On female drivers, Stirling Moss once said, “I think they have the strength, but I don’t know if they’ve got the mental aptitude to race hard, wheel-to-wheel.” He didn’t read his racing history, and embarrassingly, his own sister makes our top ten list of the greatest female race car drivers.
Impact and Ray: The Shield And The Sword
Cloud9's two headed monster of Jeon "Ray" Ji-won and Jung "Impact" Eon-yeong is a unique dual threat in the NA LCS. While Impact has been a steady force for many years, Ray brings an aggressive style that can give an extra edge to Cloud9. No matter who plays, opponents must pay attention or risk having either player take over the top lane.
Darshan: The Original Split Pusher
If a player is off solo pushing a lane, chances are it may be CLG's Darshan "Darshan" Upadhyaya. Once known as the premier carry out of the top lane, Darshan's play had dipped in recent years. With the new split however, Darshan has reemerged as one of NA's elite, a key ingredient in CLG's rise towards the top.
The Top Laners Of The NA LCS
CLICKON examines the players behind a loaded top lane in the NA LCS. With a variety of personalities and backgrounds, each player brings something unique to the role.
Looper: The World Champion
Echo Fox's Jang "Looper" Hyeong-seok was one of the off-season's biggest signings, a former World Champion with Samsung White who had revitalized his career with a strong showing as a member of the LPL's Royal Never Give Up. After a disappointing first split, Looper will need to quickly improve his play to justify an import slot on a team lacking of talent.
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Seraph: The Trailblazer
Shin "Seraph" Woo-yeong was the original Korean import, an experiment by CLG to bring a talented Korean top laner to NA and see how it would pan out. Although he would be quickly replaced, his arrival opened the door for many others to follow, evidenced by the high number of imports represented in the NA LCS top lane. Although he has shown a few glimpses of a carry top laner, Seraph has probably past the prime of his playing career as his play continues to be nothing more than average.
Hauntzer: The MVP
TSM'S Kevin "Hauntzer" Yarnell asserted himself as one of NA's best top laners last split, and could easily have been crowned the NA LCS MVP. With the ability to play both tank and carry picks, Hauntzer's flexibility and consistency from the top lane has allowed TSM to employ multiple strategies. With aspirations of international success on the horizon for TSM, Hauntzer will be a player they look will rely upon moving forward.
Flame: The Legend
There are few players whose name carries as much weight in League of Legends history as Lee "Flame" Ho-jong. Once regarded as possibly the best top laner in the world, Flame's path has been a twisted road that has finally brought him to the NA LCS. After struggling in his first split, he has emerged as a much improved threat for the surging Immortals roster.
The Top Laners Of The NA LCS
CLICKON eSports examines the players competing in a loaded top lane in the NA LCS. With a variety of personalities and backgrounds, each player brings something unique to the role.
Ssumday: The Hyper Carry
There is no player in the NA LCS as likely to carry from the top lane as Dignitas's Kim "Ssumday" Chan-ho. Already a decorated top laner in Korea, Ssumday has grown into a possible MVP candidate with his dominant play this split. When Ssumday is placed on a pick such a Fiora, the question is no longer if he will carry, but when.
Someone doing a great deal promoting female talent in Motorsport is Susie Wolff, who leads the Dare To Be Different campaign that not only aims to nurture race drivers, but females who want to be involved in other aspects of the sport such as engineering. On her campaign, Wolff said,
“There are two aspects to Dare to be Different. The first is the headline events – we go around the country and get 100 schoolgirls to a racetrack or a venue where they can try karting, build a hovercraft so they can see the engineering side, and do a ‘piece to camera’ so they can understand journalism.
The second element is the community, where we try to get as many of the successful women already in the sport – from marshalling, engineering, racing and marketing – to connect with us so they can become role models for the next generation.
There are some girls as young as eight all the way up to 16 in karting, and some 16 and over racing in other championships. I can follow what they’re doing and the whole community can follow what they’re doing.
There are some girls who have managed to get very high up – Swiss Simona de Silvestro has just signed a three-year deal to race in V8 Supercars, while Colombia’s Tatiana Calderon is racing in GP3. There are a select few women racers out there. Sadly, just not enough.”
– Susie Wolff
Formula One always seems to be the pinnacle benchmark on this subject, despite female success in racing generally being quite an east thing to discover. We can’t say that, for example, there will never be a Ugandan or a Belarusian Formula One driver because there hasn’t been one yet, it seems ridiculous to grasp onto this mentality regarding female racers in F1 too. Wolff herself got into the role of test driving for Williams and had some decent free practice sessions, but we still wait for the first full-time female Formula One driver.