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Lee Sang-hyeok, “faker”, voted by fans into the Esports Hall of Fame

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One of the greatest League of Legends players ever has been voted into the Esports Hall of Fame powered by paysafecard. For the first time in the HoF’s history, we gave esports fans the opportunity to vote and pick the next inductee through the Special Community Award. Over the last two months, Korean legend Lee Sang-hyeok, better known as “faker”, received an overwhelming display of support.

Key achievements:

* 2013 World Champion
* 2015 World Champion
* 2016 World Champion
* 2017 World Championship runner-up
* 2014 All-Stars Paris champion
* 2016 Mid Season Invitational champion
* 2017 Mid Season Invitational champion
* 2013 OGN Champions Summer champion
* 2013 OGN Champions Winter champion
* 2015 LCK S5 Spring champion
* 2015 LCK S5 Summer champion
* 2016 LCK S6 Spring champion
* 2017 LCK S7 Spring champion

Lee Sang-hyeok, the man behind the world famous alias "Faker", is one of the modern day stars of esports who has fast-tracked himself to legendary status by virtue of his accomplishments and performance level. Entering competitive League of Legends as a rookie in 2013, Faker was a national champion within two seasons. He would go on to repeat that feat five more times, a record, including the 2013 Winter season in which his team went undefeated en route to the title.

Internationally, 2013 was also the year Faker made his mark, winning the first of what would become three World Championship titles, in total reaching four finals on the world's biggest stage.  No other star, outside of those playing alongside Faker, has even managed to put two World Championship trophies on their mantle-piece.

In a game which has seen such a rapid turnover of top talent and a meta which can veer from one extreme to another, it is a testament to Faker's excellence individually and as the cornerstone of the SK Telecom dynasty that he has been built around, to great success domestically and internationally, again and again. There have been many great players and champions in League history, but none have so thoroughly dominated their position or the game to the extent Faker has and as such he is considered one of the rare names to transcend his game and achieve esports-wide acclaim.