Faker Sets New Record, Finishes His 100th Worlds Game With a Win
A legendary career!
League of Legends Worlds 2022 has been off to a terrific start with sixteen teams battling it out currently in the Group Stage. With so much on the line, teams have been giving it their all on the international stage, hoping to make it out of their respective groups. The domination and the records set by the Eastern teams at Worlds reflect their dedication and their sheer strength on the Rift. T1 is one such Korean organization that has created history in League of Legends esports and its star player Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok set a new record at Worlds 2022, arguably making him the greatest player to set foot on the Summoner’s Rift. On 9th October, on Day 3 of Worlds 2022, Faker played his 100th World Championship match and closed it out in style.
The victory against Cloud9 in the Group Stage, Faker’s 100th Worlds game, has added yet another feather to his hat and marked a milestone in his storied career. With this, Faker has won 72 matches out of the 100 games at Worlds that he’s played since 2013.
Faker’s all-time 72-28 win-loss record at Worlds marks an impressive 72% win rate on the international stage. He has 347 total kills, 23 solo kills, and Faker has played 30 unique champions at Worlds so far.
Faker’s impressive career
Fans, analysts, and players alike consider Faker as the “GOAT” (Greatest of all time) of League of Legends esports. Faker won his first World Championship with SK Telecom T1 (SKT T1) in 2013, his debut year, and has been a pivotal part of the team ever since. In 2013, Faker crushed the competition and SKT T1 put up an impressive 15-3 record across the tournament and won against Chinese team Royal Never Give Up (RNG) 3-0 to become the champion. After having missed Worlds in 2014, SKT T1 and Faker returned to their winning ways in 2015, becoming the champion team yet again.
Faker and SKT T1 were formidable as they won their third Worlds title in 2016, becoming the only team to win three titles. Faker is widely known for his deep champion pool and understanding of the game. In addition to this, he is also mechanically gifted. The League of Legends fans call him the “Unkillable Demon King” and the phrase “Faker, Faker, Playmaker” has gone on to become a sensation in the esports scene of League.
T1 and Faker in 2022
20th March 2022 will go down as one of the greatest dates in the history of League of Legends and its esports scene as T1 took on DRX Esports in its final series in the League of Legends Champions Korea (LCK) Spring Split 2022. As the DRX nexus broke into smaller pieces one last time, T1 emerged victorious and secured its 18th consecutive win. The team finished the split without dropping a single series. Following this, it went on to win the Spring Playoffs and qualified for the Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) 2022. However, the team suffered heartbreak on home soil as it lost to RNG in the MSI 2022 final.
The Summer Split was a roller coaster ride for the team as it had its fair share of struggles and it emerged out of the Summer Playoffs only as the second seed, next to GEN.G. The team is now fighting at Worlds 2022 to clinch its fourth Worlds title.