In League of Legends esports, the World Championship, known as “Worlds”,” is the competition’s pinnacle. It is the stage where the best teams from each region unite to fight for the title of World Champion. However, between the epic battles and nail-biting finishes, some games end so quickly that they become legendary in their own right. Today we will look back at some of the shortest games in World Championship history.
SKT vs. RNG
First, let’s take a trip down memory lane to 2013 when Korean powerhouse SK Telecom T1 (SKT) took on the Chinese team Royal Club (RNG). The game was a masterclass in efficiency by SKT, with superior map control and focus on objectives allowing the Korean team to close the game in just under 22 minutes. This game set the tone for SKT’s dominance for years to come.
100T vs. IG
In 2018, North American team 100 Thieves (100T) took on Chinese giant Invictus Gaming (IG). Despite a promising start, 100T could not withstand IG’s relentless pressure, finishing the game in a quick 20 minutes. This match highlighted IG’s aggressive play style and ability to exploit their opponent’s mistakes.
EDG vs BKT
In 2015, Edward Gaming (EDG) from China took on Bangkok Titans (BKT) from Thailand. EDG, known for their aggressive strategies in the early games, quickly took control of the game. Constantly pressuring BKT and denying them any opportunity to farm or secure objectives, EDG managed to finish the game in just 20 minutes and 20 seconds, making it one of the fastest games in Worlds history.
T1 vs DFM
At the 2021 Worlds, there was another fast game between T1 and DetonatioN FocusMe (DFM). Despite DFM’s best efforts, T1’s superior macro play and execution of team fights resulted in a quick victory in just 19 minutes. This game highlighted T1’s ability to control the game’s pace and secure objectives effectively.
G2 vs. DK
Finally, the Worlds 2020 match between G2 Esports and Damwon Gaming (DK) is worth noting. G2, known for its innovative strategies and unpredictable play style, was outclassed by DK’s superior mechanics and map control. Despite a valiant effort, G2 fell to DK in 19 minutes and 3 seconds, the shortest game in Worlds history.
All these matches signify that anything is possible in the League of Legends universe. A game can be decided in the blink of an eye, and even the smallest mistake can lead to a quick defeat. Looking ahead to future Worlds, we can only wonder what other records will be broken and what unforgettable moments will be created.