Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok debuted on the OGN Champions 2013 Spring tournament stage eight years ago today, April 6. In those years, the Unkillable Demon King has won three World Championships, two Mid-Season Invitationals, four League of Legends Champions Korea regular season top finishes and seven playoff titles. Faker is synonymous with League of Legends and as fans have watched him grow from a rookie mid laner with insane mechanics to the face of the T1 franchise, he has created some iconic moments that stand out in the world of esports.
These are the eight moments that define Faker’s eight year career.
A historic debut
Faker stood out in just his first game as a professional, with a solo kill on Kang “Ambition” Chan-yong. The then 17-year-old had just been plucked out of solo queue and was on his organizations secondary team that eventually became the main SKT T1 team that we know today. He came onto the rift as Nidalee against Ambition’s Kha’Zix. The two exchanged damage and farm until about six minutes into the game, when Faker killed the veteran player under his tower.
The play was so shocking at the time that caster Christopher “MonteCristo” Mykles thought there might have been a computer or gameplay error.
Zed 1 vs. 1
The play that showcased Faker’s mechanical skill and launched him into infamy, is his Zed mirror matchup out-play against Ryu “Ryu” Sang-wook. In the OGN Summer 2013 Final, Faker’s second professional tournament, his team went up against a formidable KT Bullets that was hyped as the next World Champion.
As the series went into its fifth and final game, the original Korean setup had teams face off in a blind pick format with no bans. Players could pick whatever overpowered champions they wanted and create mirror matchups to prove who was better on the same champion. Ryu and Faker faced off towards the end of the game as KT Bullets had all but lost.
Ryu found Faker separated from his team and attempted to take him down as his base was in shambles. The KT Bullets mid laner was dispensed in one of the most stylish clips of League of Legends ever, accompanied by an iconic call from Erik “DoA” Lonnquist.
Faker’s sole pentakill
Despite his long tenure as a professional player, Faker has only recorded one pentakill in his career. In 2015, Faker and STK went on their most dominant run as an organization. They won Champions Spring and Summer regular season, playoffs and eventually the World Championship that year. His pentakill came in a Spring matchup against NaJin e-mFire at the end of a three-match regular season series. SKT had secured the game and were picking off NaJin players in their own jungle, preparing for the final push.
Faker first caught out the enemy Ahri, finished off the Najin jungler and then ran down the rest of his opposition with the help of his teammates. He secured his fifth and final kill under the enemy’s nexus towers to secure his only pentakill on one of his signature champions, Leblanc.
Champions Korea Finals Cassiopeia ultimate dodge
During SKT’s dominant run in 2015, Faker outplayed yet another KT mid laner in a stylish end to the Champions Korea era. This series was Faker’s return to the spotlight, as Lee “Easyhoon” Ji-hoon had taken the majority of the mid lane starts that split. But Faker played all three games this series, and then the lion’s share of the team’s World Championship games, effectively claiming his starting spot back.
At just past six minutes into the game, Faker and his support go deep to dive the enemy Cassiopeia. Faker ends up underneath his enemies tier two tower, as she tries to petrify Faker’s Riven to stop the attack. Faker flashes to close the distance and turns around to dodge the ability. The play was so mechanically intensive that his support was stunned by Cassiopeia as Faker finished off his opponent.
The Vayne roll
In the introductions for the 2015 World Championship Finals, Faker put some spice on his walkout. Facing off against fellow Korean squad KOO Tigers, SKT were at the end of one of the most dominant Championship runs to date, dropping only two games the entire event. This tournament also marked Faker’s return to the starting lineup, as Easyhoon had claimed it for a large chunk of the 2015 season. As the announcer called his name and role, Faker trotted over to his spot next to his teammate Bae “Bengi” Seong-woong.
Just as he reached his mark, the SKT mid laner lowered his head and went into a roll, just like the champion, Vayne. He stood up from his introductory tumble and raised his fist to the cheering fans.
4000 Elo shockwave
At the 2017 World Championships, Faker and his SKT crew pulled off the biggest comeback the stage had ever seen in a single game. The team was down 9,100 gold to EDward Gaming at 25 minutes into the game. EDG put SKT into a hole early, drafting an aggressive early-game composition and proceeding to win every fight, taking objectives across the map.
Before the fated play, EDG had taken two Drakes, a Baron, seven towers and one inhibitor. The Chinese team was setting up for a Baron into a final push, but SKT and Faker saw an opportunity to engage in the mid lane. Lee “Wolf” Jae-wan spotted an angle on Rakan, knocking up three EDG players as Faker and the rest of the team piled on spells and crowd control.
