SK Telecom T1 demolished KT Rolster in a 2-0 victory on Saturday, and almost as expected from the undisputed king of League of Legends, Lee “Faker” Sang-Hyuk walked away as MVP for both games. Dealing three times the damage of nearly every other player in the first game, he set yet another standard for his Azir.
“I still think Azir is a great champion to play in the mid lane,” he said in the post match interview. “He’s been used by a lot of players before, and didn’t get any significant nerfs.”
Lee “CloudTemplar” Hyun-Woo then asked about how KT tried to counter pick Faker’s Azir by choosing champions like Aurelion Sol in the first set, and if Faker felt threatened in the mid lane at all, to which he replied:
“In either of today’s games I didn’t think I was going to die once,” he said, greeted by an impressed crowd. “(In reference to Aurelion Sol’s failed tower dive) I think I made a mistake in just running toward base when i could have juked him out completely, which did lead to a dangerous situation.”
Faker expanded on the Aurelion Sol pick and how he felt about facing Aurelion Sol in general, and Faker pointed out to his experience at the Mid-Season Invitational against Counter Logic Gaming’s Choi “Huhi” Jae-Hyun.
“At MSI Huhi played a lot of Aurelion Sol,” he said. “It’s a champion that I practiced against in China as well, so I didn’t feel uncomfortable. I think I did well thanks to Huhi, since he was a great player to practice with.”
CloudTemplar also asked about Faker’s alleged criticism of his own game play in the first set, and Faker confirmed that he wasn’t feeling his best.
“The results in the first set were great,” he said. “But I can tell how my condition is, and I felt that my condition was very bad during the first set. I did feel like I felt better in the second set. I think I could have been even more aggressive in the mid lane for the first set.”
In the second set, KT pulled out the Veigar pick, as another attempt to trap Azir but Faker had a much more interesting comment on how he played against it.
“I remembered how I got destroyed by an Azir as Veigar during solo queue,” he said with a smile. “So I tried to think how the Azir then played against my Veigar to win.”
Caster Kim Dong-Jin mentioned KT’s Yasuo pick in the top lane while mentioning Faker’s own lack of success as the wandering swordsman in solo queue. Faker came back with some fiery words for KT.
“Honestly when Yasuo was picked, I didn’t know if a player on (Kim “Ssumday” Chan-Ho)’s level could play Yasuo successfully,” he said. “In Korea, no pro player can really handle Yasuo right now. Even I can’t play Yasuo.”
Finally Faker showed confidence in SKT’s upcoming game against the ROX Tigers; their first game facing one another for the first time since the spring split bout at finals.
“In the last season the Tigers were an undeniably strong team,” he said. “But right now I can’t really tell if they’re as strong or not. Unless they play a lot better than they have been, I think we have a high chance of winning.”
Cover photo courtesy of Riot Games.