|Name:||Lee Sang-hyeok (이상혁)|
|Country of Birth:||South Korea|
|Birthday:||May 7, 1996|
|Team:||SK Telecom T1|
|Alternate IDs:|| BarcodeKiller (NA)|
SKT T1 Faker
Hide on bush
mid fekar (NA)
|Peak League:||Challenger I (NA)|
|Peak League:||Challenger I (EU)|
|Peak League:||Challenger I (KR)|
|Peak League:||Master I (BR)|
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Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok is the mid laner for SK Telecom T1.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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. 
- 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,  Alex Ich,  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  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, and SKT T1 Zed in the game vs Fnatic in the All-Star Paris 2014, when all the team used their featured skins.
- Quoted as the "Unkillable Demon King" by Cool 
- 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.
- Awarded Best Mid Laner at 2013 Korean eSports Awards. 
- 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
|2015-01-07||Champions Spring 2015 - Week 1||LeBlanc||
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Current Season Statistics
|LCK 2016 Summer Statistics|
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|2017-05-21||2017 Mid-Season Invitational||SK Telecom T1 3 : 1 G2 Esports|
|2017-04-22||LCK 2017 Spring Playoffs||SK Telecom T1 3 : 0 KT Rolster|
|2016-10-29||2016 Season World Championship||SK Telecom T1 3 : 2 Samsung Galaxy|
|2016-08-12||LCK 2016 Summer Playoffs||SK Telecom T1 2 : 3 KT Rolster|
|2016-05-15||2016 Mid-Season Invitational||SK Telecom T1 3 : 0 Counter Logic Gaming|
|2016-04-23||LCK 2016 Spring Playoffs||SK Telecom T1 3 : 1 ROX Tigers|
|2016-03-06||IEM Season X - World Championship||SK Telecom T1 3 : 0 Fnatic|
|2015-12-13||All-Star Los Angeles 2015 5v5||LCK Allstars 2 : 0 EU LCS Allstars|
|2015-11-13||2015 LoL KeSPA Cup||SK Telecom T1 0 : 2 ESC Ever|
|2015-10-31||2015 World Championship||SK Telecom T1 3 : 1 KOO Tigers|
|2015-08-29||SBENU Champions Summer 2015 Playoffs||SK Telecom T1 3 : 0 KT Rolster|
|2015-05-10||2015 Mid-Season Invitational||SK Telecom T1 2 : 3 EDward Gaming|
|2015-05-02||SBENU Champions Spring 2015 Playoffs||SK Telecom T1 3 : 0 GE Tigers|
|2014-08-30||2014 Season Korea Regional Finals||SK Telecom T1 K 1 : 3 NaJin White Shield|
|2014-08-09||ITENJOY NLB Summer 2014||SK Telecom T1 K 3 : 0 NaJin Black Sword|
|2014-06-08||SK Telecom LTE-A LoL Masters 2014||SK Telecom T1 0 : 3 Samsung Galaxy|
|2014-05-14||bigfile NLB Spring 2014||SK Telecom T1 K 3 : 0 KT Rolster Bullets|
|2014-05-11||All-Star Paris 2014||SK Telecom T1 K 3 : 0 Oh My God|
|2014-01-25||PANDORA.TV Champions Winter 2013-2014||SK Telecom T1 K 3 : 0 Samsung Ozone|
|2013-10-04||Season 3 World Championship||SK Telecom T1 3 : 0 Royal Club|
|2013-09-07||Season 3 Korea Regional Finals||SK Telecom T1 3 : 1 KT Rolster Bullets|
|2013-08-31||HOT6iX Champions Summer 2013||SK Telecom T1 3 : 2 KT Rolster Bullets|
|2013-06-29||AMD-INVEN GamExperience||SK Telecom T1 0 : 2 MVP Ozone|
|2013-06-05||OLYMPUS Champions Spring 2013||SK Telecom T1 2 3 : 0 CJ Entus Frost|
- January 13th, “Goal is to Win Worlds” SKT T1 Faker Postmatch Interview with Inven, English translation by krbnu.
