The best League of Legends players in the world are battling it out to lift the Summoner's Cup with four star-studded teams remaining in LoL Worlds 2019. The biggest stage is where players become icons with game-winning individual performances.
Many players have already impressed but here is the star-performer from each of the semi-finalist teams who are likely MVP candidates.
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SK Telecom T1 - Faker
Though he didn't have the biggest impact in the quarter-finals, you cannot ignore that Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok has been immense at Worlds once again this year.
Considered the greatest LoL player of all time, the Korean has lived up to his fan-dubbed nickname of the Unkillable Demon King by repeatedly finding miraculous escapes from difficult situations.
And once again his uncanny ability to play a wide variety of champions has been an extremely effective tool for SKT and will undoubtedly be used as a lethal weapon as the tournament enters its later stages. So far, he has played seven different champions in 10 games including ADC Tristana in which he has convincingly won on both occasions he's played her.
Following the trend of other strong mid-laners in the tournament, Faker has been having a huge impact on the entire map having spent just 55.8% of his Group Stage games in the mid-lane - the lowest of any mid at that stage. The three-time world champion is hungry for his fourth and it will take something special to stop him.
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FunPlus Phoenix - Doinb
Moving on to another mid-laner, Kim "Doinb" Tae-sang is the face of FunPlus Phoenix and crucial to the team's success. His Ryze play left Fnatic devastated following a performance that would have had fellow Ryze-expert Faker jealous.
The Korean has extremely impressive stats in the tournament so far with the highest KDA (7.8), average kills (4.1), average assists (7.2), CS per minute (9.6) and gold per minute (455) of all mid-laners in the tournament so far.
Doinb is possibly the best roaming mid-laner in the world and his synergy with FPX jungler Gao "Tian" Tian-Liang is extremely powerful. To defeat FPX you have to stop Doinb but when he's hardly in lane that's easier said than done.
Rather than carry individually, Doinb plays a supportive style that benefits the whole team with unorthodox picks like Malphite and Sion. Facing Doinb is a different experience to playing against any other mid-laner.
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G2 Esports - Perkz
Luka "Perkz" Perković is a big-game player. Last year, it was his outstanding Le Blanc performance that saw G2 shock the world with a quarter-final victory over Royal Never Give Up. This year, it was his impressive Xayah performance that settled G2 into the series against Damwon Gaming - a team that had absolutely destroyed G2 in scrims.
Perkz thrives under pressure, that's the case no matter what role he's playing. The way the Croatian has transitioned from mid to bot-lane has been spectacular and he could really go forward and win the World Championship in his first-ever year playing the role.
Xayah being one of the strongest ADCs in the meta has excellent news for the G2 man who has proved time and time again that he is near-unstoppable on the pick. In fact, Perkz has won 84.2% of all his Xayah games on stage this year.
Yet, his true strength is the ability to pivot into mages is one of Perkz biggest strengths. Though mages haven't found much success in the bot-lane at Worlds this year, and Perkz even lost his one mage game against Damwon when he played Orianna, his strength on mages will draw bans like Syndra away from his opponents. That flexibility is why G2 are so frightening in best-of-fives.
Invictus Gaming - TheShy
Simply put, Kang "TheShy" Seung-lok is the best top-laner in the world. The reigning World Champion has been stomping his opponents this year as he near single-handedly took down Griffin with the brutal advantages he was able to find against his lane opponent Choi "Sword" Sung-won. He was also equally as strong against Damwon's Jang "Nuguri" Ha-gwon who had been hyped up going into the tournament but couldn't find any way to gain an advantage over TheShy.
The top-lane difference will once again be one of IG's main win conditions in the semi-final against FPX and you cannot ignore TheShy's playmaking ability either. His three-man Kayle ultimate killed Griffin's chances in game two of the series.
TheShy's mechanics and game sense are remarkable and he is perhaps the player in the tournament closest to matching Faker's remarkable natural ability. Just like last year, IG's solo-laners have stepped up for the knockout stages and in that sort of form, nobody has yet managed to stop them.