Leauge of Legends: The Worst Pro Player Ever

A look into the performances of several professional League of Legends players deemed by critics to be the worst players of all time.

League of Legends has seen a slew of impressive players across its decade-long history. However, it's not only the best who stand out. This piece will examine pro players who, unfortunately, might be ranked as the worst in the game's history.

Evaluating Performances

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Evaluating performance is a complicated task, and several factors come into play. Some players may perform poorly due to external circumstances which can impact their performance significantly. It should be noted that the 'worst' tagged player doesn't necessarily imply they lack skills but rather their performance didn't match the expectations.

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Over time, several pro players, including big names like Elementz, have been subjected to criticism due to performance issues. Elementz, despite being a seasoned player, often found himself in the line of fire due to what critics termed inconsistent play and poor champion pool.

Lowered Expectations

One standout example of underwhelming performance in the pro league is ‘DarkwinJax’. His play style was often seen as too aggressive, making it predictable and easy to overcome. His career hit rock bottom when he got banned for toxicity and the lack of ability to play as a team.

‘Veigodx’ is another player who faced significant backlash for his performances. Known for his Veigar play in high ELO ranked games, his tenure with Team Dragon Knights was marred by subpar performances, making him a case study for failed expectations.

Resilience Amid Criticism

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While the tag of 'worst player' surely carries negative connotations, it's not all doom and gloom for players facing such criticisms. Some have shown resilience and impressive abilities to make substantial improvements, leading to unexpected comebacks.

'Nientonsoh' is one such player. Despite heavy criticism during his North American League of Legends Championship Series (NA LCS) stint, he improved his performance significantly. This landed him with Team 8 and later with Cloud9.

External Pressure and Performance Misfires

The significance of pressure can't be understated when discussing player performance. Every player reacts differently to pressure; some thrive, while others can't perform to the best of their abilities. Furthermore, external factors, such as personal life issues, can also affect a player’s performance.

'Promise' is an example of when personal issues severely impacted performance. The AD Carry for the now-defunct AHQ Korea was involved in a match-fixing scandal that led to significant personal troubles. Consequently, his performances declined rapidly, and he became a symbol of how outside factors can ruin a career.

Recovering from a Bad Start

The start of a professional career can shape the trajectory of a player's growth, but a bad start doesn't always mean a poor career. While some players struggled during their inception, they eventually bounced back and improved their performance.

'Mancloud', who began his professional career as part of Team SoloMid (TSM), had a disappointing start. However, he later played for Team XDG and even held the record for the highest kills in a split. Mancloud's journey is an inspiring story of recovery from early setbacks.

The Journey is What Matters

The journey a player takes—filled with ups, downs, victories, and defeats—matters more than the momentary labels of 'best' or 'worst'. Labels often overlook the issues players face backstage and reduce their complex careers to mere performance statistics.

The synergy between players is something critics often overlook. A player might lag in a particular team but might show an exceptional run if he finds the right synergy with another team. ‘Huhi’, for instance, was criticized for his play with CLG but drastically improved after joining Golden Guardians.

Retribution Through Personal Growth

A pro player's journey doesn't end with the game. They continue to learn and grow even after a disastrous run and often come back stronger. These individuals redefine themselves and show that coming back from failure is part of the game.

'Zuna', despite being heavily criticized for his performance in early NA LCS, shows substantial growth now. He transitioned from player to coach, signifying how even a condemned player can improve, adapting, and growing beyond the confines of the game.

Conclusion

In the end, the label of the 'worst player' holds little significance as the LoL professional sphere is a turbulent one, indicating that poor performance in one stage doesn't define a player's whole career. Players like 'Nientonsoh', 'Huhi', and 'Promise', deemed as the 'worst' at one point, have bounced back and shown their resilience. They are testimony that they are more than their weakest moments—after all, it's the journey that defines a player, not single instances of failure or success.

League of Legends, like any sport, is known not only for its successes but its failures as well. It offers numerous lessons about resilience, teamwork, adaptability, and continuous improvement. Perhaps it's time to start seeing 'worst' not as a derogatory tag, but as an opportunity for growth—for the players, the audience, and the game itself.

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