Faker hit a four-man Shockwave off of the engage to give SKT its first four kills of the game. After the incredible play, SKT took what objectives they could and started their comeback.
Faker lets the tears flow
The 2017 World Championships was a sad era in the Faker legacy. As the team fought its way to the Grand Finals and a shot at another Summoners Cup in China, another LCK squad was stomping its way through the other side of the bracket. Even so, Samsung Galaxy and SKT had a tight record before meeting in the finals.
Samsung Galaxy had the regular season head-to-head at 3-1, while SKT swept them in the Spring Playoffs. The two teams had just met the previous year in the finals as well, with SKT taking that series and the title 3-2. SKT slogged through their side of the bracket this time out, beating both Misfits and Royal Never Give Up 3-2.
Faker and STK were eventually swept in the series, as Samsung Galaxy became the first team to beat Faker in a World Championship final. It was the first Worlds tournament that “God” had made it to, but did not win. As the Samsung Galaxy players came to shake hands, Faker can be seen sobbing into his keyboard. He reluctantly rises to congratulate the victors, before sinking down into his chair to continue to grieve the loss. Faker with his head in his hands is one of the most iconic images in League of Legends esports history.
He’s still got it
In the LCK 2021 Spring Split, T1 has had a musical chairs roster. The team has debuted a few rookies while also trying out some of their younger players. With that experimentation, Faker has seen less of the spotlight this season. However, T1 did hand the reigns back to the eight year veteran for the final few regular season series’ and playoffs. In another year where the best player to ever pickup a keyboard was benched for a period of time, Faker made the most of every start he was given.
In this career highlight, Faker dances around the team fight as he hits every DRX player with Zoe’s abilities. As the messy fights winds down, it is left to Faker to clean up the fight as the rest of his team’s carries have fallen. After utilizing everything in his champion’s kit, picking up abilities left and right, Faker ends the fight with a double kill.
CS:GO Navi Chooses “b1t” For Their Five-man Lineup At RMR Tournaments
Egor “flamie” Vasilev will be left out of RMR tournaments and DreamHack Masters Spring 2021.
Natus Vincere will be performing at the upcoming RMR tournaments with a change in its roster, due to the player-change penalty rules established by Valve. The team has announced through Twitter that they are moving away from the six-man roster approach to adhere to Valve’s new rules. Because of this, Egor “flamie” Vasilev will be left out of their roster for the upcoming RMR (Regional Major Ranking) tournaments and DreamHack Masters Spring 2021. On the other hand, Valeriy “b1t” Vakhovskiy will hold a permanent position on the team.
The five-man roster of NAVI CS:GO for the first RMR tournament is settled: get all the details.
— NAVI (@natusvincere) April 11, 2021
Flamie out, B1t in
Due to Valve rules stipulating penalties for using substitute players, NaVi’s rotating six-player roster was put in question. A team found in violation has to undergo a compounding penalty of 20% of the points earned at the event if they substitute at least one player during the tournament. In response, Na’Vi has said “Valve made it clear that they do not intend to change the rules. Na’Vi needs as many points as possible to qualify for the Major. In this regard, the team had to coordinate the final roster for the next tournament to avoid penalty points.”
Na’Vi will prepare for their upcoming challenges at a boot camp in Kyiv, Ukraine, from April 11-24. DreamHack Masters Spring, their first focus, will be held between April 29 and May 9. The later CIS RMR tournament is expected to take place in May, around the same time as the European and the North American tournaments. “Despite this, DreamHack is still an important tournament for NAVI,” the organization noted.
The decision to opt for b1t over flamie was not explained in detail. But the team’s coach, Andrii “B1ad3” Gorodenskyi, will be providing clarification in a YouTube video to be posted “next week.”
NaVi roster for DreamHack Spring:
- Oleksandr ‘s1mple‘ Kostyliev
- Denis ‘electronic‘ Sharipov
- Ilya ‘Perfecto‘ Zalutskiy
- Kirill ‘BoombI4‘ Mikhailov
- Valeriy ‘b1t‘ Vakhovskiy
- Andrii ‘B1ad3‘ Gorodenskyi (coach)
CoD: Players Call For Warzone HUD Update In Season 3
Teamwork in Warzone can be hard, but this Reddit user may have solved all our problems.
