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The League of Legends Players Drowning in Prize Money

League of Legends is one of the top esports in the world and through the years its best players have accumulated impressive amounts of prize money.

Riot Games' MOBA League of Legends is a legendary title in the world of esports, as it has been at the forefront of turning competitive gaming into a billion dollar industry. With multiple leagues in the likes of North America, Europe and Korea, League of Legends has seen hundreds of tournament with massive prize pools. While players make the majority of their money from salary pay, there is still a large amount of money being won in the biggest events the scene has to offer. We take a look at the top players with the most prize money ever earned. 

5. Kang "Blank" Sung Gu

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(Source: Riot Games)

Blank is the current jungler for SK Telecom T1 and has been with the team since December of 2015. The 19 year old player has earned a total of $554,163.75 from only having played in 12 tournaments. Seeing immense growth in his prize earnings from 2015, Blank went from earning $895.47 from one tournament to winning a total of $418,365.33 from six tournaments in 2016. $338,000 of his 2016 earnings came from his first place finish at that year's League of Legends World Championship. 2017 would see him earn $134,902.95 from five tournaments with his highest payout being the World Championship where SKT Telecom T1 took second behind Samsung Galaxy. 

4. Bae "Bengi" Seong Ung

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(Source: Riot Games)

Bengi is the current coach for SKT Telecom T1, after retiring as a player where was he was the jungler of the three time World Championship winning SKT Telecom T1 team. From 2013 to 2016, Bengi won a total of $810,683. from 21 tournaments. His highest earning year was 2016 where he took home $358,365.33 from four tournaments with $338,000 of the earnings coming from that year's World Championship. The former jungler saw a large dip in his winnings from 2013 to 2014, as he would not qualify for the 2014 World Championship. This caused the drop in prize earnings from $220,649.20 to $31,528.78. 2015 would see SKT's coach rebound by securing $200,139.69 from five tournaments. 

3. Bae "Bang" Jun Sik

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(Source: Riot Games)

Filling the AD carry position for SKT Telecom T1, Bang has been able to help lead SKT to earning some of the largest grand prizes in professional League of Legends. Earning a total of $903,134.26 from 27 tournaments, Bang saw his most profitable year in 2016 where he would collect $420,169.33 from seven tournaments. Participating in the World Championships for three years in a row has been the driving force for Bang's increase in winnings, as he only secured a total of $10,930.87 in 2013 and 2014 before his run of placing in the top two at three straight World Championships from 2015 to 2017.

2. Lee "Wolf" Jae Wan

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(Source: Riot Games)

Wolf is the star support player for the SKT Telecom T1 roster and has taken home the second most prize money in the history of professional League of Legends with $907,635.50 from 31 tournaments played. Like many the other players on this list, Wolf did not see a huge amount of prize money until SKT Telecom T1's three straight trips to the World Championships, where they would capture two first place finishes. 2016 was the year that saw Wolf add the most prize money to his bank account, as he would win $420,169.33 from seven tournaments. Being apart of such a talented roster, do not be surprised to see Wolf break the $1,000,000 mark this year. 

1. Lee "Faker" Sang Hyeok

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(Source: Riot Games)

The Michael Jordan of esports, Faker has made his case for being the greatest League of Legends player of all time with skills and performances that fans may never see again. The only player to have earned over six digits in prize money, the SKT telecom T1 legend has won a total of $1,169,713.35 from 39 tournaments. Only collecting less than $200,000 in prize money in one year from 2013-2017, Faker's ability to lead his team to championship after championship have allowed him to take home grand prizes multiple times. There was a significant drop from 2013 to 2014 where his prize winnings dropped from $229,659.78 to $42,635.78. However, Faker would rebound in 2015 by winning $207,158.85. 2016 was the player's highest earning year with a total of $418,365.33. 

 A testament to the dominance that SKT Telecom T1 has shown over the past few years, the players that have been apart of the juggernaut have been able to collect the most prize money in the history of League of Legends, which are achievements that will always be remembered in the esports world. 

Interested in learning about the prize money achievements in the world of esports? Check out the top five organizations with the most prize money ever earned.

 (all figures taken from esportsearnings)

(cover phot courtesy of Riot Games)

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