If you forgot in the last two months who won Worlds 2020, let this tournament be a reminder. Damwon Gaming dismantled NS Redforce in a sweeping 3-0 showing that its post-Worlds success will not be dismal.
Going into the tournament, Damwon made two large roster swaps. The first was the acquisition of Kim “Khan” Dong-ha to replace World Champion top laner Jang “Nuguri” Ha-gwon. The second was the return of legendary SK Telecom coach Kim “kkOma” Jeong-gyun as coach. Its opponent on the rift was a rebranded Team Dynamics. With the addition of Han “Peanut” Wang-ho from LGD and formally of the historic ROX Tigers, NS made a cinderella run taking down LS Sandbox and KT Rolster before heading off against the World Champions.
Game 1 saw a familiar strategy that worked well for DWG in the World Finals. By placing Worlds MVP Kim “Canyon” Geon-bu on Graves and Heo “Showmaker” Su on Zoey, the domination snowballed out of control. Even Khan took his Mordekaiser and held his own against Lee “Rich” Jae-won on the Ornn creating a solo kill for First Blood of the Finals
Unfortunately for NS, the game went completely out of control with dives under the bot tower giving DWG AD Carry Jang “Ghost” Yong-jun free reign over the lane and unlocking Cho “BeryL” Geon-hee to roam on the Galio. Both Showmaker and Canyon went completely deathless as Damwon went up 1-0 in the series.
Game 2 sees some new and flavorful picks coming out of NS Redforce. Park
“Bay” Jun-byeong selected a Rumble mid lane to go up against Showmaker’s signature Syndra. Showing a similar pattern in Game 1, a fight bot lane started the tempo of the game. However, it was Ghost on the Miss Fortune which showed a bit more volatility and got taken down by Seo “deokdam” Dae-gil on the Kai’Sa. From there, NS turned the tables on a second bot dive by picking up a two for one: a support for the DWG bot lane.
But also like Game 1 was Showmaker’s dominance, setting Bay back tremendously and forcing him to roam more than farming and taking mid-tempo advantage. Similarly, objective control was also on the side of DWG with a Baron and Ocean Soul sub 30 minutes. Ultimately, it was these two objectives that blew the game wide open for match point.
As we head into Game 3, DWG showed some brand new picks. Deokdam and Kim “Kellin” Hyeong-gyu showed a Yasuo/Alistar bot lane: a rather unconventional yet effective if ahead bot-lane. Meanwhile, Showmaker debuted his Yone (I think the lore may be slightly off here), Khan on the Rumble and DWG once again has the Miss Fortune and Galio bot lane. The game again starts similarly to Game 2 except poor Khan is 0/2/1 on the Rumble. However, mistakes were definitely made as Canyon’s permabanned Nidalee of Worlds 2020 was left wide open and he had a field day around the map.
Ultimately, DWG again showed a similar pattern in Game 2 where it had complete objective control and ultimately shutdown NS for the 3-0 Sweep.
Damwon will look to show its dominance as the LCK 2021 Spring Season begins real soon.