LCS 2021: Ranking All the Starting LCS Top Laners

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7. Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon (TSM)

I was worried that TSM was going to go out this offseason and do something reckless like replace Broken Blade with Impact, an obvious downgrade. Hoo boy was I ever wrong.

In opting to sign Huni, TSM picked up a top laner who is at the bottom of any major statistical category. His 369 GPM was in the bottom three and his 1.47 aKDA was second worst. His damage output was respectable (13.6 EDD), but what really sets him apart is how bad of a laner Huni was.

Even looking at his raw laning statistics in 2020 (-305 gold difference at 15, – 9 CSD at 15, -104 XPD) shows that Huni was not one of the better top laners in the LCS. It’s not as though he was facing particularly difficult lanes either, with a 50% split of facing losing lanes and winning lanes last year.

But he ended up posting a -478.7 MAGXD @ 15, which just barely edges out Revenge for the second-worst laning stats of all top laners of the 2021 class. In fact, when Huni was not in those advantaged matchups, he tended to struggle hard.

As far as his champion pool goes, Huni actually lived up to his reputation as one of the more adaptable and diverse top laners in the LCS. He played 17 unique champions and proved that his pocket Rumble pick belongs in the elite tier of play.