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.

10. Jonah “Isles” Rosario (Legacy Esports) – 81 OVR

It may seem blasphemous to put a player from a minor region over the LCS MVP, but Isles has considerably better stats (other than vision control). Yes, he plays in a much weaker region, but I’m excited to see if this young prospect can make a name for himself at Worlds 2020 like Destiny did last year.

Isles is a player with a very unique, but still wide, champion pool. He plays mostly enchanters like Rakan, Bard, and Yuumi, but he can play Thresh well and he has even brought out picks like Soraka, Morgana, and Lux in the OPL. From a pure skill perspective and considering the intangibles, CoreJJ is certainly the better player, but Isles is the player I’m more excited to watch and I don’t think the skill difference is that massive.

9. Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle (G2 Esports) – 82 OVR

Another player fans might be shocked to have so low, Mikyx has been one of the more dominant players for G2 during their reign over the last few years. He’s an exceptional laner, which is all the more impressive considering he’s playing with a converted mid laner, he controls vision well, he’s a veteran of Worlds, and he has a vast champion pool.

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The only real downside for Mikyx is that he dies a lot (he averaged around 3 deaths per game in summer) without getting a lot for his team (his kill participation was just north of 60% for the regular season and playoffs). Avoiding bad deaths is supposed to be a strength of a veteran player by Mikyx has continued to have one of the highest death counts of any player who is supposed to be in the conversation of the best support in the world, not just one of the best.

8. Aleksandr “SaNTaS” Lifashin (Unicorns of Love) – 83 OVR

A member of my list of the top 10 players from wildcard regions to watch, SaNTaS is one of the most reliable supports we’ll get to see in Worlds 2020. Although he doesn’t play a lot of mechanically flashy champions (it’s mainly Tahm Kench, Braum, and Taric), he does the right things by not dying a lot (under 2 deaths per game) but still contributing to his team (averaging over 11 assists per game in the LCL regular season).

However, in watching some of the tape it really does look like SaNTaS gets a lot of “soft” assists by saving teammates rather than setting up plays, part of the reason his kill participation is so low despite having so many assists. His team is hyper-aggressive and he benefits a lot from that statistically, so his ranking probably should be a bit lower (I’d put him a bit below Vander). However, he has proven to be a strong laner – maybe the best support in terms of laning – and he doesn’t make a lot of mistakes, so he gets decent marks on our ranking.

7. Hu “SwordArt” Shuo-Chieh (Suning) – 83 OVR

The long-time support for the Flash Wolves is heading to Worlds for the first time since he went to the LPL in 2018, now paired with one of the strongest young AD Carries in the world, huanfeng. Although some of the shine has fallen off of SwordArt, statistically, since his days playing with Bett, he is still a very solid support in terms of his warding and kill participation. Although his KP is just below 70% and he doesn’t have too many assists (he averaged around 8) he is better than average going against very tough competition.

As a veteran, SwordArt has played a role very similar to CoreJJ in that his responsibility is more to mentor the promising young ADC. He has done been better than CoreJJ, arguably, helping huanfeng to become one of the best ADCs in the world. At Worlds, SwortArt’s leadership will be critical in helping to lead a young Suning squad.

6. Ryu “Keria” Min-seok (DRX) – 83 OVR

At only 17 years old in his rookie season, Keria has stood out in Korea, earning third-team All-LCK honors thanks to his exceptional play. He has an ocean of support champions he can play, from Braum to Yuumi to Thresh.

He’s also one of the best team-play supports in the LCK, with over 9 kills per game and a 72% kill participation in the regular season. He was also a fairly solid laner in combination with his AD Carry, veteran Deft. However, their play fell off in the playoffs as they got completely worked by Damwon’s bot lane of Ghost and BeryL.