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Faker
T1 Faker 2020 Split 1.png
Background Information
NameLee Sang-hyeok (이상혁)
Country of BirthSouth Korea South Korea
BirthdayMay 7, 1996 (age 23)
Residency
KR
 Korea
Competitive
TeamT1logo std.pngT1
RoleMid Laner
Favorite ChampsZedSquare.pngLeBlancSquare.pngAhriSquare.pngAzirSquare.pngRyzeSquare.png
Soloqueue IDsKR: SKT T1 Faker, Hide on bush
EUW: Koearn, hide on stream
NA: mid fekar
CN: dakjshdkj
BR: 19960507
VN: mid24
Social Media & Links
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Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok (Hangul: 이상혁) is a League of Legends esports player, currently mid laner and part owner at T1.

Team History

Combine Role Swaps:No|Yes
Dates:Approx|Exact
TeamStartEnd
KR
SK Telecom T1logo std.pngSK Telecom T1 K
Mid Laner
Feb 20132013-02-12[2]Dec 20142014-12-02[1]1yr 9mo
KR
SK Telecom T1logo std.pngSK Telecom T1
Mid Laner
Dec 20142014-12-02[4]Dec 20192019-12-08[3]5yr 6d
KR
T1logo std.pngT1
Mid Laner
Dec 20192019-12-08[5]Present3mo 21d
TeamStartEnd
KR
SK Telecom T1logo std.pngSK Telecom T1 2
Mid Laner
Feb 20132013-02-12[2]Nov 20132013-11-12[6]9mo
KR
SK Telecom T1logo std.pngSK Telecom T1 K
Mid Laner
Nov 20132013-11-12[6]Dec 20142014-12-02[1]1yr 20d
KR
SK Telecom T1logo std.pngSK Telecom T1
Mid Laner
Dec 20142014-12-02[4]Dec 20192019-12-08[3]5yr 6d
KR
T1logo std.pngT1
Mid Laner
Dec 20192019-12-08[5]Present3mo 21d

News

2013

KR
SK Telecom T1logo std.pngSKT 2February 12, Team is formed.
Mid Laner
Faker, L.i.E.S (Head Coach), and kkOma (Coach) join.
[2]
KR
SK Telecom T1logo std.pngSKT KNovember 12, SK Telecom T1logo std.pngSK Telecom T1 2 renames to SK Telecom T1logo std.pngSK Telecom T1 K.[6]

2014

KR
SK Telecom T1logo std.pngSKT KDecember 2, Team disbands.
Top Laner
Impact,
Jungler
bengi,
Mid Laner
Faker, L.i.E.S (Head Coach), and kkOma (Coach) leave.[1]
KR
SK Telecom T1logo std.pngSKTDecember 2, Team is formed as a single team.
Top Laner
Impact,
Top Laner
MaRin,
Jungler
Bengi,
Mid Laner
Easyhoon,
Mid Laner
Faker,
Bot Laner
Bang,
Support
Piccaboo,
Support
Wolf, L.i.E.S (Head Coach), and kkOma (Coach) join.
[4]

2018

KR
SK Telecom T1logo std.pngSKTNovember 19,
Mid Laner
Faker,
Bot Laner
S
Leo, and kkOma (Head Coach)'s contracts expire but departure is not confirmed. Bengi (Coach) and PoohManDu (Coach)'s contracts expire but departure is not confirmed.[7]
KR
SK Telecom T1logo std.pngSKTNovember 20,
Mid Laner
Faker,
Support
Effort, and
Bot Laner
S
Leo's contracts are extended.[8]

2019

KR
SK Telecom T1logo std.pngSKTNovember 17,
Mid Laner
Faker's contract is extended through 2021.[9]
KR
SK Telecom T1logo std.pngSKTDecember 8,
Top Laner
Canna,
Top Laner
Roach,
Jungler
Cuzz,
Jungler
Ellim,
Mid Laner
Faker,
Bot Laner
Gumayushi,
Bot Laner
Teddy,
Support
Effort,
Support
Kuri,
Mid Laner
S
Gori, Kim (Head Coach),
Top Laner
T
Burdol, Comet (Coach),
Mid Laner
T
Closer, and Sayho (Trainee Coach/Scout) leave.[3]
KR
T1logo std.pngT1December 8,
Top Laner
Canna,
Top Laner
Roach,
Jungler
Cuzz,
Jungler
Ellim,
Mid Laner
Faker,
Mid Laner
Gori,
Bot Laner
Gumayushi,
Bot Laner
Teddy,
Support
Effort,
Support
Kuri, Kim (Head Coach), Comet (Coach), and Sayho (Trainee Coach/Scout) join.
[5]

