The underdog team from Korea revealed that they shouldn’t be suspended.

Damwon, the lowest-seeded group from Korea heading into the 2020 Mid-Season Cup, disturbed the LCK champions T1 today in a harsh back-and-forth match that lasted simply shy of an hour.

The opening day of the current international League of Legends competition saw groups T1 and Damwon from Korea and Top Esports and FPX from China fight it out in a round-robin format. Damwon came into the competition as underdogs, and after taking apart T1, they likewise entered this match seriously undervalued.

Regardless of eventually winning in a late-game setting, Damwon prepared an early-game focused structure with heavy poke damage. But after 10 minutes, T1 were ahead and looking to snowball the match from their early kill and its subsequent map pressure on the bot side.

At 20 minutes, Damwon were fighting against a lost draft and were required to deliver any control over the map that they began with. Against all chances, Nuguri on the squishy top lane Kennen turned the tides of fight by striking a four-man Slicing Maelstrom that then allowed Damwon to protect some towers and a Mountain Drake.

At that point, Damwon had map control however were still playing from behind since of the absence of crowd control and frontline in their structure. They were able to play ping pong with the minion waves and take a tower or more, however T1 were forcing their way back into the game through decisive teamfights.

At the inescapable Baron teamfight at the 40-minute mark, T1 had all the exceptional pit vision and a man benefit. But Canyon took the Baron from over the back wall and managed to escape to give the enthusiast to his entire team. It’s typically considered a death warrant when a Korean team locks in Lee Sin since of their traditionally bad showings on the champion and his low win rate in the area. But here, when it mattered most, Canyon had the ability to reveal that he can carry out on Lee Sin too.

After taking Baron, Damwon slowly began to press towards success. Regardless of a few heart-wrenching backdoor attempts from T1’s Twisted Fate, the underdog team from Korea took down the Nexus after an absolute slugfest of a match. Nuguri earned the MVP honors with a K/D/A of 2.2.

Damwon have a record of 1-1 after losing to Leading Esports in their first match. Their last game of the day will protest China’s FPX, in which they’ll likely require another victory to advance to the next round of the tournament.