SKT is not at its best right now, but has a temporary remedy for that.
Ever since their loss at last year’s Worlds, SKT has been performing poorly. They have been struggling during the playoffs in the spring and had a bad start to the summer too. Seems like the team is having a rough time in keeping up with the current meta.
However, in their last three consecutive games, they were able to claim their victory. SKT won against Jin Air Green Wings, bbq OLIVERS, and Hanwha Life Esports. Their games were mostly clean and it might be a sign of them getting back in the game, or possibly at the top. The only thing is, they did it without Faker.
Of course, it’s too early to assume that for two of their opponents are at the bottom of the standings. Choi “Pirean” Jun-sik subbed in for the benched Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok. Pirean as a mid laner isn’t exactly carrying the whole game, but makes a pretty good supportive-style mid laner. It’s Bae “Bang” Jun-sik who has been standing out. But Pirean will still remain as SKT’s temporary mid laner for the mean time. SKT will play against Gen G on Sunday then Afreeca Freecs and Griffin next week. It will be a test for Pirean if he will be the one to give SKT a redemption.
Is SKT still SKT without Faker?
Faker’s peers went abroad because of larger offers while he has been loyal to SKT and South Korea for years now. Faker always carried the team with his formidable gameplays. Thanks to that, whatever challenge they face in every game, even if it seems like things are getting sloppy, SKT always find a way to win.
Things went downhill since LCK Summer Finals 2017 and Worlds 2017. It has dragged the team with a lot of struggles including their loss at Longzhu Gaming in the summer finals and Samsung Galaxy in the World finals. Faker has been benched since July 21 against Hanwha so Pirean took over his lane for now.
He might not be the best player in the game right now, but he still is and will always be the best player who has ever played League of Legends.