2020

KR
T1logo std.pngT1February 17, Faker (Mid, Part-Owner)'s contract is extended through 2022.[10][11]

Biography[edit]

Season 3[edit]

Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok was pulled out of solo queue by the SK Telecom organization so that a team could be formed around him in the mid lane. Ultimately they settled on Impact, bengi, Piglet, and PoohManDu to surround him and the team was unveiled in February of 2013, dubbed SK Telecom T1 2. They qualified for their first OGN at OLYMPUS Champions Spring 2013. They exceeded all expectations and placed 3rd, losing 3-1 in the semifinals to MVP Ozone but beating CJ Entus Frost 3-0 in the third-place match. Faker's dominating performances put him in the conversation for best mid laner in the world after just one tournament. The team was renamed to SK Telecom T1 after their sister team, SK Telecom T1 1, was disbanded. With a great first result under their belts, they attended HOT6iX Champions Summer 2013. Faker continued his fantastic play and led his team to a reverse sweep of the KT Rolster Bullets and earned them a berth at the Season 3 Korea Regional Finals. They were seeded directly into the finals and met the Bullets again, only to soundly beat them 3-1. SK Telecom qualified for the Season 3 World Championship as the final Korean seed but still came in as the favorites to win the whole tournament. Faker crushed the competition and the team put up an impressive 15-3 record across the tournament, culminating in a one-sided final where they beat Royal Club 3-0 and became the new world champions. Faker's brilliant play across the season earned him the title of the best player in the world by most fans and experts alike. The SK Telecom organization picked up a new sister team, ultimately named SK Telecom T1 S, so Faker's team was renamed to SK Telecom T1 K.

2014 Season[edit]

The new season started even better for K at PANDORA.TV Champions Winter 2013-2014. They didn't lose a single game and put up the greatest performance a team has ever had at an OGN tournament. They swept Samsung Ozone in the finals and Faker proved himself as the greatest LoL player of all time after just a year. However, the success wasn't meant to last after ManDu stepped down due to health issues and the team picked up Casper. An ultimately poor showing at HOT6iX Champions Spring 2014 was capped off with a 3-1 loss to Ozone in the quarterfinals. ManDu rejoined the starting line up before All-Star Paris 2014, where the team was expected to falter. In typical fashion, they swept the whole tournament and earned a clean 9-0 record, ending in a dominating final against OMG. They returned to Korea with high hopes to participate in HOT6iX Champions Summer 2014 but ended up mirroring the results of their last OGN, losing 3-1 in the quarterfinals to Samsung White. They lost in a tiebreaker for the 2nd Korean seed to worlds, again to White, by being swept. K was seeded into the finals of the 2014 Season Korea Regional Finals but ended up losing 3-1 to NaJin White Shield and missed Worlds.

2015 Season[edit]

Changes to the OGN rules forced K and S to merge, forming SK Telecom T1. Most of the old K roster was removed, except for Bengi and Faker, while MaRin, Wolf, and Bang filled out the rest of the line-up. Easyhoon and Faker shared the starting mid lane spot for SBENU Champions Spring 2015, to the disappointment of many fans who wanted to see Faker play in every game. Despite SK Telecom's strong performance in the informal Spring Preseason, they were not the top team in the season itself, and it was the newly-formed GE Tigers who were invited to IEM Katowice as the top team from Korea, not SKT. And SKT finished second in the season overall, with an 11-3 record - one game behind the Tigers. Regardless, in the playoffs, SKT beat both CJ Entus and the Tigers - without Faker even starting for a single game against the Tigers.

Their spring season championship qualified SK Telecom for the 2015 Mid-Season Invitational. There, they swept the group stage 5-0 but then dropped two games to the European Fnatic in the semifinals, beating them 3-2, with Faker starting each game. In the finals against EDward Gaming, Easyhoon started for the first three games, and SKT ultimately lost 3-2. In the final game of the set, EDG famously left open LeBlanc for Faker - a champion he was until then undefeated on - and counterpicked it with a mid lane Morgana for pawN, running a composition designed to shut down Faker.

After the Mid-Season Invitational, SKT bounced back and won the regular season of Champions Summer, dropping only one set along the way - though it was the set that would have made them the first team worldwide to clinch a Worlds seed (they ended up clinching their seed when the GE Tigers lost their very next set as well). Faker played 12 unique champions in his 29 games, innovating mid lane Irelia, a pick that would become a relatively popular off-meta pick around the world, and Master Yi, a pick that would not. Seeded directly into the playoff finals this time, SKT easily swept KT Rolster 3-0 (Faker played all three games) to earn Korea's top seed to the 2015 Season World Championship. SKT was placed in a group at worlds alongside EDG, Bangkok Titans, and H2k Gaming. They went undefeated all the way to the finals, beating AHQ e-Sports Club and Origen in the playoffs along the way. They met the KOO Tigers in the finals and beat them 3-1 to give the organization its second World Championship. This made Faker one of only three people (the other two being his coach kkOma and Bengi) to have won the World Championship twice.

