South Korea’s DAMWON Gaming beat China Suning 3-1 to claim the 2020 League of Legends World Championship on Saturday in front of 6,000 fans at the newly opened Pudong Stadium in Shanghai, China.
After a month of competing among the 22 best teams in the world in a bubble atmosphere quarantined in Shanghai, the No. 1 South Korea outlasted the rest of the competition to lift the Summoner’s Cup in the 10th iteration of the world’s most-watched esports. event, with last year’s finals bringing in more than 100 million viewers worldwide.
DAMWON Gaming started their tournament as one of the favorites and entered the final by amassing a 34-3 record in the tournament ahead of the match against Suning. DWG finished first in their group during the group stage en route to a dominant bracket round appearance, beating fellow South Korean team DRX 3-0 in the quarter-finals before crushing Europe’s top seeds, G2 Esports, in the semifinals. In Game 4’s decisive win over G2, DAMWON recorded the fastest win in world championship history with a time of 19 minutes 3 seconds.
The League of Legends World Championship is hosted by Riot Games, the game’s developer. Since 2011, with the inaugural seasonal championships in Jönköping, Sweden, world championship finals have become a worldwide phenomenon, selling out stadiums and arenas from Beijing’s Beijing National Stadium to the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Although no fans were allowed to attend the tournament before the final match, a lottery was held for more than 3 million candidates in China to select 6,000 social distancing fans to attend the final in Shanghai.