Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok, broadly considered to be the greatest League of Legends player of all time, has now reached 1,000 pro games played over his career as of February 18.
Faker is the single most decorated player to ever touch the game and recently reached a staggering 1,000 pro games played over the course of his career, all of which he has spent competing in the LCK, Korea’s top competitive league. Faker’s 1000th game was against old rival KT Rolster, and T1 achieved a 2-0 victory in the match.
Most professional players are celebrated when they reach milestones of a few hundred games played. G2 Esports jungler Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski was recently lauded for reaching 500 games over the course of his career, the most in the LEC. Faker’s record of 1,000 pro games played dwarfs nearly every other player’s, doubling the LEC star’s lifetime total. Faker’s career spans dozens of his peer’s stays in professional play, with three World Championship titles under his belt. Fans took notice of this record game on social media ahead of the match.
In his thousandth game, T1 faced down long-time rival KT Rolster. Multiple-time world champion Faker began the match with one of his most iconic picks, LeBlanc. For a long time, Faker’s LeBlanc was a pick that struck fear into most competitors’ hearts. Faker has picked LeBlanc over 40 times in his career with a staggering 75.6% win rate and a KDA of 5.7.
In the second game of the series, Faker swapped to Ryze after T1 opted to ban LeBlanc on the red side. Both games were convincing victories for T1, besting their rivals in brilliant fashion. T1 continues to be a force to be reckoned with in Korean League of Legends, with iteration after iteration of the team being built around Faker. Faker has proven over and over that he is great not only due to his high level of play, but also his consistency, which this latest record achievement reflects.
At this rate, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Faker continue to dominate for years to come, possibly even reaching the unthinkable marker of 2,000 games played one day.