Faker is reportedly considering options from multiple LCS teams

When Faker's on the market, you make an offer.

Photo by Colin Young-Wolff via Riot Games

T1 mid laner Faker is considering offers from multiple LCS teams, according to a report from Alejandro Gomis of Blix.gg.

Gomis’ report states that Faker has received interest from FlyQuest and Team Liquid, with Liquid actually making an offer to the three-time world champion. The report also states that even though Faker has received offers from leagues outside of Korea, “there’s a strong chance” that he remains with T1. 

In traditional sports, it is commonplace for players to explore the market in free agency before committing to re-upping a deal with their current team. Testing the waters allows players like Faker to receive offers from other high-profile teams  and use those offers as bargaining chips in his negotiation process with T1. 

Photo by Colin Young-Wolff via Riot Games

Faker is the only starting member of T1 whose contract does not extend through the end of the 2023 season, as four-fifths of this year’s Worlds runners-up are poised to run it back in 2023. While the other four members of the team’s starting lineup are contracted through the end of next season, Faker will be a free agent tomorrow, Nov. 21, according to the League global contract database

When that free agency window opens, Faker will have no active contract, and will be able to sign with any team he pleases. 

The only restriction placed on Faker should he head somewhere else would be his ownership stake in T1. In 2020, Faker’s three-season deal with T1 also included partial ownership of the franchise. A similar deal was offered to former TSM mid laner Bjergsen, who was forced to sell his stake in that franchise when he joined Team Liquid last year. 

Faker’s contract with T1 expires tomorrow, Nov. 21, along with dozens of other players across League’s global competitive scene.