South Korea's DAMWON Gaming defeated China's 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.
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The 2019 League of Legends World Championship was the ninth world championship for League of Legends, an esports tournament for the video game developed by Riot Games. It was held from October 2, 2019, to November 10, 2019, in Berlin, Madrid and Paris. Buy now LoL Worlds 2020 Finals set a new record among all the final matches in League of Legends once again. At its peak, over 3.8 million concurrent viewers were watching the battle between DAMWON and Suning. After a long and very intense battle, DAMWON Gaming has defeated their opponents, thus becoming the 2020 World champions!
After a month of competition among 22 of the best teams in the world in a quarantined bubble setting in Shanghai, the South Korean No. 1 seed outlasted the rest of the competition to hoist the Summoner's Cup in the 10th iteration of the world's most watched esports event, with last year's final bringing in more than 100 million viewers worldwide.
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DAMWON Gaming began their tournament as one of the favorites and entered the final by amassing a 34-3 record in the tournament heading into the clash against Suning. DWG finished first in their pool during the group stage en route to a dominant bracket stage performance, steamrolling fellow South Korean side DRX 3-0 in the quarterfinals before crushing Europe's top seed, G2 Esports, in the semifinals. In the decisive Game 4 victory over G2, DAMWON recorded the quickest victory in world championship history with a time of 19 minutes and 3 seconds.
The League of Legends World Championship is hosted by Riot Games, the developer of the game. Since 2011, with the inaugural seasonal championship in Jönköping, Sweden, the world championship final has become a worldwide phenomenon, selling out stadiums and arenas from Beijing's Beijing National Stadium to Staples Center in Los Angeles. Although no fans were permitted in attendance for the tournament before the last match, a lottery was held for more than 3 million hopefuls in China to select 6,000 socially distanced fans to attend the finale in Shanghai.
Riot Games has been lauded for its electronic and k-pop musings with the likes of K/DA and True Damage, so it’s not surprising that many League of Legends fans don’t know that the game’s very first musical group is actually a heavy metal band called “Pentakill”.
Pentakill is a six-champion fictional band featuring Sona, Karthus, Kayle, Yorick, Olaf, and Mordekaiser. The hard rock ensemble was last seen in the 2017 music video, Mortal Reminder, where they brought their otherworldly ways to Bandle City.
Seeing how the 2021 LCS Spring Final took place in The Greek Theatre, an iconic amphitheater and concert ground for many music artists, it absolutely made sense for Riot to open the Mid-Season Showdown Final with the head-banging return of Pentakill.
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Pentakill’s literally explosive show brought an epic, life-or-death feel to the entire event. As an avid music fan myself, I must commend the band and the producers for Pentakill’s incredible stage presence even without a live audience.
From pyrotechnics to smoky clouds, you are taken to another realm as Jørn Lande’s god-like voice enters on top of an orchestra of distortion.
During the opening show, Pentakill debuted brand new song and an incredible keytar solo that turned the sunny day into a fiery night.
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Though this might just be a teaser for more music to come, we’re guessing that Pentakill might see the light of day once again at the 2021 Mid-Season Invitational in Reykjavík, Iceland, which is well-known for its thriving metal scene, spearheaded by world-renowned bands like Sólstafir and Svartidauði. Cs lol meaning.
Check out Pentakill’s full performance here:
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