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SKT Faker 2016 Spring.png
Background Information
Name: Lee Sang-hyeok (이상혁)
Country of Birth: South Korea South Korea
Birthday: May 7, 1996 (1996-05-07) (age 22)
Residency: News Label - Korea.png Korea
Team: SK Telecom T1
Role: Mid
Favorite champions:      
Alternate IDs: BarcodeKiller (NA)
SKT T1 Faker
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Koearn (EU)
mid fekar (NA)
Peak League: ChallengerTier.png Challenger I (NA)
Peak League: ChallengerTier.png Challenger I (EU)
Peak League: ChallengerTier.png Challenger I (KR)
Peak League: MasterTier.png Master I (BR)
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Team History
Feb 2013 - Nov 2014
SKT1Logo std.png SK Telecom T1 K
Nov 2014 - Present
SKT1Logo std.png SK Telecom T1

Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok is the mid laner for SK Telecom T1.


Season 3

Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok was pulled out of solo queue by the SK Telecom organization so that a team could be formed around him in the mid lane. Ultimately they settled on Impact, bengi, Piglet, and PoohManDu to surround him and the team was unveiled in February of 2013, dubbed SK Telecom T1 2. They qualified for their first OGN at OLYMPUS Champions Spring 2013. They exceeded all expectations and placed 3rd, losing 3-1 in the semifinals to MVP Ozone but beating CJ Entus Frost 3-0 in the 3rd place match. Faker's dominating performances put him in the conversation for best mid laner in the world after just one tournament. The team was renamed to SK Telecom T1 after their sister team, SK Telecom T1 1, was disbanded. With a great first result under their belts, they attended HOT6iX Champions Summer 2013. Faker continued his fantastic play and led his team to a reverse sweep of the KT Rolster Bullets and earned them a berth at the Season 3 Korea Regional Finals. They were seeded directly into the finals and met the Bullets again, only to soundly beat them 3-1. SK Telecom qualified for the Season 3 World Championship as the final Korean seed but still came in as the favorites to win the whole tournament. Faker crushed the competition and the team put up an impressive 15-3 record across the tournament, culminating in a one-sided finals where they beat Royal Club 3-0 and became the new world champions. Faker's brilliant play across the season earned him the title of best player in the world by most fans and experts alike. The SK Telecom organization picked up a new sister team, ultimately named SK Telecom T1 S, so Faker's team was renamed to SK Telecom T1 K.

2014 Season

The new season started even better for K at PANDORA.TV Champions Winter 2013-2014. They didn't lose a single game and put up the greatest performance a team has ever had at an OGN tournament. They swept Samsung Ozone in the finals and Faker proved himself as the greatest LoL player of all time after just a year. However the success wasn't meant to last after ManDu stepped down due to health issues and the team picked up Casper. An ultimately poor showing at HOT6iX Champions Spring 2014 was capped off with a 3-1 loss to Ozone in the quarterfinals. ManDu rejoined the starting line up before All-Star Paris 2014, where the team was expected to falter. In typical fashion, they swept the whole tournament and earned a clean 9-0 record, ending in a dominating finals against OMG. They returned to Korea with high hopes to participate in HOT6iX Champions Summer 2014 but ended up mirroring the results of their last OGN, losing 3-1 in the quarterfinals to Samsung White. They lost in a tiebreaker for the 2nd Korean seed to worlds, again to White, by being swept. K was seeded into the finals of the 2014 Season Korea Regional Finals but ended up losing 3-1 to NaJin White Shield and missed Worlds.

