The summer season in the different League of Legends leagues worldwide is in full swing, and there is no doubt that all teams have only one goal, to qualify for Worlds 2023. However, to achieve this feat, all teams must be at an optimal level that allows them to play their best game and achieve victories.
In the LCK, the spotlight is always on T1, as they are one of the favorites to win the Summer Split and have the best player in the game’s history, Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok, in their ranks.
After finishing the match against NS RedForce in the fifth week of the LCK Summer 2023, Faker revealed in a press conference that an arm injury is affecting his performance in the games. However, the “Demon King” did not reveal details regarding this injury he is suffering from, but he confirmed to fans that he is undergoing treatment.
Faker announced that he is dealing with an injury affecting his performance
In a press conference after T1’s win against NS RedForce at LCK Summer 2023, Faker revealed an injury preventing him from performing to his full potential. Also, the “Demon King” stated that he had suffered pain from this injury in one of his arms since T1’s match against BRION last June 17.
In the press conference:@Faker: I haven’t been feeling well recently. I believe my performance since the BRION match may have been impacted because of this […]
— Ashley Kang (@AshleyKang) July 2, 2023
However, this does not mean that the performance of Faker and T1 are down, no more, no less. In this time (2 weeks), T1 has a 4-1 record, and the LoL legend has a KDA of 3.4, a figure just a tenth below Faker’s average in this 2023 season (3.5).
As we mentioned, esports players are no strangers to injuries despite their physical load not being equal to that of traditional sports. Moreover, Faker is not the first star of the League of Legends competitive scene to suffer an injury in the middle of a season. Recall that, in the 2021 season, current Dplus KIA mid-laner Heo “ShowMaker” Su suffered a wrist injury. While further back in 2019, the Chinese legend of the game, Jian “Uzi” Zihao, had to retire momentarily due to a shoulder injury.
A statement from @DWGKIA regarding ShowMaker’s health — Translation includes paraphrases
“This morning, ShowMaker revealed during his personal stream he is experiencing a symptom where his hand and arm shake violently . …” (cont) pic.twitter.com/ll2hpAeejr
— Ashley Kang (@AshleyKang) March 20, 2021
Faker is one of the most active veterans on the scene
In addition to being the best player in the history of League of Legends, he is one of the most veteran players still active in the competitive scene. Moreover, the player has practically played every game for his team, T1, since his debut in 2013. On the other hand, the organization did not comment on Faker’s possible departure from the team’s starting lineup. However, we must wait for the evolution of the injury and, above all, the effects of the treatment he is receiving.
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