For the past month of the season, the higher ranks of North American League of Legends were treated to an influx of foreign talent, raising the level of competition on the region’s servers during the 2016 World Championship. As Worlds reaches its conclusion, so ends the tyranny of SK Telecom T1’s mid laner Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok. The best player in the world has been reducing NA’s homebred talent to tears, decimating the Challenger scene as he climbed to one of the top ranks in under 30 days.
Who would have thought that the sight of an Aatrox ban would be enough to strike fear into the hearts of your opponent? Faker’s notorious ban immediately sent shockwaves through a pre game lobby, the odds of victory immediately stacked against you as the worlds best player prepares for battle on the opposing team.
Alongside scrim matches and in-game strategy sessions, “mid fekar”, the most feared account on the NA servers rose to the third highest rank in Challenger tier, quickly surpassing America’s elite regional players with a crushing 65% win rate and a whopping 1,060 LP:
As former Team Dignitas mid laner, William “Scarra” Li described on stream this guy is “too fucking good” sometimes – the phrase seems particularly appropriate when witnessing one player single handedly pentakill your entire team. Scarra is by no means the only big name to be have been decimated by Faker over the past month… looking at you Michael “Imaqtpie” Santana.
Not only is the Korean ruthless in his execution of the enemy, he lives up to his reputation as the Unkillable Demon King, as popular streamers Annie Bot and Goldenglue learnt in a painful lesson:
Faker’s Cassiopeia is a truly frightening prospect to face, single-handedly ripping teams apart from the mid lane. Even with NA’s dirty amount of ping, Faker manages to dodge skillshots like he’s playing in slow motion – if he wasn’t the best player in the world you might assume he was scripting.
After being crowned as a three-time World Champion, Faker’s Challenger account will now cease all activity, much to the joy of the tortured locals.