The best League of Legends streamers on Twitch
There is no game in esports that can rival League of Legends in popularity. The game has 100 million monthly players. Its star players, in turn, have the same type of major global following you'd expect any sports celebrity to have. And there's one place they all gather: Twitch.
In fact, forget esports for a second: The game's top streamers are among the world’s most popular gaming entertainers. Never heard of an Imaqtpie ("I'm a cutie-pie") or a Doublelift? Well, that's what we're here for. It's time to get to know the top LoL streamers on Twitch.
For the purpose of this list, we have mainly focused on streamers who playing League of Legends as their only game, or as their main focus.
Michael “Imaqtpie” Santana spent over three years as the AD carry for pro side Team Dignitas before taking his leave from the NA LCS. At his peak, Imaqtpie was considered to be among the best at his position in North America, and along with Alan “Kiwikid” Nguyen formed one of the most well known bottom lane duos in the game.
But it’s Imaqtpie's personality that has defined his place in the scene and sparked his immense popularity as a streamer (he has more than 1,600,000 users on Twitch). Eternally laid back (and eternally unapologetic about it), Imaqtpie's affinity for the finest in epic memes and such paraphernalia as the appropriately named pet “Small Cat” only serve to further endear him to the tens of thousands who watch his daily streams live.
Doublelift wears his emotions on his sleeve and isn't afraid to express his opinion. While generally nonplussed by his solo and duo queue opponents, Doublelift is also known for occasionally getting flustered to dramatic effect and for his suitably wild reactions when the moment calls for them.
Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok set records on his first day of streaming and has since become a regular streamer. He follows a set schedule, offering the world a glimpse into how the best player on the planet plays.
In his early days, the stream was staged to give viewers an English translation. Now though, Lee talks and plays in his native Korean with English subtitiles being later on the players YouTube channel
Brian “TheOddOne” Wyllie is another retired pro who built up his fan following through years of play as TSM’s jungler. Like Imaqtpie, at his peak he was considered to be one of the region’s best. While TheOddOne still remains a part of the SoloMid organization, he stepped down from his role as an active player in 2014.
TheOddOne makes no bones about being uniquely fit for his name. Affectionately referred to as “The General” by his followers, TheOddOne's wandering commentary and clear disdain for many of his hapless teammates makes for a far different viewing experience than the average League of Legends stream, and his jungling prowess is still sharp enough to make for a good show.
There’s no more direct a way to achieve streaming popularity than by simply being the best, and at least as far as the League Championship Series goes. This is a claim that Soren “Bjergsen” Bjerg can as comfortably make as anyone might.
The mid laner for Team SoloMid is so strong in his play that his teammates often base entire games around making sure he can effectively carry the squad to victory, and as simple as it is, that strategy has proven brutally effective in LCS competition due to Soren’s raw skill and ability.
The draw to his stream is simple. If you want to see the best of the west, you want to watch Bjergsen.
Another former former TSM pro, Marcus “Dyrus” Hill has become a fulltime streamer after he retired from competitive play after Worlds 2015. Dyrus is an entertaining streamer who sometimes takes on entertaining challenges like, most recently, playing each champion in the top-lane once, in alphabetical order.
If you like a former pro player who plays anime music during high-intensity matches, Dyrus is for you. He keeps constant conversations with his viewers and takes viewer suggestions on what champion to play next—even in ranked play.
Jared “Annie Bot” Carr is, as you can assume from the name, a high-elo Annie main in League of Legends.
You’ll hardly see Annie Bot playing anything else on his stream, regardless of the match-up or even the lane. His stream excels in the one-champion show and his viewers flock to see just how far a player can go in the competitive scene against the best of the best on only Annie.
Adam Newell contributed to this report.
Note: This article will be updated as new streamers make their mark on the scene.