Image via Riot GamesRegardless of this, he lifted the Summoner's Cup the first time he ever went to Worlds, when FPX stopped G2's mythical Golden Road. He hasn't had any International success ever since, and no one could have predicted that he'd be sharing a stage with T1 at the Worlds 2023 Grand Finals, but here we are!
Image via Games of LegendsThe five most played champions of his career show this quite clearly, and his win rate and KDA on Rakan is truly something to behold. He was, for a while, considered the best Rakan player in the world, before Missing usurped him of that title. More recently, he has been destroying his opposition on Renata and Milio. Here are the champions he has played at Worlds:
Image via Games of LegendsIn Weibo's victory against BLG he showed quite a strong Ashe in Game 3, but his performances in Game 2 on Lux and Game 4 on Heimerdinger were atrocious. He got caught out constantly and was one of the main reasons why WBG lost those two games, but on the flipside, his decisive teamfighting on Renata and his consistent Milio play were crucial for their wins. Weirdly enough, he hasn't played Rell at Worlds 2023 yet. Despite it rarely banned against him, every time Weibo Gaming have picked it, it has been for Weiwei in the jungle.
Image via Games of LegendsThese are Keria's most played champions of all time. He shares four of these five with Crisp (+Braum, -Rakan), but his champion pool is much more ambitious. Despite having played a lot less games than Crisp (109, to be exact), Keria has played much more champions than his lane opponent. T1's support has brought 53 different champions to the Rift, while Crisp sits at 35. What places Keria head and shoulders above other support players is his seemingly endless ability to pull out new picks which he plays to a really high level. He has started to showcase this at Worlds 2023's Knockout Stage.
Image via Games of LegendsHe hasn't played a single game of Rakan, Rell or Nautilus, three of the most picked and banned supports at the tournament. He steered clear of the meta as soon as he could, opting for Bard, Kench and Ashe instead. His performance with the Senna vs LNG was incredible and his impact on Bard against JDG in Game 1 and 4 was felt throughout the entire Summoner's Rift. He is the best support player in the world and the massive meta pivot we saw in Semi Finals proved just how much he affects the game.
Image via Riot GamesHe is a much better support than his enemy (BeryL then, Crisp now) and his team is expected to easily sweep the series. This is a very high pressure moment, and those are the ones in which this Goliath has shown some cracks. Crisp, on the other hand, the frail David in this metaphor, has no pressure on his shoulders. He, alongside the rest of Weibo, has already lost in most minds. He wasn't meant to be here in the first place, barely even made it to Worlds. Yet he is a World Champion. He's been here before and he has lifted the Summoner's Cup high above his head, while Keria was still only dreaming of ever doing it. An entire year of work for both of these players leads here. Is Crisp following 2022's Holy Script and taking down the giant, or is Keria done waiting for his turn to lift the Summoner's Cup?