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Faker reveals how much of his multi-million LoL salary he actually spends

Published: 3/Jan/2020 4:21 Updated: 3/Jan/2020 4:39

by Andrew Amos


Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok is one of League of Legends’ richest players, but that doesn’t mean he’s a big spender, with the streamer revealing on Korean TV how little of his salary he spends.

Faker is synonymous with LoL across the East and West. He’s won three Worlds titles with SK Telecom T1, who picked up the young mid laner early in his career, and made a name for himself as the greatest player to ever touch the game.

With such accolades to his name, it’s likely that he’s made a pretty penny during his career. He’s on a rumored $2.5 million contract with T1, taken home over $1 million in prize money alone, and has a number of brand deals in his name.

MBC EntertainmentFaker appeared on Korean talk show Radio Star, discussing his salary and social life.

However, despite this, Faker has described his lifestyle as being relatively frugal. The star mid laner revealed he spends less than 200,000 Korean Won (US$170) a month during his appearance on Korean talk show Radio Star.

Faker would make more money than that in one stream, with the T1 mid laner regularly taking to Twitch to play LoL in front of an average of 30,000 viewers.

The details behind his frugal lifestyle aren’t completely known, with the streamer not opening up too much about how he spends his money. It’s understandable that he spends so little, however.

Riot GamesFaker has earned millions across his career after winning three Worlds titles and numerous LCK trophies.

His super fans gift him everything from food to clothes, while T1 provide him with his housing. He lives a very simple lifestyle as well, professing the fact that he has a wardrobe full of plain white shirts for simplicity’s sake.

The money he’s earning isn’t going to waste though. Instead of spending it as he gets it, he’s saving it to put towards others by donating to charity.

“In the future, I want to use the money I earned for charity,” he said. “The career of a professional gamer is very short, so I want to manage my career well to work as long as possible.”

It’s unknown just how much money he has, but given his long career in League, it would be in the millions of dollars. This isn’t the first time the player has broached the subject of charity when discussing his salary though.

Back in October 2018, Faker donated 100% of his streaming revenue to the UN Foundation. He was able to raise thousands in the lead-up to Worlds 2018 as he streamed almost every day. 

He also participated in Rick Fox’s charity drive in December 2019, raising $62,000 for the Bahamas Relief Foundation.

Faker isn’t the only pro player to give his salary back to the community either. In an interview with Korean news site Fomos in October, Invictus Gaming star Kang ‘TheShy’ Seung-lok said he’s donated over $100,000 to charity across his career so far.

The end-of-year League of Legends All-Star event also aims to raise money for charity, with pro players across the world donating their winnings from the tournament towards an organization of their choice.

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Faker has already donated tens of thousands to charity, including the Bahamas Relief Foundation and the UN Foundation.

While the money is one upside of his pro career, the lifestyle of being an esports player in Korea could be seen as a down-side. The star mid laner opened up about the lack of personal time he has, and his struggles with non-team relationships.

“Being a pro gamer made me realize that the amount of time I have for myself is very limited,” he said. “Being in a relationship will cause lots of uncomfortable things to both sides.”

This might be seen as a negative by most, but the unkillable demon king is too devoted to his work to care. “Currently, I just focus on working,” he said. “Since I was little, I didn’t care much about girls.”

Once Faker retires, he will be sitting on a fine nest egg, with plenty of time to decide how to use it. It’s a thoughtful gesture to save money for his future and to help others, and it’s one of the many reasons why Faker is universally loved in LoL.

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Tahm Kench rework coming in LoL Season 11: everything we know

Published: 26/Nov/2020 6:17

by Isaac McIntyre


Tahm Kench is set to have his ‘acquired taste’ adjusted slightly in early 2021. The River King will be receiving a mini-rework targeting Devour and Abyssal Voyage during the Season 11 preseason, Riot devs have revealed — and it looks like it will soon be time to unbench the Kench again.

Riot unveiled their plans for the notorious support in a dev blog in late June. Their idea to “carefully balance” the River King, game designer Kevin ‘Captain’ Huang said, was to target his two most iconic abilities: his deep-diving ultimate, and his ‘Devour’ mechanic.

“It’s no secret [Tahm Kench] is one of the champions most famous for being weak for a vast majority of players because his kit is strong for pros,” Huang said. “Tahm has a lot of power that specifically requires the highest degree of coordinated play.”

The main issue with these kinds of champions ⁠— a category other famous picks like Kalista and Ryze also fall into ⁠— is “if they ever rise about 44-45% win rate [in their roles], they simply take over the professional scene,” Huang explained.

Riot’s aim, then, is to tweak his two “high skill cap” moves in the Season 11 mini-rework. TK’s ultimate, Abyssal Voyage, will be switched to his ‘W’ ability, while Devour/Regurgitate will be the River King’s ultimate heading into Season 11.

Tahm Kench could see his iconic kit shuffled around slightly in a Season 10 mini-rework.
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Tahm Kench is set to see his iconic kit shuffled around slightly in a Season 11 rework.

Abyssal Voyage, Devour being reworked

There’s a few smaller tweaks the devs have already tabled for these two abilities too. Kench’s Abyssal Voyage would become the support’s “new engage tool,” would be “faster” and have a “shorter range”. It would also deal damage, and knock up enemies on arrival.

His Devour ability, which would be headed to the premiere “R” slot, would come with damage (for enemies) or a shield (for allies) depending on targets. On top of that, its cooldown would be stretched, and obviously it would be locked behind a level 6 experience barrier.

“We have moved Devour to his ult slot, where it gets to be significantly more powerful as a spell cast, and therefore less dependent on allies,” Huang said.

“With a longer cooldown and no access to the ability before [level] 6, opponents should also be able to capitalize on its downtimes [in better ways.]”

River King gets more self-healing

Finally, Tahm Kench may be getting a bit more self-healing in his reworked kit, with his Q ability Tongue Lash currently giving the River King a little HP top-up on-hit.

The last time Tahm Kench was handed a balance update outside of minor bug fixes was in League Patch 9.19, last season. His Thick Skin passive had its ‘Grey Health’ bonus changed from 30-100% (based on levels) to 75% at all levels.

Most of Tahm Kench's kit will be changed in Season 11.
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Most of Tahm Kench’s kit will be changed in Season 11.

When will Tahm Kench be updated?

These new changes have been in Riot’s testing chambers for more than half a year now, but it looks like we may have to wait just a little bit longer before the new Tahm Kench actually arrives.

Originally, Riot said the River King’s ability update would arrive “after the Worlds patch [10.19].” That expected release date has rolled up in the distance, arrived, and now is weeks in the rearview mirror; Season 11’s preseason has begun.

The Tahm Kench rework will land after that, Riot Phlox confirmed on Nov. 25.

He said, “The TK rework is coming once preseason is more settled, and we have time to finish up the work and allocate the resources. Really would prefer to have it out before pro starts again, but I sadly can’t just slap a timeline here.”

The plan was originally to “avoid upheaval” around the pro scene, but that appears to have fallen by the wayside, at least for the time being.

Riot admits the River King is hard to balance around solo queue and pro play at the same time.
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Riot admits the River King is hard to balance around solo queue and pro play at the same time.

Tahm Kench “thicc” changes, as Phlox called them, aren’t the only ones planned champion-wise in League of Legends’ huge Season 11 shakeup either.

Support Pantheon is being targeted in patch 10.25, in an attempt to shift the Artisan of War top lane again, while Amumu has just been whacked with a hefty chunk of nerfs after the new item reworks fired his win rate into the clouds.