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T1 Faker Secure Fourth League of Legends World Championship in Thrilling Victory

T1, the historical organization, and Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok, the unrivaled player in League of Legends history, wrote another chapter in their glorious history this weekend as they won the 2023 League of Legends World Championship. T1 Faker won the Summoner’s Cup for the fourth time in a row, marking a victorious return after their last victory in 2016 and a historic first on their home territory at the Gocheok Sky Dome in South Korea.

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The final match generated a record-breaking 6.4 million viewers, breaking the previous League of Legends esports record established at last year’s World Final. According to Esports Charts, this statistic broke esports records within the League of Legends community and holds the record for the most extensive peak viewership for any esports event.

In the grand final series, Faker demonstrated his prowess with a K/D/A of 8/3/19 throughout three games, but his teammate Choi “Zeus” Woo-je stood out. Zeus, the fearsome top laner, finished the series with a stellar K/D/A of 16/4/17, earning him the well-deserved title of World Finals MVP. A crucial triple kill in Game 2 catapulted T1 to victory, putting them on the verge of winning the world title.

Despite their long-standing supremacy, the route to T1’s fourth world title was challenging. T1 had difficulties following their prior victories in 2013, 2015, and 2016, including a defeat in the 2017 Worlds final. The growth of competitive Chinese teams in the following years resulted in T1’s absence from international finals till the preceding year. T1 suffered heartbreak in the 2022 season, losing both the MSI and Worlds finals, generating suspicions of a team shake-up.

Faker, Zeus, Mun “Oner” Hyeon-jun, Lee “Gumayusi” Min-hyeong, and Ryu “Keria” Min-seok, who won the title, braved the storm and persevered. Their path through the Worlds 2023 playoffs was complex, as they defeated all four Chinese teams, including a 3-0 triumph over Weibo in the final. Faker’s remarkable record of never losing a best-of-five playoff series against a Chinese team in his eight global championships was extended.

The last series’ plot unfurled with fervor. T1 had early hurdles in Game 1 but prevailed, demonstrating their tenacity. T1 dominated game 2 with early kills, mainly targeting Weibo’s top laner, Kang “TheShy” Seung-lok. The key team fight around the dragon pit cemented T1’s 2-0 series advantage. T1’s success was cemented in the last game, with Faker earning a triple kill in a vital team fight, opening the path for a quick victory.

As the dust settles on their World Championship success, questions about the roster’s future loom as numerous players’ contracts expire. Gumayusi, Keria, and Zeus’ fates remain unknown, but even if the lineup changes, the invincible Faker, at 27 years old, remains a cornerstone of T1’s success.

In a post-match interview, Faker showed his dedication to T1, saying, “Since I’m still contracted with T1, I’ll still be working with the organization.” Despite persistent talk regarding his retirement, Faker remains committed to his professional gaming career and advancement.

The landscape of dates and rosters is in change for 2024, but the World Championship final is slated to take place at the O2 Arena in London. With their unrivaled heritage, it would not be shocking to see Faker and T1 compete for their fifth global title on the big stage again.

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