League of Legends isn’t known for having the biggest prize pools in esports history. But that hasn’t stopped a handful of players from earning well over $500,000 throughout their careers.
While other games, like Dota 2, can offer huge tournament winnings—The International 7 featured a $24.7 million prize pool—League can provide professional players with stability, especially when it comes to salaries.
Professional League players can make up to $80,000 a year on salary alone, and some of the top players earn even more.
Most organizations keep player salaries hidden from the public, however. Because of this, tournament winnings are the only reliable metric we can use to compare players’ earnings.
With that in mind, here are the five players who have earned the most cash from tournaments since Dec. 2, 2018, according to esportsearnings.com.
5) Lee “Duke” Ho-seong – $646,449
Most of Duke’s earnings come from his time on SKT in season six when he helped the team win the Spring Split title and the 2016 World Championships. After winning Worlds with SKT, Duke moved over to the LPL to join Invictus Gaming, where he became the only player to win two World Championship titles on different teams.
Duke was famously a part of the IG roster that won Worlds 2018 in South Korea, beating Fnatic 3-0 in the finals.
4) Bae “Bengi” Seong-woong – $810,683
Bengi, SKT’s former jungler, was a big part of what made SKT successful for so many years thanks to his consistency. The three-time world champion left SKT at the start of 2017 to join Chinese team Vici Gaming—but he struggled in his debut.
Bengi decided to sit out the summer season after a disappointing split in the LPL. Vici Gaming were then relegated to the LPL’s version of the Challenger Series for the Summer Split.
3) Bae “Bang” Jun-sik – $910,451
As a two-time world champion, Bang has had an amazing career since joining SK Telecom T1 S in October 2013. He joined SKT’s main squad in 2014, and has since helped the team secure multiple regional and international titles.
His large earnings are a combination of successive Worlds titles, MSI titles, and regional success.
2) Lee “Wolf” Jae-wan – $913,084
Wolf became the second-highest earner in League history after Worlds 2017 due to Bengi’s hiatus from the game.
Just like Bang, Wolf has been instrumental in SKT’s global dominance over the past few years, and he’s been a top-tier support for some time. His partnership with Bang is unmatched and they’re considered one of the best bot lanes in the world.
Sadly, however, that bot lane partnership came to an end in 2018 after Bang moved to 100 Thieves in the NA LCS.
1) Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok – $1,175,068
League’s highest earner just so happens to be the best player in the world—Faker.
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Faker is the only player to earn more than $1 million, thanks in part to three World Championship titles, a few MSI titles, and multiple LCK regional titles earned under the SK Telecom T1 banner.
There’s really no stopping the king of League.