League of Legends

Fnatic’s Nemesis explains why Faker is better than Rookie

Published: 30/Oct/2019 15:32 Updated: 30/Oct/2019 16:08

by Joe O'Brien


Fnatic mid-laner Tim ‘Nemesis’ Lipovšekhas weighed in on the debate over whether Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok or Song ‘Rookie’ Eui-jin is the better player.

Faker may be considered the greatest League of Legends player of all time, but that doesn’t mean he’s without rivals. Over his career, several have challenged him, particularly for the right to be called the best mid-laner in the world, and Invictus Gaming’s Rookie is the most prominent of those challengers.

In recent years especially, Rookie has been hailed as one of if not the best mid-laner in the world, while Faker himself has seen his claim to that title slip. Though he may not match Faker’s accolades, on an individual performance level many would likely tip Rookie as the superior player, especially in 2018 when his performance helped take Invictus Gaming all the way to the Summoner’s Cup.

With the two competing in separate regions and rarely meeting internationally, however, opportunities for the pair to face off head-to-head have been limited.

Riot GamesRookie was a key factor in Invictus Gaming’s 2018 Worlds win.

For Fnatic’s mid-laner, however, it seems the choice between the pair is clear. During a recent stream, Nemesis refuted the claim that Rookie was the stronger mechanical player, instead giving a massive edge to Faker in that category.

“Rookie does not have better mechanics than Faker. All you need to do is just watch Pro View for five minutes, and after five minutes you will realize that Rookie is not even close to Faker mechanically.”

It’s still possible that Faker and Rookie may meet at this year’s World Championship, but being on opposite sides of the bracket, they’ll have to do so in the final. Faker’s SKT first has to go through G2 Esports, while Invictus Gaming will need to beat FunPlus Phoenix to advance.

If the pair do win their respective semi-finals, however, it would set the perfect stage for a duel between them, with Faker looking to reclaim his throne with a fourth Worlds title, and Rookie looking to defend the title and lead Invictus Gaming to become only the second team ever – after SKT themselves – to win in consecutive years.


BBC creating LEC documentary following EXCEL, narrated by Cillian Murphy

Published: 2/Dec/2020 11:02 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 11:06

by Adam Fitch


Major British broadcasting company BBC are set to release a five-part documentary following UK esports organization EXCEL ESPORTS.

The series, named ‘Fight for First: EXCEL ESPORTS,’ follows the org’s team in the European League of Legends competition LEC throughout the 2020 Spring Split.

The documentary is narrated by Cillian Murphy, an actor who’s been nominated for awards at the Golden Globes and BAFTA, and will be broadcast on BBC iPlayer in early 2021.

In 2020’s Spring Split, EXCEL finished in seventh place — narrowly missing out on a spot in the playoffs with a record of seven wins and 11 losses.

Dele Alli Excel esports
Dele Alli recently joined the growing list of footballers getting involved in the esports scene by partnering with EXCEL.

The description for the upcoming documentary will shed light on the “deep-rooted” reasons that the players compete as they are “navigating the growing pains of adulting, living away from home, love, new friendships, and fame.”

November 2020 was a busy month for the organization, not only changing their logo and ethos to represent “The Power of Better” but announcing that Tottenham Hotspur and England national footballer Dele Alli had joined as their first global ambassador.

Dexerto spoke with CEO Wouter Sleijffers at the time of the announcements to understand the need for change and what the future of EXCEL looks like.

“My sons love gaming,” said Cillian Murphy. “When I showed them the trailer for this, they said I had to do it. Being involved in Fight For First has been a great experience and there is so much more to professional gaming than I ever thought. It has opened up a whole new world to me and this series provides a proper insight into a fascinating, global industry.”

BBC picked up more esports programming just in November, acquiring the rights to broadcast Counter-Strike competition BLAST Premier for the remainder of the 2020 season. In 2020 alone, the media giant has also shown Rocket League and sim racing.