The tournament, which peaked at almost four million viewers during the finals, had the best teams in attendance. The eventual winners and runners-up, DAMWON Gaming and Suning, were among the most popular teams at the event—alongside some of the best in Europe.
Throughout the event, world champions DWG averaged 1,904,066 viewers while Suning averaged 1,720,883. This statistic has been inflated from the final, according to EsportsCharts, since it’s the most popular match in which both teams were in attendance.
The LCK and LPL had proven to be two of the most dominant regions at Worlds, but the LEC wasn’t far behind. Although Fnatic stumbled in the quarterfinals, they were the fifth most popular team with an average viewership of 1,480,340, while G2 Esports averaged slightly more with 1,492,132.
The most popular match of the event outside of the final series was between G2 and DWG in the semifinals. This match had a peak viewership of 2,713,380 but saw the European side bow to the eventual victors of the tournament.
Coming into the series, there hadn’t been a meeting between a Korean and Chinese team in a Worlds finals since 2014. Additionally, an LCK representative hadn’t won Worlds since 2017, when Samsung Galaxy raised the Summoner’s Cup.
That was, of course, until today, when DWG secured victory in emphatic fashion over a tougher-than-expected Suning team that played with heart and muscle throughout the course of today’s final four games.
The tone of the series was set early. Suning showcased unconventional picks like Wukong, Fiora, and Rengar to supplement an aggressive, fight-focused playstyle. While DWG had insisted on winning through objective-focused gameplay, Suning made it clear they would be bringing the fight to the opposition.
While DAMWON ultimately ended the season with the best victory of them all, they were the best team coming into the tournament and a huge burden was on their shoulder. Following their comrades defeat from the World Championship, they had to take it within their own hands to regain LCK’s domination on the international scene.
While LPL had four powerful seeds, they were no match for the might of DAMWON, who eventually took down one by one in order to win the World Championship. They even took out Europe’s favorites in G2 Esports, who were seen as one of the best teams at the tournament as well.