July 30, 2021

E-sports

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Does Faker have to sit on the bench because of a hand injury?

Many questions surround Faker's reserve position at the LCK Summer 2020

Many questions surround Faker's reserve position at the LCK Summer 2020

The past few days Faker‘s position in the LCK Summer 2020 matches has been replaced by another name. Although the T1 coaching board reassured fans about Faker ‘s position in LCK Summer 2020, there is much evidence that Faker‘s health is not stable.

Many questions surround Faker's reserve position at the LCK Summer 2020
Many questions surround Faker‘s reserve position at the LCK Summer 2020

SIGNS OF FAKER’S DECLINE

While the LCK Summer 2020 audience was ecstatic with the perfect debut of rookie mid-laner Clozer, many T1 fans began to question why the team leadership chose to debut the player just entering this “boiling hot water” period.

Currently, the defending champions are in a relatively unstable position with 4th place, and there is no guarantee that they will firmly hold the ticket to the Playoffs. One of the reasons Clozer made his debut in the LCK Summer 2020 arena is because Faker is showing signs of decline, though, the Demon King’s performance is still considered to be fine in the case T1 only has to meet opponents not too much heavyweight, counting before the last 2 rounds (against DAMWON and DragonX).

Faker of T1 Gaming
Faker of T1 Gaming

According to share from coach Kim, putting Faker on the bench and playing Clozer simply let Faker rest and by the way test the level of this potential rookie. However, in an interview for MVP in the match between T1 and SANDBOX, the jungler Cuzz shared that:

“I sat next to Faker so I can see his physical condition is gradually recovering, and the hand gesture is more elegant. Also, I think having more competitors in the same position will create a dynamic. the strength for us to do better, just like me and Ellim. Mr. Faker is still working hard to return, so everyone will always support him and the other team members as well!”

INJURY IN HAND OF FAKER

Through the sharing of coach Kim and Cuzz, it is highly likely that Faker has suffered an injury, and according to a review of some Organizing Committee members in the backstage area of LoL Park, it seems that Faker having trouble with his left hand. It is unclear how serious this injury is, but this is probably the main reason why he has to take a break from playing. Clearly, T1 did not want to risk Faker to play, in the context of the next opponent is not too ominous, and they still have a potential option in the trainee.

As soon as Faker showed signs of injury, what T1 did was to give him a rest
As soon as Faker showed signs of injury, what T1 did was to give him a rest

As for Faker, resting during this time is probably a good thing for him. Looking at Uzi, we have reason to worry if Faker himself has to play too much in a state of insecure body health, leading to a series of injuries and other related issues. So, having a teammate to “split the fire” is a good thing, and Faker should take advantage of this time to rest to prepare for the sprint in the final stage of the group stage as well as playoffs (if T1 pass the group stage) coming up.