In just one day, the first match of the quarterfinals of the LoL 2020 World Championship takes place. The LCK and LEC No.1 seeds – DAMWON Gaming and G2 Esports – compete for a ticket to the final. But there is much more at stake than a place in the grand finale. The Rivalry The rivalry between DWG and G2 – and G2 and the LCK as a whole – dates back to last year. At the 2019 Worlds, G2 eliminated DWG in the quarter-finals before eliminating SKT T1 in the semi-finals. This year, G2 beat General G to progress and take on DWG, so not only did they prove themselves to be LCK’s Achilles heel, but they also solidified their place in LoL Esports as one of the best in the world. world, as this is their third consecutive semi-final appearance. On the other side of the ring, DWG is the LCK’s last hope. Not only are many pundits and analysts (myself included) predicting that DWG will triumph over G2, they also predict that they will be the ones to bring the Summoner’s Cup back to the LCK this year. DWG’s reign of absolute dominance began since the summer split and it almost parallels T1 dominance in their heyday. And while their journey of carving their history in LoL Esports has only just begun, many fans around the world, especially those who applaud LCK’s success, are predicting that 2020 is the year to take for DWG. Source: Riot Games Synergy The Five must become The One So what’s the strength of all these semi-finalists this year? There is one theme that defines all semi-final teams and that is team synergy. Although this has been a critical aspect for many years, the bar has been raised to the point where the team must be able to think, decide, move and fight as one unit. As two of only four teams remaining, G2 and DWG have demonstrated a stellar ability to read the map and predict where the fights are going to take place. G2 Esports, after winning the quarterfinals over GEN. Source: Riot Games What separates these two teams from the rest is that they are able to join the fight faster than their opponents. There have been many instances where skirmishes have been won due to players joining the fight faster by 1-2 seconds. While there are many other factors like drafts, the way teams drive their compositions, laning phase, individual mechanical performance, macros, etc., team synergy is the key factor that defines both DWG and G2. A great example of this can be found in the GEN vs G2 series. In the video above, as it looked like Caps’ was being ganked by Nidalee from Clid, G2 was able to read Nidalee and ask the rest of his team to join the skirmish through the ults of Shen and Tahm Kench, respectively. Although Camille de Rascal and Leona de Life moved to the middle lane to join the fight, it was already over. Not only did G2 win the fight, they also lost a lot of time to Camille and Life, and from that point on, the game snowballed in G2’s favor. G2’s goal was to waste as little time as possible building a power play on the map, and in order to quell the variance that Bdd’s Twisted Fate brought into the series, G2 responded with Sylas (middle lane), Shen (top lane), and Tahm Kench (support) Source: Riot Games While G2 has proven that it can play the numbers game thanks to an overall ultimate team roster, DWG can play the same game thanks to pure macro . There have been numerous instances where BeryL has provided support in the middle and jungle, either to set up a pick in the top half of the map or to organize objective fights around the map. While the spotlight isn’t usually on the supporting player, where he was even left out on some power ranking before the Worlds started, the team seems to agree he’s the one. a key player in their in-game decision making. The speed at which Nuguri joins the fights is astounding. While he’s been best known for his individual prowess in the past, he’s stepped up his game to evolve his gameplay towards the team since the summer split. Not only does he take an active part in guarding the enemy jungler with proper manipulation and movement of the lanes on the map, but he’s also always in the right place when battles break out. Its engagements are very sharp, to the point that it leaves even observers unable to catch the fights. Plus, he doesn’t even die as much as he used to, so in many ways he’s still evolved as a player. DWG intelligently uses the fog of war to not give any information to DRX, which leads to a free dragon. Source: Riot Games What’s even scarier is that DWG controls the tempo of their macro very well. Even in a good state, their use of Fog of War and the information they have at their disposal not only allow them to avoid coinflip skirmishes, but also gain control of the terrain when challenging objectives around the map. In the image above, DRX is grouped together for an ambush to challenge the dragon. However, due to DWG’s clever use of Fog of War, this caused DRX to roll back from its position, which led to DWG taking their third drake for free and tuning it up. It’s almost baffling to see such finesse not only with the individual mechanics, but also in the mind, and it all stems from how teams move around the map to make in-game decisions as one unit. On paper, it is really difficult to measure the position of the teams, because the evaluation is entirely comparative. People were expecting a closer streak between G2 and GEN, due to how shaky they both looked as a group, but G2 swept the streak against them. On the other hand, DWG arrives in this series much stronger than G2, as they have shown a much higher level of dominance and consistency than G2. Will G2 continue to prove they are the “LCK Killers” and make it to their second consecutive World Final? Or will DWG continue to assert the same dominance it has shown this year over G2 and take revenge on 2019? .