Mid laner Heo “ShowMaker” Su and jungler Kim “Canyon” Geon-bu have extended their contracts with DAMWON Gaming for two more years, the org announced Monday, and will be staying with the team until 2021.
After earning their promotion into the LCK, DWG went on to finish fourth in their first ever split. In the very next, 2020 Summer, they managed to finish second in the regular season, third in the playoffs, and then win the LCK Regional Finals, earning them a spot at Worlds 2019. There, DWG went through the entire Play-in phase to ultimately finish top 8, losing a 3-1 series to grand finalists G2 Esports.
Much of this success was attributed to DWG’s strong solo lanes in ShowMaker and Jang “Nuguri” Ha-gwon, in combination with Canyon’s towering jungle presence. Although the team couldn’t get past the quarterfinals, pundits saw the run as a success, highlighting the sheer raw potential the line-up had — a potential that, given time and stage experience, could grow to championship-winning levels.
This is why DAMWON were among the first teams in the LCK to close their off-season shuffle by making no changes at all. Canyon’s and ShowMaker’s contract extension therefore is a smart move to lock down two of team’s most promising players. If DWG are to ever contest LoL legacies like SK Telecom T1, they can’t afford to make roster changes so early in their franchise history.
That said, 2020 does look promising for the Worlds quarterfinalists. SK Telecom T1 underwent a massive roster change, and lost Kim “Clid” Tae-min and Kim “Khan” Dong-ha. LCK’s second seed for Worlds, Griffin, are also in disarray, with Jeong “Chovy” Ji-hoon, Son “Lehends” Si-woo, and head coach Kim “cvMax” Dae-ho all gone too.