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Edward Gaming Wins League of Legends 2021 World Championship

Edward Gaming has brought the Summoner's Cup back to China, taking down the defending champions to become the second org to win both MSI and Worlds.
Edward Gaming has brought the Summoner's Cup back to China, taking down the defending champions to become the second org to win both MSI and Worlds. / Photo courtesy of Edward Gaming

In what was perhaps the greatest League of Legends Worlds final of all-time, Edward Gaming (EDG) took down DAMWON KIA (DK) in a grueling five-game series to bring the Summoner's Cup back to China.

No org proved more deserving of the Worlds title in Reykjavík Saturday as EDG capped off a historic run, becoming the first-ever team to win the event playing all 15 possible games through three rounds of the Knockout Stage.

After securing the LPL Summer 2021 title, EDG went 4-2 in Group B to advance on alongside T1, a stage in which China lost two of its four representatives in FunPlus Phoenix and LNG Esports.

EDG went on to lift their quarterfinals curse and eliminate their lone LPL counterpart Royal Never Give Up 3-2, come back from a 1-2 hole to send Gen.G Esports home 3-2 in the Semifinals, and pull off the same against DK in the Finals.

Although EDG took Game 1 thanks to their Zilean and Jarvan IV combination, DK retaliated with a 22-3 kill blowout in a must-win Game 2 to knot up the series.

In Game 3, DK showed off the clean form we were all accustomed to seeing, having answers for everything EDG threw their way before piling on the drakes and dominating the 5v5 fights.

Game 4 had the championship pedigree of EDG on full display, who flipped and kept the pressure on DK the entire way before securing Mountain Soul and forcing a Game 5.

With Silver Scrapes successfully played, and in Kim "Khan" Dong-ha's final game, both teams competed in one for the ages that all fans of the esport should check out.

Adding to the trophy case that had already included the Playoffs MVP award for EDG's aforementioned LPL Summer 2021 title, Lee "Scout" Ye-chan was named Finals MVP for Worlds 2021, joining Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok as the only two mid laners to do so at the global event.

Meanwhile, Li "Flandre" Xuan-Jun became the first non-Korean solo laner to win Worlds since 2012.

As for Tian "Meiko" Ye, enough can't be said about how the longtime EDG support finally became a world champion.

For Zhao "Jiejie" Li-Jie and Park "Viper" Do-hyeon, suffice to say, it can't hurt to go above and beyond expectations in your first run at Worlds and in the LPL, respectively.

With Worlds 2021 now officially wrapped up, the League of Legends offseason is set to take center stage. Feel free to stay up to date on the latest rumors, reports and transactions taking place with our 2022 roster changes tracker.