It’s safe to say that SK Telecom T1 will not settle for anything less than a championship at the 2019 World Championship.
Claiming first seed in arguably the most difficult group of the tournament, SK Telecom T1 made quick work of Splyce in the quarter-finals to secure a semifinal rematch against G2 Esports.
Up against arguably the best team in the tournament, SK Telecom T1’s star player, Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok, talked about what he felt about people calling him as the “GOAT”, which stands for Greatest of all Time, of League of Legends.
Apparently, Faker has come to terms with the moniker. This is surprising, considering that he’s had the fictional title for years already. He also has the accolades to back the claims up, having won a World Championship in 2013, 2015, and 2016, with a runner-up finish to boot.
Talking to the media in the Palacio Vistalegre’s conference hall, Faker showed grace and confidence. He said that he is very thankful that people call him the “GOAT” and he now believes that he deserves it.
He says that the praise doesn’t get to his head. Instead, it makes him want to play better so that he can even more illustrious titles, fictional as they may seem. Faker then went on to talk about how it is his complete faith in himself that has helped him stay on top of his game despite encountering multiple setbacks throughout his career.
While Faker has yet to win a record fourth World Championship, he did go on to record his 100th international win as he guided SK Telecom T1 to a 3-1 win over Splyce. This makes him the “winningest” player in League of Legends history.
The next two players on the leaderboard are his former teammates, Bae “Bang” Jun-sik and Lee “Wolf” Jae-wan, with 76 wins each. Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao of Royal Never Give Up is next with 55, while Jung “Impact” Eon-yeong of Team Liquid rounds out the Top 5 with 50 international wins.
In true Faker fashion, when asked about his 100th international win, he simply said that he is aiming for his 200th.
The Revenge of Faker
Ever so competitive, Faker is looking forward to his team’s rematch against G2 Esports.
Earlier this year, G2 Esports defeated SK Telecom T1 in Taipei to claim the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational title. Since then, Faker has wanted nothing but to take revenge against G2 Esports. However, he did express his admiration for the way that the European team played the game and how they played an important role in his own improvement.
Faker also believes that his team is now much better thanks to their loss against G2 Esports.
Whether that really is true or not is something that we will see soon enough.
SK Telecom T1 will face off against G2 Esports at 12:00 PM CET on November 3 (Sunday), with a spot in the Grand Finals on the line.