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Faker chooses Orianna over iconic Ahri for Worlds skin, but hints at ‘good news’

Faker chooses Orianna over iconic Ahri for Worlds skin, but hints at ‘good news’
Riot Games

Written by 

Jack Marsh

Published 

2nd Jan 2024 17:37

It is that time of the year when League of Legends fans begin making New Year's promises that they will change their ways, before breaking that pledge by whipping out the 2015 Ryze skin, channelling their inner Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok, and solo-ing the whole team. 

Whether that sees them pull off a Penta-kill like the Unkillable Demon King himself, or rather end up 0-0-13 and with some nasty messages in the in-game chat, well, that's another matter entirely.

One thing is for certain though, the Worlds Skins are the way forward, and this year, Faker has made some rather surprising decisions.

Faker snubs Ahri for Orianna in Worlds 2023 Skin set

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Following T1's stunning Worlds 2023 victory, Faker cemented himself as the best of all time and the best that there ever will be with his fourth Worlds in a decade.

With this memory fresh in our minds, the victorious T1 side has now chosen their respective Worlds Skins Champions. But not everyone has gotten who they would have liked.

Three of the choices were straightforward, as Mun "Oner" Hyeon-jun selected Lee Sin, Lee "Gumayusi" Min-hyeong went for Jinx, and Choi "Zeus" Woo-je chose Jayce.

But, Ryu "Keria" Min-seok was forced to choose between Bard and Renata Glasc as the only available Champions that he played during Worlds, despite having expressed his desire to go for Lux. He begrudgingly edged towards Bard.

Similarly, Faker, with three to his name already (Zed, Syndra, and Ryze), could have chosen Azir, Sylas, Akali, and his infamous Ahri, but controversially opted to go for Orianna, leaving T1 fans devastated.

Faker alludes to 'good news'

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The large majority of Faker stans demanded an Ahri skin, as the nine-tailed fox is publically one of his favourite Champions ever and cited that the reason he chose Orianna instead was simply because she only has seven in-game appearances, while Ahri has double that with 14.

However, according to esteemed journalist Ashley Kang, Faker's motive wasn't quite as straightforward and alluded to something else in store for Ahri.

According to a translation from Kang, Faker said, "For people who wanted Ahri, I guess you may hear more good news next year," at the LCK Awards 2023.

As to what the "good news" means, fans have instantly begun speculating that Faker is working with Riot Games on an Anniversary Ahri skin, or at least some form of skin for the beloved character to be released in 2024.

Jack is an Esports Journalist at GGRecon. Graduating from the University of Chester, with a BA Honours degree in Journalism, Jack is an avid esports enthusiast and specialises in Rocket League, Call of Duty, VALORANT, and trending gaming news.

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