League of Legends pro Faker re-signs with T1 for another three years

Faker holding a T1 flag. (Photo: LoL Esports)
Faker holding a T1 flag. (Photo: LoL Esports)

League of Legends G.O.A.T. Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok will be staying at T1 for another three years, the organisation announced on Monday (28 November).

Much speculation was made about Faker's contract after it expired last week, with rumours of the LoL legend turning his eyes towards greener pastures after missing out on Worlds 2022 by the closest of margins.

The team that beat him to the Summoner's Cup this year, DRX, released their own roster to free agency, which quickly saw Kim “Deft” Hyuk-kyu, a key piece of DRX's amazing run, announced as DAMWON KIA Gaming's new bot laner the very next day.

However, the Unkillable Demon King has instead chosen to re-sign with the org he's been at since the start of his career, not surprising since his previous contract included part ownership of the org itself.

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It was always hard to see Faker leaving the team that has become almost synonymous with his own name.

In 2020, it was reported that Faker rejected a US $10 million per year contract and even a “blank cheque offer” from the LCS.

He even turned down a US $20 million per year offer from China’s League of Legends Pro League (LPL) last year, according to T1 CEO Joe Marsh.

The T1 CEO revealed in the same interview that developing a relationship with Faker and his family was key to keeping him in T1.

While missing out on the Summoner's Cup was a blow, T1 themselves have had a stellar year breaking records and making history, with Faker synergising well with with a new generation of players.

And that seems to have sealed the deal for the G.O.A.T to stay on for another three years and see if he can finally reclaim the World Championship.

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