July 31, 2021

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Experts explain why does Faker become the best player in mid lane?

Faker

Faker

In the League of Legends world, there are many Korean players who choose to develop a career in the mid lane. However, no one has been able to overcome Faker‘s shadow who is the player of F1. Let’s find out why Faker becomes a Korea player’s unique in mid lane.

POSITIONS OF TEAMS ON THE STANDINGS

A few days ago, former professional player, the Commentator of LCK – Cloud Templar had a stream about 2 hours long to share views about the strength of the teams in Korea. Besides, he also analyzed in-depth the play style of the mid lane players and said that the order of the high or low teams will rely heavily on the mid lane team’s strong or weak.

Faker  CloudTemplar commentator gives the audience realistic views, accurate analysis of what is happening in the LCK
CloudTemplar commentator gives the audience realistic views, accurate analysis of what is happening in the LCK

First, CloudTemplar gives the order of LCK teams ranking as follows:

CloudTemplar's chart is quite similar to the actual LCK rankings, but he believes that Sandbox Gaming will surpass it
CloudTemplar’s chart is quite similar to the actual LCK rankings, but he believes that Sandbox Gaming will surpass it

CloudTemplar explained that placing Sandbox Gaming so high is because this team only loses when it comes to stronger opponents (from the top 5 and above) while their 3 wins are before the teams below the table. He believes that Sandbox Gaming will get 6th place because this is the strongest team in the bottom group.

THE REASON FAKER BECAME A TOP MID PLAYER IN LCK

Returning to the main problem – analyzing the mid-lane position, CloudTemplar divided the mid lane players in the LCK into two groups: overwhelming and not overwhelming. The first team consists of Chovy, Showmaker, BDD, the common point of these 3 players in the high skill and the gameplay will be overwhelming the mid lane, taking advantage of that to carry the team.

Chovy is being highly evaluated in the ability to lead the team and burden Faker
Chovy is being highly evaluated in the ability to lead the team and burden
Faker's unique play style made it difficult for the opponent to overwhelm the mid lane when facing T1 Faker
Faker’s unique play style made it difficult for the opponent to overwhelm the mid lane when facing T1

In the case of Faker, CloudTemplar thinks this is a unique case of the current mid lane. Faker does not necessarily have the aggressive and oppressive playing style as the three names, but he does not get bullied on the way. CloudTemplar describes Faker’s gameplay as “flowing water”, adapting to all opponents, the stronger the enemy is, the better the Faker plays.

In the mid lane player group that didn’t overwhelm the road (the rest of the players), CloudTemplar rated Afreeca Freecs’ Fly as the best. This group will be overwhelmed in the mid lane by the Chovy, BDD, Showmaker, partly Faker so they will lose when meeting the teams of these players. However, when this group fights, the mid lane is often in a tie and the game will decide either to support the remaining main force (usually ADC) or create pressure to fight.

Afreeca Freecs has a good quality team and stable form of Fly, helping them to take 5th place.
Afreeca Freecs has a good quality team and stable form of Fly, helping them to take 5th place.

With Afreeca Freecs winning against KT Rolster last week, CloudTemplar judged Fly to be the best player of the group without overwhelming the road. However, teams with mid laners who don’t dominate the lane will hardly have the chance to compete for the championship because they don’t gain the initiative in the mid lane.

The top 4 teams DRX, DWG, Gen.G, and T1 all have the top mid laners in Korea and with what CloudTemplar analyzed above, we can understand that the LCK championship And further away, this year’s World Championship tickets are just a competition for these 4 teams.