Best eSports Players of All Time
Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok
Called the “Michael Jordan” of League of Legends by the vice president of Riot Games, this player is the best there is. Based in South Korea, Faker is widely respected and revered for his talent. He currently plays for SK Telecom T1 and he’s astonishingly versatile when it comes to champions, yet his favorites are Ryze, Azir, Zed, LeBlanc, and Ahri. Faker is something of a Guru in the world of eSports.
Song “Smeb” Kyung-ho
This South Korean player’s favorite heroes are Riven and Fiora. Smeb is currently the Top Laner for KT Rolster, though he has previously been a Bottom Laner. He was the 6th player to reach 1,000 kills which he performed with Camille in the LCK 2018 Spring Season. The rise to becoming one of the best players of the world was not easy for Smeb, as he had a slow debut.
Ming “ClearLove” Kai
EDward Gaming’s Jungler, this player has a often been placed in situations where he would have been forced to play a position that he’s less proficient in. From China, his favorite champions are Evelynn, Lee Sin, and Jarvan IV. He has seen victory in a great many events with his current team and it would be a shock to see him leave.
Nicknames include: Love Song Prince, Director, and eSports Beethoven.
Kim “Deft” Hyuk-kyu
A famous friend-maker, this player has been victorious on quite a list of events. He currently plays for Kingzone DragonX as a Bottom Laner, and his favorite heroes are Lucian and especially Ezreal. Deft reached his 1,000th kill in the LPL in August, 2016. He has a very good record as a teammate, as proven by the long list of gold medals below. He’s from South Korea.
Bae “Bang” Jun-sik
A Bottom Laner for 100 Thieves, this player is known for his deadliness. Scoring four penta-kills certainly is a feat, one not expected of a Bottom Laner. Hailing from South Korea and playing for SK Telecom 1, this player’s favorite champions are Kalista, Jhin, Tristana, and Ezreal. He began his professional career as an AD Carry for Najin Shield and since his rookie days Bang has improved tremendously.
Kuro “KuroKy” Salehi Takhasomi
A disability to his legs lead this German player to play video games and eventually climb his way up to becoming one of the best players in the world. His roles are Support and Captain for Team Liquid. His signature heroes are Rubick, Visage, and Lo. At the end of this year, his career in eSports will have spanned a decade.
Clement “Puppey” Ivanov
This player is an esteemed captain, known for his experimentation and effectiveness in any role. Nonetheless, he primarily fills the roles of Support, Jungler, and Captain for Team Secret. This Estonian is a remarkably durable and supportive member of his teams which is why he has been awarded accordingly—his prowess is especially recognized by the community.
Amer “Miracle-” Al-Barkawi
Holding dual citizenship for Poland and Jordan, Miracle- has created quite a name for himself in his short career. He currently plays Solo Middle and Carry for Team Liquid and has raked in around $3,761,824 in total winnings. This player, in four years, drove himself to become one of the best Dota 2 players in the world.
Peter “ppd” Dager
This player is a Support and Captain for Ninjas in Pyjamas and has made a fortune with his abilities and alliances. His signature heroes are Treant Protector, Crystal Maiden, and Vengeful Spirit. This American player has moved through many different teams along the path of his career and has even worked with analysts and broadcasters when not playing.
Gustav “s4” Magnusson
At first, this player found success in professional Heroes of Newerth, then he switched to Dota 2 and grew as a player. Today, he plays for the team Evil Geniuses and has accumulated over $2,000,000 in winnings. This Swedish player’s roles are Offlaner and Solo Middle, and his signature heroes are Puck, Magnus, and Batrider.
Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev
Ukraine is the home of the best CS:GO player in the world. He currently plays for Natus Vincere and often fills the roles of Rifler, his type is often referred to as an ‘entry fragger,’ and AWPer. With a truckload of commendations and awards on this player, it’s fitting that so many acknowledge s1mple as the best in the world.
Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz
A million-dollar man, this player has made an approximate total of $1,429,801 in winnings. He currently plays as an AWPer for the team Astralis, and but has before then played for many more teams native to his home country, Denmark. This player has qualified for a considerable list of events and competitions.
Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer Gustafsson
Holder of 24 trophies, this player has demonstrated his skill for years. He’s a member of FaZe Clan and for that team, his role tends to be Rifler or AWPer. He, along with his teammate GuardiaN is the joint second person in the world to have ever been in a major final with two different teams.
Nicknames include: Boostmeister and Tec9meister.
