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League of Legends’ Faker joins Run BTS! and performs with them

Published: 3/Nov/2020 18:51

by Lauren Bergin

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Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyoek has become more than just a LoL player – he’s a Korean icon, so it makes a lot of sense that he’s on BTS’ variety show. 

Variety shows have become a quintessential part of Korean culture. With shows like Running Man attracting a worldwide audience, hosting A-list celebrities such as Tom Cruise and Henry Cavill, as well as their own South Korean stars on a regular basis.

One of these stars is Faker, the legendary T1 midlaner; however, instead of being on Running Man, he’s on BTS’ live series, ‘Run BTS!.’ Alongside his fellow T1 teammates, Faker’s set to appear on the episodes entitled ‘League of Number One’.

The first of these airs on 3 November, with the second episode yet to be announced.

Faker at Worlds 2019 semi finals
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Faker has become a local and global sensation.

How to watch

If you’re interested in watching one of the world’s favorite LoL players partake in some weird and wonderful challenges then you can catch the episode on V Live.

What is Faker doing on BTS’ show?

T1 are in BTS’ words “the BTS of the gaming world”, so it makes a lot of sense that the show revolves around playing a plethora of different games and undertaking some bizarre challenges.

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Faker alongside his T1 teammates and BTS.

Several of these are integral parts of every Korean variety show: the first game that they play revolves around fitting each player’s name in the space between a series of beats. If they fail, then they are out of the game until one is left standing.

The members of BTS are then forced to take on League of Legends alongside some of Korea’s most decorated players. In mixed squads, the boys fight for their place as the best LoL team.

League of Legends

Doublelift explains how TSM’s “bad” SwordArt negotiations made him retire

Published: 2/Dec/2020 1:24 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 1:43

by Alan Bernal

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League of Legends star Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng revealed more about the strained timeline of Team SoloMid’s negotiations with Hu ‘SwordArt’ Shuo-Chieh, which ultimately led the North American veteran to retire.

Doublelift went into the off-season with a single objective for TSM: sign an elite support who spoke English. SwordArt just got done with a stellar season lifting his team to win the LPL 2020 Regional Finals and getting second place at Worlds.

The TSM veteran also recommended Team Flash’s Nguyễn ‘Palette’ Hải Trung as a suitable support for TSM. However, DL really wanted to play with a bot-lane partner that spoke his native English; a requirement Palette didn’t fulfill, but SwordArt did.

TSM were looking forward to staving off Doublelift’s retirement by making a deal with SwordArt. However, TSM later told their star ADC that negotiations were shaky, and asked if he would be okay with Palette instead. He wasn’t.

On November 25th, Doublelift retired. On November 26th, TSM announced they had successfully signed SwordArt from Suning on a two-year deal that would pay him an LCS-high of $3 million per season.

“No, I didn’t know SwordArt was coming before I retired,” Doublelift said, before explaining how rough transfer discussions made him lean into retirement. “I was really excited for the whole SwordArt thing. They told me SwordArt was confirmed, and I got really excited

“And then I guess the negotiations were going really bad at certain points. So then they told me: ‘Actually, (the deal with SwordArt) fell through. It’s not going to work. Would you still be committed if your support was Palette?’”

Although impressed with Palette, DL was really keen on getting the bot-lane synergy rolling with someone he could effectively communicate with.

At this point, SwordArt was the unobtainable lynchpin in keeping Doublelift from retirement.

But it wasn’t until a day after Doublelift, 27, decided to retire, after production had wrapped on his retirement video, and after TSM were already moving past the seasoned ADC, that the org announced the new support.

“The whole situation made me realize: I’m better off retired,” Doublelift said.