What will Faker – GOAT of League of Legends with a fading aura have to do at MSI 2023? How long has it been since fans have seen Faker really shine?
Faker was born to play League of Legends and play LoL to succeed, even no one can deny the greatness of Faker in this game with an excessive collection of titles from LCK to Worlds. There was a time when all Faker’s opponents competed to find the runner-up because the winner was decided since Faker put on the headset. But even in his brightest days, Faker still had to fall a few times.
Faker, like many other players, started his career at a very young age, you can call them teenagers, so it is normal to have strong feelings about the struggles. For Faker – who is considered the GOAT of League of Legends, defeats (especially special matches like finals) will bring a serious blow to him.
In 2015, Faker, who just started his professional League of Legends career 2 years ago, has already won titles that players spend their whole lives looking for like LCK Champion or World Championship. Faker’s first fall can be counted on MSI 2015 in the final against EDG with a score of 2-3.
Faker then with a “trump card” LeBlanc – the general who made his name did not have to succumb to any player from your team (coefficient of 12-0). But EDG was able to lock into Easyhoon’s position and made Faker unable to “carry” SKT T1 then get the MSI 2015 Championship – the only title Faker missed in 2015. The defeat came close to making Faker immediately at that time it was not for a long time.
The time Faker really collapsed on the live broadcast of Worlds 2017 marked a real low note in this legendary player’s career. The quick 0-3 result in front of compatriot SSG made the Devil King cry. On a day when Ruler’s performance was on the rise, this ADC left Faker helpless as he watched his teammates fall one by one. The final match after 40 minutes of struggle left an end for SKT T1, SSG lifted the 2017 World Championship trophy.
Then Faker didn’t have to be so stubborn that he didn’t cry anymore, but he knew there were other people who needed him for support. Because now Faker’s teammates are sometimes nearly ten years younger than him, Faker sees his old self, he doesn’t cry, but the teenager will probably cry like his teammate now.
Faker never stopped. Accompanying T1 for 10 years is 10 years of Faker’s relentless efforts to remain the “strong man” of League of Legends. In the strictest and most disciplined way, Faker maintained his form over the years, accompanies different teammates and became a true leader.
It may be said that Faker and his path are filled with the glory of the main character, but that is never easy for a professional player. T1 has lost 4 finals in a row, they didn’t play bad at all, even T1 has always been the top champion candidate of every tournament with Faker’s service.
T1’s current performance is very good, but League of Legends fans think that it is not in a hurry to judge because T1 almost “choke” in the final. Faker’s meticulousness and perfectionism will gradually perfect T1 and the young players who are his teammates and Faker’s 3-year contract will definitely be the journey that Faker finds back to the glory he had.