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Top 20 highest earning League of Legends pros ahead of Worlds 2020

Published: 11/Dec/2018 16:51 Updated: 12/Aug/2020 4:24

by Ross Deason

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In terms of esports, League of Legends is one of the biggest and most-viewed games ever. But just how much prize money have the top players managed to rake in since it was released?

League of Legends is quite different to most other esports when it comes to earnings. With Riot, the developers of the game, controlling domestic leagues and international events, there’s not much opportunity to earn “prize money.”

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The majority of League pro players’ income comes from salaries behind closed doors. However, these earnings are a bit hard to calculate. While we know some of the world’s best, like Faker, have been offered “blank cheques” in the past, there’s nothing like Dota’s TI or a CS:GO Major to fight over.

Faker with SKT at Worlds 2017
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Faker and many of his former teammates are among the highest earners.

That doesn’t mean there aren’t impressive prize pools in League though. Some regional leagues, like Korea’s LCK, offer nearly $100,000 to the winners of each split. MSI has hundreds of thousands up for grabs, while Worlds every year is in the millions.

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With this in mind, it will come as no surprise that the most successful player of all time internationally, Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok, is the game’s highest earner. In fact, across thousands of pros, Faker is the only player to crack $1 million in prize money earned, with nearly $1.3 million to his name.

Many of his teammates rest alongside him at the top. Duke, Bang, Wolf, and Bengi — the next four players on the list — have all played alongside Faker at Worlds. The remainder of the top 20 is dominated by Korean and Chinese talent, which makes sense given their success at the international level.

In fact, you have to go down to #26 to finally reach a Western player on the list. Paul ‘sOAZ’ Boyer is the highest earner in the Western world of League, pocketing $422,314. However, given the 10-year veteran is just about to hang up the mouse and keyboard, it’s likely he will be overtaken by the likes of Luka ‘Perkz’ Perkovic (27th, $411,900) or Martin ‘Rekkles’ Larsson (28th, $406,780) soon.

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Last year’s World Champions, FunPlus Phoenix, also don’t appear anywhere near the top 20 despite taking home $1 million as a team for winning the event. Mid laner Kim ‘doinb’ Tae-sang is the highest earner from that team in 39th, with $330,849. If they manage to repeat their success in 2020 though, most of them should skyrocket into the top 20.

sOAZ playing for League team Immortals in LCS Spring 2020
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sOAZ is the highest earning Western player, but Perkz, Rekkles, and Caps are hot on his heels.

The full top 20 list, according to esportsearnings.com, can be found below.

This article will be updated after the conclusion of each major League of Legends competition.

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Top 20 highest earning League of Legends pros as of August 11, 2020

Position Name Nationality Earnings
1st Faker South Korea $1,254,037.23
2nd Duke South Korea $954,620.62
3rd Bang South Korea $915,451.46
4th Wolf South Korea $913,084.70
5th Bengi South Korea $810,683.00
6th Rookie South Korea $606,300.36
7th JackeyLove South Korea $593,386.35
8th Ning China $562,462.53
9th Blank South Korea $559,518.75
10th Ambition China $553,234.20
11th Uzi South Korea $545,447.56
12th Baolan South Korea $544,090.48
13th CoreJJ China $539,837.84
14th TheShy China $534,299.52
15th Mata South Korea $533,979.52
16th xiaohu South Korea $507,800.58
17th Ruler South Korea $500,814.06
18th Impact South Korea $499,056.14
19th CuVee South Korea $487,443.59
20th Crown South Korea $482,787.81

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League of Legends

TFT Patch 10.22 to feature Keeper & Dazzler reworks, Morgana buffs, more

Published: 16/Oct/2020 1:59 Updated: 16/Oct/2020 2:22

by Andrew Amos

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TFT Patch 10.21 featured a major rework to Divine, making it one of the strongest comps in the game. Could the same happen to Keeper and Dazzler after TFT Patch 10.22? There’s potential, with the two traits set to be the big talking points of the update.

The previous TFT Fates update drastically shook up the meta. Elderwood-Mages and Brawler-Ashe are out, Divine is the new meta composition everyone is running.

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However, could there be some changes to that power balance in TFT Patch 10.22? One of Divine’s biggest counters, Dazzler, is set to get a huge buff in a trait rework. Keeper is also slowly creeping up the rankings too.

Here’s everything you need to know about TFT Patch 10.22, which is set to go live on October 28.

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Dazzler could be the answer to all your Divine worries.

Dazzler to cut up to 80% total attack damage after rework

Dazzler looked like one of the more interesting traits in TFT Fates, however it’s proven to be a relative flop compared to some more powerful counterparts. It’s much more efficient going Vanguard or Mystic for defensive traits than just slamming Dazzler in.

However, there might be a real reason to pursue Dazzler 4 after TFT Patch 10.22. The trait has been reworked so the more units you have on board, the stronger the attack damage reduction.

At two units, enemies will have their attack damage reduced by 50% for eight seconds ⁠— a buff on the current Dazzler 2. The big buff comes at four though, reducing enemy AD by a whopping 80% for eight seconds.

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If you’re struggling against Duelist, Divine, Hunter, or any AD-centric compositions, Dazzler could be your get out of jail free card.

Riven in TFT Fates
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Keeper is set to receive some more buffs in TFT Patch 10.22.

Keeper now gives units tenacity while shielded

Keeper as a trait has been in a bit of flux. While it was buffed in TFT Patch 10.21, and the trait is home to the ultra-powerful Riven and Kennen, it’s still fallen a bit flat.

Riot have acknowledged this, and are looking to make Keeper stronger for all units, not just Keepers themselves. Instead of granting a bonus shield to Keeper units, the trait will now give shielded units 75% tenacity (crowd control duration reduction).

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The shield health is also going up at all ranks to compensate for the removal of the Keeper-specific increase, meaning all units ⁠— not just Keepers ⁠— will have an ultra-strong barrier.

Outside of the Keeper and Dazzler changes, Riot are targeting a few specific champions. Vayne and Morgana are getting buffs, while five-cost units Lillia, Kayn, and Lee Sin are all getting nerfed.

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Spirit Blossom Lillia in TFT Fates
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Lillia is one of three five-costs getting nerfed in TFT Patch 10.22.

You can find the full TFT Patch 10.22 preview notes below, courtesy of Surrender@20. Some of these changes might arrive in the B-Patch on October 20, but we will let you know when it rocks around.

TFT Patch 10.22 preview notes

Champions

Tier 1

Vayne

  • Ability bonus true damage increased from 40/75/125 to 50/90/140

Tier 4

Morgana

  • Ability damage increased from 250/400/2000 to 325/525/2000

Tier 5

Kayn

  • Shadow assassin ability damage lowered from 65% to 50%

Lee Sin

  • Ability stun duration lowered from 3/4/10 to 1.5/2/10

Lillia

  • Ability break sleep damage lowered from 500/750/1000 to 500/500/500

Traits

Dazzler

Effect changed: Dazzler’s spells reduce the attack damage of enemies hit for 8 seconds.

  • 2 units: 50% Attack Damage reduction
  • 4 units: 80% Attack Damage reduction

Keeper

Effect changed: At the start of combat, Keepers grant themselves a shield for 8 seconds. While the shield holds, incoming crowd control durations are reduced by 75%.

  • 2 units: 200-strength shield
  • 4 units: 350-strength shield
  • 6 units: 650-strength shield