Worlds 2020: Rating and Ranking the Best Support at Worlds

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We break down the best support players that you will see at Worlds 2020.

The question of who is the best player at each position is always hotly debated. Heading into Worlds 2020, many fans will argue that the supports from their region are among the best support players anywhere in the world. Luckily, I have taken it upon myself to break down, analyze, rate, and rate all the supports you will see at Worlds 2020, as well as some you will not.

Using the same rating system that I used throughout the LCS season, I have pulled data for every player in the four major leagues (LCS, LEC, LPL, and LCK) as well as data from all the teams and players appearing from the PCS and Wildcard regions. I’ve compared each player’s statistics against the baseline for their position and adjusted their rating for their region (that is to say, a player in the LPL will be rated higher than a player in his role with similar stats who is in the LEC, who would be higher than a similar player in LCS, etc.) to grade the worst and best players by position.

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The rankings are based on 22 different statistics that include KDA, kill participation, damage and gold outputs, vision scores, and laning stats. These stats are judged relative to other players in that role and weighted given how strongly they correlate to a team’s overall performance. Although in some cases I may disagree with how a player is ranked due to certain context not captured by the player’s statistics, the ratings will be purely based on a player’s statistical performance, with the best support being the player who had the overall strongest season statistically against the strongest competition.

We will start with some of the most notable and best support players that will not be appearing at Worlds 2020. I will not be going into the same depth that I will for the Worlds supports, but just giving my pure ranking so that fans know where players fit relative to others in their role.

The Best of the Rest

  • Lou “Missing” Yun-Feng (Team WE) – 88 OVR
  • Wang “Baolan” Liu-Yi (Invictus Gaming) – 85 OVR
  • Shi “Ming” Sen-Ming (RNG) – 83 OVR
  • Park “TusiN” Jong-ik (KT Rolster) – 82 OVR
  • Dino “LiMiT” Tot (SK Gaming) – 82 OVR
  • Philippe “Vulcan” Laflamme (Cloud9) – 81 OVR
  • Liu “Crisp” Qing-Song (FunPlus Pheonix) – 78 OVR

22. Shin “Raina” Okubo (V3 Esports) – 73 OVR

The worst support at Worlds 2020, Raina isn’t technically a bad support. If he put up similar numbers playing in the LEC or LCK, he’d be rated in the low 80s. Unfortunately, he’s only put up good numbers against the low-quality competition in the LJL.

Among Raina’s strong points are his 3.41 adjusted KDA, one of the highest at Worlds, which is due to his high assists per game (over 9.2 assists per game in the LJL regular season and playoffs). Surprisingly, though, all of these assists didn’t give Raina a particularly high kill participation for a support, at just under 68% in the regular season. He’s also one of the weaker vision control supports at Worlds 2020, with just a 2.47 vision score per minute (“VSPM”) which is far below the average for supports.

With a champion pool that is exclusively engage supports like Thresh, Nautilus, and Sett, Raina’s hyper-aggressive style could cost his team at Worlds as his lane will likely be targetted by opponents. For comparables around his skill level, you’re looking at low-tier LEC supports like Destiny and Doss.

21. Ygor “RedBert” Freitas (INTZ) – 74 OVR

While RedBert is one of the stars of Brazil’s CBLOL and one of their most popular players, statistically he just doesn’t stack up. This is a player who averages over 2.5 deaths per game against CBLOL players, which is far higher than most other supports.

A lot of those deaths, though, come because RedBert is doing a good job controlling vision for his team with a 2.85 VSPM. However, in watching some of his games and roaming, I think better supports will be able to counter some of his predictable ward spots.

One advantage Redbert brings is his experience. This will be his second Worlds appearance (he last appeared in 2017 with Team OnE eSports) and his third international tournament after appearing at last year’s MSI with INTZ. He also brings a fairly diverse champion pool which can help give his team some flexibility.