T1 Faker on ending their win streak: “It was really heartbreaking to see it end”

08:11 PM May 27, 2022

After qualifying for the semifinals of the Mid-Season Invitational 2022, T1’s mid laner Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok answered some questions from the media about his journey in this international tournament. Esports INQ had the opportunity to speak with the legendary player regarding their (mostly) dominant run this MSI.

T1, off of a 20-0 match record in the LCK Spring 2022 Split, has played 16 best of one matches in MSI 2022. Out of these 16 games, T1 won 13 and lost 3. Their first loss this year was handed to them by the European team G2 Esports during the Rumble Stage.


Was there a player you particularly liked to play against because you learned a lot or was surprised by their gameplay?

So no one actually impressed me much. Every player had great strength and a lot of parts where we could learn from. The experience was great.


How did you feel about seeing T1’s legendary win streak end?

So because Rumble Stage has a Best of One format, I thought at some point our win streak will come to an end. It was really heartbreaking to see it come to an end at the beginning of the Rumble stage.

BUSAN, SOUTH KOREA – MAY 22: T1 competes at the League of Legends – Mid-Season Invitational Rumble Stage on May 22, 2022 in Busan, South Korea. (Photo by Yong Woo “Kenzi” Kim/Riot Games)

What are your thoughts on Joseph “Jojopyun” Pyun and if there is any advice you would give to such a young player.

As far as I remember he’s very aggressive. He has a very aggressive playstyle. During the laning phase, I don’t think his play was that impressive but because he’s really aggressive at some times, I’ve been looking forward to see his play. I don’t really have advice for him, but I’m excited to see him perform in the future as well.

BUSAN, SOUTH KOREA – MAY 15: T1 poses at the League of Legends – Mid-Season Invitational Groups Stage on May 15, 2022 in Busan, South Korea. (Photo by Colin Young-Wolff/Riot Games)

Would you consider the ability of being able to play through any player T1’s greatest strength?

So all the individuals in our roster are so talented. I guess the biggest strength indeed is us being able to play out all the different roles. And also the meta has changed from Spring Split so the MSI meta has been so different. But I think we were able to adapt to the meta and have a good understanding of it because we were able to play it from different roles.

See T1 in action in the MSI 2022 Knockout Stage against G2 Esports this coming Saturday, May 28th, 2022. They two teams will face each other in a Best-of-5 series, the winner of which will advance to the Grand Finals and face the winner of the match between Royal Never Give Up and Evil Geniuses.


The full schedule and bracket can be found on

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