LCS 2021: Ranking Every Single Starting LCS Mid Laner

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8. David “Insanity” Challe (Immortals)

Insanity had an impressive rookie split, solidifying his spot on a completely revamped IMT roster with four new players. However, while a lot of his surface stats look very good, such as a high damage per minute and kill share, a deeper dive reveals that Insanity was placed in positions to succeed and didn’t.

To start, Insanity was often placed in advantageous lane matchups (he was favored in 56.7% of games in 2020) yet managed to lose games hard. His -394 matchup adjusted gold plus experience at 15 minutes was the worst of all mid laners. He was placed in a position to usually win lane and not only failed to do so, he lost badly.

On top of his poor laning, Insanity also had the lowest gold per minute (390) of all mid laners, no doubt as a result of his poor laning. He also did less damage than expected given his champions (-8.9 EDD) and had a 2.43 aKDA.

While Insanity did play 20 unique champions in 2020, one of only a few mid laners to play 20 or more, I think the wide champion pool did him more harm than good. He only had three champions that he played three or more times. In 2021, he just needs to improve his laning and shrink his champion pool to improve, and he can continue to grow.