Faker’s Unforeseen Ban During Worlds 2023 for AFK

Faker’s Unforeseen Ban During Worlds 2023 for AFK

29. November 2023 by Valentin Pasetti

The world of professional League of Legends experienced a unique event during the Worlds 2023: Lee “Faker” Sang-Hyeok, the most iconic player in the game’s history, faced an unexpected 14-day ban for being AFK during a critical period of the tournament.

The Incident at Worlds 2023

As T1 fought for its fourth world title, Faker encountered an unforeseen hurdle. He received a penalty for going AFK (Away From Keyboard) during a ranked match amidst the intense competition of Worlds 2023.

Riot’s Stance on AFK Players

  • Riot Games has been intensifying efforts to improve its reporting system to combat poor player behavior.
  • Leaving a game is a punishable offense, and even the stature of the world’s best player doesn’t exempt one from sanctions, as evidenced by Faker’s ban.

Details of Faker’s Ban

  • Faker’s 14-day AFK ban occurred during Worlds 2023 after he disconnected from a match.
  • Marc “Caedrel” Lamont revealed that the ban followed an internet outage in Busan, South Korea.
  • Marcelo “Ayel” Mello, a Brazilian player, noted that Faker disconnected after an ambush in the mid-lane, leading to the report and subsequent ban.

The Aftermath and Resolution

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  • Riot Games quickly lifted the ban, acknowledging the unusual circumstances.
  • Faker apologized to Riot for leaving the game, expressing regret in a message.

Impact of Internet Issues

  • The internet failure affected not only Faker’s account but also T1’s ability to train effectively, as highlighted by T1 Becker, the team’s General Manager.
  • Despite these challenges, T1 triumphed over Weibo Gaming with a decisive 3-0 victory in the Worlds 2023 final.

The Incident that Became an Anecdote

The incident serves as a reminder of the stringent rules enforced in professional esports, regardless of a player’s status. Faker’s situation, although resolved swiftly, underscores the importance of fair play and adherence to rules, even in the face of technical difficulties.