T1’s Faker starts 2021 League of Legends season on the bench

For the first time in his long and illustrious LCK career, League of Legends star Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok will start a new season watching from the sidelines.

The iconic midlaner, who has won three Worlds titles and an MSI trophy with T1, is widely regarded as the greatest League of Legends player of all time. However, during the 2020 LCK Summer Split, he lost his spot to promising 17-year-old Lee ‘Clozer’ Ju-hyeon. He returned to the starting roster for the LCK Regional Finals in a last-ditch attempt by T1 to qualify for Worlds 2020 – something it failed to achieve. This all came amid a tumultuous time for the Korean organisation where its fanbase staged protests and sent death threats to players and staff following poor performances and management decisions they weren’t happy with.

Despite ending last season in the starting lineup, the 24-year-old returns to the bench with Clozer being recalled to the mid lane to face Hanwha Life Esports in T1’s first match of the 2021 LCK Spring Split.

Alongside exciting prospect Clozer, new support Ryu ‘Keria’ Min-seok will make his debut for T1 following his offseason move from DRX.

Lee ‘Gumayusi’ Min-hyeong, Kim ‘Canna’ Chang-don, and Choi ‘Ellim’ El-lim make up T1’s starting roster for the Hanwha clash. This is an extremely youthful squad to field, with the oldest players Canna and Ellim coming in at just 20 years old.

T1 has built a large 10-man roster for the 2021 season, with rotation and competition in each position likely. However, many T1 fans are concerned that the omission of Faker from the outset will mean very little game time for the iconic player.