to knock out Uzi and Royal Club during the 2018 world championship playoffs. This happened despite all the criticisms they had for their weak season.
The following year, Perkz and G2 dominated the world. They won MSI and did not lose a single series up until the world championship finals, where they lost 3-0 to FunPlus Phoenix. Despite the criticism, Perkz was able to bounce back by swapping into the mid lane and winning the LEC spring split.
After the spring split, he returned to the ADC position and is once again ready to show the world what G2 Esports is made of.
Headset: Logitech G Pro X
Perkz’s choice is the Logitech G Pro X. This headset is one of Logitech’s best offerings. It has excellent tuning and a highly competitive microphone. It checks all the requirements of a professional League of Legends player.
The tuning of the drivers allows the Logitech G Pro X to be a versatile pair. It can be used for less demanding titles such as League of Legends and also in titles with a heavy emphasis on sound design such as first-person shooters.
The microphone is also powered by Blue microphones. Despite being a software-based effect, the amount of fine-tuning ability that you get with the microphone makes it an excellent pair, especially for players who do not own a dedicated interface or soundcard. This pair is certainly good enough for competitive use and for live streaming.
Team: Team Liquid
Region: NA (LCS)
Achievements: 2 LEC TItles, 1 World Championship Finalist
Mads Brock-Pedersen, better known as Broxah, is the current jungler for Team Liquid. Broxah is known for his high mechanics and aggressive jungle play. He best showcased his skill during the 2018 world championship group stage against Invictus Gaming. His insane Lee Sin play during that game that secured them the first seed in their group was so memorable that it inspired the meme, “Thank Mr. Broxah.”
During Broxah’s stay in Fnatic, he was able to help the team become the first Western Team in 7 years to be part of the world finals. They were, however, unsuccessful in bringing home the title and faced an incredibly difficult year after their star mid laner, Caps, transferred to G2 Esports.
After Broxah’s subpar second year with Fnatic, he decided to part ways with the organization and transferred to North America. He joined Team Liquid replacing Jake “Xmithie” Puchero. He was supposed to continue Team Liquid’s dominating run but was unable to attend almost half the spring season.
Despite being able to play in the second half of the spring split, Broxah was not able to carry his team into playoffs. The spring split has marked Team Liquid’s lowest point in the past two years as they finished 9th place.
With Team Liquid’s revamped roster and with the leadership of their new coaching staff, Broxah aims to make a comeback and prove why he is the former premiere jungler of the LEC.
You can catch Broxah on his Twitch stream. He constantly plays with his teammates and occasionally shows his mastery of the jungle role on his stream.
Headset: Alienware 310H
Broxah’s headset for his live streams and for inhouse practices is the Alienware 310H. Team Liquid is sponsored both by Hyperx and Alienware, so the players have a wide array of headsets at their disposal.
The Alienware 310H is part of Alienware’s new line of products. It shares the same futuristic look that Alienware is going for. However, the design remains classy and is not too over the top like other gaming headsets.
The big feature of the Alienware 310H is that it comes with its own DAC. This not only optimizes the sound, but it also houses essential controls such as volume and mic control. The whole headset has a solid build and sound quality. It offers long-lasting comfort and enough detail to help a player as competitive as Broxah to achieve his full potential.
Region: EU (LEC)
Achievements: 4 LEC TItles, 1 World Championship Finalist
Martin Larsson, better known as Rekkles, is the ADC and the face of Fnatic. He is one of the League’s veterans and one of Europe’s finest talents. He has won a total of 4 LEC titles with Fnatic.
Rekkles started his career with the original players of Fnatic. Throughout many roster swaps, Rekkles has constantly demonstrated his leadership and skill in the game. His skill was apparent in his 2015 and 2018 performances.
During 2015, he and Fnatic were able to reach the world championship semifinals. They, along with Origen, were the first European team who could confidently go toe to toe with a Korean squad. Later on, in 2018, Rekkles and his team once again set another milestone by reaching the world finals.
Despite losing on both occasions, and despite the criticisms that he has had over the years, Rekkles’ skill in the game is undeniable. Most of the players that he has competed with throughout the years have not been able to replicate the level of success that he has had.
Now with Fnatic’s new lineup, Rekkles and his team are ready to show the world that they are a world-class organization.
Headset: Fnatic Gear React
Rekkles’ choice for gaming is Fnatic’s very own Fnatic Gear React. Fnatic Gear initially started as a rebrand of Func Gaming. However, they have quickly created several innovations, such as the React headset.