- January 13th, SKT Faker, “Variation of styles with the addition of Duke” with dailyesports, English translation by krbnu.
- January 13th, SKT T1 vs CJ Entus MVP Interview with Faker with OnGameNet, English translation by krbnu.
- January 22nd, SKT T1 Faker, “The minimum expectation is that we win a championship” with Inven, English translation by krbnu.
- January 29th, SKT T1 Faker, “Things will change starting with the next match” with Inven, English translation by krbnu.
- February 4th, SKT T1 vs SBENU Sonicboom MVP Interview with Duke & Faker with OnGameNet, English translation by krbnu.
- February 13th, SKT T1 Faker, “I expect to win 2:0 over Longzhu if we improve” with Inven, English translation by krbnu.
- March 5th, Faker on SKT's new jungler: 'Blank... is someone who likes to make his own calls' with Lisa Doan on theScore
- March 5th, IEM Katowice: Superstar "Faker" im SPORT1-Interview with SPORT1
- March 11th, SKT T1 vs Afreeca Freecs MVP Interview with Duke & Faker with OnGameNet, English translation by krbnu.
- March 16th, SKT T1 vs Jin Air MVP Interview with Blank & Faker with OnGameNet, English translation by krbnu.
- March 24th, [SKT T1 Faker & Bengi Postmatch Interview (3-year debut anniversary), “Thank you. Don’t forget my birthday” with Inven, English translation by krbnu.’'
- March 24th, SKT T1 vs Longzhu MVP Interview with Blank & Faker with OnGameNet, English translation by krbnu.
- March 26th, SKT T1 vs CJ Entus MVP Interview with Faker & Blank with OnGameNet, English translation by krbnu.
- March 31st, SKT T1 Faker Postmatch Interview” with Inven, English translation by krbnu.’'
- May 4th, Faker: '[G2 was]...having fun with the game so I also decided to have some fun with my item build' with Marcel Feldkamp on theScore
- May 12th, Faker credits the other regions' MSI success to their strong team-fighting skills with Travis Gafford on Yahoo Esports
- May 13th, Faker on the FW vs. CLG series: 'Both teams have different styles...I think the odds are 50/50' with Marcel Feldkamp on theScore
- January 22nd, SKT Faker Interview with Inven (Translated by TL)
- April 29th, TIME / EP.1 Faker [The Interview : My e-Sports], [OGN PLUS] with OGN PLUS
- May 8th, Faker impressed by NA mids, Easyhoon agrees—in Bjergsen's case, at least with the Daily Dot
- May 9th, Faker and MaRin press conference: "I think [Febiven] will become a great player" with theScore
- May 9th, Faker Mid-Season Interview: "AHQ and EDG tend to group more, but we spread out and take more CS" with 1337mag
- May 9th, Faker om Febiven: "I think he's a player of great potential" with Fragbite
- May 10th, Faker on MSI, Piglet and Impact in LCS, Easyhoon, and an English Message for Fans with GameSpot
- July 31st, Interview with KLEVV with KLEVV
- October 1st, Faker: "Since I can play almost any champion, you can expect a lot from me" with Fragbite
- October 2nd, Faker on picking Azir and chasing his second World Championship title with theScore
- October 3rd, Faker Interview: He would put money on a Western team over a Chinese team with Gamespot
- October 9th, Faker Interview with Twitch
- October 19th, Faker talks about Mordekaiser and addresses moving to China rumors translated by Rach on Gold Per 10
- October 23rd, SKT's Faker and MaRin discuss their upcoming match against Origen and look ahead to 2016 with theScore
- November 10th, “SBENU Sonicboom’s performance has unquestionably improved” - Interview with SKT T1′s Faker translated by Grace (xoprestige) (Original Interview (Korean))
- November 25th, 20-year old Lee Sang-hyeok, his words about the weight of the name - “Faker” translated by Grace (xoprestige)(Original Interview (Korean))
