Europe has always been the region that has been blessed with a bevy of incredible talent in the mid lane. However, with the 2015 League of Legends LCS season now in its third week, we’ve now gotten a look at the talent in some of the other roles and it’s very clear that Europe’s newest batch of players include some very, very talented AD carries storming the bottom lane. These are the five best AD carries in the LCS through week 3:
5. Freeze (Copenhagen Wolves)
Those who have followed the scene closely over the last year will be relieved to see a player of
Aleš “Freeze” Kněžínek’s quality back on an LCS team following his dismal year in the Challenger scene. Part of the Ninjas in Pyjamas team that everyone expected to qualify for the 2015 LCS before mass roster issues, Freeze’s luck (or lack thereof) in competitive eSports has been overshadowed only be the recent decline of former Gambit Gaming midlaner Alex Ich. For the 2015 season Freeze has found himself on the roster of serial relegation survivors Copenhagen Wolves, and it has been very clear that he is the shining light on an otherwise poor team. Freeze’s mechanics are extremely impressive, as he has already shown this season playing champions like Draven and Kalista, too of the more mechanically intensive Marksmen in the game. Despite Freeze’s quality, it’s hard to envisage Copenhagen Wolves’ current roster outside the relegation spots come the end of the Spring split, and there is every chance they could finish 10th and be automatically relegated to the Challenger scene. The Wolves will be hoping Freeze can carry them to a mid table position this split.
4. Woolite (Roccat)
The player Freeze replaced on Copenhagen Wolves, Pawel “Woolite” Pruski is a young Polish AD carry that has very much impressed since his debut in LCS summer as part of the Copenhagen Wolves’ bot lane duo. In the offseason he made the move to the primarily Polish Roccat, replacing Celaver. Woolite was clearly the most promising player on an under-performing Copenhagen Wolves and despite Roccat’s mediocre start to the 2015 season, it’s clear that once that group of players begin to gel the addition of Woolite (and Nukeduck in the mid lane) will take Roccat to the next level. Whether they will challenge for a Worlds spot or not is still up in the air at this stage, you can be sure they will be there or there about come the end of the 2015 Summer split. They’ll have a lot of work to do however to overcome the teams (and other AD carries) above them.
3. Steeelback (Fnatic)
Pierre “Steeelback” Medjaldi is the new kid on the block when it comes to AD carries in competitive League of Legends. Following the departure of star player Rekkles to Elements in the offseason, Steelback came in as a relatively unknown player outside of EU West solo queue and had some big shoes to fill. Based off the first five games of the season, Fnatic once again seems to have done an incredible job of scouting young, new talent to bring to the scene. Steeelback has been one of the strongest parts of a so far very impressive Fnatic, which is rather surprising considering how the offseason went for the organisation. After losing 80% of their roster, many (including yours truly) predicted a tough Spring split for Fnatic, but the additions of Huni, Reignover, Febiven and indeed Steeelback as well as the retention of YellowStar’s services means Fnatic once again have a formidable team that is currently tied for second. These players will only get better as they develop more synergy and get used to playing on the European stage. That’s a scary thought for other teams in the league and they’ll surely be contenders for a Worlds spot this year.
2. Rekkles (Elements)
The poster boy for European AD carries, Martin “Rekkles” Larsson has been the biggest up-and-coming talent in Euopean competitive League of Legends for a while now. Previously part of the 2014 Spring winners and 2014 Summer runners-up Fnatic that went out in the group stages at 2014 Worlds, Rekkles has long been considered the best AD carry in Europe. In the offseason he moved to Fnatic’s big rivals and Summer split winners Elements in a rather controversial fashion after Elements dropped Tabzz. Citing motivational issues with his former team, Rekkles is hoping that a move to a team full of veteran players will satiate his desire to be part of a team with a strong work ethic and motivation to be the best. Rekkles is a player that is hungry to show off what he can and, despite his rather passive play style, certainly has the talent to do so. However, he needs to keep his mouth shut when it comes to publicly criticising his team mates and organisation on social networks. Such actions could make him undesirable to have on the team and could cause issues with team synergy and morale.
1. FORG1VENGRE (SK Gaming)
Definitely the most talented AD carry in Europe and even the entire Western League of Legends scene, Konstantinos “FORG1VENGRE” Tzortziou seems to have finally found the team to match his ambitions as a player. Another graduate of the Copenhagen Wolves, FORG1VENGRE is one of the most controversial figures in competitive League of Legends. Famed for being considered “toxic” to the community with a tendency to be unforgiving in his criticism of under-performing team mates, FORG1VENGRE’s move to SK has once again highlighted the other side to his character: his unquestionable talent. FORG1VENGRE’s aggressive play style and mechanical ability makes him by a large margin the best AD carry in Europe, and indeed the west. Should SK continue to show the dominance they have shown in the early weeks of the Spring split, there’s no doubt they’re on course to finish first place and get that automatic Worlds spot and I for one can’t wait to see what he can do on the World stage. Let’s just hope we get to see FORG1VENGRE face off against Uzi at Worlds 2015 in Europe.
FORG1VEN is my pick for the best AD in Europe, though some may argue Rekkles is better. Who do you think is the best AD in Europe?