Seventeen-year-old mid laner Lee "Clozer" Ju-hyeon made his professional League of Legends debut with T1, replacing Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok in a win vs. KT Rolster in the League Champions Korea league on Friday.
The young gun mid played Akali and Zoe across the two games, earning Player of the Game honors with a combined kill-death-assist (KDA) ratio of 13/2/4. T1 won the series versus KT 2-0.
Clozer's debut comes at the same age as Faker was when he debuted for SK Telecom T1 2 in February 2013. Since then, Faker has won three world championships, his first in 2013 in Los Angeles, second in 2015 in Berlin and third in 2016 again in Los Angeles. Faker is regarded as the best and most famous player in League of Legends history.
"I was really nervous," Clozer told Inven Global following his win."[Jungler Choi "Elllim" El-lim] told me, 'It's a great chance. Your life could change today.' I also did my best. The other players also gave me advice through KakaoTalk, saying, 'I'll be watching you. Do your best and don't be nervous.'"
Following his debut, Clozer became the most-searched name on Naver, a South Korean search engine.
"It's unreal," Clozer told Inven. "I'm very thankful that so many people are paying attention to me."
Prior to his debut Friday, Clozer was a substitute on the T1 roster. He's been with the SK Telecom T1, now just T1, organization since May 2019 when he signed as a trainee for the organization. Most top South Korean League of Legends teams have training squads that allow them to practice in-house but also evaluate players for opportunities in the professional league.