Following the conclusion of the 2020 League of Legends World Championships, South Korea/ the LCK have locked in their place as the World’s top region. This comes after back to back Chinese League of Legends teams took out the game’s biggest yearly event, the World Championships.
With that in mind, we take a look at the Top League of Legends Teams of all time!
Holding four consecutive Worlds titles, T1 seemingly refuse the idea of failure. Their opponents are constantly on their toes because the smallest misstep can lead to T1 taking over the game, and when that happens, they never let go until they reach the enemy Nexus.
A core to the team’s success is T1’s ability to keep the greatest player in the world, Faker, for so long. The man is a competitive titan, and his combination of razor-sharp mechanics and acute game sense turned the tide of countless battles. Granted, T1 have been on a downswing in recent years. But whether it’s a major tournament or an LCK split, anyone that’s into LoL team power rankings knows not to count out T1.
2. G2 Esports
When it comes to the top League of Legends team, it’s important to build a long-standing history of competitive success. Ever since they qualified for the EU LCS, G2 Esports towered above the competition.
Their playstyle combined refined strategies and strong mechanical execution, resulting in a perfect mixture of brains, and brawn. Indeed, the lineup of Wunder, Jankos, Caps, Perks and Mithy was one of a kind, and it’s rare to find players that so perfectly complement each other.
A top-4 finish at Worlds 2018 and a victory against the tournament favorites in RNG were promising signs of greater things to come. G2 aimed for new heights in 2019, as they signed a mid lane juggernaut that is Caps and swapped their previous mid laner to the bot lane position. And while many thought of this move as insane, G2 put these doubts to rest by finishing first at the 2019 MSI and forever cemented themselves as one of the greatest LoL esports teams of all time. They were favourites to win Worlds on the same year, but fell in the final act of the tournament to FPX.
G2 encountered plenty of bumps in their road to greatness, however their ability to overcome these obstacles earned them the name of Kings of Europe. One of their biggest shortcomings was failing to claim a title in the international scene. However, 2019 was the year for the Europeans, with G2 Esports finally claiming first in the 2019 Mid Seasonal Invitationals, an event only shadowed by the 2019 League of Legends World Championships.
3. Damwon KIA
Damwon Gaming have had a track history of quickly improving. DWG had been created with the signing of MiraGe Gaming, a team that had freshly qualified for the Korean Challenger scene. Competing in their first Challenger series, the team had faired as expected, placing 5th. However, next split in the CK 2018 Spring Split, they quickly improved, this time placing second. By the end of 2018, Damwon Gaming decisively took first in the CK 2018 Summer Split, with only one loss to their name.
After qualifying for the 2019 LCK season, they had surprised many, placing 5th in the 2019 LCK Summer split, a momentous achievement for a newer team. Follow on, Damwon further improved, finishing 4th and 3rd in the LCK 2019 Spring Playoffs and Summer Playoffs respectively. While their performance had not been enough to place them in the main 2019 World events, they entered as Korea’s third seed through the play-in stage after topping the LCK 2019 Regional finals. In 2020 they were the dominant force in the LCK and justly credited with the first chance at Worlds. DWG crushed opponents throughout the tournament and won the competition in dominant fashion, while emerging as the main favourites for the 2021 MSI and Worlds.
4. Invictus Gaming
Invictus Gaming has previously been regarded as a Chinese team that always fell inches short of an LPL title and struggled to put together a solid showing at international events. However, their victory at Worlds 2018 made everyone reconsider this narrative.
This team has an overwhelming amount of talent, and its solo laners – TheShy and Rookie—have a solid claim to being some of the best players in the world. Combine that with explosive laning, relentless aggression, and decisive teamfighting, and it’s easy to see how Invictus Gaming took the League of Legends scene by storm. Granted, this accomplishment is somewhat undermined by their recent struggles and the fact that they missed Worlds 2020. Considering the sheer firepower of this roster, it’s hard to imagine Invictus Gaming being considered anything less than a top 4 team.
5. FunPlus Phoenix
Only two years old, FunPlus was the undisputed top team in 2019, completely dominating their opponents in this year’s League of Legends World Championships. FPX defeated Fnatic and Invictus Gaming in the quarterfinals and semi-finals respectively, going 3-1 in both Bo5 sets. Ultimately, they completely rolled G2 Esports in the finals match, taking them down undefeated. Despite this, their journey was an unexpected one. Placing 7th-8th in the LPL 2019 Summer Playoffs, nothing much was expected of the team. However, with the addition of Tian and Doinb, the team immediately pronounced results, ending first in the LPL 2019 Spring Split.
They later cemented their position as the LPL’s top team, placing first in the LPL Summer Split and Summer Playoffs. Since winning the most important trophy in League of Legends, FunPlus Phoenix struggled to replicate that level of play and were plagued by consistency issues. For climbing to the highest position in the world in 2019 they earned our respect, placing fifth on our list.
