In Pictures: The 10 Most Underrated Players In The EU LCS
The spotlight so often shone on the headline names of the EU LCS, the European league is filled with unsung heroes. Either overshadowed by fellow teammates or unable to broadcast their talent while everything around them seems to be crumbling to pieces, the European Region is host to a number of underrated talents. This is a tribute to those players who perhaps don’t receive as much praise as they deserve.
Though the imposing statistics may suggest otherwise, individual talent within the EU LCS is not simply limited to the teams towards the top of the standings; just because a team is underperforming, does not mean that every individual player on the roster is following suit. A large proportion of the talent within the EU LCS flies under the radar.
Within organisations such as Team ROCCAT, Team Vitality, Giants and even Origen, several players have proved their worth to potential future employers. On the other end of the spectrum, within success stories like that of G2 eSports, Unicorns of Love and Splyce, often the players that make these great teams tick go unappreciated:
CLICKON eSports’ 10 Most Underrated Players In The EU LCS
Lee “IgNar” Dong-geun
With Misfits having an incredible first season in the LCS, there are number reasons for their immediate success. Looking past the talent of KaKAO and PowerOfEvil, Ignar has consistently produced impressive performances. As one of the best Supports of the Spring Split so far, Ignar has adapted his game perfectly to European meta combining the best of his KT Rolster past.
Pierre “Steelback” Medjaldi
Arguably Vitality's most in form player at the moment, Steelback has shown through his consistent performances one of the many reasons Vitality can expect to be part of next season's EU LCS. The former Fnatic man has a long history of not receiving the credit he deserves.
Martin “Wunder” Hansen
Wunder has had solid performances in the top lane and his performances are keeping Splyce in playoff contention. He boasts the highest CS per minute of any top laner in the EU LCS. And despite this being only his second season in Splyce, he is a solid foundation for his team to build upon as they look to replicate the success of season 6.
Jonas “Memento” Elmarghichi
Another case of a solid season shrouded by a poor team performance. Memento has been one of the most impactful Junglers amongst the lower tier teams. He has a higher kill participation than even KaKAO, is definitely one of the reasons that Giants have a realistic ambition of maintaining their LCS status.
Fabian “Exileh” Schubert
A bit in the shadow of Xerxes incredible season, the newly signed Exileh has been one of the best midlaners that the EU LCS has had to offer this season. Funnily enough Exileh currently has the most kills in the LCS and for me is one of the players that although, is prone to dying, he definitely has proven that he can duel with the best.
Alfonso “Mithy” Aguirre Rodriguez
Mithy is not the flashiest player in his field and may not be making the headlines on his support role, but nonetheless he is has been a consistent element of G2 eSports' success. He definitely deserves more praise for his teams results.
Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen
Only recently promoted from the Challenger scene, in just a few games Broxah has demonstrated why he deserves the spot instead of Amazing. He has brought a new dynamic and a breath air to the Fnatic side and with the meta heavily relying upon Junglers this season, he has managed to perform reasonably under pressure. Alongside Rekkles, he is one of the few positive points of Fnatic's seasons.
Petter “Hjärnan” Freyschuss
Hjarnan is one of those players whose occasional shining performances are often hidden under the rubble of Team ROCCAT's lack of team cohesion. Currently second to last in their group, despite fighting against the story of relegation, he has managed to show his worth in difficult situations and actually has one of the highest CS per minute records across the entire league.
Kasper “Kobbe” Kobberup
Splyce's AD Carry, Kobbe has looked like an absolute killing machine, at least when allowed to unveil his Jhin pick. Additionally his synergy with SPY Support Mikyx has shown that he is LCS material. A competent, hard working ADC, highly valued in the LCS, often underrated.
Yoo “NaeHyun” Nae-hyun
Surprised to see an Origen player on this list? Currently amidst the turmoil that Origen are experiencing with defeat after defeat, the Korean player has shown the best Origen has to offer; receiving praise for his hard-working performances in a difficult environment. Having travelled a long way to play in Europe, NaeHyun has held his ground in the face of adversity.