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Worlds 2020 Finals: China’s Suning vs South Korea’s DAMWON Gaming

Worlds 2020 Finals: Who will hoist the Summoner's Cup? Image credit: Riot Games
Who will hoist the Summoner’s Cup at the Worlds 2020 Finals? Image credit: Riot Games

Will China’s Suning, the tournament underdogs, continue their giant-killing run and pull off their biggest upset on the grandest stage? Or will DAMWON Gaming, the first South Korean team to reach the Worlds 2020 Finals in three years, bring back the Summoner’s Cup to South Korea? The two League of Legends Esports (LoL Esports) teams square off at 6 PM Philippine Standard Time today at the 2020 League of Legends World Championship Finals at SAIC Motor Pudong Arena in Shanghai.

“The Worlds will be the first global event of any kind happening in the stadium. And over 3.2 million people registered in the hopes of being selected as part of the 6,000 lucky [ones] who will be attending live on Saturday. And last but not least, thank you [Shanghai] for helping us make this event safe for players, teams, and everybody on the ground. We have over a thousand people who’ve worked on the show, and I know you’ve invested significant resources to make sure each and everyone is healthy and safe for the duration of the competition. In true honesty, I don’t think there’s anywhere else on the planet right now where we could host Worlds. So this year I think Shanghai has proven that it’s on its way to becoming — if it’s not already — the world’s capital of esports,” said Riot Games CEO Nicolo Laurent at the Worlds 2020 Finals Media Day on Oct. 29.

Historic clash

Suning and DAMWON Gaming are the last two teams standing out of over a hundred that competed for the chance to hoist the Summoner’s Cup this year. This clash is historic because it is the first time in six years that a League of Legends Pro League (LPL) team will face a League of Legends Champions Korea (LCK) in the Worlds Finals.

If Suning wins, not only will they have a remarkable underdog story, but also they will be the first LPL team to win the championship in their home country. This will be the third title for China if Suning wins. In fact, history seems to be on their side as their fellow Chinese teams have won the championship in the last two years.

Meanwhile, DAMWON Gaming is looking to bring back glory to the LCK and prove that it is the No. 1 region for LoL Esports. While the LCK has five world championship titles, it has not won in the last couple of years. The last time an LCK team won Worlds, however, was in China.

Suning is a young team that is definitely the underdog once again against DAMWON Gaming, which has been dominant on their way to the Worlds 2020 Finals. Then again, as Suning pointed out in the Worlds 2020 Finals Media Day press briefing, everyone also said they would get beaten in the quarterfinals and semifinals by their higher-ranked opponents.

LV x LoL Esports

Worlds 2020 Finals: Who will hoist the Summoner's Cup? Image credit: Riot Games
Image credit: Riot Games

The Summoner’s Cup, the championship trophy hoisted by the winning team at the League of Legends World Championship each year, was displayed at the Worlds 2020 Finals Media Day on Oct. 29 at the China Art Palace (also known as the China Art Museum or by its original name, Shanghai Art Museum). Journalists from all over the world flew in to attend the Worlds 2020 Finals Media Day, or joined virtually via the private live stream.

The Summoner’s Cup arrived in Shanghai in its one-of-a-kind Louis Vuitton Trophy Travel Case. Both Cup and Case will be on display for all to see at the Worlds 2020 Finals match at SAIC Motor Pudong Arena.

“The Summoner’s Cup has become a global icon symbolizing the mastery of the pro players who hoist it and the passion of millions of fans who have fueled LoL Esports for the last decade,” said Naz Aletaha, Head of Global Esports Partnerships and Business Development, Riot Games, in a press statement.

“Louis Vuitton has a tradition of honoring the most prestigious trophies in the world of sports, and we are honored that the Summoner’s Cup is no exception.”

K/DA and LV

Image credit: Riot Games
Image credit: Riot Games

In celebration of this ongoing partnership, Louis Vuitton has dressed global music superstars K/DA (consisting of Ahri, Akali, Evelynn, and Kai’Sa from LoL Esports and their guest artist Seraphine) during their pre-concert promotions around Shanghai, as well as on-stage performer and musician, Lexie Liu, for her show stopping performance alongside K/DA during the Worlds 2020 Opening Ceremony.

The House will also host Chinese actor, singer, and model Dylan Wang at the World Championship Finals as a guest of honor.

The virtual pop group K/DA, which features the voices of SOYEON and MIYEON of K-pop girl group (G)I-DLE, made a comeback in August with new collaborators Bea Miller and Wolftyla with the single “THE BADDEST”.

Red Bull Worlds Simplified

Image credit: Red Bull
Image credit: Red Bull

LoL Esports and Red Bull have also announced Red Bull Worlds Simplified.

This is a League of Legends World Championship stream for newcomers, celebrating the world’s most prestigious esports event with some of the biggest stars in gaming, and demystifying the landmark esport for new viewers. The event takes place on Oct. 31.

Red Bull Worlds Simplified will feature the likes of League of Legends star player from Excel Esports, Marc “Caedrel” Lamont, Ciernan “Excoundrel” Lowe, Joseph “Munchables” Fenny, Luciana “AngelArcher” Nadrag, and many more. The stream, broadcast from Gfinity Arena in London, will be led by expert hosts Frankie Ward and Tom Deacon, who invite new viewers to experience esports at its most electrifying for the very first time. 

The Red Bull Worlds Simplified stream will be available on Twitch and YouTube.

The Worlds 2020 Opening Ceremony is presented by Mastercard.

See you at the Worlds 2020 Finals YouTube live stream at 6 PM!