When DAMWON Gaming arrived in Shanghai for the 2020 League of Legends World Championship, there were many questions regarding the team, some beyond what they had been able to prove on the Rift thanks to their gameplay
Would top laner Jang « Nuguri » Ha-gwon recover on time from his emergency pneumothorax surgery that had delayed his arrival in China? Was Kim « Canyon » Geon-bu the best jungler in the world? Could Heo « ShowMaker » Su perform as well at the world championships as he did in the South Korean season at LoL Champions Korea?
And perhaps most important: How important has DAMWON’s dominating summer performance in LCK been when the region has been on the decline since 2018? How should we judge the strength of DAMWON versus the perceived strength of their region?
DAMWON systematically dismantled their team’s perceptions and, to some extent, the strength of South Korea as a whole as they razed the World Championship relatively unscathed If they aren’t a harbinger of South Korea’s return to dominance (something that will never happen again on the scale they were ahead of the rest of the world from 2013 to 2017) , they are at least a seedling, ripening into a mature tree on the still fertile soil of the LCK
The LCK might not be the best region in the world from top to bottom, but they probably have the best team in the world right now, and DAMWON will try to prove it at 6 a.m. ET on Saturday at Pudong Stadium.
The LCK’s fall from its position as the world’s best default League of Legends region has taken a heavy toll on the minds of South Korean players, fans, staff and the general League of Legends community. It was even noted in the LCK’s initial appeal to franchise partners, citing the past dominance of South Korea, as the league ended its opening statement with, « We will embrace the long-term partnership model in LCK in 2021 And we will bring back the glory «
The so-called slow South Korean style of play, preferred by teams like SK Telecom T1 and Samsung Galaxy / GenG, ceased to be in vogue towards the end of 2018, when the removal of Tracker’s Knife led to a faster and more aggressive style playing on the loss of vision and information on the Rift
South Korean teams were slow to adapt and lagged behind, leading to disastrous results in international competition
« I think the South Korean teams struggled because as the meta changed the style of play had to change as well, » said DAMWON coach Lee « Zefa » Jae-min « and the teams were missing in this «
DAMWON are not slow and not afraid to fight But, according to DAMWON players and coaches, it is the overall versatility of the team that makes this training special and successful.
“We have an aggressive style of play,” said Canyon “But we can also win the game by playing more defensively. We are a team with varying winning conditions”
Zefa described DAMWON’s approach simply: “A style of play that hits the bull’s eye” This is a team that has always hit their mark, and DAMWON hopes to do it once again to bring Korea back. South at the top of League of Legends for the first time since the all-South Korean SK Telecom T1 vs Samsung Galaxy in 2017
A year after this final, no South Korean team had made it past the quarter-finals of a world championship organized on its soil It was the first time that South Korea had not been represented in at least the semi-finals since 2011, when South Korea did not yet have a League of Legends server and could not send any team to the Championship. world
Between fervent whispers of roster rumors and assurances from LCK fans that the younger, more aggressive Griffin would avenge them in 2019, another team name kept coming to end the LCK’s presumed short-lived demise: DAMWON Games Specifically, jungler Canyon has been cited by Cloud9 jungler Dennis « Svenskeren » Johnsen and other Western teams at the World Championships as their most formidable opponent in scrums
Two years later, DAMWON is carrying the weight of the LCK on his shoulders, not only as a runner-up, but as a very favored against Suning, third seed in the LoL Pro League This position is no cause for concern DAMWON At the final press conference, ShowMaker was asked if the team’s admitted stage nerves in 2019 would come back to haunt DAMWON in front of their first live audience this year in the World Finals
“The five players on our team have a great pool of champions,” said Canyon “And any of the five players can wear the match. It was an advantage for us”
DAMWON’s flexibility and well-known pocket picks have allowed them to effectively draw freely throughout 2020 worlds in a metagame that already suits them perfectly.This forces opponents to have the option of playing the same picks or to ban them
“The meta was similar to the meta we played with during the summer split,” Canyon said, “so we focused on expanding our pool of champions. »
If there is one identifiable advantage that LPL teams have had in winning the last two world championships, it is that the meta of the time suited them perfectly
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