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Faker: “Recently looking at internet communities or comments, I think many people don’t like me.”

Faker, the best League of Legends player in the world, says not even he is above criticism from online communities.
Faker (Lee Sang-Hyeok), the best League of Legends player in the world, says not even he is above criticism from online communities. Photo courtesy of Riot Games.

Even when you’re the best League of Legends player in the world, such as SK Telecom T1 mid laner Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok, it’s not all love when it comes to people on the internet.

After SKT dismantled the Jin Air Green Wings 2-0 in Tuesday’s League Champions Korea match, Faker said in an interview with Daily eSports that not even he was completely free of anonymous dislike among strangers on the internet.

“Recently looking at internet communities or comments, I think many people don’t like me,” he said. “I hope they continue to watch with a more relaxed mindset and with a generous heart.”

Members of SKT have recently talked about how they don’t think that the team is playing at its fullest, and Faker continued to push the sentiment. Faker said he had his “own standards” for himself, and that even if SKT wins a game, there is a sense of disappointment afterward when the team “gives kills over because of mistakes.”

Still, with SKT in first place of the LCK standings, it has only a handful of matches in the first half of the summer split. Among the remaining opponents in the first round of the double round robin season is rival KT Rolster, and Faker said SKT must be prepared even after winning three matches against KT in the spring split.

“I think our match against KT Rolster during Round 1 of the split is the most important,” he said. “We lost to Samsung Galaxy earlier in the split, and we need to beat them in order to keep our first place spot. The other players know the significance, so they are also working hard.”

Next month will feature Riot Games’ new Rift Rivals exhibition tournaments, where Korea, China, and Taiwan will all compete against each other. Faker says that due to a small amount of time off after the Mid-Season Invitational, he wants to “compete with a more comfortable mindset,” but because it still is technically an international match, he intends to “work hard comfortably.”

Cover photo courtesy of Riot Games

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