Skt huni on msi 2017: ‘i don’t think there’s a really good team that can beat us’

     

The success of mid laner Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok & T1 (formerly SK Telecom T1) is inextricably tied lớn the first decade of League of Legends esports. Since Faker debuted in 2013, the third season of competitive League of Legends, he has been at 12 of the 17 premier international tournaments that Riot Games has held. Faker & Co. Have won five of them: three League of Legends World Championships và two Mid-Season Invitationals.

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It’s hard khổng lồ believe that Faker’s appearance at the 2022 League of Legends Worlds final is his và his organization’s first in five years. After so much success in Faker’s first five years as a pro, the last five have been marked by a more competitive international landscape. In fact, no team has won back-to-back or even multiple world championships since Faker and SKT did so in 2016.

Fittingly, with Worlds back in North America for the first time since 2016, Faker was back in the final for the fifth time. Here’s a look back on the results of Faker’s international appearances.

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2013 Worlds -- SKT win final

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This is when it all began. As a 17-year-old rookie, Faker won the 2013 world championship alongside Jeong "Impact" Eon-young, Bae "Bengi" Seong-woong, Chae "Piglet" Gwang-jin and Lee "PoohManDu" Jeong-hyeon. SKT’s 3-0 final win over China’s Royal Club at Staples Center in Los Angeles ushered in an era of Korean dominance at Worlds. Faker was the best player in the world when individual play mattered most in League of Legends và he immediately became the Michael Jordan of the game.

2015 MSI -- SKT chiến bại final

Faker was on the losing side of the first-ever Mid-Season Invitational. After going a perfect 5-0 in the round robin group stage, SKT beat Fnatic 3-2 in the semifinals & then lost the final 3-2 to lớn EDward Gaming with Faker also losing his previously perfect 12-0 record on his ace pick, LeBlanc. Faker shared time in the mid lane throughout the season with Lee "Easyhoon" Ji-hoon after the merger of SKT’s sister teams, with Easyhoon playing the first three games of the final và Faker playing the last two games, marking a fierce debate in the international community over SKT’s decision khổng lồ platoon the greatest mid laner of all time.

2015 Worlds -- SKT win final

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Faker and SKT had a perfect run en route lớn the 2015 Worlds final. They went 6-0 in the group stage và had 3-0 victories over ahq eSports Club và Origen in the playoffs. They only dropped one trò chơi in the final to the KOO Tigers (later known as ROX Tigers) lớn claim their second world championship. This was the first of four consecutive international tournament victories for SKT và the trio of Faker, Bae "Bang" Jun-sik and Lee "Wolf" Jae-wan. South Korean talent may have started moving overseas en masse, but Faker và Co. Remained strong as they built upon not only their own legacy but the legacy of Korean League of Legends.

2016 MSI -- SKT win final

SKT had an uncharacteristically mediocre group stage at MSI 2016 in which they went 6-4 before turning it on in the playoffs with a 3-1 victory over Royal Never Give Up & a 3-0 final win over Counter xúc tích và ngắn gọn Gaming. SKT faltered in single games, but continued their absolute dominance in five game sets. Faker was named the MVP, earning his first MVP at either MSI or Worlds.

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2016 Worlds -- SKT win final

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This was peak Faker. Back at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the site of his first world championship, Faker led SKT lớn their second consecutive Worlds title và third overall. Faker was named MVP and was on đứng đầu of the world. It was a classic final, too with a 3-2 victory by SKT over Samsung Galaxy which featured the second-longest Worlds game of all time. Trò chơi 3 of the series lasted a whopping 71 minutes, trăng tròn seconds.

2017 MSI -- SKT win final

Taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, MSI 2017 was the first & thus far only MSI or Worlds held in the Southern Hemisphere. Faker và SKT won their fourth consecutive international event. After an 8-2 group stage, SKT beat Flash Wolves 3-0 in the semifinals & G2 Esports 3-1 in the final.

2017 Worlds -- SKT thua thảm final

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In a rematch of the 2016 Worlds final, Samsung Galaxy beat SKT 3-0 khổng lồ win their first world championship since 2014. Held in Beijing’s famous Bird’s Nest Stadium, this final was the site of the now iconic photo of Faker hunched over in his seat following the loss & holding his face in his hands in despair. Faker & T1 wouldn’t reach another MSI or Worlds final for five years.

2019 MSI -- SKT thua thảm semifinal

After missing out on both MSI and Worlds in 2018, SKT rebuilt around Faker & made it back to lớn the international stage. However, for the first time ever at MSI or Worlds, Faker and SKT failed lớn reach the final. SKT lost in the semifinals 3-2 to lớn Europe’s G2 Esports, who ultimately defeated Team Liquid in the final. Notably, the person playing mid lane on the opposite side of the rift was Rasmus "caPs" Borregaard Winther, the 19-year-old with the nickname “Baby Faker.”

2019 Worlds -- SKT thua kém semifinal

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Faker và Co. Were once again stymied by G2 at an international tournament. SKT lost in the semis 3-1 khổng lồ G2. At the time, another loss lớn G2 in the semis appeared lượt thích the metaphorical passing of the torch. Of course, that turned out not to lớn be the case, as G2 went on to thua kém the final & not sustain their màn chơi of play in subsequent years, while T1 rebuilt around Faker and resurfaced as one of the best teams in the world a couple years later.

2021 Worlds -- T1 thua trận semifinal

After missing out on Worlds 2020 và MSI 2021, Faker & the rebranded and rebuilt T1 qualified for Worlds 2021. This time it wasn’t G2 who ended T1’s run in the semis, but fellow Korean team và defending 2020 world champions DWG KIA. Five years after a prime Faker won his third Worlds title and cemented SKT’s dynasty, this tournament featured a veteran Faker leading a team of young players against a team looking lớn create their own dynasty.

2022 MSI -- T1 lose final

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For the first time ever, Faker played a major international tournament on home soil. T1 qualified for MSI after the first-ever undefeated split in League of Legends Champions Korea (LCK). With a team of youngsters led by the veteran Faker, T1 finally made it back to another final for the first time since 2017. Although it appeared destined that T1 would once again be international champions, Faker & Co. Finished second to lớn China’s Royal Never Give Up.

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2022 Worlds -- T1 chiến bại final

T1 lost a bit of steam following MSI 2022, finishing second in the LCK summer playoffs & entering Worlds as Korea’s second seed. Yet they made it all the way to the Worlds 2022 final where they encountered another bittersweet kết thúc as they lost their second international final of the year, this time lớn DRX và their incredible Cinderella story. After a taste of Worlds in 2021 và an international final earlier in the year, T1’s young players, especially the bot lane duo of Lee "Gumayusi" Min-hyeong & Ryu "Keria" Min-seok really rose khổng lồ the occasion lớn help Faker reach his first Worlds final since 2017. Despite the loss, T1's performance in the final will be remembered for the team executing multiple baron và dragon steals that helped make this arguably the greatest League of Legends Worlds final ever played.


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