DAMWON Gaming has won the 2020 League of Legends World Championship after a dramatic 3-1 series against Suning in Shanghai.
The LCK top seed came into the final favourites, despite Suning taking down the second and top seed from the LPL en route to the final and having a home advantage with 6,000 mainly Chinese fans packed into the Pudong Soccer Stadium. In all but the fourth and final game, which saw DAMWON clinch the title in style, Suning were a tough and unpredictable opponent. With jungler Le ‘SofM’ Quang Duy playing out of his skin with some unorthodox picks like Rengar and toplaner Chen ‘Bin’ Ze-Bin bagging a pentakill (the first at Worlds 2020 and the first in a Worlds final ever), the day belonged to DAMWON.
The series saw multiple chaotic and intense teamfights that often saw gold leads exchange multiple times during games. Game one was the longest match of the entire tournament, clocking in at over 45 minutes, however by the final game, DAMWON had really found its rhythm and dismantled Suning in just 27 minutes with 23 kills on the board.
While toplaner Jang ‘Nuguri’ Ha-gwon was an almost unstoppable force as Ornn for most of the series and midlaner Heo ‘ShowMaker’ Su also impressed as Syndra and Orianna, it was jungler Kim ‘Canyon’ Geon-bu who scooped the Worlds 2020 final MVP award after racking up kills as Graves, Evelynn, and Kindred.
DAMWON becomes the first Korean team since 2017 to lift the Summoner’s Cup after two years of Chinese dominance.
It’s safe to say that while only a handful of the 6,000-plus people watching the final live could be heard cheering for DAMWON, back in Korea there will be widespread celebration as League of Legends’ most successful region at Worlds can celebrate being on top once again.