The man widely considered to be the greatest League of Legends player of all time, Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok, has said he wants to face Soren “Bjergsen” Bjerg and former G2 players at MSI 2022.
In a recent interview with Ashley Kang of KORIZON Esports, Faker was asked about which players he’d most like to face at the annual Mid-Season Invitational event, should T1 manage to qualify. Faker brought up Team Liquid Bjergsen and the various members of 2019 G2 Esports’ roster as western players he’d be excited to face.
In the only Mid-Season Invitational to be won by a European team, the LEC’s G2 Esports conquered multi-time world champions T1 in a legendary semifinal matchup before defeating North American side Team Liquid in an all-Western final. It seems the game’s greatest player hasn’t forgotten that loss, and is looking towards this year’s MSI to even the score. With T1 absolutely demolishing its competition in the LCK thus far this year, Kang asked the all-star mid laner who he’d look forward to facing.
Faker says he’s taken a lot of lessons from his losses in recent tournaments, saying his macro gameplay was lacking and that his thinking was at times close-minded. Faker was still considered the greatest player in the history of the game back then, so hearing him speak ill of his skills then is wild for fans.
Faker mentioned members of G2’s legacy-making roster as players he wanted to see, alongside Bjergsen and the resurgent Team Liquid. But will Faker get his wish?
Team Liquid looks very strong in the LCS, but any former G2 members attending MSI isn’t assured as some of them have struggled this season. Luka “Perkz” Perkovic has moved to Vitality, Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle to Excel, Martin “Wunder” Hansen to Fnatic, with only Rasmus “caPs” Winther and Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski remaining at G2. This increases the overall chance that Faker will get to face at least one member, with Fnatic and G2 sticking out as the most likely candidates to carry a rival to MSI.
MSI is rumored to be held in South Korea in 2022, so either region would have to face the unkillable demon king on his home turf. The dream of a partial G2 rematch seems most likely, but Team Liquid remains a strong contender for the LCS title.