Many professional gamers dreamed that one day, they would be able to prove themselves as one of best players in the world. Ever since League of Legends held its first championship tournament back in 2011, that chance was given to some of the players who have shown remarkable skill with their champions and led their team to victory. These individuals who have been active since Season 1 are now popular enough to be referred as “legends” by the LoL community due to their amazing feats in the Fields of Justice.
Who they are, you asked? Very well, let's introduce the living legends that took the LoL eSports scene by storm!
Enrique "xPeke" Cedeño Martinez
Enrique “xPeke” Cedeño Martinez is a professional League of Legends player hailing from Spain. He was the toplaner for team Fnatic back in Season 1, and was known for choosing mobile assassins such as Katarina, Kha'Zix and Kassadin. During the final game of group B in IEM Katowice, xPeke saved his team from defeat by destroying the enemy nexus versus two champions frantically defending it, and ultimately survives with 39 HP. Because of this reckless, yet inspiring strategy, many players chant “xPeke” when a nexus is backdoored.
The IEM Season VII – Global Challenge Katowice marked the start of xPeke's legacy. Now, he moved back up to the LCS from the Challenger Series along with Soaz and Amazing in a new team called Origen which is now among the top teams of the EU region.
Yiliang "Doublelift" Peng
USA's very own Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng started out as a substitute player for CLG, but soon moved to Epik Gamer for a starting position as Support. He then moved on to unRestricted, afterwards known as Curse Gaming (and now, Team Liquid), as their starting AD Carry. On November 2011, he returned to CLG as their new AD Carry. Doublelift works best when playing as Vayne, Lucian and Ezreal. His ability to score a pentakill more than once in a match caught the attention of the LoL community, and considered him one of the greatest AD Carries the world has ever seen.
Recently, Doublelift injured his left hand while playing basketball. Trevor “Stixxay” Hayes will replace Peng for 1-2 weeks as his pinky finger recovers from the ordeal. While this gives Stixxay the opportunity to play in the LCS, CLG can only hope that Doublelift will be able to play in top shape once his left hand recovers.
Bora "YellOwStaR" Kim
Bora “YellOwStaR” Kim from France entered the pro gaming scene as a member of Against All Authority in September 2010. He is one of the five players who have qualified for the first three World Championships, along with Dyrus, Reginald, TheOddOne and Xpecial. YellOwStaR's career highlight was during Riot Season 1 Championship where his Ashe's enchanted crystal arrow guaranteed aAa's victory. He went on to join Fnatic’s roster but after Soaz, xPeke, and Cyanide’s recent split from the team, YellOwStaR is now rebuilding Fnatic and hoping to maintain its glory under his leadership.
Marcus "Dyrus" Hill
Marcus “Dyrus” Hill has been a League of Legends player since the beta phase and first played as a Support player for team All of Nothing, and now playing for Team SoloMid(TSM) as their top laner. On top of his pro gaming career, Dyrus also manages a youtube channel about his LoL live streams and match reviews. He is known for his nonchalant, laid-back attitude and his top lane gameplay. Among his best top lane picks, Dyrus' favorite is Singed and was famous for spamming laugh while playing.
Alex "Xpecial" Chu
Alex “Xpecial” Chu was originally a mid laner for Defy All Odds before joining Team SoloMid(TSM) as their replacement for Feedfest. Even though he is officially a Support player for TSM, Xpecial is a very skilled AP player in Solo Queue to the point that he can sometimes outlane Reginald. He is known for making champion guides and mentoring up and coming Support players and currently holds the record for the most assists in EU/NA LCS. Xpecial currently plays for Team Liquid.
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Remember: Become legendary in your own way. ;)