Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok, the world’s best League of Legends player, shared his expectations for Ever8 mid laner Park “Cepted” Wi-rim after their League Champions Korea match.
After SK Telecom T1’s 2-0 win Saturday against the Ever8 Winners, Faker showed some rare satisfaction about his team’s victory in an interview with Daily eSports’ Park Beom.
“We were very lacking in tournament points so far this split,” he said. “So not only did we need to win, we desperately needed to win with a 2-0. I’m more satisfied because we were able to do just that.
Faker also pointed out Cepted, who has been dubbed by some as the “super rookie” of the LCK summer split. Ever8 joined the LCK after qualifying through the promotional tournament and is off to a difficult 1-3 start. But Cepted has impressed to this point, enough so that he was on Faker’s radar going into the match.
“I had high expectations for Ever8’s mid laner Cepted because he performed very well so far,” Faker said. “I’m personally happy with my work today because the game worked out in our favor.”
As hype surrounded the matchup between the best in the world and a rookie in the same position, Faker specifically noted Cepted as “a player who doesn’t risk too much and knows how to play safely.” Although Ever8 Winners lost, Cepted’s hype has yet to die down.
In terms of SKT’s meta adaptation after its late return from the Mid-Season Invitational, Faker said that his team’s adaptation isn’t slow, and that the issue was their performances being “rather bad,” something that he thinks they recovered from.
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