2020 League of Legends World Championship Quarterfinals, Part 1
We won’t see a team from a new region win the League of Legends World Championship this year, as only teams from Europe, Korea, and China made it to the knockout rounds. All the favorites from the Group Stage advanced to the quarterfinals, and the brackets are stacked with regional rivalries. One side of the bracket features the three LCK teams remaining along with LEC side G2 Esports, while the other side of the bracket sees all three LPL teams alongside the LEC’s Fnatic.
2020 League of Legends World Championship Quarterfinals Betting Odds
DAMWON Gaming -667
One of the two heavy favorites to win the World Championship this year is DAMWON Gaming. DAMWON smashed the rest of the LCK on their way to claiming their first domestic title in the summer, and their rout of DragonX in the Summer Split Finals was particularly impressive. After a close first game, DAMWON stomped DRX over the last two games, as ShowMaker and Ghost both posted KDAs over 10.
The most important match-up in this series is the mid lane duel between ShowMaker and Chovy. Chovy is one of the three or four most talented mid laners in the world, and he is the star of DRX. He was the reason Griffin made it to Worlds last year, and Chovy shined in the Group Stage with a 7.7 KDA.
DRX may have a slight edge in the bottom lane as Deft has continually been one of the elite AD Carries in Korea, and Keria is a very talented rookie. However, Ghost has played much better than anyone anticipated at Worlds, posting a 10.0 KDA in the Group Stage for DAMWON.
There is a huge mismatch in the top lane as Nuguri is the most skilled top laner in the world. Although top laners don’t have great stats due to how often they are ganked, Nuguri has shown he can both carry and build for a team fight throughout the 2020 season. DRX’s Doran has performed well in his first international tournament, but he is a tier below Nuguri in terms of talent.
Perhaps the biggest thing going for DAMWON though is its solid drafts. This team continues to have a solid understanding of the meta, and that made them virtually unstoppable in the LCK. DRX’s pick and ban has been a lot more haphazard, so that will need to change if they are going to pull off the improbable upset.
JD Gaming -167
All eyes will be on the jungle in this series, as the battle between Suning’s SofM and JDG’s Kanavi will likely determine which LPL team advances to the quarterfinals next week.
SofM is perhaps the best farming jungler in the world at the moment, and Suning’s strategy is to play around him. He posted a 5.0 KDA and was responsible for 18.2 percent of his team’s damage in the Group Stage, while also having a much higher gold percentage than other junglers.
Kanavi had some troubles in the Group Stage, and that led to JDG losing twice and being relegated to a second seed. His performance on S-Tier jungler Graves left a lot to be desired, but he has a deep champion pool and should bounce back with the pressure on.
JDG’s individual laners have the edge here, as the Dumpling Brothers (Zoom and Yagao) have been a formidable tandem all year. It will be interesting to see if Zoom is more prone to taking a tank into the top lane in the knockout rounds though, as he played mostly champions with a strong laning phase in the Group Stage.
The Suning bottom lane is very underrated. Huanfeng has shown a lot of promise as a newcomer, and cagey veteran SwordArt has done a good job of helping his bottom laner learn the ropes. SwordArt’s Bard has been a treat to watch, and he has a 13.3 KDA on the champion, so JDG must either ban the pick away or have counters ready for it.