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Faker reveals his future plans with T1 after becoming part-owner

Published: 18/Feb/2020 10:02

by Joe O'Brien

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T1 Esports have announced a new deal with League of Legends star Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok that will see him remain with the organization for the rest of his time as a player.

Faker has signed a new three-year contract with T1 Entertainment & Sports that will see him become a part-owner of the organization. They have also agreed that Faker will move into a leadership position in the team after he retires from playing.

Three years is as long as Riot Games will permit player contracts to last, but Faker’s commitment to remaining with T1 seems clear, so even if he should continue to compete beyond that it seems this deal puts to bed any suggestions of him ever moving elsewhere.

The prospect of Faker potentially leaving T1 has been a major point of interest in the community every time his contract has come up, but the player has never expressed much interest in departing, recently revealing that he had turned down a $10 million contract from China and a ‘blank cheque’ offer from North America.

After making his debut with the organization in 2013, Faker quickly became the face of SK Telecom T1 as he established himself as the best player in the world and led the team to victory at the 2013 World Championships. With this new deal, he is set to remain a major part of T1 beyond his playing career.

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Faker plans on donating over a portion of his savings to charity once he retires.

“I am excited to continue playing for T1 and am thankful for all the fans around the world who have supported me all these years,” said Faker. “I am honored to become a part owner of T1 and look forward to working with the leadership team beyond my playing career.  I love this team and am proud to help mold the future of this organization.”

T1 CEO Joe Marsh also expressed his excitement about having Faker remain with the team for the long-term.

“T1 is thrilled to have Faker on its roster for the next three seasons. Since T1’s inception, Faker has been the cornerstone of our team’s success and his undying passion for this organization will continue to drive us forward now that he is a part owner of T1 Entertainment & Sports.  Even after Faker’s retirement — whenever that may be — he will begin the next chapter of his legacy in a leadership role with T1, helping to mold the next generation of elite esports athletes.”

Faker isn’t the first player to be offered an ownership stake in their organization. During the offseason ahead of 2020, TSM announced that their own star mid laner, Soren ‘Bjergsen’ Bjerg, had also become a part-owner of the team.

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TSM set to sign Huni and SwordArt for their LCS roster

Published: 17/Nov/2020 11:13 Updated: 17/Nov/2020 11:24

by Alex Garton

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TSM are reportedly set to sign toplaner Heo ‘Huni’ Seung-hoon and support Hu ‘SwordArt’ Shuo-Chieh for their 2021 LCS starting roster.

The 2020 World Championship was disappointing for TSM fans as the organization once again failed to make it out of groups. The team didn’t win a single game at the competition, finishing with a record of 0-6 in their group. Of course, this led to questions from fans on what roster changes needed to be made during the offseason.

The organization has never been afraid of making significant shifts in their roster in a bid for success. However, no one expected the retirement of star midlaner Soren ‘Bjergsen’ Bjerg, a player that has been at the forefront of TSM’s brand since 2013. His position is set to be filled by Flyquest midlaner Tristan ‘PowerOfEvil’ Schrage.

It appears the organization will not settle with a single change and is reportedly set to sign Huni and is in talks with Worlds finalist SwordArt.

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TSM are finalizing a buyout for Huni from Evil Geniuses

TSM set to sign Huni and SwordArt for 2021 season

According to a report from Jacob Wolf, TSM is finalizing a buyout from Evil Geniuses for domestic toplaner Huni.

Huni will replace toplaner Sergen ‘Broken Blade’ Celik, who is rumored to be heading to the LEC to join Schalke 04. Huni’s value as an LCS toplaner has risen significantly this year as he now acquired NA residency. By signing Huni, TSM opens up a second import slot for another position.

According to a report by Pablo Suarez or ‘BloopGG’, TSM is attempting to acquire support SwordArt for their second import slot.

If the signing is secured, SwordArt will replace Vincent ‘Biofrost’ Wang as TSM’s support.

It is worth noting that the SwordArt move is not guaranteed. As Jacob Wolf states, there are a number of hurdles that need to be navigated by TSM including immigration policy and payments.

Overall, it’s clear TSM is making significant changes in the offseason to secure a team that can achieve both domestic and international success. With a fully revamped roster, it’ll be exciting to see what the team can achieve in the 2021 season.