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Hype around LoL superstar Faker’s return to Worlds reaching fever-pitch

Published: 30/Sep/2019 5:06 Updated: 30/Sep/2019 6:00

by Isaac McIntyre


The community’s hype around Lee ‘League of Legends World Championship this year is reaching fever-pitch, with fans already speculating how well the SK Telecom T1 superstar will perform in Europe.

One fan of the three-time Worlds champion tapped into the hype to put together a countdown video celebrating Faker’s greatest plays, reminding the world just how deadly the Unkillable Demon King can be when unleashed on Summoner’s Rift.

Silvxs’ video opens on Faker’s death to Park ‘Ruler’ Jae-hyuk in the 2017 Worlds final, where Samsung Galaxy smashed the defending champions 3-0 at the Bird’s Nest.

Following clips of what was perhaps one of the veteran’s lowest moments in his career, LCK caster turned 100 Thieves GM Chris ‘PapaSmithy’ Smith reminded fans that Faker’s legacy would not be tainted by a single loss. The video then showed a series of the star’s greatest plays.

The video certainly achieved its objective of building hype, as LoL fans began sharing their excitement regarding Faker’s return to the international stage: “The man, the legend, the Demon King. The absolute f*cking GOAT of League of Legends,” one said.

Others compared Faker, and what he has done for League of Legends esports, to the major impact global celebrities like basketball’s LeBron James, football’s Lionel Messi, and Formula 1’s Lewis Hamilton have had on their own competitions.

“Don’t matter if he win or lose. I follow Faker like I follow LeBron. They are just special people in our generation. I just want to embrace and remember it so I can reminisce it when I get older,” one fan said, while another added more sports stars: “Add Messi and Hamilton to that list – they break record after record in their sports too.”

Riot KoreaFaker is widely regarded as the best League of Legends player in the world.

Faker himself has dubbed this 2019 tournament one of the most important of his career, especially considering he missed out on contesting the event at all as China’s Invictus Gaming stormed to the region’s first title on Korean soil last time around.

“This Worlds is more important than any other Worlds. I’ll prepare for it more harder than ever,” he told media following SKT’s 3-0 victory over Griffin in the LCK Summer grand final.

“We had a lot of ups and downs this season; I’m extremely happy that we won the championship. With the confidence we gained by winning [the LCK title], I’d like to get good results at Worlds.”

Riot GamesFaker’s last Worlds campaign ended with a shock 3-0 defeat at the hands of rivals Samsung Galaxy.

While many are eager to just see Faker back on the Worlds stage, there’s a more specific target for the LCK champion when he arrives in Europe.

SKT qualified for the Mid-Season Invitational earlier this year, and had a grand final berth snatched from them with a 3-2 defeat at the hands of LEC powerhouses G2 Esports, a team who many now believe are the best team in the world. Faker wants revenge for the loss.

“I think we will have to find our revenge against G2. When we played against G2 in the [MSI] semifinals, we were defeated after a close match. I want to meet them once more,” he said following SKT’s sixth Korean championship win, as translated by Korizon.

Riot GamesThe Korean star has already won three world championships, including in his debut year.

Faker’s return to Worlds won’t officially begin until the Group Stage, which is set to kick-off at the Verti Music Hall on October 12. Faker’s team will face last year’s runners-up and Group C competitors Fnatic in the opening clash of the main event.

Follow all the action from the 2019 World Championship at our live tournament hub.

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LIVE: LCS Lock In 2021 Day 1: Perkz’s debut for Cloud9 goes awry

Published: 15/Jan/2021 23:00 Updated: 16/Jan/2021 2:52

by Andrew Amos


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.

  • 100 Thieves, Liquid, Evil Geniuses, Dignitas open up LCS Lock In with wins.
  • Perkz’s Cloud9 debut goes awry with 4/7/2 statline on Yone.
  • Golden Guardians vs CLG next at 7pm PT / 10pm 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 0 – 1 Liquid 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 16)
Group B Cloud9 0 – 1 Evil Geniuses 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 16)
Dignitas 1 – 0 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

TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm
TBD vs TBD 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 24)

Quarterfinals Day 2: Sunday, January 24

TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm
TBD vs TBD 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 24)

Semifinals Day 1: Friday, January 29

TBD vs TBD 3pm 6pm 11pm

Semifinals Day 2: Saturday, January 30

TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm

Grand Finals: Sunday, January 31

TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm