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Korean baseball champs celebrate with HUGE sword from Lineage

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Publisher NCSoft owns the team; perfect ending to a fairytale season

Doosan Bears v NC Dinos - Korean Series Game 6
Catcher Yang Eui-Ji of the KBO champion NC Dinos hoists the “Execution Sword,” a real-life replica of a powerful item in the NCSoft MMO series Lineage. NCSoft owns the Dinos.
Photo by Han Myung-Gu/Getty Images

Your Korean Baseball Organization champs are the NC Dinos — so named because Guild Wars publisher NCSoft established and owns the team. Today the Dinos celebrated their 4-2 Korean Series triumph over the Doosan Bears as only their team could — with an enormous prop sword from NCSoft’s Lineage MMO franchise.

According to Sung Min Kim, an American sports writer formerly of The Athletic and currently in the front office of the KBO’s Lotte Giants, that there is the Execution Sword (집행검). It’s basically the game’s most powerful item.

Lineage debuted in 1998, and was followed by Lineage 2 in 2003. It was NCSoft’s first game, first big hit, and longest-running game, so it makes sense the team’s ownership would celebrate with an artifact from that world. It puts the ordinary old KBO League trophy to shame, too. Peep its total weakness:

Doosan Bears v NC Dinos - Korean Series Game 6
Actual KBO League trophy = kinda wimpy.
Photo by Han Myung-Gu/Getty Images

The KBO League caught on with baseball fans in this hemisphere, mainly through ESPN, during Major League Baseball’s COVID-imposed shutdown over the spring. North Carolina’s minor league Durham Bulls, sidelined entirely by the virus, adopted the NC Dinos as a rooting interest (for the team’s first two initials, naturally).

The NC Dinos are the KBO League’s second-newest team, chartered shortly after the cities of Changwon, Masan, and Jinhae merged into a municipality large enough to host such a franchise. The Dinos joined the KBO League in 2013, and this is their first championship.