SKT opened the group stage of worlds by defeating Cloud9, and in a video interview with Fomos’ Park Sang-jin, Faker shared his thoughts about starring in the opening video package for worlds, which featured him walking up to his old teammate, Jeong “Impact” Eon-young, while rain fell dramatically on both of them.
“I was a bit disappointed because I think I looked a bit too scary,” he said with s a small smile. “The overall quality of the video is very good, though.”
The video was a further testament to the legacy of Faker, as his portion of the video received the most amount of cheers and reactions from the live crowd in Wuhan. As the defending champion, Faker said he fully intends to win his fourth world championship no matter what.
In one of the games, Cloud9 mid laner Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen chose Ryze, and picked the SKT Ryze skin that was made after SKT won worlds in 2015. As a player well known for not using skins for the champions that he plays, Faker said he was happy to see an SKT skin on the world stage and seems to have had a change in his skin policy.
“I actually didn’t know that he used the skin until just now,” he said. “I hope more players continue to use the skins, though, since showing it off more helps the sales of the skin. I fully intend to use the SKT Ryze skin if I get the chance since I’ve heard that a portion of the skin sales go to the teams and because it’s a skin that was made just for me.”
SKT will debut new uniforms onstage if the team reaches the semifinals of the tournament. Faker said that the new uniform itself doesn’t really make a difference on how much he wants to make it to semis.
“I don’t really think wanting to make it to semis has much to do with wearing the new uniforms,” he said. “We do need to make it to the semis no matter what to win, so I’ll play with the mindset that it’s just a path I have to take in order to win the championship.”