Who is the most iconic esports player in League of Legends?
Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok of course.
Dubbed the “Unkillable Demon King,” this Korean mid laner has garnered numerous championship titles and awards both locally and internationally, cementing his place as a legendary figure in the esports industry.
Faker began his career in 2013 when he joined SK Telecom T1 2 (later renamed T1) as its starting mid laner. During
his debut match against CJ Blaze in the OGN Olympus Champions Spring 2013, the then 17-year-old rookie player impressed with his perfectly-timed spears and quick combos on Nidalee, showcasing his immense potential.
Since then, Faker has become the most decorated player in the LCK and in the world, boasting an impressive record of three World titles, two Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) titles, and 10 LCK titles over the course of his career.
His achievements have not only raised the flag for the League of Legends Champions Korea (LCK) but also played a pivotal role in shaping the esports landscape as we know it today.
Full list of Faker’s podium finish and achievements Credit: Colin Young-Wolff/Riot Games Season 3 (2013)
TOURNAMENT PLACEMENT Champions Spring 2013 3rd AMD-INVEN GamExperience 3rd – 4th Champions Summer 2013 1st Korea Regional Finals Season 3 1st Worlds Season 3 1st Season 4 (2014)
TOURNAMENT PLACEMENT LCK Champions Winter 2014 1st NiceGameTV League of Legends Battle – Spring 2014 3rd NiceGameTV League of Legends Battle – Summer 2014 1st Korea Regional Finals 2014 2nd Season 5 (2015)
TOURNAMENT PLACEMENT Champions Spring 2015 Preseason 1st Champions Spring 2015 playoffs 1st MSI 2015 2nd Champions Summer 2015 playoffs 1st Worlds 2015 1st KeSPA Cup 2015 3rd – 4th Season 6 (2016)
TOURNAMENT PLACEMENT IEM Season 10 World Championship 1st LCK Spring 2016 playoffs 1st MSI 2016 1st LCK Summer 2016 playoffs 3rd Worlds 2016 1st KeSPA Cup 2016 3rd – 4th Season 7 (2017)
TOURNAMENT PLACEMENT LCK Spring 2017 playoffs 1st MSI 2017 1st Rift Rivals 2017 LCK-LPL-LMS 2nd LCK Summer 2017 playoffs 2nd Worlds 2017 2nd KeSPA Cup 2017 3rd – 4th All-Star 2017 Los Angeles 3rd – 4th Credit: Riot Games Season 8 (2018)
TOURNAMENT PLACEMENT Rift Rivals 2018 LCK-LPL-LMS 2nd Asian Games 2018 Main Event 2nd Season 9 (2019)
TOURNAMENT PLACEMENT LCK Spring 2019 playoffs 1st MSI 2019 3rd – 4th Rift Rivals 2019 LCK-LPL-LMS-VCS 1st LCK Summer 2019 playoffs 1st Worlds 2019 3rd – 4th KeSPA Cup 2019 3rd – 4th Season 10 (2020)
TOURNAMENT PLACEMENT LCK Spring 2020 playoffs 1st LCK Regional Finals 2020 2nd Season 11 (2021)
TOURNAMENT PLACEMENT LCK Summer 2021 playoffs 2nd LCK Regional Finals 2021 1st Worlds 2021 3rd – 4th Season 12 (2022)
TOURNAMENT PLACEMENT LCK Spring 2022 playoffs 1st MSI 2022 2nd LCK Summer 2022 playoffs 2nd Worlds 2022 2nd Season 13 (2023)
TOURNAMENT PLACEMENT Season Kickoff Korea 2023 1st (To be updated)
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