Faker returns to the SKT line-up to hand them their first win of the Split
- SKT ended their four-game loss streak with the defeat of winless Jin Air Gaming
- Faker started both games, having been dropped to the bench the previous week
- SKT’s next match will be a crucial game against long-standing rival, KT Rolster
The king has returned, Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-Hyeok returned from the bench to help SK Telecom T1 finally get on the board for the LCK Summer Split.
After a disastrous start to the Split, SKT found themselves on a four game loss streak with seemingly very few answers to their mounting problems.
Faker is adamant there are many issues remaining but their win today against Jin Air Gaming is an important first step on their road to recovery.
Faker returned from the bench to lead SKT to their first win of the Summer Split against Jin Air
It was a clean sweep as SKT won both games to take the series, although Jin Air didn’t make it easy – taking the last match all the way to the late game despite SKT’s unavoidable gold lead.
Despite their poor form, SKT were expected to win the series considering Jin Air were also looking for the first win. That didn’t make the win any less important but typically for Faker, he wasn’t looking to celebrate during the post-game interview:
‘Recently we’ve been practising a lot, we and Jin Air are both in dangerous situations so we put everything on the line. After losing 4-0 consecutively, we’ve been having a lot of discussions about our problems, there are still a lot of mistakes which will take a lot of time to fix.’
While Faker was as impressive as usual, it was heavily-criticised jungler Kang ‘Blank’ Sun-gu who was the surprise performer of game two. He pulled out the uncommon pick of Skarner to great effect, running riot on Jin Air’s backline.
That match will give Blank some much needed confidence, if he can build up some form he could be the answer to SKT’s long-running issues with junglers.
He himself promised SKT would come back stronger with better results, SKT fans will be hoping those improvements come soon as their next game will be against long-standing rivals, KT Rolster. The telecom wars are always exciting and next week’s match up will be a fascinating affair.
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