2016 Season[edit]

Two weeks after the World Championship, SK Telecom played in the LoL KeSPA Cup. In their semifinal series against Challenger team Ever, substitute mid laner Scout started in the first game, but even with Faker playing in the second game, the team lost the series 0-2 - continuing a streak of World Champions being eliminated early on in their first tournaments after Worlds. SK Telecom announced Faker's re-signing for the 2016 season after the tournament.[12] In March, SK Telecom attended IEM Katowice despite being only the sixth-place LCK team at the time. They brought substitute jungler Blank in place of Bengi and swept through the tournament, winning the title after only seven games. After returning to Korea, a rejuvenated Faker helped the team climb back up the standings and eventually win his fifth Korean championship and third consecutive title. This win allowed SKT to return to the Mid Season Invitational, the only team to return from the previous year.

Their first-place finish in the spring season earned them a spot in the 2016 Mid-Season Invitational. Notably, SK Telecom T1 was the only team to return to 2016 MSI from 2015 MSI. As the reigning domestic champions of Korea, SK Telecom T1 came into the tournament as massive favorites to win. However, their group stage performances were very lackluster as they dropped games to China's Royal Never Give Up, NA's Counter Logic Gaming, and two games to the LMS Flash Wolves. They ended their group stage with a 6-4 record, seeding them into the bracket stage in fourth place. Matched up against Royal Never Give Up in the semifinals, SK Telecom started to regain their form, beating them 3-1. They then proceeded to beat Counter Logic Gaming 3-0 to win the event and give them the trophy that barely escaped them last year.

During the 2016 LCK Summer Split, SK Telecom started the season strong with a 5-0 score in series and a 10-0 game score. However, they started dropping sets to lower-ranked teams, notably the Afreeca Freecs, who failed to win even a single game against the entire season. With a 13-5 scoreline in series, SKT placed second in the round-robin, beating KT Rolster via game score tiebreaker. However, during the 2016 LCK Summer Playoffs, they met KT Rolster in the semifinals, where they were reverse swept 3-2 after going up 2-0 in the first two games. This gave them a third place for the summer split. Combined with their first-place spring finish, as well as the victory of the ROX Tigers over KT Rolster, SKT qualified to the 2016 Season World Championship on points as Korea's second seed.

At the 2016 Season World Championship, SK Telecom T1 was placed into Group B, along with LMS's Flash Wolves, NA's Cloud 9, and China's I May.

Trivia[edit]