This headset has been highly regarded as a competitor of Logitech’s products. Aside from sharing a similar form factor, the React also shares a similar tuning that works well with a variety of different games.
It works best for FPS titles, but it is highly competent in MOBA games such as League of Legends. With its excellent microphone and sound tuning, the Fnatic Gear React is a perfect alternative to Logitech’s offerings.
Team: G2 Esports
Region: EU (LEC)
Achievements: 5 LEC TItles, 1 MSI Title, 2 World Championship Finalist
Rasmus Winther, better known as Caps, is the current mid laner for G2 Esports. He is known for his mechanics and is best known for winning 2019 MSI. He has also been known for leading Fnatic into the 2018 world championship finals and G2 Esports into the 2019 world championship finals. Despite some criticisms, it is apparent that Caps is one of the finest talents that Europe has produced.
Before playing for the LEC, Caps began with various teams such as Dark Passage. His natural talent in the game has caught the attention of larger organizations, specifically Fnatic. Even as a rookie, he showed that he could compete with the best players.
He proved this by qualifying for the world championship during his first year with Fnatic in 2017. He was then able to help Fnatic get into the 2018 world championship finals. However, after the conclusion of season 8, Caps made one of the most controversial moves in LOL Esports.
At the start of 2019, he transferred to Fnatic’s rival, G2 Esports. His addition to the lineup, along with the transition of star mid-laner Perkz into the ADC role, has created Europe’s strongest team. They were even able to take down SK Telecom T1 both in MSI and the world championship semifinals, an impressive feat considering SKT T1 was the tournament favorite in both events.
In fact, this lineup did not lose a single series up until the world finals, where they were defeated by FunPlus Phoenix. Caps and G2 were able to set many records during the 2019 season alone and has placed Europe at the top of regional rankings along with China and Korea.
During the 2020 Spring Split, G2 experimented by placing Caps in the ADC position. Despite winning the Spring Split, G2 decided to reverse the roles again, so you can once again expect Caps big plays on the mid lane during the summer season.
Caps streams on his Twitch channel and is constantly seen practicing with his teammates. Check him out on his streams to see some high-level League of Legends.
Headset: Logitech G Pro X
Streamer/Retired Professional/ Part-Owner of C9
Team: Cloud 9
Achievements: 2 LCS Titles, World Championship Appearance from 2013-2019
Followers: 1.6 million
Zachary Scuderi, better known as Sneaky, is known for many things. He is best known as Cloud 9’s former ADC, who has attended every world championship from 2013 to 2019 and is now a part-owner of the organization. He is also known for his cosplays that often go viral on the internet.
Sneaky started his LCS career with the original members of Cloud 9. They qualified for the summer season of LCS in 2013 and quickly dominated the scene. Before the introduction of Bjergsen, Cloud 9 decimated TSM, who was the best team at the time.
Despite Cloud 9’s failure to acquire additional titles, Sneaky and Cloud 9 were always regarded as the best North American performer in the world championship. Sneaky and his team were always the only North American organization that could get past the group stage.
After criticisms from various parties, and after Sneaky’s lackluster 2019 performance, he chose to retire. Despite his retirement, his popularity continues to grow. His natural talent in the game and his personality allows his career to grow. His contributions to the growth and success of the Cloud 9 brand has helped him become a part-owner of Cloud 9.
Sneaky is now a full-time streamer, content creator, and part-owner of Cloud 9 so you can expect more high plays from his stream and more mind-boggling cosplays from him.
Headset: Hyperx Cloud 2
Sneaky’s headset is non-other than the well-loved Hyperx Cloud 2. The Hyperx Cloud 2 made waves in the gaming headset market due to its superior sound tuning compared to its competitors. This is largely due to the fact that it is a rebranded Takstar Pro 80, a professional monitoring headphone.
The Hyperx Cloud 2 remains as one of the best gaming headsets in today’s market. Its tuning allows it to be used in several competitive genres, such as MOBAs and FPS. The combination of its excellent form factor and microphone makes it a perfect pair for League of Legends.
Professional/ Part-Owner of TSM
Team: Team Solo Mid
Region: NA (LCS)
Achievements: 6 LCS Titles
Followers: 1.6 million
Søren Bjerg, better known as Bjergsen, is often regarded as the face of the LCS. His high-mechanical play has even earned the respect of the international competition. He was even regarded as the Faker of the West.
