With the 2022 League of Legends World Championship just around the corner, Upcomer isn’t just bringing fans in-depth looks at every single team, but also a look at the best players in every role. Through a panel of Upcomer’s League experts, the team has compiled a Top 5 ranking of the supports at Worlds 2022.
Today we wrap up our positional rankings with the final position of the series, Support. Upcomer brings fans a look at what we believe to be the five best supports heading into Worlds 2022, with in-depth analysis and reasoning below.
5. Adrian “Trymbi” Trybus (Rogue)
Comp & Trymbi powers 💫ACTIVATE💫#LEC #RGEWIN pic.twitter.com/kV0yHMSk7d
— 🏆 Rogue 🏆 (@Rogue) July 15, 2022
A few months ago I would never expect Adrian “Trymbi” Trybus to make this list but here we are. The LEC champion has been peeking in his career recently in the playoffs and is heading stronger than ever into worlds.
Some would say the best bot lane in the LEC with his carry partner Markos “Comp” Stamkopoulos. Trymbi likes to play lane oriented champs that are good in teamfights. A lot of them are enchanters. His recent soraka performances demonstrated that well.
Trymbi still has a lot to improve on to be considered higher on such a list as he sometimes gets caught facechecking bushes. Playing more roaming champs and being more on the same page with his team on a few engages are other departments he could improve on too. Despite that, Trymbi has been a key to Rogue’s success and shouldn’t be underrated. Hopefully he proves to be a world class player.
-Brieuc “LEC Wooloo” Seager
4. Ryu “Keria” Min-seok (T1)
THE YUUMI BARON STEAL BY KERIA! #LCK pic.twitter.com/mjJbx7WH6k
— LoL Esports (@lolesports) August 21, 2022
Throughout the Spring Split of the LCK, Keria was the best support. He won MVP accolades as a part of one of the strongest and most dominant teams the LCK has ever seen. Him and Lee “Gumayusi” Min-hyeong dominated the bot lane as the most talented duo in the LCK. They then came into MSI and showed off their dominance once again, by making it all the way to the grand finals and narrowly losing to RNG in a series that went five games.
Keria is best known for his bevy of aggressive bot lane supports that he loves to play. Nautilus being at the top of this list. Despite the meta game shifting to enchanters such as Lulu and Yuumi, Keria still tried to play his aggressive champions, pulling out Pyke and Blitzcrank in the regular season. While Keria’s performance was not as strong as in the spring, his team still made it all the way to the grand finals, and he is still one of the strongest support players coming into worlds. The question remains whether Keria will be able to adapt to this enchanter heavy meta to bring T1 even greater success on the world stage.
3. Tian “Meiko” Ye (Edward Gaming)
Own skin diff? Meiko's Yuumi is built different #LPL pic.twitter.com/PnTOMLxUxP
— LPL (@lplenglish) August 25, 2022
For a majority of the 2022 season, Meiko looked like he was sending it in. He looked abysmal throughout the spring split and heading into summer, questions of whether EDG would even make it back to Worlds were popping up.
But midway through the summer split, Meiko finally woke up. You can see it in the team’s record too. EDG pulled off four wins in a row to end the summer regular season and proceeded to tear through playoffs to grab the third seed. In playoffs, Meiko had the second-best KDA among all players.
Having a world-class bot laner next to him certainly helps; but without Meiko stepping up, neither would be regarded as high as they are right now. Don’t get it twisted, EDG still has the arguable best bot lane in the world heading into Worlds 2022.
2. Shi “Ming” Sen-Ming (Royal Never Give Up)
“They are all here to enjoy the holidays. And I’m here to win it all.” Ming wants his name carved into history!
"No fear for the fiercest enemies."#LPL #CrazyIsOurGame pic.twitter.com/t0aTduFVSj
— 竞技宝 (@jingjibao888) May 9, 2022
When it comes to consistent support players in League, Shi “Ming” Sen-Ming sets the standard for others to follow. Despite not making the LPL finals, Ming retained his place in the LPL All Pro team for the summer split.
Ming has had to carry his bot lane and help the team throughout the summer playoffs and regional finals. Despite being quite strong on engage champions, Ming is not hesitant to play enchanters when needed. Moreover, his ability to easily rotate and adapt for his team’s needs makes him an important piece for RNG.
If his partner GALA shows up like he has in previous international tournaments, then RNG may be one of the scariest bot lane duos to play against at Worlds 2022.
1. Son “Lehends” Si-woo (Gen.G)
Today, we welcome support player Siwoo ‘Lehends’ Son to the Gen.G LoL team. We are excited to see what Lehends brings to the table for the 2022 season!#WeAreGenG #GenG #Lehends pic.twitter.com/lrhpbD2zbb
— Gen.G Esports (@GenG) November 24, 2021
Lehends, even before his debut, was infamous in the Korean solo queue ladder for his Singed, Shen, and Fiddlesticks support. When Yuumi was first released, he was one of the first professional players to show the world what the champion was capable of. Lehend’s hard work showed full-force this split with his unique counter pick, Singed, against Yuumi, the most powerful support in the meta.
Lehends was never the phenomenal laner like Ryu “Keria” Min-seok or the genius teamfighter like Cho “Beryl” Geon-hee. He was, however, the master innovator that would put countless hours to find strategies that would give him the edge above his competition. He is absolutely one of the supports to watch at Worlds 2022.