Damwon Gaming is a Korean League of Legends team that entered the competitive scene in 2017 by signing MiraGe Gaming, a Challengers Korea team.
The team first competed in the 2017 CK Summer Split, but couldn’t keep up a consistent performance and finished fifth. Damwon went to the 2017 KeSPA Cup with a new roster consisting of Jang "Nuguri" Ha-gwon, Kim "Crush" Jun-seo, Heo "ShowMaker" Su, Noh "Alive" Jin-wook, and Ryu "Hoit" Ho-seong. The new roster had no chance standing against LCK teams and was quickly knocked out.
Son "Punch" Min-hyuk and Kim "Veritas" Kyoung-min joined the team for the 2018 CK Spring Split, and better results started coming in. Damwon finished the split second with an 11-3 record, falling behind only Griffin. By the Summer Split, Punch took on the starting jungle role and Sin "Nuclear" Jeong-hyeon had joined as a new bot laner.
This roster change resulted in a great 2018 CK Summer Split run. Damwon lost only one game during the whole split, took first place, and proceeded to secure the qualification seed in the 2019 LCK Spring Promotion. At the 2018 KeSPA Cup, the team made it all the way to the second playoff round where Griffin was again the better team, knocking Damwon out in third place.
In the 2019 LCK Spring Split, the team started with both significant wins and painful losses. A few weeks in, the team picked up veteran top laner Lee "Flame" Ho-jong, which allowed them to better keep their consistency and take a fifth-place finish, secure a spot in the spring playoffs.
Coming in as an underdog, Damwon surprised fans with a win against Sandbox Gaming in the first round. However, the team stood no chance against Kingzone DragonX. Finishing the playoffs in fourth place was a big achievement for a team that had just joined the LCK.
But Damwon wanted more and came to the 2019 LCK Summer Split with a stronger strategy. Though losing the first matches of the split, the team was quick to stand back on its feet. With a 13-5 record, the team finished the regular season in second place. Again, it was only Griffin who would prove better than Damwon.
In the playoffs, Damwon was swept by SK Telecom T1 in the semifinal. But having enough championship points to play the 2019 LCK Regional Finals, the team was looking for a 2019 World Championship qualification.
Damwon succeeded in that mission. The team was challenged by DragonX in the final, and though struggling to close games in the series, Damwon eventually took the set 3-2. The win secured a seeding to the Worlds 2019 play-in stage.
With Nuguri, Showmaker, Nuclear, and bot lane duo Kim "Canyon" Geon-bu and Cho "BeryL" Geon-hee, Damwon was ready to step up to its first big international stage. The team advanced through the play-in stage without dropping a single game. The good performance continued in the main event as well, where Damwon advanced to the playoffs as the first seed from its group. The team was then stopped by G2 Esports in the quarterfinals.
Damwon started the 2020 season with its previous roster still in place after a relatively disappointing 2019 KeSPA Cup, where the team took fifth place.