Saturday, January 22

Edward Gaming Go the Distance With DWG KIA, Win 2021 Worlds

The 2021 LPL Summer Split champions Edward Gaming have accomplished the seemingly impossible: they’ve beaten DWG KIA and, in doing so, have won 2021 Worlds! To call this a seismic upset wouldn’t even begin to cut it! And yet it’s so well-deserved.

Getting even a single game off of DWG requires an immense amount of preparation and, above all else, immaculate execution. Only a select few have managed to pull it off, and the fact that Edward Gaming did so three times within a five-game series speaks volumes about their inherent talent and (surprising) ability to thrive under pressure. Beating the LCK giants in any sort of context seems nigh impossible, let alone in a World Championship finals with millions upon millions of fans watching from across the globe — most of which didn’t give EDG much of a change.

In that kind of setting you’re basically competing on three fronts: against one of the most stacked teams in history, against everyone’s perception of you and your talents, and against your own demons and doubts. And yet Edward Gaming found a way, in spite of the odds.

No one thought this would happen. Heck, most folks didn’t even deem EDG as the best team from the LPL coming into this year’s Worlds. But they grew, they evolved, and they adapted. It’s been a hot minute since the last time EDG left a mark on the international stage, too — six whole years, in fact. The LPL dynasty was put into place a few years afterward but EDG were nowhere to be found. 2021, however, is the year they finally leave their mark, and in quite tremendous fashion, too!

A Strange Status Quo

The current state of affairs is somewhat confusing. The LCK as a whole performed a lot better than expected, with three of its representatives reaching semis. That’s an astonishing result all things considered. Still, Edward Gaming reigns supreme. Certain members of DWG KIA did underperform in the finals (namely Kim “Khan” Dong-ha), but the point stands: an LPL titan is back on top and it’ll be mighty interesting to see whether Korean teams will once again be able to put on a show come 2022.

As for Europe and North America, there’s nothing we can say that hasn’t already been said. Western representatives did fairly well amidst some incredible competition, but there wasn’t any huge triumph nor anything worthy of a thunderous applause.

In any case, this year’s Worlds was spectacular in every way, shape, and form, and, needless to say, we can’t wait for the 2022 competitive season to begin!

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