In League of Legends, Korean solo queue is well known as one of the most competitive grounds in the entire world. Korea is the strong region in professional play, and this fact is reflect in their solo queue ladder. When European team Unicorns of Love went to Korea to bootcamp, they were surprised by the quality of play of both professionals and amateur players. Fabian “Exileh” Schubert talked about mid laners in Korea and their dominant playstyle. He mentioned that they always look for plays and are more than willing to take risks that could change the game. In particular, he mentioned a Zed main who had incredible mechanics and mastery of the champ. As a one trick player, he had thousands of games on the mid lane assassin. Exileh was thoroughly impressed by the aggression and immaculate gameplay in high elo Korean solo queue.
Comparison between Korean and Western LoL is a hotly debated topic. Some analysts have concluded that players of both regions are on an equal mechanical footing, but Eastern players have better teamwork. Other experts profuse that there is a large discrepancy across the board. Regardless of which stance you prefer, it is undeniable that Korean solo queue is a battleground like no other. In previous seasons, Korean had the strongest top laners compared to other roles. Today, rising stars such as Fly, Rookie, and Cepted lead the mid lane charge. Exileh noted that one reason Korean solo queue is so strong is because players are able to offrole to a high proficiency. When people are autofilled, the game does not crash and burn like it does in other regions. He discussed how even supports are able to play carry roles perfectly fine. If you are unable to adapt to this environment, foreign players will inevitably have difficulty climbing the ladder. During his stay, Exileh managed to reach low challenger, an impressive feat.