Most League of Legends fans, once hearing the name SK Telecom T1 and now T1, automatically see Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok spreading fear in the middle lane. Last round of League of Legends Champions Korea, we saw an unusual moment, as the legendary player did not appear in the squad during the game with KT Rolster.
The last meetings of T1 in the LCK are definitely not the most successful ones, and the team itself, which aspires to be the best in the country and in the world, is only fourth in the league table. Before the Thursday meeting, the coaching staff decided to use their large reserve bench and sent 17-year-old Lee “Clozer” Ju-hyeon to battle with Song “Smeba” Kyung-ho. The Korean has already received a lot of attention in the local media because of his performance in League of Legends ranked games.
Eventually, however, Clozer got the chance to test his outstanding skills against a more demanding rival. “The coaches have already mentioned that if I present myself well, I will get a chance in the LCK,” Ju-hyeon revealed in a post-match interview. “When announcing the squad against KT, I found out that I would replace Faker.”
“There is a huge difference between soloQ and playing professionally. The best players are very thorough and pedantic. I got tips from my colleagues not to be nervous and to focus on my goal,” he added. This was achieved in impressive style, with Clozer scoring thirteen kills with two deaths on both maps and was a standout figure in the T1 win.
The T1 staff did not reveal why Faker sat on the bench, but all indications are that the mid-lane rotation was intended to give one of the best midlaners in the world a break. The winner of the Spring Split is close to reaching the play-offs of the summer edition, where the games decisive for the promotion to the League of Legends World Championship 2020 will take place.
On Sunday, T1 will finish the seventh match day with SANDBOX Gaming. At the moment, it is not known if Faker or Clozer will appear in mid lane.