DAMWON Gaming has taken the crown at the 2020 League of Legends World Championship, becoming the first Korean team to do so in three years. The LCK champions claimed the title after defeating China’s Suning in the best-of-five Grand Final. DAMWON takes home the Summoner’s Cup and the lion’s share of the tournament’s multimillion-dollar prize pool.
DAMWON Gaming’s 2020 season didn’t start off with immediate victories. The team placed fifth in the LCK Spring Split regular season, finishing fourth overall with a play-offs loss to DragonX. While this placing earned them a spot in the Mid-Season Cup, DWG only finished 5-6th against their LPL counterparts.
With AD carry Jang “Ghost” Yong-jun taking over for the LCK Summer Split, the team found their competitive groove. DAMWON crushed the regular Summer season, placing first with a 16-2 record. A 3-0 Grand Final win over DRX saw them take the LCK Summer title, and earn a pool one spot in the 2020 World Championship. DAMWON nearly swept the Split awards, earning Regular Season and Play-offs MVPs, Best Coach, Best Young Player, and making up four out of the first all-LCK team’s five players.
Once at Worlds, DAMWON earned their play-offs spot with relative ease, topping their group with only one loss to JD Gaming. The play-off bracket saw DWG take on DRX in the quarter-finals – a rematch of the LCK Summer Finals. DAMWON proved their strength once again, easing past DRX with another 3-0 victory.
DAMWON met European powerhouse G2 Esports in the semi-finals. While Europe’s best put up more of a fight, taking one game off the Korean giants, DAMWON did ultimately take the victory with a 3-1 scoreline. The semi-final win earned DAMWON a place in the Grand Final, making them the first LCK team to reach the Final since 2017.
Only Chinese underdogs Suning stood in DAMWON’s way to the Summoner’s Cup. Game one went DWG’s way, though Suning evened up the series in game two. The next two games went by quickly, as DAMWON crushed their way to tournament victory with a 3-1 series win.
DAMWON take home 25% of the World Championship prize pool, the total of which has not been announced yet by Riot Games. DAMWON is expected to return for the 2021 LCK Spring Split.
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