In final night’s League of Legends entire world championship matches, SKT T1’s Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok appeared hell-bent on proving how superior his Galio was. In a series that went to game 5 in opposition to house-group staff Royal Never ever Give Up, Faker performed only Galio, all 5 online games.
This isn’t an outlandish technique in the grand scheme of items. Video games like League of Legends, Dota 2, or Heroes of the Storm revolve about drafting and executing a draft of 5 figures that synchronize very well, so if a single champion is uniquely powerful in a particular patch or meta-game, choosing them as normally as a single can is beneficial.
Faker is most likely ideal regarded for his assassin enjoy, on champions that execute substantial hurt, promptly removing them from the combat. “Faker” provides to thoughts highlights of Zed or LeBlanc. But the tank mage Galio, nearer to other champions in his pool like Orianna, has been sitting down in his pocket at Worlds, with only a single game prior in the tournament on the massive person: a earn in opposition to Misfits in final week’s quarterfinals.
Nevertheless game a single resulted in a loss for SKT T1, the staff chose to continue to keep Faker on the massive man, foremost to a excellent 3//8 game 2. Flip it again and SKT T1 is dealing with elimination soon after a game 3 loss the place Faker does not tally up a single destroy, but in online games 4 and 5, the legendary mid participant located his groove, tallying up superior figures in the remaining two online games that place SKT around and into the finals.
Where Galio came in helpful was, alongside becoming a fairly strong mage in the present point out of the game, his skill to control fights for SKT T1. Utilizing his arsenal of group control and region-of-impact spells, Faker was capable to the two commence fights and continue to keep them going, although the rest of his staff adopted up. Nevertheless it was much more “imposing presence” than burst-hurt assassin, Faker’s 5-game Galio spree confirmed he not only had depth, but could adapt in that pool, an skill to comprehend that just due to the fact a single game went south didn’t signify he needed to around-compensate and enjoy a entirely distinct model.
After viewing that series, it is hard to not really feel like we’re going to be seeing a new established of SKT skins commemorating a fourth entire world championship earn for the staff sometime future year.
Also thank you, commentator David “Phreak” Turley, for this attractive minute in League of Legends championship commentary.