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Faker on Bdd’s play style: “I don’t think not dying in the mid lane is always a good thing. I intend to go through the kind of self-preservation play style and impact the other lanes.”

Faker says the high KDA style in the mid lane isn't always a good thing
Faker says the high KDA style in the mid lane isn't always a good thing. Photo courtesy of Riot Games.

Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok said that the low-death and high-KDA play style of Kwak “Bdd” Bo-seong isn’t always good.

SK Telecom T1 will play Longzhu Gaming in the League Champions Korea summer finals after defeating KT Rolster 3-2 last week. In a video interview with Daily eSports, Faker shared his thoughts about Bdd’s mid lane play style, and how he intends to break through it.

“I don’t think not dying in the mid lane is always a good thing,” he said. “I intend to go through the kind of self-preservation play style and impact the other lanes. I think Bdd is currently a very good player.”

Bdd has been heralded as one of Korea’s best mid laners in the summer split, perhaps rivaled only by Faker himself. With an absurdly high KDA, Bdd has made a reputation for himself, leading the LCK with the highest amount of kills — 184 — and the lowest amount of deaths — 43 — over the course of 44 competitive games in the regular season.

SKT’s reverse sweep of KT was fascinating because it was the reverse of their playoff match last summer, when KT was down 2-0 to SKT before winning. Faker said even though SKT had its back against the wall, the team managed to keep it together, thinking about last year’s events.

“Even though we started 0-2, I think we got some energy thinking about last year,” he said. “I’m relieved that it played out that way.”

When asked what he thought about Longzhu Gaming’s play style, Faker likened it to KT, saying that Longzhu seems to favor a combat-heavy aggressive early game.

“I think Longzhu, like KT, is an aggressive team that snowballs with early game leads,” he said. “I think Longzhu is even more aggressive and likes to fight a lot. They’re also a strong team because they’re all individually very talented as well.”

Cover photo courtesy of Riot Games

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