Below are my rankings of the Top 5 “Laners” at the 2015 World Championships:
5) Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon
A relatively unknown player in Korea, however that didn’t mean much as Huni quickly became a fan favorite in Europe for his incredibly diverse champion pool along with his strong playmaking abilities. Starting out on Rumble he quickly drew respect bans on it. Famously “tilting” Dyrus by picking Cassiopeia top into Gnar. This may come as a surprise to many but I think Huni will be a real force at this worlds.
4) Jang “Marin” Gyeong-Hwan
Top laner for SKT T1 MaRin has finally come into his own. Often touted as a mechanical god due to his amazing solo q play, MaRin found competitive league to be a very different beast and struggled early. A very smart and aware player MaRin has helped SKT win numerous games with strong situational plays. A trend that you will see this worlds is that top laners will have more impact due to the way the meta has shifted. Expect MaRin to dust off his carry pants and make a big impact on some of these revamped carry top laners.
3) Choi “Acorn” Cheon-ju
Formerly of Samsung Blue Acorn made a name for himself with his great map awareness, teleports and Rumble, ya, his Rumble is that good. Look for Acorn to adapt to the new picks, particularly gangplank, and use strong map awareness to make quick and decisive plays with his team.
2) Song “Smeb” Kyung-ho
Playing carry tops before they were in style. Ever the hipster Smeb is a huge factor when it comes to the top lane. Smeb is a strong laner and has the mindset to carry from the top lane, a trait not found in many players due to the long seasons of wet noodle fights. Look for Smeb to make big plays and keep an eye out for a particular pocket Riven pick.