Faker: “I am afraid, though, that if we do so well early on, there would be nothing left for me to challenge.”

Not even being in first place appears to be enough to ease the mind of the best League of Legends player in the world.

After SK Telecom T1’s 2-0 victory over the Jin Air Green Wings on Tuesday, Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok shared his apprehension about SKT’s standing in a video interview with Daily eSports.

“Usually we don’t do this well early in the spring split, so it’s calming to know that we’re ahead of the teams this time,” he said. “I am afraid, though, that if we do so well early on, there would be nothing left for me to challenge.”

Regarding his team’s two consecutive victories over rival KT Rolster, Faker said he was happy — though still predictably unhappy with his own performance. Despite his personal concerns, he said he was relieved KT didn’t show the kind of performance SKT expected and will look forward to a possible third match against KT in the playoffs.

Faker also confessed to feeling some fatigue with the tight schedule and rigid practice regimen during the IEM break. With one day of break the next day, Faker said he hopes for his team to recover and be back to top form for the coming matches.

When asked about his apparent “fear” for Samsung Galaxy’s jungler Kang “Ambition” Chan-yong, Faker said that he was “actually joking” before he spoke about what he really felt about one of the oldest players in the League.

“Ambition is a silent and slightly scary person, but from what I hear from around him, he’s very kind,” he said. “I’m not scared of him, and feel a sense of compassion towards him, since he has been playing in the scene for a long time.”

Cover photo courtesy of Riot Games

Slingshot staff writer and Korean League of Legends expert who also owns a Pikachu-themed iPhone case.

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