It’s been just over a year since the release of Warzone, and while many players team up with a regular squad, some like to play with randoms online. In both scenarios, communication between your team can be hard, and Warzone’s UI does nothing to help that.
Well, Reddit user Abood_Abuoaid has created a new mockup for the Warzone UI, showing each player’s scorestreaks, plates, gas mask, etc.
With over 5.5k Upvotes at the time of writing, this has proved to be very popular, with many players calling for the update to come soon. Warzone already shows if players have self revive, so adding the other icons shouldn’t be too much hassle for the developers.
This little addition to the Warzone UI would change the game drastically. Teamwork would be much easier, and the leader of the squad who’s always checking up on their teammates’ plate/UAV situation wouldn’t have to keep asking.
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Top World of Warcraft teams clash in the AWC Shadowlands Circuit
Throughout April 10, the top World of Warcraft teams continued to duke it out in the Arena World Championship Shadowlands Circuit. A place in the Season 1 Finals was at stake.
Arena World Championship Shadowlands Circuit Europe
Day 1 of the third week of round-robin matches began with games between Creed and Tegridy Damp in the Nagrand Arena. Creed won the first game and followed that up with two more victories.
Tegridy Damp tried to land a Freezing Trap for crowd control, but it was to no avail as the opposing team’s Demon Hunter landed The Hunt and helped end the third game.
In the games between Blast Wave Bros and Ad Hoc Gaming, the latter team took the series with a quick 3-0. Against their opponent’s they played in the Nagrand Arena, Dalaran Sewers and Tiger’s Peak.
When Skill Capped faced Reload Esports, the first team was victorious in the Nagrand Arena. However, Reload Esports tied the score 1-1 at Hook Point. The third game took place in Empyrean Domain and had a nail-biting end, with Skill Capped earning another win.
— WoW Esports (@WoWEsports) April 10, 2021
Reload Esports had to win the next game, but the Dalaran Sewers arena went to their opponents. Meanwhile, the Method EU versus Cowana Gaming games were intense as both teams had a score of 2-2. Method EU won the fifth game in Empyrean Domain. This victory closed out the third week of Europe’s Arena World Championship games.
Arena World Championship Shadowlands Circuit North America
Over in the other region, the first round of games began with Unitas versus Cloud9. The latter team fought against their opponents in the Nagrand Arena, Ashamane’s Fall and Hook Point. They obtained victory with three consecutive wins.
World of Warcraft team Hamsters & Hares then clashed against OTK. While Hamsters & Hares earned a win in the first game, OTK tied the score 1-1 in the next arena.
Hamsters & Hares succumbing to @OTKnetwork in this second game, bringing this series to a tie and we’re moving onto GAME THREE!
— WoW Esports (@WoWEsports) April 10, 2021
OTK continued to turn the games around in the following two games, earning a score of 3-1.
The final game of the day came down to Method NA versus the Golden Guardians. Although the latter team fought valiantly in three different arenas, Method NA closed it out with a score of 3-0.
The first season of the Arena World Championship Shadowlands Circuit consists of four weekends. Once completed, each region’s top four World of Warcraft teams will head into the Season 1 Finals.
DarkZero Esports strikes RESPAWN partnership
North American esports organisation DarkZero Esports has welcomed gaming furniture manufacturer RESPAWN as its latest partner.
The year-long partnership will see RESPAWN outfit DarkZero’s gaming facility in Las Vegas.
As a part of the deal, both parties will also collaborate on creating content, unveiling new products and hosting giveaways.
James Deasey, RESPAWN Partnership Manager, spoke on the partnership in a release: “We at RESPAWN Products are excited to be working alongside one of the premier organisations in Rainbow Six Siege, DarkZero Esports.
“Tommy and the team at DarkZero have the drive and passion to continue to grow their brand exponentially, and that is something that aligns with our goals as well at team RESPAWN. As of today, RESPAWN Products is #GoingDark.”
Tommy Padula, Head of Partnerships at DarkZero, also commented: “We couldn’t be more excited to be partnering with the battle-tested ergonomic gaming furniture brand of the future, RESPAWN Products. It’s important for us at DarkZero to provide our athletes with top of the line equipment to perform at their best.
“Through partnering with RESPAWN, we are making good on that promise. We are also excited to provide value and engage with our fans through product giveaways and sweepstakes. Looking forward to growing with our founding partners!”
Esports Insider says: DarkZero’s gaming house is an 8,000 square foot facility, therefore partnering with RESPAWN Products to have it outfitted with its gaming furniture is certainly a great deal for the organisation.
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