Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok is one of the most popular names in the esports industry, especially League of Legends. But many people don't know about his career or life leading up to his fame.
Faker has been described as the Greatest of all Time (GOAT) many a time. "The Unkillable Demon King" is also another name he has been called before. And if that doesn't highlight his prowess in the industry then I don't know what will.
His achievements as a competitive League of Legends player would make even the most seasoned professional jealous. So let's look at Faker's career and how his life led him to fame.
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- Real name: Lee Sang-hyeok
- Age: 26
- Birthday: 7 May 1996
- Nationality: South Korean
- Awards: 3 World Championships, 2 MSI's, 8 LCK's, 2 Champions Korea titles
- Current Organisation: T1
Faker early career
Lee was born and raised in Seoul in South Korea. He has always had that gamer gene as he was gaming from a young age. Despite his skill as a gamer, he has also designed maps for World of Warcraft and Chaos. Chaos was one of his favourite games and he has said it helped him transition into League of Legends.
Faker started his career when he was introduced to League of Legends in 2011. He began to climb the ranks and even dropped out of high school to play the game. He was then hired by SKT Telecom in 2013. Additionally, he was selected to play in the World's Championships as their midlaner.
Faker's world really started to open up after the rebranding of SKT T1 to just T1. As he was already a well-known esports athlete, the rebranding meant that he could become the poster boy for T1.
Additionally, his loyalty to the League of Legends team has been recognised. Additionally, he was made a part-owner of T1 back in 2020. This is due to end soon, but I'm sure that his contract will be renewed.
Why is Faker popular?
Faker is a very interesting watch. The ridiculous amount of pressure he puts on the enemy team always ensures they crumble. Additionally, this is all done solo. it is very rare you will see Faker needing a gank from his jungler.
His League of Legends mechanical skills are also outstanding. Pair this with his versatile champion pool and you've got one scary lane. Faker is a force not to be reckoned with.