Faker was unable to save SK Telecom T1 from crashing out of the League of Legends Championship Korea playoffs at the second hurdle.
The usually dominate side, which won the League of Legends World Championship three times between 2013 and 2016, fell to a 3-1 defeat to KT Rolster.
However, while SK Telecom T1 could look to overhaul their roster in the offseason after two disappointing years, Faker’s position in the team is likely safe.
The Korean mid laner has been a vital part of SK Telecom T1 since joining the team in February 2013. He was picked from a Korean League of Legends server as a player with potential. However, few could have predicted the impact that Faker had on the side.
He helped the club to its first Worlds victory in his first year and followed up with two further successive victories in 2015 and 2016.
His expert displays have helped to make SK Telecom T1 one of the most popular and dominant sides in LCK.
Unsurprisingly, LCK’s rise has helped to turn Faker into one of the biggest names in esports. While competitive gaming has yet to reach the heights of traditional sports, Faker is the Lionel Messi of his world.
How much is Faker worth?
Esports stars can’t expect to be taking home hundreds of thousands of dollars each week just yet, like many professional athletes do. However, Faker has managed to make a comfortable living by pursuing a career as a professional gamer.
According to reports, following SK Telecom T1’s victory at Worlds 2016, Faker was handed a new contract worth $2.5 million per year. Likewise, he has already made more than $1.2 million in prize money from competing in the world’s biggest League of Legends tournaments.