Even if Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok and Rasmus ‘Caps’ Winther don’t get the chance to do battle in the mid-lane of League of Legends' upcoming Mid-Season invitational event, it appears as if fans will get to see them at least compete in one discipline.
Both Faker and Caps are the respective all-star midlaner for their teams, SK Telecom T1 and G2 Esports. While fans of professional LoL may be rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of seeing them throw down with championship glory on the line, that may just have to wait for now.
However, it appears that they will finally do battle at MSI, but it won't be the MSI title that the battle is contested for. Instead, it'll be bragging right up for grabs - the chance to claim the crown of the fastest midlaner in the world when it comes to a real-life footrace.
G2 Esports owner Carlos ‘Ocelote’ Rodriguez, a former LoL pro himself, responded to a tweet highlighting Faker’s success in a foot race against his SKT Telecom T1 teammates. “He better trains his legs 'cos [because] Caps is coming after him,” stated Ocelote, seemingly firing a warning at the legendary Korean player.
However, he probably wasn’t expecting a response that might challenge his star player outside of Summoners Rift. ESPN Esports writer Tyler ‘Fionn’ Erzberger enquired about a potential in-real-life race at the upcoming Mid-Season Invitational, tweeting: “40-yard dash at MSI or riot.”
It only took a matter of moments for Ocelote to accept the challenge on behalf of his player.
40 yard dash at MSI or riot— The Esports Writer (@FionnOnFire) April 15, 2019
While it appears as if we may be getting a foot race between the two all-star caliber mid-laners, it’s still unknown if we’ll actually get to see them compete against each other in-game at MSI.
Both teams have qualified, with G2 stomping Origen in the LEC Playoffs Finals on April 14. SK Telecom T1 secured their place by defeating upstarts Griffin in the LCK Spring Split finals by a 3-0 scoreline.
The two squads have both been built in a design that puts them in prime position for success at events like the MSI, even if they’re not seemingly built to win on the athletics track. However, they’ll both have bigger goals than that - securing this season's World Championship later in the year.