LoL: DAMWON vs FunPlus Phoenix Worlds 2021 Group Stage Recap

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LoL: DAMWON vs FunPlus Phoenix Worlds 2021 Group Stage Recap

You can't ask for much more than the two most recent World Champions meeting at the first game of Worlds. That’s exactly what we got here, and what a game it was.

DAMWON KIA vs FunPlus Phoenix

A screenshot from the 2021 World Championship Main Event Group Stage broadcast, showing the champion drafts between DAMWON KIA and FunPlus Phoenix with a shot of coach kkOma above.

To get the game started, it’s First Blood over to DK after a top lane brawl. With multiple members low and fleeing, it’s ShowMaker who Teleported into the top side to secure it on Doinb. Rift Herald was the next objective to fight over, and it’s DK that took the advantage. After claiming the buff, they managed to take down three members of FPX for one in return. Meanwhile, in the bot lane, Ghost and BeryL were able to dive and kill Lwx, which moved DK to 3k ahead at the 11-minute mark. Between Rift Herald spawns, the game was in a state of calm. However, DK picked up the second Rift Herald while they maintained their 3k lead and both sides looked to clear up outer towers.

At the 17-minute mark, we got our next trade, this time on the top side. At first, it looked to be going the way of FPX but it was eventually traded one-for-one. On the tail end of the fight, DK picked up a second kill, as they moved further ahead. There was another lull in play before FPX were once again caught out. Crisp was found in a bush before Tian sacrificed his life to save the rest of his team. Afterward, DK moved to claim the Baron buff and FPX had no way to stop it. Crisp was shut down once again, which meant DK moved to 11k ahead at the 25-minute mark. At this point, FPX looked lost at sea.

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With Baron in their back, DK walked into the FPX base like a knife cutting through butter. The top and mid lane Inhibitors fell, then DK reset to look to claim the Soul Drake. But DK didn't even need to wait for Soul before taking the base. They won one final fight and easily ran through to FPX's Nexus. FPX was swept aside, and DK looked dominant as ever.

Quick Stats:

  • Teams: DK – FPX
  • Time: 29:33
  • Kills: 18-2
  • Turrets: 11-2
  • Gold: 59.1k – 44.1k
  • Dragons: 3-0
  • Barons: 1-0
LoL: DAMWON vs FunPlus Phoenix Worlds 2021 Group Stage Recap
David Hollingsworth
David has written for games media outlets for the last ten years. With his first major esports role being with Esports News UK covering mostly UK League of Legends. David is also a member of the British Esports Association and is an advisor to them on World of Warcraft Esports. More recently David has worked for Esports Insider and Red Bull as an esports journalist. David later became Editor at ESTNN and now leads the current team.