Bjergsen began his career in the 2014 season of the LCS. He replaced TSM’s original mid-laner and owner, Reginald. Ever since his appearance in the LCS, Bjergsen has been setting the standard of a Western Mid-laner.
Bjergsen has enjoyed a successful career. He was able to win several LCS titles along with other notorious players such as Doublelift. In fact, he was recently competing against Doublelift (while he was on Team Liquid) as the GOAT of the LCS since both players have won 6 titles at the time. His influence on the TSM brand throughout the years has helped him become a part-owner of the TSM brand.
Despite not qualifying for the world championship for the past two years, Bjergsen is arguably still the best mid-laner in NA. Even other high-mechanic players such as Jensen has not been able to dethrone him in terms of raw skill.
Bjergsen is now a part-owner of TSM. He has also been reunited with his former teammate, Doublelift, for the 2020 LCS summer split. Bjergsen is once again ready to show that he is a world-class mid-laner who is capable of winning an LCS title.
Headset: Logitech G Pro X
Team: Team Solo Mid
Region: NA (LCS)
Achievements: 7 LCS titles (with three different organizations), MSI 2019 Finalist
Followers: 1.4 million
Yiliang Peng, Doublelift, is the most successful LCS ADC who has won a total of 7 LCS different titles with three different organizations. Despite the ups and downs in his 10-year career, Doublelift is arguably one of the best players to ever play League of Legends.
Doublelift’s career dates back to the League of Legends Beta. The LCS was not yet established at the time, and teams were not as big as they are now. Doublelift was an extremely passionate player who was very eager to compete. This did not align with the views of his family, which led to him getting kicked out of his house.
However, his constant drive caught the attention of bigger organizations such as CLG. Despite his insane mechanics on champions like Vayne, Doublelift could not secure a title. They even faced relegations back in 2014. However, Doublelift finally got his first title in 2015.
He then moved to TSM and won an additional two titles with the organization. After he left TSM, he joined Team Liquid, where he won 4 back to back titles. His success has broken many LCS records and has made him a legendary player.
Headset: HyperX Cloud 2/Alpha
Professional/Part-Owner of T1 Esports (Formerly known as SK Telecom T1)
Team: T1 Esports (formerly known as SK Telecom T1)
Region: KR (LCK)
Achievements: 3 Time World Champion, 9 LCK Titles, 2 MSI Titles
Followers: 2.4 million
The top player on this list is none-other the unkillable demon king himself, Faker. Lee Sang-Hyeok, better known as Faker, is the most successful professional player in League of Legends. He is the only player who has won 3 world championships (2013, 2015, and 2016) as well as 2 MSI championships. His influence has massively changed how the game is played and has made him a well-known player even outside of League of Legends.
Faker started his career in 2013 with SK Telecom T1. He was scouted by the organization after achieving rank 1 in solo queue. He was feared in solo queue as he was even able to defeat professional players such as Ambition.
Faker was only 16 at the time. Despite not wanting to pursue a professional career, he and his family were encouraged by one of his teachers and thus joined SKT T1. He joined a group of unproven talents who later on became big-name players.
Faker was known to solo kill Ambition during his first-ever professional match. Despite falling to MVP Ozone (who later rebranded to Samsung) in the Spring Split, Faker and his team were able to carry their momentum and bounced back in the summer split. Faker and his team won the 2013 summer finals by eliminating KT Rolster Bullets.
This match hosts Faker’s best-known play. This was the Zed vs. Zed solo kill against Ryu in the final moments of Game 5.
Faker, along with Impact, Bengi, Piglet, and Mandu, was able to stomp the competition in the world championship. Faker was able to win a world championship trophy during his first year of competitive play.
Faker did not stop here as he was able to garner more trophies in 2015 and 2016. His achievements throughout the year have earned him several awards, including a spot in the Esports hall of fame along with other legends such as Starcraft’s most popular player, Boxer.
Faker is also now a part-owner of T1 Esports (SK Telecom T1 rebrand) and is ready to keep on achieving more titles.
Headset: Logitech G Pro X/G933
Faker has used different headsets throughout his career. He was initially seen using the red Steelseries Siberia V2 during the first year of his career. He then moved to the Corsair Void Pro in 2014. He later used the Razer Kraken Pro V2 during SKT’s partnership in 2015.