Welcome to the League of Legends World Championship positional power rankings. Today we're looking at supports. Be sure to check out our top lane, jungler and mid lane power rankings as well. For complete 2017 League of Legends World Championship coverage, click here.
Without further ado, let's jump right in.
Each panelist cast a vote for their top five players. First place was worth five points, second was worth four, third was worth three, fourth gave two points and fifth gave one point.
1. Kang "GorillA" Beom-hyeon -- Longzhu Gaming
19 points -- 1st (Erzberger), 1st (Rand), 1st (Torres), 2nd (Moser)
This will be GorillA's fourth World Championship and his third shot at a title with bot lane partner-in-crime Kim "PraY" Jong-in. His legacy is undeniable at this point, and this year, much like last year with the ROX Tigers, he has a significant shot at the title, which would only add to his place in League of Legends history.
2. Tian "Meiko" Ye -- EDward Gaming
15 points -- 2nd (Erzberger), 2nd (Rand), 2nd (Torres), 3rd (Moser)
Meiko has been one of the best supports in the world since he fully debuted with EDward Gaming in 2015, having some of the best vision control while being proficient in his use of fog of war. In a meta where tank supports are plenty viable with caster supports being effective with Ardent Censer, Meiko can flex to both roles and deliver for EDG and his new AD carry Hu "iBoy" Xian-Zhao.
3. Hu "SwordArt" Shuo-Jie -- Flash Wolves
11 points -- NR (Erzberger), 3rd (Rand), 3rd (Torres), 1st (Moser)
For ages, commentators sang praises of Flash Wolves' mid-jungle duo, but with play-making supports in vogue, LMS' top team always becomes the Hu "SwordArt" Shuo-Chieh show. The swap to mage support meta at last year's MSI is responsible for a lot of Flash Wolves' dip, but with Alistar and Thresh on the table, it has the power to barrel out of the group stage, with SwordArt leading the charge.
4. Alfonso "mithy" Aguirre Rodríguez -- G2 Esports
8 points -- 3rd (Erzberger), 4th (Rand), 5th (Torres), 4th (Moser)
People don't often point to the west when it comes to top supports, but Mithy has always been on the world's radar. His sheer mechanical ability on playmaking champions and lane control with AD carry Jesper "Zven" Svenningsen is at the heart of G2 Esports' success. Mithy is so iconic that he is even slated to have a street named after him in his hometown.
5. Kim "Olleh" Joo-sung -- Immortals
5 points -- 4th (Erzberger), 5th (Rand), 4th (Torres), NR (Moser)
When Olleh signed with Immortals, the most common response from North American fans was "Who?"
Taking up one of the important import slots for a support was seen as a possible blunder, and Olleh's up-and-down performances in the spring strengthened that narrative. Come summer, however, with a new jungler and coach behind him, Olleh became comfortable with his team, and his playmaking abilities were fully unlocked, leading him to become the first team All-NA LCS support player and a fourth-place finisher for the overall MVP award in the league. Now, less than a year since people were asking what an "Olleh" is, it's hard to fathom Immortals without the playmaking, always grinning South Korean support in the bottom lane.
Tie -- 6. Shi "ming" Sen-Ming -- Royal Never Give Up
1 point -- NR (Erzberger), NR (Rand), NR (Torres), 5th (Moser)
While legacy and awe are important, Shi "ming" Sen-Ming's role as Royal Never Give Up's primary shotcaller and rock in his rookie year earns him an honorable mention as a top tier support at Worlds.
Tie -- 6. Lee "Wolf" Jae-wan -- SK Telecom T1
1 point -- 5th (Erzberger), NR (Rand), NR (Torres), NR (Moser)
Being outside the Top 5 after being named the MVP of the Mid-Season Invitational final this year is not going to sit well with Lee "Wolf" Jae-wan. Summer split wasn't an easy time for the two-time world champion, but a third straight World Championship will be just what he needs to look past a tumultuous end of the domestic campaign.