- December 7th, Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok: “Froggen’s provocation, I think as a jest…I don’t mind” translated by Grace (xoprestige)(Original Interview (Korean))
- December 14th, Faker on Duke: 'I think he will be able to fill the holes left by MaRin' with theScore
- June 4th, [LOL STAR] SK텔레콤 T1 '페이커' 이상혁 "'앰비션' 넘어 서겠다" (korean) (English Translation) by dailygame
- August 24th, SKT T1 Faker Interview (video) with LoLStarKorea
- September 5th, Cloth5 Interview with SKT T1 Mid Laner Faker (video) with Cloth5
- September 18th, Faker on his Attention from the West and Thoughts on Other Teams (video) with GameSpot
- September 27th, Faker talks about match against NaJin and soloque vs HotshotGG (video) with GameSpot
- September 27th, Off the Rift: Faker talks semifinal win against NaJin (video) with LoL Esports
- September 27th, LolKing's S3 Worlds Coverage - Interview with Faker (Lee Sang-hyeok) (video) with LolKing
- October 6th, Faker discusses SK Telecom T1's performance at Worlds (video) with GameSpot
Articles and Videos
- March 6th, The two Korean geniuses of LoL by Tyler "Fionn" Erzberger on ESPN
- March 12th, Topic of Thorin: The Faker Effect by Thorin on Splyce
- April 23rd, Opinion: Faker and Smeb are the kings of the game by Tyler Erzberger on ESPN
- April 26th, The Mind of the Greatest: Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok by Tyler Erzberger on ESPN
- April 30th, Jungle is the New Mid: Tracking Faker's role on SK Telecom T1 by Emily Rand on theScore
- May 24th, Junior year: Faker's achievements vs. LeBron, Messi and more by Tyler Erzberger on ESPN
- January 13th, Boxing With God from LiquidLegends
- January 14th, Young professional gamer leads e-sports popularity from The Korea Times
- April 29th, TIME / EP.1 Faker from OGN Plus
- May 10th, A God and a General: an in-depth look at the rivalry between SKT's Faker and EDG's Pawn from theScore
- June 10th, The Unkillable Demon King by Mina Kimes for ESPN The Magazine
- June 12th, The best there ever was: how Faker's diverse champion pool makes him the game's most dangerous player from theScore
- September 29th, Legends Rising Episode 1: Faker & Bjergsen "History" by LoL Esports
- September 29th, Legends Rising Episode 4: Faker & Bjergsen "Kings" by LoL Esports
- October 19th, The Final Fight: Season 3 with SKT T1 K's Faker from LoL Esports
- October 23rd, The Evolution of Faker and 2015 SK Telecom T1 by Emily Rand on Follow eSports
- October 31st, The Tale of Two Prodigies: SK Telecom T1's Faker and MaRin by Tyler "Fionn" Erzberger on theScore
- December 24th, Remembering the Hard Carries of 2014 - featuring Dade, Shook, Alex Ich, Faker and Bjergsen from Gold Per 10
- May 8th, Faker with a cheeky Lulu recall (39s)
- April 23rd - HOTSPOTS – THINGS FAKER DOES by Azubu
- January 4th - Best Moments of SKT T1 Faker - Season 2014 Montage - OGN, AllStars & Stream Highlights - LoL
- January 16th - This is Faker
- February 14th - [Faker's Best Pick] In LoL Champs 2013 - 2014 by Ongamenet
- May 6th - Best of Faker - Highlight Montage
- May 12th - League of Legends All-Stars 2014 - Best of Faker
- May 21st - SKT T1 Faker Yasuo Highlights 2014 - UNSTOPPABLE
- June 8th - Faker vs wolf - INTENSE DUEL!
- November 20th - Azubu Minis Episode #1 - SK Telecom T1 K Faker
- December 29th - Just Faker Things
- [단독] '페이커' 이상혁, 소속팀 SK텔레콤과 재계약 (Korean) osen.mt.co.kr
- Faker of Legend_LOL Champs Spring 7화_Match2youtube.com
- Faker: I hope they make a #ThingsHotshotGGdoes tag.youtube.com
- Result of 2013 Korean e-Sports Awardsinven.com.kr