Faker Lee “Faker” Sang-hyuk was honored by his teammates after being named the 2023 Player of the Year.
Lee “Faker” Sang-hyuk took home both the Mid-Laner of the Year and Player of the Year awards at the 2023 LCK Awards ceremony held at Ibex Studio in Gwangmyeong, Gyeonggi-do, on Wednesday. He was recognized for leading his team T1 to victory at the LoL World Championship in South Korea last month.
Speaking at a press conference after the ceremony, Lee credited his teammates for the honor, saying, “League of Legends is a team game. Many things are causally intertwined in the game,” he said, adding, “(Success) doesn’t come from just one person. I think the impact of teammates is very big.”
T1 erased last year’s runner-up finish at Worlds with a win this year. “Unlike last year, we were lucky this year. The fact that we lost to Genji at Worlds worked in our favor. We also grew as a team when I was out with an injury,” he said, adding, “We were able to achieve this not only because of our skill but also because of our luck.”
“I was able to gain a lot of experience by competing in all the competitions this year,” said Lee. “There were definitely challenges along the way, but I’m satisfied that I finished the year well. Looking back, it was a very meaningful year.”
One of his most memorable moments was the summer season. “There was a lot of pressure in the summer season, and we joined the playoffs late because we were struggling, but it was fun to see us beat the big teams and climb up the ladder,” he said, adding, “We were able to grow and learn a lot.”
His most memorable opponent was Genji. “I feel like I’ve played against him a lot this year,” said Lee, “I’ve lost a lot against him, and I’ve been beaten by him. I have a lot of memories of playing against him.”
Regarding his frequent use of the expression ‘thank you,’ he said, “I was inspired by reading a lot of books on brain science and medicine.” “That mindset helps me with my performance, values, and goal-setting,” he said, adding that he is “learning and growing by trying things I’ve never tried before.”