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Faker discusses his unlikely friendship with Tyler1

Published: 11/Dec/2019 11:49

by Matt Porter


League of Legends’ All-Star Weekend is now over, and while the battle between North America and Europe took place, the biggest story coming out of Las Vegas is the unlikely friendship between Tyler ‘Tyler1’ Steinkamp and Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok.

Faker is widely regarded as an icon of League of Legends, with many considering the Korean to be the greatest professional player of all time. Tyler1, on the other hand, is known as a brash and cocky streamer, who was banned for almost two years for being too toxic.

Despite being viewed so differently, Tyler1 and Faker have kindled a friendship, with the SKT player discussing their bond in an interview with Korizon’s Ashley Kang following the finale of All-Star Weekend.

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Faker and Tyler1 have met at a number of All-Star Weekends.

Tyler1 admitted that the pair sat at the same table during the weekend, and got into a conversation about their friendship, although it didn’t go exactly as the streamer had hoped.

“We were at a table, and I said: ‘Faker, are we best friends?’” the 24-year-old revealed. “He said ‘What?’ So I repeated the question. He said, ‘You, me, best friends… no.’ But still, he thought about it, it was in his head that we are best friends!”

While Faker may not believe Tyler is his best friend, he was certainly happy to see him, telling Kang: “He is full of energy. Whenever I see him, he always greets me with the brightest smile. I have a very positive impression of him.”

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While their friendship may have blossomed at All-Star Weekend, their League of Legends gameplay didn’t quite match up, with Faker falling out of the 1v1 competition, admitting that he felt like he could have won it.

Things didn’t go too well for Tyler1 either, as his North American squad fell at the hands of Europe, with the streamer claiming he “couldn’t carry” pro players Bae -Bang’ Jun-sik and Zachary ‘Sneaky’ Scudei to victory.

Still, at least they have their friendship to hold as a fond memory from the weekend, even if Faker doesn’t think they are best friends just yet.


AOC explains how Elo Hell in League helped her prepare for Congress

Published: 28/Nov/2020 5:14

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


In her second Twitch stream, AOC hilariously explained how experiencing Elo Hell in League of Legends helped her develop the patience required for being a congresswoman.

U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, affectionally known as AOC, has been open about how much she loves League of Legends in the past. The proud politician even stunned her fans and followers when she revealed she finally made Silver IV.

It might have been her first foray into the minds and hearts of gamers around the world, but it certainly wasn’t the last. In October, AOC made history when hundreds of thousands of viewers tuned in to watch her play Among Us on Twitch for the very first time.

AOC was so well-loved among streamers and viewers, they begged her to come back for a second stream. It finally happened on November 27, and it was as wholesome and entertaining as the first.

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AOC’s first ever Among Us stream on Twitch was a smash hit.

At one point during the stream, Ryan ‘Northernlion’ Letourneau asked AOC an interesting question about her League of Legends experience and her response was both understandable and hilarious.

“Do you think having to keep your cool in League of Legends chat has helped your political career when it comes to maintaining some decorum in Congress?” asked Northernlion.

“Yeah, I think so,” said AOC. “Getting caught in Elo Hell really requires so much patience. I was playing with 12-year-olds… rage quitting five minutes into a game… so it really builds your patience.”

Elo Hell is a term used to describe situations where players and their rankings are dragged down due to incompetent and toxic teammates. It’s something League of Legends players know all too well, including AOC.

AOC has always managed to come across as down-to-earth. Still, it’s comforting and kind of funny to hear an esteemed congresswoman talk about something so relatable, especially to gamers.

Elo Hell in League of Legends is the absolute pits, but at least we now know it counts for something.