T1 Faker: “Nowadays, I spend every single hour of my time researching the game.”

On day 9 of the 2022 LCK Summer split, T1 faced off against DWG KIA in the first match of the day. Despite many predictions of a closer series between the two titans, T1 managed to 2-0 DWG KIA, a victory that marked their 24-match win streak in the LCK. They beat their old record of 23 match wins, a milestone that was set in 2015.

The following is a post-match interview with Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok.


Thoughts on the victory tonight against DWG KIA?

Tonight’s match was an important one, so I’m really happy that we were able to shut them out 2-0 tonight.

One of the reasons why tonight’s matchup was so hyped up was due to whether or not the team can break their old record of 23-match win streak. How do you feel about breaking that milestone tonight?

The 24 match win streak does not feel too big, especially because the record was set such a long time ago. The reason why I did not think too much about the milestone back then was because I actually did not know I set that record a long time ago. However, at the same time, setting such a record is a great feeling.

There must be a lot of factors that contribute to such a massive milestone.

I think we’re a bit ahead of other teams in terms of our macro game. There’s a lot of luck involved as well. However, I do not think we’re miles ahead of other teams.

What’s your secret behind maintaining such a high level of gameplay for such a long time?

I constantly thought about how I can be better since my debut. Nowadays, I spend every single hour of my time researching the game, so I think that translated to great results.

You also talked about winning the split undefeated in an earlier interview.

I felt that tonight’s match against DWG KIA was a critical one; after playing them tonight, I felt that we can win the Summer split undefeated as well. If we do, it’ll be another fun milestone.

Is there anything specific the team prepared for tonight’s series?

Everyone on our team put in an incredible number of hours practicing. I think we won because we were ahead of DWG KIA in our overall play.

You picked Galio twice tonight. How come?

I put in a lot of research on how we’re going to counter Twisted Fate.

Lastly, is there anything you’d like to say?

We’ve set another huge record tonight. More than anything, however, the goal for Summer split is to show a better version of ourselves than that of MSI. I want to thank the fans for their support, and we’ll make sure to continue winning.

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