Competitive League of Legends can get a little stagnant from time to time, with the latest Intel Extreme Masters Gyeonggi was as a prime example – anyone keen to watch more Maokai vs Poppy in the top lane? In a game with regular patches and reworks, superior champions are heavily prioritised in professional play. Alongside Riot Games tweaks and changes, it often takes requires innovative pro players to shake up the game with their own revolutionary picks.
Everyone remembers the month they spent practicing Twisted Fate in the Jungle after Mateusz “Kikis” Szkudlarek cracked out his revolutionary pick for Unicorns of Love to demolish Team SoloMid, or the crazy period of Miss Fortune support that followed the 2016 World Championship between SK Telecom T1 and ROX Tigers. But which professional player has played the greatest number of unique champions during their career on the rift?
If Fnatic’s Paul “sOAZ” Boyer’s reputation stands for anything, surely the pioneer of Ziggs in the Top Lane should make the list… it was certainly an iconic moment.
Statistics for the top 15 countdown are drawn from the League of Legends Wikipedia:
15. Heo “pawN” Won-seok
Games Played: 263 Unique Champs: 40 With 3+ Games: 26 With 1+ Wins: 38 - The God Slayer himself, arguably the best Yasuo player in the world.
14. Marcus “Dyrus” Hill
Games Played: 275 Unique Champs: 40 With 3+ Games: 23 With 1+ Wins: 31 - A great deal of diversity for a Top laner remembered as being hung out to dry... sad that one of the unique champions had to be Lulu.
13. Kim “ssumday” Chan-ho
Games Played: 228 Unique Champs: 41 With 3+ Games: 29 With 1+ Wins: 33 - Despite being best known for his abilities on tanks, as one of the best Top Laners in Korea, ssumday has been around long enough to sample every viable competitive champ.
12. Remigiusz “Overpow” Pusch
Games Played: 126 Unique Champs: 42 With 3+ Games: 18 With 1+ Wins: 31 - The man responsible for Pantheon Mid... don't expect any thanks for that.
11. Kang “Ambition” Chan-yong
Games Played: 399 Unique Champs: 44 With 3+ Games: 31 With 1+ Wins: 40 - A veteran of the game and regarded as one of the best players ever, Ambition's winning record with unique champs speaks for itself.
10. Darshan “Darshan” Upadhyaya
Games Played: 330 Unique Champs: 44 With 3+ Games: 33 With 1+ Wins: 37 - If it can split push, chances are that Darshan will play it.
9. Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg
Games Played: 328 Unique Champs: 44 With 3+ Games: 29 With 1+ Wins: 38 - Adaptable to nearly any meta, Bjerg's list of unique champions will just continue to grow and grow.
8. Hai “Hai” Du Lam
Games Played: 245 Unique Champs: 44 With 3+ Games: 25 With 1+ Wins: 36 - Having played Mid, Support and Jungle under the Cloud9 banner, Hai should be disappointed he hasn't brought more champions to the rift!
7. Mateusz “Kikis” Szkudlarek
Games Played: 202 Unique Champs: 44 With 3+ Games: 27 With 1+ Wins: 35 - Twisted Fate Jungle... I don't need to say any more.
6. Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok
Games Played: 377 Unique Champs: 45 With 3+ Games: 33 With 1+ Wins: 41 - The God of League of Legends eSports is continually bringing innovative picks to the rift... what even is a Galio?
5. Enrique “xPeke” Cedeño Martínez
Games Played: 355 Unique Champs: 46 With 3+ Games: 35 With 1+ Wins: 38 - Having roleswapped from Mid Lane to AD Carry certainly helped to boost xPeke's numbers.
4. Liu “Zzitai” Zhi-Hao
Games Played: 329 Unique Champs: 47 With 3+ Games: 38 With 1+ Wins: 40 - Famous for his Trundle backdoor, Zzitai is a veteran innovator.
3. Alexey “Alex Ich” Ichetovkin
Games Played: 280 Unique Champs: 49 With 3+ Games: 30 With 1+ Wins: 41 - The original innovator behind Kha'Zix mid... those were the days.
2. Henrik “Froggen” Hansen
Games Played: 327 Unique Champs: 50 With 3+ Games: 33 With 1+ Wins: 40 - Turns out Froggen is far more than just an Anivia one trick!
1. Paul “sOAZ” Boyer
Games Played: 417 Unique Champs: 59 With 3+ Games: 42 With 1+ Wins: 53 - Ziggs and Soraka top anyone? All hail the king of champion diversity!