Through the majority of the year, the AD carry position has risen in power to be one of the most impactful roles on the Summoner's Rift. While there have been a multitude of AD carries that have taken advantage of this opportunity to become some of the most exciting young stars in the game, even more so long-time veterans have shone even brighter on the current landscape.
Here is Inven Global’s ranking of the best AD carries going into the 2022 World Championship:
5. Kim "Deft" Hyuk-kyu — DRX
The fact that Deft has qualified for Worlds after all these years is incredible — the fact that he has done so as an elite member of his position is even more so. While DRX toiled away in mediocrity for a large portion of the year, they finished strong and had strong performances throughout summer's LCK and Regionals. No, Deft is not anywhere near his peak, and his chances of finally winning Worlds look remote. However, he still often shows himself to be an incredibly impressive player, and will no doubt continue to turn heads heading into what may be his final international event.
4. Yu "JackeyLove" Wen-Bo — Top Esports
No doubt it has been a frustrating year for JackeyLove and the boys that are a part of Top Esports. Two times they came within one game of winning and LPL championship, but both times failed to seal the deal. Still, the team comes into Worlds, and JackeyLove enters in one of the most impressive forms of any AD carry. He has excellent cohesion with his bot lane partner, has a strong champion pool, and is solid throughout all stages of the game.
3. Chen "GALA" Wei — Royal Never Give Up
While he still hasn't reached the status of his legendary predecessor Jian "Uzi" Zi-Hao, GALA has continued to establish a strong legacy as one of China's greatest AD carry players — and in many ways has kept the RNG legend's spirit alive. GALA is a master of team fights, and has a carnivorous taste for kills that perhaps no other botlaner in the world can match (not a surprise for someone known as the pentakill king). Another unfortunate tradition he's carried on from Uzi...he doesn't look like he's in the best shape for Worlds. Throughout the Summer, he was overshadowed by many of his contemporaries and will need to show a far stronger form in North America if he wants to bring his team success.
2. Park "Ruler" Jae-hyuk — Gen.G
Ruler has been an intimidating opponent for quite some time, but coming into Worlds he is downright scary. Compared to last year when Gen.G lacked in dimension and required him to constantly carry games, he has molded himself well into a far more cohesive lineup, and has solidified himself as the strongest AD carry in the LCK. On top of his impressive team-play, he has proven to be a statistical monster — possessing top placements and categories such as kills and KDA. While the LPL has held a legacy of possessing the best mid laners, Ruler stands straight next to them.
1. Park "Viper" Do-hyeon — EDward Gaming
While EDward Gaming doesn't enter the competition in the same shape as 2021 — the defending champions look like one of the most fearsome teams entering the competition. Viper once again stands as one of the most astounding and impactful AD carries in the World — even more impressive considering the lower strength of his team compared to last year. His team fighting is phenomenal, and his individual performances were fantastic — showcasing the highest KDA of any AD carry in the LPL throughout the summer. If he has a good showing at Worlds, he will not only continue his reputation as one of the great AD carries in the world, but one of the greatest of all time.
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