Que Christy Conzana in 2017 in China. This was the first time on the international stage that we saw Faker as a mortal. I remember it was early in the morning, the same as today. The image that burns through my mind is Faker on stage in tears because it was the first time he had ever lost on the grand stage. He was the undisputed best player in the world at the time, and I don’t think it’s a discussion.
In 2017, he carried his roster with Hunt, Bang, Wolf and Peanut to the finals with Galio. Fast forward the clock six years later. Faker is finally left as the last one standing in the mid-lane. There were several quotes you could read from various writers along the tone of “He was chasing the legend of himself back then, and he is no longer chasing that. Win or lose, it’s about enjoying being able to play the game he loves on the biggest stage.” (Paraphrasing). I think this is one of the first years since then where you felt Faker was “carrying” his team or individually as one of the best on his team skill-wise. There is a big difference this year compared to 2017 and all other years. It felt like everyone did their part, and destiny did not let them lose.
As said in my previous posts, this was the year of Faker. EVERYTHING lined up for the GOAT. He won his first world championship in 2013 as a 17-year-old; every time the World Championship was in Korea, his team never made it (so it was his debut). His team looked weak during the summer split, and because of his injury, he had to go through Ruler, who made the game-winning play on him in 2017. Last but not least, he climbed the LPL gauntlet (beat all 4 Chinese teams in a series to win it all). I don’t think you could have scripted it any better. For Faker, it was his 4th world championship in 4 years, which is an incredible feat, but he said this was different. This one was for his teammates, his little brothers that he had helped “guide them” through their early years of LoL. All his teammates are 21 or younger with him being the elder statesman at 27. He had to compose himself last year when Keira broke down in tears in their heartbreaking loss. This year was different; I don’t think anything would stop them.
This may be the last time we see this roster play together (which is crazy, and I hope not), but if it is - What a curtain call.
LEGENDS NEVER DIE