Christopher “GeT_RiGhT” Alesund
A career spanning almost two decades, this Swedish player has maintained his prowess for a long time. As a Rifler, sometimes referred to as a ‘lurker,’ GeT_RiGhT has been moving between many different teams throughout his time playing the game. He currently plays for Ninjas in Pyjamas, and most of his experience is with Counter-Strike, the dated version of the game.
Marcelo “Coldzera” David
Coldzera is a Brazilian player currently on the team MIBR. His roles are Rifler and AWPer, and his approximated total winnings is $899,199. He has been named MVP of many of the tournaments he participated in and has been recognized as one of the best CS:GO players in the world.
Top 5 Fortnite Players
The best Fortnite player of all time has scarcely played it outside of Xbox, yet even zRotation’s time spent on the console has been mostly in Squad. 13,692 matches played in total for a score of 8,196,540 for this American player. It’s intriguing that the best player in the world is one that plays on console, nevertheless this player has been around since Season 3.
A later start than most others on this list, this player began the Fortnite grind in Season 4. Seasons have been packed to the brim with over 3,000 matches minimum, but Season 8 saw a decrease in playtime by about 1,000 matches. This player has some exposure to the PC version of the game, but it’s nothing noteworthy.
With a total score of 6,694,300 and 12,742 matches played, WolfXBL sits as the fourth best Fortnite player in the world. This American player has been on the grind since Season 3 and has consistently played 1,300+ games each year. Although this player has played the game on PC, it’s minimal. Nevertheless, WolfXBL warns about frauds across many mediums.
TriLL OH Gee
This player has been participating since Season 3, wherein 3,479 matches were played out of a
Hefty total of 19,333 matches played. From America, TriLL OH Gee has been a steady player for the past several seasons and has shown remarkable dedication to the game. A commendation of versatility is in order because TriLL OH Gee has put a considerable amount of time into the PC version of the game, as well.
From Mexico, this player has climbed to through the ranks over 9,823 matches. Terry 5v joined in Season 3 and played consistently until Season 8 where played far less than half of what he had the previous seasons. Although the majority of wins and kills come from Squads, the fact remains that Terry 5v is the #5 Fortnite player in the entire world.
Jung “Mvp” Jong Hyun
This South Korean Terran player is the best StarCraft II player in the world. He has a total earnings of $402,867.55 and has been frequently afflicted with health issues. Originally a Brood War player, he switched to StarCraft II because the greater prize pools he could use to help his family whom he described as very poor.
Nicknames include: The King, King of Wings, and Jürgen.
Lee “Life” Seung Hyun
This Zerg player hails from South Korea and is the youngest WCS World Champion, achieving it at the age of 17. Life is the second most decorated player in Premier Tournaments and originally went by NEXLife. He formerly played for the teams Afreeca Freecs and KT Rolster. In 2016, Life was sentenced to 18 months of imprisonment for match-fixing—allegedly, Life threw games in the first and second round of the 2015 KeSPA Cup Season 1 against Dream and Terminator.
Nicknames include: The Ling Kin, King of Zerglings, L’Enfant Terrible, and Kami Zerg.
Yun “TaeJa” Young Seo
A Terran player from South Korea, TaeJa went relatively unnoticed early on in his career in spite of his qualification for the very first season of the Global StarCraft League (GSL). His parents strongly opposed his desire to play StarCraft II professionally, but his brother supported him and helped him to become the progamer he is today. TaeJA’s journey is one of recurring hardship.
When Team Liquid picked TaeJa in 2012, the team’s CEO Nazgul claimed the transfer to be “Liquid’s biggest acquisition in history.”
Jang “MC” Min Chul
This South Korean player is currently a member of ROOT Gaming. He is one of the best performing Protoss players in the world and is known for his theatrical ceremonies after winning matches. In one case, he imitated—from costume design to special effects—WWE’s the Undertaker for a ceremony. He was the first player to: earn $200,000 in prize money; win two GSL Tournaments.
Nicknames include: Boss Toss and Suicide Toss.
Choi “Polt” Seong Hun
From South Korea, Polt is the only player in history to have won at least one premier tournament each year for six consecutive years (2010-2016). Polt has won eighteen of the twenty-one Minor and Monthly tournaments he has participated in, and currently pursues graduate studies at the University of Texas as a fluent English speaker. He plays the Terran race.
Nicknames include: Captain America, Sir Polt of Terran, and The Nexus Sniper.