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Faker on reaching 1,000 OGN/LCK kills: “I’m rather surprised that I’m the first person.”

SK Telecom T1 made a repeat of round one’s results facing the rising rookie team MVP with a 2-0 sweep on Monday. As per usual, SKT’s Lee “Faker” Sang-Hyeok was awarded MVP points for his play on Viktor in Game 2. After a dominant performance and becoming the first player to reach 1,000 kills in OGN/LCK history, Faker said he was surprised with just how long he’s been playing League of Legends in a post-match interview on SPOTV.

“I realized just how long I’ve been playing League,” he said. “I’m rather surprised that I’m the first person to reach 1,000 kills. I don’t put a lot of thought in records, I just want to win more games.”

In Game 1, Faker turned some heads by playing Malzahar in the mid lane to great effect. Faker said it was a result of a more robust mid lane champion selection.

“With changes to mid lane champions, I thought I could use any one of them in the mid lane,” he said. “I practiced (Malzahar) a lot in solo queue, and I thought he was worth playing in a competitive setting.” When asked whether or not Malzahar should be banned, he simply said “he changes based on who plays him.”

In Game 2, in which he was awarded MVP points, he was an incredible Viktor, trading and even turning around solo killing the enemy Karma with incredible footwork. According to the man himself, however, he was feeling kind of off during that whole encounter.

“I initially made a mistake in trading (which gave Karma the advantage),” he said. “But I think I ultimately won the fight due to luck. My condition was pretty bad today, so I view most of it as luck.” When asked more in detail about his incredible movement to dodge skill shots, Faker added that “it was nothing special,” and in fact he “had trouble finding the right position in team fights.”

Faker also gave another interview with casters Kim “Dangun” Eui-Joong, Lee “CloudTemplar” Hyun-Woo, and Kim Dong-Jun, where he shared some more insight in his Viktor pick, a champion he didn’t play for some time.

“I felt like he was the right champion for the team composition,” he said. He also baffled the casters by saying that he “didn’t practice (Viktor) much, but playing other champions gives me the ability to understand and play (Viktor) better.”

Lastly he revealed his mysterious hobby and his vacation plans before SKT’s game against Samsung.

“The closest thing to a hobby is sleeping,” he said. “But since I have a lot of events I don’t expect to sleep all that much.”

Cover photo courtesy of Riot Games.


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