Korea is considered to be one of the toughest ranked ladders in League of Legends, but Hanwha Life Esports’ Park “Viper” Do-hyeon took on the challenge this year and currently stands as the top-ranked solo-queue player in the country.
Viper ended the season in first place with a 56% win rate and 1,558 LP, grabbing exactly 490 wins over 389 losses. In those games, the ADC frequently utilized Ezreal (59% win rate), Jhin (57%), and Senna (60%).
While those picks and their rates are impressive, Viper also had a solid run with Lucian (64%), but he only played the gunslinging champ for 36 games compared to Ezreal’s 143 games.
As for his fellow top-ranking players, Viper raced past the likes of Griffin’s Yoon “Hoya” Yong-ho (1,512 LP) and T1’s 16-year-old top-lane prodigy, Choi “Zeus” Woo-je, who actually has two accounts in the top 5 (1,442 and 1,428).
Despite his success on the solo-queue ladder, Viper had some troubles with HLE in the 2020 LCK Summer Split. In the league, HLE finished in a disappointing ninth-place with a 2-16 record.
Now that the LCK is getting substantial changes with the franchise system, we may see Viper shine in a relegation-less league. With former teammate Son “Lehends” Si-woo still accompanying him in the bot-lane, HLE may find a stronger synergy between the familiar duo.
Viper can also find some hope in another team. With his HLE contract expiring right in time for this year’s free agency, Viper could possibly take his talents to a more hopeful team like newcomers hyFresh Blade or seventh-place SANDBOX Gaming.