Ask anyone who’s been following League of Legends, or even esports in general, for a while, and they’ll probably tell you that...
Apr 30, 2019
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Ask anyone who’s been following League of Legends, or even esports in general, for a while, and they’ll probably tell you that they’ve heard of Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok. Considered by many as the greatest professional esports player of all time, Faker, who is still only 22 years old, has accomplished a lot more in his career than most organizations have throughout their lifetime, and he’s not done quite yet. Faker’s success can be attributed to a number of things. For starters, he’s probably the most mechanically talented player ever in League of Legends history. Not to mention, he’s a cerebral player who knows how to pick his spots. Finally, he has a great understanding of the game and applies to multiple champions, giving him one of the deepest champion pools among players of his caliber. That last part is something that a new fan video, uploaded by Ranking History on YouTube, is trying to shed a light on.
Faker’s Champion Pool Evolution
Faker is probably known to many casual fans of League of Legends as a flashy player who makes standout players for his team. But, you’d be surprised as to how much more of Faker’s success has been attributed, not to his flashiness, but his well-disciplined play.Over the entirety of his six-year professional League of Legends career, Faker has played a wide number of champions. By far, his most played champion is Orianna, with 58 games. The champion is essentially what you’d consider as the prototypical control mage. This is followed by Azir and then Ryze, with the latter being one of Faker’s most famous picks. For example, many fans remember how Faker used Ryze to basically carry SK Telecom T1 to multiple wins, including the trophy at the 2015 World Championships. What’s even more surprising about Faker’s champion pool is not just how deep it is, but how successful he’s been with various picks. Lissandra is among one of Faker’s most-played champions with 28 professional games played. Yet, Faker has an 82% win-rate on the champion, which is absurd when you think about it. Even more absurd is Faker’s 81% win rate in 26 professional games played on his LeBlanc, which he, at one point, was actually undefeated on.Further evidence of Faker’s deep champion pool is how he’s capable of adjusting his playstyle to cater towards the meta more. He’s played the assassin Zed in 12 games and has a 92% win rate on it. He also has a 90% win rate in 10 games on Zilean, a champion that’s usually played in a more supportive role. Faker’s run on top of the League of Legends scene came to an end in 2018 when he failed to guide SK Telecom T1 to a berth at the 2018 World Championships. But, now, Faker is looking to retake his throne. Backed by a retooled SK Telecom T1 team, Faker will be looking to make South Korea proud again at the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational in May.