Popular League of Legends (LoL) veteran Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok has recently disclosed that he is battling an arm injury that has been impacting his performance in the LoL Champions Korea (LCK) Summer Split. Since the match against BRION on 17th June, Faker has been struggling with the arm issue, which has persisted for over two weeks. However, he has reassured fans that he is actively undergoing treatment.
Faker Faces Challenges Due to Arm Injury
Ever since T1’s encounter with BRION on June 17th, Faker has been grappling with an undisclosed arm injury. This persistent issue has lingered for over two weeks, adversely affecting his gameplay and overall performance. Nonetheless, Faker has taken prompt action by seeking professional treatment. However, the specifics of his treatment are still undisclosed.
Faker’s injury has raised concerns among fans, considering his pivotal role in the team’s success. As one of the longest-tenured active players in professional League, his absence or compromised performance would undoubtedly impact T1’s upcoming matches. While T1 has yet to issue an official statement regarding a potential leave of absence, it is plausible that recovery time may be necessary if Faker’s condition worsens. The team, along with their devoted fans, eagerly awaits updates on Faker’s health before their next match on July 5th against DRX.
Faker is not the first esports athlete who has encountered physical issues that affect his gameplay. In 2021, DAMWON mid laner Heo “ShowMaker” Su underwent treatment for a wrist injury, while in 2019, former RNG AD carry Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao faced a shoulder injury that ultimately led to his hiatus. These cases highlights the physical demands placed on esports athletes and the significance of player well-being.
Faker’s commitment to his craft is exemplified by his decision to continue competing despite the injury. The fact that T1 has maintained an impressive 4-1 record during this period demonstrates Faker’s resilience and adaptability. It is a testament to his skill and determination that he has managed to uphold a KDA of 3.4, only slightly below his season-wide average of 3.5. Fans admire his perseverance and eagerly anticipate his return to peak form once his arm has fully recovered.