  • Previously played a game called 'Chaos', also a MOBA, he credits it as a factor in easy transition he had to play League.
  • Views his team mates as his second family and thinks the family atmosphere strengthens the team.
  • Is highly regarded for his LeBlancSquare.png LeBlanc play during an OGN Spring match against MVP Blue; he went 10-0-1 by 18 minutes and made MVP Blue surrender at 20 minutes.[13]
  • Solo-killed Ambition's Kha'ZixSquare.png Kha'Zix during his debut in OGN. By the time Ambition was considered as one of the best mid laners in Korea.
  • Faker is known for his hyper aggressive playstyle.
  • Was undefeated on LeBlancSquare.png LeBlanc until the 2015 Mid-Season Invitational final against EDward Gaming, where he lost with LeBlanc in Game 5.
  • Faker tends to play LeBlancSquare.png LeBlanc, FizzSquare.png Fizz, ZedSquare.png Zed, AhriSquare.png Ahri and OriannaSquare.png Orianna.
  • He is considered the best League of Legends player in the world by many esports journalists and pro players such as Thorin, Alex Ich, and Maknoon who called him the "Lionel Messi of League of Legends".[14][15]
  • Dustin Beck, the vice president of Riot games, said Faker is the "Michael Jordan" of League of Legends in a press conference at Staples Center.[16]
  • In the first game of the 2013 OGN summer championships Faker played Ahri and scored a GPM of 492.
  • Was both the Season MVP and the Mid Lane KDA leader in the HOT6iX Champions Summer 2013.
  • Believes every mid laner should be able to play Twisted FateSquare.png Twisted Fate because if mastered he teaches you to look at the mini map and, RyzeSquare.png Ryze because once mastered, you learn the importance of hitting the right keys, in the right time and order.
  • Owns two flower pots to relieve stress.
  • Is notable for not using any alternate skins for champions he plays. Exceptions include:
    • Game 1 of the OGN Winter Grand Finals 2013 where he used Battle Bunny Riven. Faker went on to state that this was a mistake as the OGN staff check the players accounts before the games, and the tester of his account selected the skin - which Faker didn't notice in Champion Select.[17] He also used SKT T1 Zed in the game vs Fnatic at All-Star Paris 2014, when the whole team used their featured skins.
    • Pulsefire Ezreal against HUYA, and Lunar Goddess Diana against Incredible Miracle.
    • SKT Ryze during game 2 in the 2016 finals, Hired Gun Lucian during a match against KT Rolster, Snow Day Syndra in LCK 2016 Spring against Jin Air Green Wings.[18]
    • Hired Gun Lucian during game 3 of SKT vs KT Rolster, in the LCK Summer Split.
  • Quoted as the "Unkillable Demon King" by Cool.[19]
  • Known for his amazing soloqueue performance with RivenSquare.png Riven on the North American server during the Season 3 World Championship, earning him a 92 % win rate in 24 games.
  • Widely renowned for his deep champion pool and understanding.
  • Known for his stellar performance with RyzeSquare.png Ryze during 2015 Season World Championship and GalioSquare.png Galio during 2017 Season World Championship.
  • Popularized RivenSquare.png Riven being played in the mid lane.
  • Considers HotshotGG's LeBlancSquare.png LeBlanc better than his and deserves a #thingsHotshotGGdoes tag.[20]
  • Awarded Best Mid Laner at 2013 Korean eSports Awards.[21]
  • One of four players to have defend their World Championship successfully.
    • Along with bengi, they are the only two to have won World Championship three times.
  • Wants to study after his esports career.[22]
  • Attended the same high school as Deft.
  • Is a fan of K-Pop girl group Red Velvet. His favorite member is Seulgi (Kang Seul-gi) and his favorite song of theirs is Red Flavor.[23]
  • Made his first Korean variety show appearance in November 2018 on KBS' Hello Counselor alongside Seulgi, her Red Velvet fellow member Joy (Park Soo-young), actor Seo Do-young and actor Kim Jo-han.[24]

Statistics[edit]

  • Reached 1000 kills in the LCK on July 11, 2016.[25]
  • Reached 500 games in the LCK on August 21, 2019.
    • Was the 2nd player to reach 500 games in the LCK after Score.
  • Reached 100 international wins during Worlds 2019 after SK Telecom's second victory against Splyce in the quarterfinals.
  • Reached 2000 kills in the LCK on March 5, 2020.

Pentakills

DateRegionTournamentTeamVsChampionPosW/LKDASBVOD
2015-01-07
KR
 Korea
Champions 2015 SpringSK Telecom T1logo std.pngNaJinemfirelogo std.pngLeBlancSquare.png LeBlancMidW10/2/6LinkLink
Click here for a full list of pentakills by all players.

Tournament Results[edit]

This table shows up to the 10 most recent results. For complete results, click here.