2015 Season

Changes to the OGN rules forced K and S to merge, forming SK Telecom T1. Most of the old K roster was removed, except for Bengi and Faker, while MaRin, Wolf, and Bang filled out the rest of the line-up. Easyhoon and Faker shared the starting mid lane spot for SBENU Champions Spring 2015, to the disappointment of many fans who wanted to see Faker play in every game. Despite SK Telecom's strong performance in the informal Spring Preseason, they were not the top team in the season itself, and it was the newly-formed GE Tigers who were invited to IEM Katowice as the top team from Korea, not SKT. And SKT finished second in the season overall, with an 11-3 record - one game behind the Tigers. Regardless, in the playoffs, SKT beat both CJ Entus and the Tigers - without Faker even starting for a single game against the Tigers.

Their spring season championship qualified SK Telecom for the 2015 Mid-Season Invitational. There, they swept the group stage 5-0 but then dropped two games to the European Fnatic in the semifinals, beating them 3-2, with Faker starting each game. In the finals against EDward Gaming, Easyhoon started for the first three games, and SKT ultimately lost 3-2. In the final game of the set, EDG famously left open LeBlanc for Faker - a champion he was until then undefeated on - and counterpicked it with a mid lane Morgana for pawN, running a composition designed to shut down Faker.

After the Mid-Season Invitational, SKT bounced back and won the regular season of Champions Summer, dropping only one set along the way - though it was the set that would have made them the first team worldwide to clinch a Worlds seed (they ended up clinching their seed when the GE Tigers lost their very next set as well). Faker played 12 unique champions in his 29 games, innovating mid lane Irelia, a pick that would become a relatively popular off-meta pick around the world, and Master Yi, a pick that would not. Seeded directly into the playoff finals this time, SKT easily swept KT Rolster 3-0 (Faker played all three games) to earn Korea's top seed to the 2015 World Championship. SKT was placed in a group at worlds alongside EDG, Bangkok Titans, and H2k Gaming. They went undefeated all the way to the finals, beating AHQ e-Sports Club and Origen in the playoffs along the way. They met the KOO Tigers in the finals and beat them 3-1 to give the organization its second World Championship. This made Faker one of only three people (the other two being his coach kkOma and bengi) to have won the World Championship twice.

2016 Season

Two weeks after the World Championship, SK Telecom played in the LoL KeSPA Cup. In their semifinal series against Challenger team Ever, substitute mid laner Scout started in the first game, but even with Faker playing in the second game, the team lost the series 0-2 - continuing a streak of World Champions being eliminated early on in their first tournaments after Worlds. SK Telecom announced Faker's re-signing for the 2016 season after the tournament.[1] In March, SK Telecom attended IEM Katowice despite being only the seventh-place LCK team at the time. They brought substitute jungler Blank in place of bengi and swept through the tournament, winning the title after only seven games. After returning to Korea, a rejuvenated Faker helped the team climb back up the standings to third place in the regular split, right behind ROX Tigers and KT Rolster. From there, he eventually won his fifth Korean championship and third consecutive title. This win allowed SKT to return to the Mid Season Invitational, the only team to return from the previous year.

At the MSI, Faker and SKT quickly ran into trouble where in the first round robin of the group stage they went 2-3. However at the second round robin of the group stage, SKT improved its score to 6-4 to get pass group stage and earn first seed status for their respective region. At the semi-final, they faced off against RNG and beat them 3-1 in the best of five series. In this series, SKT even achieved the perfect game in Game 4 of the series by not losing any objective or kill. In the finals, they beat CLG 3-0, earning their first ever MSI title.


