Europe solidified its place on the international stage as a force to be reckoned with in 2019. The LEC has some of the world’s best players across each role, and many of them will only get better as time goes on. With the year coming to a close, we take a look at the best AD Carries of the year, and see how they got to the top of their game.
Perkz – G2 Esports
Let’s start with the most successful European bot laner this year: Luka “Perkz” Perkovic. Without even going into his stats, just looking at his results from 2019 paint a picture of how dominant he’s been. G2 Esports won the Spring Split, they won the Summer Split, they won the Mid-Season Invitational, and they came second at this year’s World Championship. That final defeat against FunPlus Phoenix was agonising for the team and their fans, but they can still look back on the year with immense pride.
To make it all the more impressive, all you have to do is go back one year to 2018 when Perkz wasn’t even playing in the AD Carry role. He used to be G2’s midlaner, and swapped to the bot lane when they brought in Rasmus “Caps” Winther for the new season. Perkz brought all of his mid lane expertise to the bottom lane, and that only made them better. G2 mastered the “play anything, anywhere” style in 2019, and their new AD Carry epitomised that. Sona, Neeko, Syndra, Zoe, Zed, and Cassiopeia were just a few of the unusual champions he tried out bot, not to mention the Yasuo which he used to put SK Telecom T1 to the sword in the Worlds semifinals.
Of course, he can play the traditional AD Carry champions well, too. He showed that at Worlds, going undefeated across six games on Xayah, and undefeated across three games on Kai’Sa.
In LEC Spring, he had a combined KDA of 82/36/112 (5.39), and in Summer he did even better, going 91/36/128 (6.08). Plus, you’d better believe G2 will be coming back in 2020 looking to dominate again.
Kobbe – Splyce
Kasper “Kobbe” Kobberup held down the AD Carry role at Splyce for four years, and 2019 was arguably his best year with the team. Now, he’s leaving the LEC behind and heading to the LCS to join Team SoloMid, and he will be sorely missed in Europe.
We can still look back on Kobbe’s banner year, though. Looking back to Spring Split, Kobbe was the one bot laner to outperform Perkz, and even beat him to take his place in the Spring All-Pro team. Across the 18 regular season games, Kobbe had a KDA of 81/24/93 (7.25) – a seriously impressive run.
Another great performance in summer saw him go 89/31/85 (5.61), and Splyce ended up going to Worlds for only the second time in their history. Splyce had to go through the tricky Play-In Stage to make it to the main event, and it was Kobbe who carried them there, showing his command of bot lane mechanics. He went a combined 54/12/41 (7.92), and Splyce went through to Group B, where they ended up being one of only four teams in the entire tournament to take a single game off eventual World Champions FunPlus Phoenix.
TSM saw how good he was, and they’ve snapped him up to North America, where he will no doubt continue to rip it up in 2020.
Upset – Schalke 04
Elias “Upset” Lipp is another top European AD Carry who will be moving teams for next season, but at least he’s staying in the LEC. Schalke 04 had a solid 2019, going 9/9 in Spring Split and 11/7 in Summer, but it was Upset who came out as the most impressive player, earning a spot in Summer’s Second All-Pro team.
In fact, Upset’s skills may even have been underestimated this year. In Spring, he may only have played four different champions, heavily relying on Kai’Sa and Ezreal, but he sure showed off how good he is at them. He only died 16 times across 19 games; that’s fewer than one death per game on average. Overall he had a monster KDA in Spring, going 60/16/69 (8.06). Then he outperformed most other pros in Summer too, going 104/30/89 6.43).
Origen have picked up a star, and with Upset in the bottom lane they’ll be looking to replicate some of the success they found early in 2019 as we head into next year. Even scarier for other teams, Upset is only 19-years-old, so he has plenty of time to get even better.
Rekkles – Fnatic
Martin “Rekkles” Larsson is Europe’s most successful AD Carry of all time, and in 2019 he continued to show why he’s been at the top of his game since he turned pro. He’s already out of sight when it comes to LEC kills with well over 1,500 (only two other players have even made it to 1,000), and he would’ve had even more by now if he was old enough to play when the EU LCS started up back in 2013. He’s won four LEC titles, and made it to Worlds four times, coming second back in 2018, and he has an incredible eight career pentakills.
In 2019 he had to find a way to adapt to a new style of AD Carry if he was going to keep up with Perkz and G2’s meta shift, and he did so when the Summer Split came around, picking up Karma and Garen and tearing apart enemy bot lanes with them. Overall in Summer he had a KDA of 60/25/148 (8.32), and Fnatic went through to Worlds. Once again they pulled off an amazing run, with a memorable Groups Stage resurgence before eventually falling to FPX in the quarterfinals. They’ll be back again next year, and Rekkles will no doubt once again be on the hunt for international glory.