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Faker reveals why he thinks non-stop practice in esports is a “bad idea”

Published: 10/Feb/2020 6:54

by Isaac McIntyre

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League of Legends superstar Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok is well known for his pure dedication to esports, but the three-time world champion has revealed he thinks it’s a “bad idea” to fully immerse yourself in a game, even if you love it.

Faker is known as the greatest League player to have ever touched the game, lifting the prestigious Summoner’s Cup a record three times with SK Telecom T1, and commanding multi-million dollar offers to leave T1 and Korea.

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Even he, however, knows the value of moderation when it comes to gaming and esports, as he revealed as the LCK got back underway for its 2020 season. He may be the best in the world, but even he has to stop every so often.

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Faker may be one of the best League of Legends players in the world, but even he steps away from the PC every so often.

According to the superstar mid laner, taking time away from practice, and immersing yourself in “many extra activities” away from video games can actually be the key to improving yourself as a player and a star.

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Because you take time away to “reset,” and then approach the challenges and trials that the game has for you in a new light, you can often break through barriers that were you struggling with before, the Korean champion said.

“I think as a pro player, practicing and competing in games every single day is not that great of an idea,” he said in an interview with Fomos, as translated by Forsythia. “It’s a bad idea. That’s why I try to participate in lots of activities.”

“I try to think those activities would help me broaden my horizons — as long as they don’t distract me from my dedicated practice time — and I think that ultimately will help me focus on the games [in the LCK],” he added.

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Faker was named MVP in three of the six games his team have played in LCK Spring so far.

Faker’s more balanced approach to League in 2020, as he looks to return to the international throne after watching Samsung Galaxy, Invictus Gaming, and FunPlus Phoenix win the past three years, seems to be paying off, at least a bit.

T1 has started 1–1 in Champions Korea, after defeating Damwon Gaming 2–1 in the season opener, and falling in a tight three-game series to Hanwha Life Esports.

While the team’s fortunes have been mixed so far, Faker himself has been back to his dominant best, being named most valuable player in three of the team’s four game-wins during their first two series in Spring 2020.

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He also admitted that he was expecting the team as a whole to take time to settle, especially after “a lot of team changes” dictated T1’s offseason.

“I expect this year will be totally different from last year, especially because there were a lot of team member changes, and swaps in the meta too,” he said.

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“Although we defeated DWG this time, we still have so many games left. We have to compete against a lot of other strong teams in the season before the end too. For me, and T1, I cannot expect what is going to happen in the future.”

For mobile readers, the related segment beings at 2:37 in the video below.

Faker’s next challenge comes against KT Rolster in the Telecom Wars on Thursday. While the sheen has gone out of the grudge match in recent seasons, the LoL GOAT will face stiff resistance from Lee ‘Kuro’ Seo-haeng in the mid lane.

T1 are also set to face Gen.G in the closing match of the second round. Gen.G have claimed victory in both their opening series against KT Rolster and Griffin. Faker will come face-to-face with a resurgent Gwak ‘Bdd’ Bo-seong in the mid lane.

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League cosplayer descends from the heavens as amazing Dragonslayer Diana

Published: 7/Oct/2020 8:02

by Andrew Amos

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Diana has descended from the heavens of Mount Targon here on Earth ⁠— or so you could be mistaken into thinking. Scottish cosplayer ‘anaelic’ has once again delivered the goods for League of Legends fan, putting on an epic display with her Dragonslayer Diana cosplay.

Seeing a Diana cosplay for League of Legends is rare. However, finding an exquisite one is almost impossible. The Scorn of the Moon, with her heavy armor and massive Moonsilver blade, isn’t up there with one of the popular champions to cosplay.

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However, that hasn’t stopped anaelic from creating one of the best ⁠— if not the best ⁠— Diana cosplay with her incredible rendition of the Lunari’s Dragonslayer skin.

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The Dragonslayer skin for Diana is one of her most intricate, but that didn’t stop anaelic.

Anaelic has been working on her Dragonslayer Diana cosplay since lockdown began. She was originally going to take it to conventions, but with 2020 stopping all of those, she instead used the project as motivation.

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“This project has instead been my distraction, the thing that’s kept me motivated to stay productive, and I’m so proud that I at least have this to show for all the extra time I’ve had,” she said on Instagram after completing her cosplay.

You can tell just how much effort she put into it right from the first glance. Anaelic has managed to recreate the Aspect’s sunset-colored armor perfectly, not forgetting a single panel on Diana’s intricate outfit.

She managed to keep all the pieces together with velcro, although the cosplay is ⁠— understandably ⁠— very hard to get around it.

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“I honestly don’t know how I’m going to survive a full day at a con in this cosplay because it is so hard to move about it! It was well worth it though because we got some amazing photos,” she added.

 

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Anaelic also considered all the small details ⁠— she recreated the smoky effect on her blade with a smoke machine and LED lights built into the crescent. The cosplay is not only one of the best Diana ones we’ve seen, but one of the best cosplays of the year. Period.

The Scottish cosplayer isn’t stopping here though. If you’re wondering what anaelic’s next project is, wonder no more. She is currently working on a Spirit Blossom Lillia cosplay, and she’s trying to make it perfect from head-to-hoof. We’ve even covered her progress on it so far!

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