  • Previously played a game called 'Chaos', also a MOBA, he credits it as a factor in easy transition he had to play League.
  • Views his team mates as his second family and thinks the family atmosphere strengthens the team.
  • Is highly regarded for his  LeBlanc play during an OGN Spring match against MVP Blue; he went 10-0-1 by 18 minutes and made MVP Blue surrender at 20 minutes. [2]
  • Faker is known for his hyper aggressive playstyle
  • Was undefeated on  LeBlanc until the 2015 Mid-Season Invitational final against EDward Gaming, where he lost with LeBlanc in game 5.
  • Faker tends to play  LeBlanc,  Fizz,  Zed,  Ahri and  Orianna.
  • He is considered the best League of Legends player in the world by many eSports journalists and pro players such as Thorin, [3] Alex Ich, [4] and Maknoon who called him the "Lionel Messi of League of Legends".
  • Dustin Beck, the vice president of Riot games, said Faker is the "Michael Jordan" of League of Legends [5] in a press conference at Staples Center
  • In the first game of the 2013 OGN summer championships Faker played Ahri and scored a GPM of 492.
  • Was both the Season MVP and the Mid Lane KDA leader in the HOT6iX Champions Summer 2013.
  • Believes every mid laner should be able to play  Twisted Fate because if mastered he teaches you to look at the mini map and,  Ryze because once mastered, you learn the importance of hitting the right keys, in the right time and order.
  • Owns two flower pots to relieve stress.
  • Is notable for not using any alternate skins for champions he plays. The only exception to this was in Game 1 of the OGN Winter Grand Finals 2013 where he used Battle Bunny Riven. Faker went on to state that this was a mistake as the OGN staff check the players accounts before the games, and the tester of his account selected the skin - which Faker didn't notice in Champion Select,[6] and SKT T1 Zed in the game vs Fnatic in the All-Star Paris 2014, when all the team used their featured skins.[7]
  • Quoted as the "Unkillable Demon King" by Cool [8]
  • Known for his amazing soloqueue performance with  Riven on the North American server during the Season 3 World Championship, earning him a 92 % win rate in 24 games.
  • Widely renowned for his deep champion pool and understanding.
  • Popularized  Riven being played in the mid lane.
  • Considers HotshotGG's  LeBlanc better than his and deserves a #thingsHotshotGGdoes tag.[9]
  • Awarded Best Mid Laner at 2013 Korean eSports Awards. [10]
  • One of two players to have won World Championship three times, along with bengi.
  • Won a 1v1 tournament involving skt members Bengi Duke Blank Bang


Date R Tournament Team Vs Champion P W/L KDA SB VOD
2015-01-07 News Label - Korea.png Champions Spring 2015 - Week 1 SKT1Logo std.png  NaJinemfirelogo std.png   LeBlanc
W 10/2/6 Link Link
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Current Season Statistics

LCK 2016 Summer Statistics
4 4 0 100 5 1.75 4.25 5.29 320.5 9.3 15.95k 463
2 2 0 100 3 1 11 14.00 290.5 7.77 15.1k 404
Net: 6 6 0 100 4.33 1.5 6.5 7.22 310.5 8.76 15.67k 442
Click here for full 2016 season statistics.


  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
Date Event Result
2017-05-21 2017 Mid-Season Invitational Gold.png SK Telecom T1 SKT1Logo std.png 3 : 1 G2logo std.png G2 Esports
2017-04-22 LCK 2017 Spring Playoffs Gold.png SK Telecom T1 SKT1Logo std.png 3 : 0 KTRolsterLogo std.png KT Rolster


  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2013

Articles and Videos

  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014

Highlight Videos

Misc. Videos

  • 2015


External Links


  1. [단독] '페이커' 이상혁, 소속팀 SK텔레콤과 재계약 (Korean) osen.mt.co.kr
  2. Faker of Legend_LOL Champs Spring 7화_Match2youtube.com
  3. http://na.lolesports.com/articles/experts-weigh-worlds-predictions-1
  4. http://cloth5.com/an-interview-with-gambit-gamings-alex_ich/
  5. http://www.inven.co.kr/webzine/news/?news=64531
  6. http://sports.news.naver.com/sports/index.nhn?category=e_sports&ctg=news&mod=read&office_id=236&article_id=0000096820
  7. http://youtu.be/sIb4ttZCfKs?t=20m48s
  8. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=fPyJES5-vAo#t=32965
  9. Faker: I hope they make a #ThingsHotshotGGdoes tag.youtube.com
  10. Result of 2013 Korean e-Sports Awardsinven.com.kr