With play-ins group stage drawing to a close, it is time to focus on the main drawcard of the tournament, the teams from Korea, China, Europe and North America. The teams from these regions are already guaranteed with their spot in the group stage and all have the goal of bringing their region pride and honour. This year, the AD Carry talent pool is perhaps the strongest it has ever been in the entire history of MSI. Hosting names such as Doublelift, Rekkles, Pray and Uzi, who will all be eventually be remembered as legends of their role and their respective regions once they retire, this year’s MSI is sure to bring fireworks. Despite being household names, none of them have ever been to MSI before and all are ready to fight for the chance to be crowned the world’s best AD Carry with the much coveted MSI title.
Yiliang “Peter” “Doublelift” Peng (Team Liquid)
With Team Liquid winning the 2018 NA LCS Spring Split in a 3-0 clean sweep over 100 Thieves, Doublelift became the first player in NA LCS to win titles on three different teams. For this tournament, Doublelift is here to prove that all other teams are trash. With a KDA of 35.3 after dying only three times in the playoffs, Doublelift is ready to show that he is not just the best AD Carry in NA since his debut, but also across all regions.
Martin “Rekkles” Larsson (Fnatic)
After ending G2’s dynasty and reclaiming the throne for Fnatic with a 3-0 sweep, Rekkles is here to make his home region proud. An ADC well known for his aggressiveness and still boasting an insane KDA of 31.5 where he died only twice in the entire playoffs, he’s here to dominate on the MSI stage.
Kim “Pray” Jong-in (KingZone DragonX)
With SKT T1 not representing Korea in MSI for the first time, KingZone DragonX will be looking to take the throne with 3/5ths of the mercurial 2016 ROX Tigers. With an all-star team, Pray’s ability to play whatever is required from him enables his team to truly shine on the international stage.
Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao (Royal Never Give Up)
With a domestic title finally under his belt, no AD carry is more well known than Uzi in the history of the game following his heroic performances in Seasons 3 & 4 Worlds. This year, he comes to MSI with one goal in mind; to prove he is the best and win his first international trophy. And with star AD carries from all the regions, there is no better competition as the “Mad Dog” will prove why even an all-star RNG roster like to play around him.
Stats and highlights are taken from Riot Games/Twitch.
Written by Daniel “Arvosa” Wong and Kenzo “Macint0sh Plus” Jeanson [2018 Marketing (Publications) Subcommittee]