Minimum place

Faker Tournament Results
DatePlEventLast ResultTeamRoster
2020-01-030030043 - 4
KeSPA Cup 2019
1 : 3SANDBOX Gaminglogo std.pngSB
T1logo std.pngT1
 Canna,
 Roach,
 Cuzz,
 Faker,
 Teddy,
 Effort,
 Kuri,
 Kim,
 Comet
2019-11-030030043 - 4
Worlds 2019
1 : 3G2 Esportslogo std.pngG2
SK Telecom T1logo std.pngSKT
 Khan,
 Clid,
 Faker,
 Teddy,
 Effort,
 Mata,
 Zefa
2019-08-310010001
LCK 2019 Summer Playoffs
3 : 1Griffinlogo std.pngGRF
SK Telecom T1logo std.pngSKT
 Khan,
 Clid,
 Faker,
 Teddy,
 Effort,
 Fly,
 Zefa
2019-08-180040004
LCK 2019 Summer
11 - 7Blanklogo std.pngRR
SK Telecom T1logo std.pngSKT
 Khan,
 Clid,
 Haru,
 Faker,
 Gori,
 Teddy,
 Mata,
 Effort,
 kkOma,
 Fly,
 Zefa
2019-07-070010001
Rift Rivals 2019 LCK-LPL-LMS-VCS
3 : 1LoL Pro Leaguelogo std.pngLPL
SK Telecom T1logo std.pngSKT
 Khan,
 Clid,
 Faker,
 Teddy,
 Mata,
 kkOma
2019-05-180030043 - 4
2019 Mid-Season Invitational
2 : 3G2 Esportslogo std.pngG2
SK Telecom T1logo std.pngSKT
 Khan,
 Clid,
 Faker,
 Teddy,
 Mata,
 Zefa
2019-04-130010001
LCK 2019 Spring Playoffs
3 : 0Griffinlogo std.pngGRF
SK Telecom T1logo std.pngSKT
 Khan,
 Clid,
 Faker,
 Teddy,
 Mata,
 kkOma,
 Fly,
 Zefa
2019-03-310020002
LCK 2019 Spring
14 - 4Blanklogo std.pngRR
SK Telecom T1logo std.pngSKT
 Khan,
 Clid,
 Faker,
 Teddy,
 Mata,
 kkOma,
 Fly,
 Zefa
2018-12-270050085 - 8
KeSPA Cup 2018
1 : 2DAMWON Gaminglogo std.pngDWG
SK Telecom T1logo std.pngSKT
 Khan,
 Clid,
 Faker,
 Teddy,
 Mata,
 kkOma,
 Fly,
 Zefa
2018-09-120040004
Korea Regional Finals 2018
2 : 3Gen.Glogo std.pngGEN
SK Telecom T1logo std.pngSKT
 Untara,
 Blank,
 Faker,
 Bang,
 Effort,
 PoohManDu,
 Bengi
Faker 1v1 Tournament Results
DatePlEventPrizeTeamLast Result
2018-12-080050085 - 8All-Star 2018 Las VegasLCK Allstarslogo std.pngLCK0 : 1 OPL Allstarslogo std.png Pabu
2017-12-100050085 - 8All-Star 2017 Los AngelesLCK Allstarslogo std.pngLCK0 : 1 NA LCS Allstarslogo std.png Bjergsen
2016-12-1101703017 - 30All-Star 2016 BarcelonaTeam Icelogo std.pngIce0 : 1 Team Firelogo std.png Mata
2015-12-1301703217 - 32All-Star 2015 Los AngelesTeam Firelogo std.pngFire0 : 1 Team Icelogo std.png Froggen
2015-03-080070127 - 12The Solo King Korean 1v1 TournamentSK Telecom T1logo std.pngSKT0 : 2 Jin Air Green Wingslogo std.png GBM

Media[edit]

  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2017
  • 2018
  • 2019
  • 2020

Images[edit]

External Links[edit]

Redirects

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 별들의 전쟁 시작! LoL 챔피언스 코리아 프리시즌 로스터 공개 (Korean) inven.co.kr
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 SKT T1 '고전파' 이상혁 영입, 2팀 창단 초읽기 (Korean) inven.co.kr
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 GCD Archive Pages: before change - KR - 2019-12-07; after change - KR - 2019-12-08
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 별들의 전쟁 시작! LoL 챔피언스 코리아 프리시즌 로스터 공개 (Korean) inven.co.kr
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 GCD Archive Pages: before change - KR - 2019-12-07; after change - KR - 2019-12-08
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 SK텔레콤 T1 LOL팀, 팀명 변경. 1팀 2팀에서 'S'와 'K'로! (Korean) inven.co.kr
  7. GCD Archive Pages: before change - KR - 2018-11-18; after change - KR - 2018-11-19
  8. SK Telecom T1's Tweet twitter.com
  9. GCD Archive Pages: before change - KR - 2019-11-16; after change - KR - 2019-11-17
  10. 이상혁, T1 파트 오너 된다, 선수 계약도 2022년까지 연장 (Korean) fomos.kr
  11. T1's Tweet twitter.com
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  13. Legendary Faker_LOL Champs Spring Highlight Ep.7_Match2 youtube.com
  14. Experts weigh in with Worlds predictions na.lolesports.com
  15. Interview with Alex Ich: "[Faker's] skill level is over the edge at the moment" cloth5.com
  16. [2013 롤드컵] '페이커'는 LOL의 마이클 조던… 라이엇게임즈 임원진 공동 인터뷰 (Korean) inven.co.kr
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  18. FNC vs SKT - 2014 All-Star Group Stage Day 2 youtube.com
  19. Worlds 2013 Group Stage Day 6 youtube.com
  20. Faker: I hope they make a #ThingsHotshotGGdoes tag! | Worlds 2013 youtube.com
  21. [e스포츠 대상] 최강의 LoL 팀 SK텔레콤 T1 K, 영광의 대상 차지(종합) (Korean) inven.com.kr
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  24. Hello Counselor - 2018.11.26 (Korean) youtube.com
  25. Faker Sets A New Record - First Player To Reach 1,000 Kills In the LCK akshonesports.com