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Faker turned down $10 million offer to leave South Korea

Published: 6/Jan/2020 14:00

by Joe O'Brien

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League of Legends superstar Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok reportedly received some enormous offers to leave South Korea for the 2020 season.

Considered almost universally as the greatest League of Legends player of all time, Faker is one of the most iconic figures in esports.

It’s no surprise, therefore, that whenever the off-season comes around, there are plenty of teams around the world that would do almost anything to tempt him to their squad, both for his legendary talent and the massive following he would bring to any team in which he featured.

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

So far, Faker has spent his entire career with SK Telecom T1 – now going simply as T1 Esports after a partnership with Comcast Spectacor – having made his professional debut with the organization in 2013. Since then, he has won eight domestic titles, an MSI and three World Championships with multiple line-ups under the SKT banner.

At the end of the 2019 season – a year in which Faker’s SKT squad won both splits of the LCK, but were unable to secure an international trophy – Faker’s contract with T1 came to an end, leaving him briefly a free agent.

While he ultimately re-signed with T1 for another two years, during a recent interview on Korean talk show Radio Star, he shed some light on the kind of offers he received, confirming a host’s statement that he received a $10 million contract from China, and a ‘blank cheque’ from North America, which would have allowed him to name his price for his services.

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The offer from China alone would have amounted to roughly eight times his total career earnings from prize money, with Faker being the only League of Legends player to have broken the $1 million barrier in prize winnings at $1,25,240.

The reason Faker turned down these enormous offers is reportedly his loyalty to his fans, who have followed him throughout his entire career in the LCK. Faker is also known not to be a big spender despite his wealth, stating on the same program that he typically spends less that 200,000 Korean Won (US$170) per month, and stating he plans to use the money he earns as a pro player for charity.

Faker’s new T1 squad recently made its debut in the KeSPA Cup, where the team reached the semi-finals before being eliminated by Sandbox. They will return to action when the LCK 2020 Spring split kicks off, the date for which has not yet been confirmed.

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LIVE: LCS Lock In 2021 Day 1: 100 Thieves start on top

Published: 15/Jan/2021 23:00 Updated: 15/Jan/2021 23:49

by Andrew Amos

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The LCS has kicked off 2021 not with the Spring Split, but with a new tournament called Lock In. Similar to the KeSPA Cup or Demacia Cup, NA’s top teams will duke it out in a pre-season event right before the main season. Here’s what you need to know.


  • LCS Lock In 2021 is a new pre-season tournament for all 10 teams.
  • 100 Thieves smash TSM to open up their 2021 campaign.
  • CLG face Liquid next at 4pm PT / 7pm ET.

LCS Lock In: Stream

The LCS Lock In tournament is the 2021 starter for League of Legends in North America. All 10 LCS teams will take part in the two-week competition that gives fans a taster of the year to come.

They’re not playing for pittance either. The winning team will take home $150,000 USD, and a lot of confidence heading into the start of Spring 2021 in February.

LCS Lock In 2021: Teams & groups

As we mentioned earlier, all 10 of the LCS teams will be taking part in the Lock In tournament. Some teams may choose to field their academy rosters instead of their main rosters, but with $150,000 on the line, there’ll definitely be some teams gunning for the flag.

Among them, Summer 2020 champions TSM would be favorites. Having made a number of moves in the off-season, only keeping jungler Mingyi ‘Spica’ Lu, the new squad will have a hard task in front of them. Team Liquid, CLG, and Cloud9 also made some big moves in the off-season to catch back up.

The 10 teams will be split into groups of two, with the top four from each group making it to the single-elimination playoffs.

Group A Group B
TSM FlyQuest
100 Thieves Cloud9
CLG Dignitas
Golden Guardians Evil Geniuses
Team Liquid Immortals

LCS Lock In 2021: Schedule

Groups Day 1: Friday, January 15

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group A 100 Thieves 1 – 0 TSM 3pm 6pm 11pm
CLG vs Liquid 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 16)
Group B Cloud9 vs Evil Geniuses 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 16)
Dignitas vs FlyQuest 6pm 9pm 2am (Jan 16)
Group A Golden Guardians vs CLG 7pm 10pm 3am (Jan 16)

Groups Day 2: Saturday, January 16

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Immortals vs Evil Geniuses 1pm 4pm 9pm
Group A Golden Guardians vs TSM 2pm 5pm 10pm
Group B Cloud9 vs FlyQuest 3pm 6pm 11pm
Immortals vs Dignitas 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 17)
Group A CLG vs 100 Thieves 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 17)

Groups Day 3: Sunday, January 17

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Immortals vs Cloud9 1pm 4pm 9pm
Group A Liquid vs 100 Thieves 2pm 5pm 10pm
Group B Dignitas vs Evil Geniuses 3pm 6pm 11pm
Group A CLG vs TSM 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 18)
Golden Guardians vs Liquid 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 18)

Groups Day 4: Friday, January 22

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Dignitas vs Cloud9 3pm 6pm 11pm
Group A Golden Guardians vs 100 Thieves 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 23)
Group B Evil Geniuses vs FlyQuest 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 23)
Group A Liquid vs TSM 6pm 9pm 2am (Jan 23)
Group B Immortals vs FlyQuest 7pm 10pm 3am (Jan 23)

Quarterfinals Day 1: Saturday, January 23

Match PT ET GMT
TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm
TBD vs TBD 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 24)

Quarterfinals Day 2: Sunday, January 24

Match PT ET GMT
TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm
TBD vs TBD 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 24)

Semifinals Day 1: Friday, January 29

Match PT ET GMT
TBD vs TBD 3pm 6pm 11pm

Semifinals Day 2: Saturday, January 30

Match PT ET GMT
TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm

Grand Finals: Sunday, January 31

Match PT ET GMT
TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm