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KurO on Faker: “I get kind of tense whenever I have to face him.”

KurO says going against Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok makes him nervous.
Afreeca Freecs mid laner KurO (Lee Seo-haeng) says going against Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok makes him nervous. Photo courtesy of Riot Games.

No matter how many times a player might face Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok, it still leaves a sense of unease. Just ask Lee “KurO” Seo-haeng.

The Afreeca Freecs defeated the ROX Tigers 2-1 in Thursday’s League Champions Korea match, and in a video interview with Fomos, KurO, the Afreeca Freecs’ mid laner, shared his thoughts about facing Faker in his next match and the kind of feeling that elicits.

“We beat (SKT) once in the spring, so I don’t have the same type of pressure I had from last year or the year before, but I get kind of tense whenever I have to face him,” he said. “I don’t really feel that way lately, but thinking about going up against him, I can’t help it.”

KurO has been a long time rival of Faker since playing for the ROX Tigers, with the Korean League of Legends community often pitting the two against each other. Although KurO was less skilled than Faker, his unique ability to synergize with his teammates created a kind of teamwork that was unrivaled, and his game management as the mid lane was often praised by the Korean casters.

Showing off his chops as a player, KurO also impulsively pulled out Viktor in Game 3, and though he “only played about two or three games,” he was still able to make a large impact in the game, which led to Afreeca’s match victory.

KurO is also quite popular as well with a solid following. He said that the signs and supportive posters have a very positive impact on both him and his mother.

“I love those signs,” he said. “I’ve never made one myself, but I did make posters and the like for school before for assignments, and that took a really long time. So I really appreciate and love them. My mom loves them too because I take them home when the fans give them to me personally. I’m always thankful for them.”

Cover photo courtesy of Riot Games


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