The 2020 KeSPA Cup is upon us, kicking off on December 21 and leading to the 2021 LCK Spring Season. The event is one of the most important installments on the competitive LoL calendar and a great way to see the year off.
There will be ten participating teams from the LCK Spring and the event will stretch from December 21 through December 24 for the group stages. Two teams from each group will be eliminated by the time the next stage starting on December 25 and the grand finals kicking off on January 2.
Where to Watch KeSPA Cup & Live Stream
- YouTube: Watch KeSPA Cup
The official KeSPA Cup live stream will be available on the competition’s YouTube channel. You can alternatively stream the event on the KeSPA Cup’s Twitch channel.
2020 KeSPA League of Legends Cup Odds
|Hanwha Life Esports||+800|
|Nongshim Red Force||+2000|
KeSPA Cup Prize Pool & Overview
- Group stage: December 21-24, 2020
- Playoffs: December 25, 2020
- Grand final: January 2, 2021
- Prize pool: $131,059
The 2020 KeSPA Cup will play in three stages. The Group Stage will be played online based on a Single Round Robin system and Bo1 matches. There will be two groups and the top three teams from each will progress to the playoffs on December 25.
The playoffs will be played according to a single-elimination format and will run through January 2, 2021, when the grand finals will take place. The winner will claim $36,405 of the prize pool, with the remainder distributed among the rest of the teams.
Groups for 2020 LoL KeSPA CUP
- Afreeca Freecs
- DAMWON Gaming
- Nogshim Red Force
- SANDBOX Gaming
- Hanwha Life Esports
- KT Rolster
KeSPA Cup Preview
DAMWON Team Overview
The League of Legends scene in South Korea is as vibrant as it has ever been, but this pre-season has been particularly interesting.
Surprisingly, DAMWON Gaming are behind both Gen.G and T1 in terms of chances to secure a win in the upcoming League of Legends bout, posted at (+325), losing momentum to teams that didn’t make the Top 4 in this year’s Worlds.
DAMWON secured the title in October, and the team has been in good shape since. Some organization restructuring has come with the signing of coaches Lee “PoohManDu” Jeong-hyeon and Kim “Ares” Min-kwon early in December and parted ways with Jang “Nuguri” Ha-gwon in November, who delivered impeccable performance during the Worlds.
Supposedly weakened by the absence of Nuguri and with transitioning to new leadership, DAMWON isn’t expected to perform as confidently as they did a few months ago. The team has filled the void with Kim “Khan” Dong-ha, a promising prospect who will now have his opportunity to shine.
T1 Team Overview
The clear favorite here is T1 who has benefited from Lee “FAKER” Sang-hyeok’s presence in the competitive scene for years now. Faker is considered the most productive offensive player in the League of Legends ecosystem, a title he happily holds on to.
Yet, for the new season, T1 are also bringing another star to the fore, with star support player Ryu “Keria” Min-seok joining the team in November and strengthening T1’s lineup. T1 will probably rely on a slightly more flexible and versatile playstyle, with their team adapting to multiple scenarios.
However, T1 is returning from a rocky year, in which even Faker and the team’s collective expertise wasn’t enough to make the cut for the Worlds. The 2020 KeSPA Cup is a chance for the team to enter 2021 on a strong foot or conversely compound the problems in one of the biggest League of Legends powerhouses.