For this edition of the LoL World Championship, China triumphed in the world final against South Korea. A novelty in the history of the competition.
This Saturday, November 6th, Chinese league champions EDward Gaming defeated South Korea’s big favorites and two-time champions DAMWON KIA 3-2 in the 2021 League of Legends World Cup final.
The team was the third in the region to win the Summoner’s Cup in world tournament history, after Invictus Gaming in 2018 and FunPlus Phoenix in 2019. But this is the first time a Chinese team has been there, a region which is considered to be the strongest in the game’s competitive scene.
End of the season in apotheosis
DAMWON KIA was approached as the favorite for the title, because in addition to a perfect regular season with the 2 Korean league splits she won, she only conceded 2 points around the world: She overtook the groups 6-0 and only fought her South Korean rival in the semifinals T1.
EDG, on the other hand, took the opposite path: the regular season of the Chinese league was littered with either defeats or 2-3 wins. Despite an established reputation in China and a huge fan club, the team is known to have missed out on many titles over the years. And before last season, she had never reached the top 4 in the world.
But the players outdid each other in the 2021 World Cup, with South Korean star Park “Viper” Do-Hyun joining their ranks for the botlane season. They won every playoff match in 2-3 and were no exception to the rule for the final.
Fans finally could celebrate the victory their favorite team after a very eventful match that brought China their third world title.
In focus in 2022
On the flip side, DK narrowly missed out on the double World Cup title, but the players can still be pleased with their strong season after winning the World Cup title in China in 2020. The tournament also marked the end of the career of top planner Kim “Khan” Dong-Ha after 8 years of professional competition. Despite a painful defeat, the players expressed their pride and, above all, their thanks to their teammates, employees and relatives for this successful season.
We will now have to wait several months before we can continue to pursue the competition in 2022 League of Legends. But in the meantime, a transfer window will officially start on November 16, which promises to be very excited. Nisqy and Hans Sama in North America, Adam changes teams, promotes LFL players to LEC … many changes are expected in Europe before the next season.