Dplus KIA maintain incredible LoL streak as they qualify for fifth Worlds in a row

Since its induction into the LCK in 2019, Dplus KIA (formerly known as DAMWON Gaming) has consistently ranked at the top of the standings. This trend continues even in the current year.

Although the team’s summer regular split was not particularly impressive, ending in fifth place and being knocked out from the LCK Summer Playoffs, DK managed to secure a spot in the 2023 World Championship that will be hosted in their home country, South Korea.

Taking down DRX in the first round of the Regional Finals, DK faced Hanwha Life Esports in the final decisive series on August 26. Despite not being the favorite, DK secured the last spot for Worlds by registering a 3-1 victory over HLE in a series of long games, each exceeding 30 minutes.

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Besides their successful qualification, DK maintains a remarkable record in LCK – since their League induction, they have always reached the Worlds, either by winning the championship or through regional finals. This reaffirms their status as one of LCK’s most elite organizations. Notably, this record includes Canyon and ShowMaker, who have been with the team for the past five years.

For ADC player Deft, this will mark his sixth journey to the Worlds. He was a part of the DRX team that won the championship last year. Only he and Pyosik from the winning team last year will be participating in this year’s World Championship.

Furthermore, Deft has a unique record of his own: playing with DK at Worlds, will be his sixth unique team. His previous teams at Worlds include Samsung Blue, EDward Gaming, KT Rolster, DRX, and Hanwha Life Esports. This makes it his eighth appearance in total, matching Faker’s record.

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DK has consistently handpicked impressive results at Worlds, making it to the top eight at each tournament they attended. They’ll now join Gen.G, T1, and KT Rolster to represent the LCK region this year. With the new format and home crowd support, DK could be a possible dark horse among eastern teams.

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Davide Xu

With almost a decade-long experience and extensive knowledge in League, the once aspiring pro player, Davide, now enjoys discussing the game and the competitive scene. Follow him on Twitter @Dovi_X.

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