Regular Season Placing: 1st
Playoffs Placing: 1st
Although DWG KIA returned from MSI after a close 2-3 loss to RNG in the finals, people expected them to continue their domestic dominance. Surprisingly, after a close 2-1 opening series against T1 and an 0-2 loss to KT Rolster, DK chose to make a startling roster swap. They took Ghost out from the starting roster, moved Showmaker to bot, Canyon to mid, and brought Malrang to play jungle. This new roster played for two weeks, going 3-1, before getting Ghost back to the lineup. Throughout the majority of summer, DK played second fiddle to the likes of Gen.G, Nongshim Redforce, and Liiv Sandbox. It was not until the last week of the split that DK secured first place in the regular season and a bye for playoffs.
DK ended the regular split dominantly despite their early summer woes, winning their last four series without dropping a game. As a result, they were considered a heavy favorite coming into playoffs, and DK certainly delivered those expectations. They smashed the summer upstarts NS in a quick 3-0 before winning the finals 3-1 against T1, earning the team’s third domestic championship and the LCK first seed at worlds. Now, DK is looking to avenge their loss at MSI and becoming the second back-to-back winner of Worlds.