November 13, 2023
Hong Lau

League of Legends - Is this the year of Faker (1 minute read)

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I wrote in an earlier article that this is one of the most exciting times of the year for a League of Legends fan.  Other than the ranked season restarting for some, this may be it.  For any OG fan, this worlds, compared to many, has been special as well.  We’ll start with the resurgence of TheShy in the top lane.  But more importantly, watching Faker play in another Worlds final.

This all happened because of the win today against JDG.  Many people look at this as the finals/the most entertaining matchup.  Boy, did the series deliver.  I was up at 4 AM AST, jumping for joy and screaming at my TV, cheering on T1.  Faker carried this series against JDG like crazy with that flash Azir ult on Ruler… Which just seemed like revenge for his 2017 Flash to seal Worlds that year.  Oner flashing over that arrow for a decisive engage in game 3.  This world is shaping out to be almost as entertaining as last year’s event.  Last year, the Cinderella team of the LCK (4th seed) made the MIRACLE run throughout the whole tournament to win the championship over Faker and T1.

The stage and redemption arc for the Finals this upcoming Sunday has been set.  I don’t think anyone thought these two teams would be in the finals. In my first article for Worlds, I said that anything could happen with Weibo Gaming and that Faker would win in Korea.  Let’s say that I am hoping for the latter.  A couple of things come to mind: this is the first time ever Faker has played in Korea on the World stage, and it’s his 10th anniversary since winning his first world championship.  Second is that he has gone through the entire LPL (China) gauntlet) Defeating BLG 2-0 in the last round of the Swiss Stage, sweeping LNG 3-0 in the quarterfinals and now beating JDG 3-1 in the semifinals.  The only team left is Weibo, the 4th seed of the LPL in the world finals.  It has been T1 vs the LCK with one final clash.  Some other stats are that the LCK (Korea) is 12-7 against the LPL on the World stage… T1 (formerly known as SKT1) has 7 of those victories… and you know who has been a part of all those… you guessed it, Faker.  He is also UNDEFEATED in any Best Of series against any LPL teams.

A couple of other reasons for me is to watch Keira, Gumayusi, Oner, and Zeus win their first worlds championship.  This roster has lost quite a few championships over the last couple of years (MSI 2022, Worlds 2022, LCK 2023 Spring and Summer).  This may also be the last time we ever see this roster together.  I hope not if they are the world champs.

Every road to a world championship goes through Faker, and this year is no different.