6. Top Esports
Top Esports is currently sitting at the middle of our Top 10, because they are yet to prove their immense potential. The Chinese juggernauts have been the main favourites to win the LPL in 2020 and 2021 and they have a solid roster that fully justifies the high expectations. 369 is a fantasitc top laner and with Karsa ganking his lane with great success, the dynamic duo is more than a match for most Chinese teams. Knight is a force to be reckoned with on mid lane and JackeyLove is a permanent threat on bottom lane, where he is supported by Zhuo.
2020 was their best year so far, after finishing 2nd in the Spring Split and winning the LPL 2020 Summer and the playoffs. They were unable to defeat Suning at Worlds 2020, but fired back with a win in Demacia Cup in December. They finished 3rd in the 2021 Spring, but are expected to make a dominant run in the playoffs and perform just as well in the Summer Split. The real test for any great League of Legends team is at Worlds and in 2021, Top Esports have another opportunity to showcase their quality among the best teams in the world.
Fnatic have a rich history as one of the best League of Legends teams. Their competitive journey started with a victory at the first-ever World Championship, and it got even wilder as years went by. That said, old-school fans will remember the xPeke days and the clutch outplays that came with them.
What’s surprising, though, is that Fnatic became even stronger after losing their captain, and the following roster remains one of the most explosive European lineups in LoL esports history. They also have a great international record, and you can count on Fnatic to hold their ground against the best League of Legends teams in the world. Their second place finish in the 2018 League of Legends World Championships opened up the eyes of the world, showing EU is able to well contend with top regions like China and Korea.
Heading into 2019, Fnatic has performed strongly in LEC despite losing their top spot. Despite this, they managed to hold a minimum of 3rd place in the various tournaments in Europe. Entering the League of Legend World Championships, Fnatic were cursed, and sent to the group of death. Shocking the whole crowd, they had miraculously defeated both SKT and RNG in their final two games, narrowly allowing them to advance into the quarterfinals. Unfortunately, Fnatic were matched against FunPlus Phoenix in the quarterfinals, who eventually went to the end to take the World Championship.
8. Royal Never Give Up
Royal Never Give Up (RNG) may as well be cursed. This is a team that consistently stands at the top of most League of Legends team rankings, and yet, it’s only in 2018 that RNG won their first LPL title. But what they lack in domestic success, RNG make up through stellar international showings. Whether its IEM, MSI, or even Worlds, you can bet on RNG to make a deep run and challenge top League of Legends teams in the process. 2018 was their most impressive year to date, as Royal Never Give Up won 5 out of 6 competitions they’ve attended.
The driving force behind their success wastheir superstar AD carry, Uzi. Another thing to note is that RNG never miss an opportunity to upgrade their roster. At different points in time, they’ve fielded top-tier players like inSec, Mata, NaMei, and Xiaohu, and it’s this combination of ambition and smart talent management that allows Royal Never Give Up to stay at the top.
9. Team Liquid
Up until recently, Team Liquid was rarely—if ever—included in the conversation about great League of Legends lineups. The organization enjoyed a lot of success in other games, but bizarrely enough, it struggled to find a foothold in the world of LoL esports.
Things started to change in 2018. After finding themselves on the verge of relegation, Team Liquid went above and beyond to put together the superstar lineup of Impact, Xmithie, Pobelter, Doublelift, and Olleh. These players led them to two back-to-back LCS victories, cementing the organization as the best League of Legends team in North America.
Still, despite their domestic results, they had a hard time holding their own at international tournaments. And Team Liquid wasn’t going to stand for that. In 2019, the organization brought in Jensen and CoreJJ in place of Pobelter and Olleh. The new roster clicked, and Team Liquid took over North America to produce their third consecutive LCS title. They kept the momentum going at the MSI 2019, and while they couldn’t get the trophy, their semifinals victory over the reigning world champions—Invictus Gaming—finally made them one of the top League of Legends teams in the West. Since Doublelift left for TSM and later retired, TL lost the dominant position in the LCS to Cloud9 and they continue to struggle internationally.
Despite losing to Invictus Gaming in the quarterfinals, sentencing them to exit the World Championships early on, they were without a doubt one of the world’s top teams. Coming into the 2019 League of Legends World Championships, they took first place in the LCK 2019 Spring and Summer Split, and placing runners up for the LCK 2019 Spring and Summer Playoffs, only behind SK Telecom T1. Griffin was been regarded as one of the top LCK teams ever since qualifying to enter the LCK in the 2018 Summer split. Despite Korea have declined as a region in the competitive scene, Griffin still possessed immense strength. Sadly the team was bogged down by scandals and its best players departed, which sent Griffin to the LCK Challengers division.
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