Worlds 2020: Rating and Ranking the Best ADC Players

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We break down all the ADC players that you will see at Worlds 2020.

We’ve already broken down who the best support players and the best top laners in the world are ahead of Worlds 2020, so today it’s time to examine the ADC position. Not only will we grade and rank each AD Carry at Worlds, we will also give some ratings for the best players in the bot lane who are not going to Worlds.

We will be 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 ADC 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 AD Carries that will not be appearing at Worlds 2020. I will not be going into the same depth that I will for the Worlds ADCs, but just giving my pure ranking so that fans know where players fit relative to others in their role.

The Best of the Rest

  • Zhao “Jiumeng” Jia-Hao (Team WE) – 89 OVR
  • Park “Teddy” Jin-seong (T1) – 87 OVR
  • Elias “Upset” Lipp (Origen) – 87 OVR
  • Kim “Aiming” Ha-ram (KT Rolster) – 83 OVR
  • Patrik “Patrik” Jírů (Excel) – 82 OVR
  • Ding “Puff” Wang (Invictus Gaming) – 80 OVR
  • Juš “Crownshot” Marušič (SK Gaming) – 80 OVR

22. Micael “micaO” Rodrigues (INTZ) – 64 OVR

Very concerning for the Brazilian representative that they have yet to have a player featured on our list that was rated over a 75 overall, which is still considered to be below-average. MicaO, on the other hand, was the lowest-rated ADC of all sampled players in the world.

Most troubling for micaO is that his laning stats were awful even going against competition in one of the weakest regions. He averaged a -5 CSD at 15 minutes and was on average down at least 300 gold at that time during the regular season. Those poor early games resulted in him having one of the worst adjusted gold per minute numbers in the role (398.7 aGPM).

It’s not as though micaO has been relegated to utility supports either. His three most-played champions are Ezreal, Miss Fortune, and Aphelios, all of whom can demand a decent amount of gold to be effective carries.

21. Francisco Rubén “Leza” Jara Barragán (Rainbow7) – 66 OVR

Leza is an interesting case for our ranking, because he started the year as a mid laner and has moved over to ADC mid-season. Since then, he’s basically been an Ashe one-trick, but he’s also been able to pull out meta bot laners like Caitlyn and Aphelios.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like Leza is any more effective as an ADC than he was in the mid lane. He accounted for over 25% of his teams deaths in the regular season, which is concerning because most ADCs have a death share around 17-18%. While his laning and damage outputs were fine, I wouldn’t expect a ton from Leza in the tournament.