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Many factors combine to make a successful League of Legends team. But in the end, the team that deals more damage will probably win the game.
As the best players at every aspect of the game gather in San Francisco for the start of Worlds this week, we wanted to get an idea of which ones carry the hardest. Perhaps unsurprisingly, statistics provided to the Daily Dot by Riot Games show that the top damage dealers almost unanimously come from the most dominant teams.
The statistics come from all games throughout the Summer Split, including regular season, playoffs, and regional qualifiers. SK Telecom T1's ad carry Junsik "Bang" Bae led all players with 738.2 damage per minute.
In fact, all of the top five spots are occupied by AD carries. After bang, it was EDward Gaming's Hyeokgyu “Deft” Kim (719.2), Royal Never Give Up's Jian "Uzi" Zi-Hao (705.1), G2 Esports’ Jesper "Zven" Svenningsen (693.6), and ROX Tigers’ Jong In "PraY" Kim (676.9).The only player from another position to approach the damage output of the top AD carries was, you guessed it, SKT T1 mid laner Sanghyeok "Faker" Lee. Faker was just a single point behind PraY with 675.9, and the next closest mid laner was Samsung Galaxy’s Minho “Crown” Lee.
While his total output was dwarfed by the top AD carries and mid laners, ROX Tigers’ top laner Kyungho "Smeb" Song led his position by the widest margin. Smeb’s 502.3 DPM was nearly 10 percent higher than any other top laner, which was likely a big reason why Riot’s analysts ranked him as the top player at Worlds this year.
Distantly following the trail of blood left by Smeb’s carnage were SKT T1’s Hoseong “Duke” Lee (457.9) and RNG’s Hyeongseok "Looper" Jang (419.4).
As for the junglers, Smeb’s ROX teammate Wangho “Peanut” Han led the way with 392.3, followed by Flash Wolves’ Hao Hsuan “Karsa” Hung (372.5), G2’ Kang Yun "Trick" Kim (355.7), and EDG’s Kai "Clearlove" Ming (308.6).
Believe it or not, SKT T1 and ROX don’t own the top spot at every position.
EDG’s Ye “Meiko” Tian was the deadliest participant in “supportal combat” with a whopping 167.3 DPM. RNG’s Sehyeong "Mata" Cho (163.2) and G2’s Alfonso “mithy” Aguirre Rodriguez (144.9) scratched their way to the second and third positions for supports.
While past success is great for these players, we can pretty much hit the reset button at this point because the only thing that really matters now is how they perform on the biggest stage at Worlds.
But at least when those chaotic team fights break out, we’ll know where we should probably look to see who’s bringing the pain.