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Before League of Legends Worlds 2020 started, ONE Esports spoke lớn Suning’s Vietnamese jungler, Lê “SofM” Quang Duy.

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We asked, “What will Suning bring to lớn Worlds?”

He replied, “Suning has a penchant for using carry champions in jungle và top.”

This was how he thought his team would gain an edge over their opponents in the competition despite being LPL’s third seed.

SofM was more than right.

Suning heads into the Worlds 20đôi mươi lớn face off against LCK representative sầu DAMWON Gaming after defeating LPL second seed JD Gaming in the quarterfinals & LPL first seed Top Esports in the semis. Top Esports were the favorites to win Worlds, but Suning — which has never won a series against them prior khổng lồ their semifinal matchup — took them down 3-1.

Following these notable wins, Suning has become the undisputed dark horse of the competition.

“People don’t have too much expectations towards us,” said Suning head coach Shih “Chashao” Yi-Hao in the post-game press conference. “That’s why we’re able lớn perkhung as ourselves and show our best.”


All Suning have done this tournament is defy expectations. While I think they aren't favourites against Damwon, they haven't been favourites vs anyone. Either way their run is one of the most impressive sầu I think we've sầu seen. I'm excited khổng lồ see them go toe-to-toe with the titans.

— Andy Day (
RiotVedius) October 25, 2020

The Worlds meta involves a tank at top (or if you’re an LPL team, Renekton is fine as well), a carry jungler, a wave sầu clear mid laner, a scaling bot laner, & a playmaking support.

In their very first game at Worlds against G2 Esports, Suning drafted a meta team composition: Renekton, Lee Sin, Syndra, Ashe, and Nautilus. By all means, it was an effective draft. They were ahead throughout the game in gold and dragons, but G2 out-microed them in late game fights & pulled through for a hard-fought, 42-minute win.

The next day, Suning started khổng lồ evolve sầu.

Putting their eggs inlớn the Bin basket

Against Team Liquid, Suning saw a Twitch-Rakan bot lane locked in. With this knowledge, they picked Draven third on red side — a Tang “huanfeng” Huan-Feng special, for it was his former one-triông xã main.

Team Liquid didn’t target ban bot, but instead chose to help top by taking out Wukong and a possible flex Sett. As such, Suning had không tính phí reign to unleash Leomãng cầu và Draven together for an extremely aggressive sầu laning phase.

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Screenshot by Amanda Tan/ONE Esports

Looking at TL’s draft, Suning took a second chance this game — this time on top laner Chen “Bin” Ze-Bin. He picked Jax, a champion not commonly seen in the meta.

As bot lane went wild, Bin had his fair cốt truyện of action. He didn’t steamroll his lane, but rather went toe-to-toe with Jung “Impact” Eon-yeong, farmed up, and found the right angles in team fights. Bin finished the game 2/50% against Impact’s 0/3/0 Volibear.

That game marked the start of Suning steering their draft even more toward Bin’s carry potential. In Groups, he was defined by two career highlight plays Irelia against Machi Esports & Gangplank against G2 Esports.


As G2 were halfway through Long, Bin based after pushing top wave, then teleported to bottom lane. As the rest of Suning moved across the map from the left, Bin came in from the right, which funneled G2 inlớn a choke. He dropped his ultimate Cannon Barrage, then perfectly lined up two Powder Kegs that crit for 1,260 và 830 damage, respectively.

His clutch late-late game climax not only secured the win for Suning, but also clinched first seed in Group A.


Empowering SwordArt lớn make plays

In their second game against Mabỏ ra in Groups, Suning changed their draft by doing away with a front line. Instead, they opted for Hu “SwordArt” Shuo-Chieh’s Bard.

Even though Bin wasn’t having the best time at top after getting counter-picked by Shen, SwordArt’s Bard was a major reason why Suning remained in the game and swung team fights in their favor.

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Screenshot by Amandomain authority Tan/ONE Esports

Bard had turned into lớn a priority piông chồng for Suning. This musical tư vấn eventually became SwordArt’s most picked champion here at Worlds, with a 6.7 KDA. It was such an important piông xã for SwordArt that against JD Gaming in the quarterfinals, Zuo “LvMao” Ming-Hao did not get to lớn play a single game on his signature champion.

Even more impressive is SwordArt’s 100% win rate on Leomãng cầu, his second most played champion at Worlds. In fact out of all the supports he’s played, he only had one game on a passive Tahm Kench, which resulted in a loss.

