DWG Takes the Throne at the League of Legends Worlds 2020

Over 6,000 fans attended the Finals of League of Legends Worlds 2020 (S10) in Shanghai Pudong Soccer Stadium Saturday night. While most of the world was still under lockdown due to the pandemic, through careful planning and meticulous protocols, the audience was able to witness this historical moment in the global esport history in person.

DAMWON Gaming (DWG) of League of Legends Champions Korea (LCK) defeated Suning (SN) of League of Legends Pro League (LPL) 3-1 in the final match of this year’s S10, winning the LOL top honor. This was the first world title won by DWG.

SN, who had home court advantage, lost the first round but was able to level the score by winning the second round. Fans cheered when SN player Bin got a “pentakill”- killing all the five enemy characters in a battle. This is the first pentakill in the S10 final match.

But after that, DWG was able to use their first lineup to suppress SN’s lineup which was favored in the second half of the game. DWG made almost no mistakes and got all the resources that they needed. In the end, DWG was able to widen the gap and won the third round. In the key fourth round, DWG jungler position player Canyon dominated the whole round, and SN couldn’t get the advantage back, losing the final in the end.

League of Legends Champions Korea (LCK) was able to take back the throne after two years. Last time an LCK team won the World Championships was in 2017. DWG’s Canyon was also given the FMVP because of his consistent and outstanding performance.

In the after-game interview, SN’s head coach Kang “Spark” Byung-ryul said they lost because DWG is a very strong team. “DWG picked the characters that were best for the game, and we didn’t have a strategy to handle the situation. Even when we picked the right ones that should be able to compete, we could not defeat them. Our opponent today was a great team, and they did better than us in a lot of ways.”

 

SN’s player Huanfeng joined LPL less than a year ago and got the chance on the final’s stage. Huanfeng said he learned a lot in the past year but after the final, he realized there was still a lot to learn about skills and teamwork.

Champion team DWG’s head coach Lee “Zefa” Jae-min said they watched and analyzed SN’s game in quarter-finals and semi-finals and made the adjustments accordingly and it worked. FMVP player Canyon and teammate Nuguri both said that everyone on the team was doing their job well, so the victory belongs to the whole team.

Although the result is important, this game had a different meaning especially in 2020. With thousands in the live audience, it shows people how a society can get back to a “ new normal” when the pandemic is still lurking. It also set an example about how to plan a large offline event to avoid spreading the virus. From this perspective, League of Legends Worlds 2020 is an event to be remembered.

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