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Every other game was about SwordArt on playmaking champions. He has played a game on Rakan & Thresh as well, both of which resulted in victory. This means that Suning has been consistently prioritizing their bot lane in drafts, whether on red or xanh side.

Who needs tanks when you have sầu a roaming support who is constantly burning enemy flashes, leading the charge at bot, & finding picks across the map?

Unlocking SofM in the jungle

First, it was his tank Lee Sin.

In Suning’s debut game at Worlds against G2 Esports, SofM ran Conqueror Lee Sin, và bought Knight’s Vow, Warmorg’s, and Spirit Visage.

LCK shoutcaster, coach, and analyst Niông chồng “LS” De Cesare praised his build, which was effective against G2’s high-damage team composition.


Love the tank lee sin btw, think it's the only way along w/ lethality khổng lồ realistically play him.

— LS (
LSXYZ9) October 4, 2020

Even though Suning already had support Nautilus, mid lane Syndra, Ashe, và Renekton for hard crowd control, it was SofM who jumped in resiliently on Lee Sin to lớn make clutch plays.


We're still not over
G2esports vs
suning_gaming. Was it not the best game so far at #Worlds2020?#lolesports pic.twitter.com/Y6iE1DGC2e

— ONE Esports (
anhhungxadieu.vn) October 6, 2020

After utilizing meta-powered Graves and Nidalee, SofM pulled out something different again in their second game against G2 Esports in Groups.

On blue side, Suning banned Ornn và Shen, which mix them up to lớn choose Camille in the first phase. G2 had also left Syndra open, which Suning locked in as a first piông chồng.

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Screenshot by Amandomain authority Tan/ONE Esports

Since Nidalee was banned và Graves taken by G2, Suning allowed their jungle piông xã lớn fall through the draft. Lillia and Kindred were still open, mind you, but Jarvan was selected instead. He was needed as the main initiator for the team, as reliable engage is something Suning is very conscious of when they draft.

This explains why Bin can go ahead & play fighters at top, while SofM powers through the jungle and plays chess with his enemy jungler — as long as SwordArt can engage or catch, or Xiang “Angel” Tao is on Galio for secondary follow up.

They’ve sầu even gone all the way to give Bin the counter-pichồng by flexing Shen to lớn the jungle in game three against Top Esports. Though it was extremely off-meta, SofM out-jungled Hung “Karsa” Hao-Hsuan’s Lee Sin, reading his opponent like a book.

Even then, you’ll notice that Suning adjusts their drafts sensitively, balancing early, mid, and late game power spikes. The most recent off-meta jungle pick was in game four against Top Esports. Angel was on assassin Akali & even though SwordArt locked in his victorious Leona, SofM last picked Jarvan again.


"…SUNING WILL NOT BE STOPPED!"Take a closer look at
sofm_m's 4-man Jarvan ult in their final game against Top Esports! #Worlds2020 pic.twitter.com/q0uO4iLFae

— LoL Esports (
lolesports) October 25, 2020

“My teammates chose champions that are good in the late game, so on Jarvan, I can do a lot of things in the early game và help my teammates carry the game later on,” SofM explained after the game.

He certainly did a lot of things from early to mid game — the SofM big brain way. Using lane priority from two lanes & a rotation from Angel’s Akali, SofM spent two minutes pressuring Top Esports’ bot lane.


Two minutes of Sofm farming TES players' mentals. pic.twitter.com/OslD5yPhVL

— Ran (
ran_lpl) October 25, 2020

Notice that he did not throw a single E-Q combo into lớn his opponents. He positioned according to the flow of mid & bot wave. In that time frame, Angel managed to down mid lane, which kept the opposing mid laner occupied. SofM cleared out all of Top’s vision. As bot pushed in, he moved up the jungle lớn threaten their imMobile Ashe-Tahm Kench bot lane.

At the second tier turret, he stopped recalls, & halting TES from functioning. Lastly, he counter-jungled and secured Scuttle Crab before recalling.

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Suning’s flexibility as a squad is truly their strength, especially when opponents have shown lớn be a lot less versatile. Not many expected them to make it this far inkhổng lồ the tournament, but the way they’ve sầu groomed their players, grown over the tournament, & drafted adaptably while still being able lớn exedễ thương as a cohesive unit on off-meta picks has proven lớn be a winning formula this Worlds 2020.


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