Early this morning in U.S. time, the NC Dinos sealed an historic win in the Korean Series. And after the final out was recorded, as the team celebrated on the field, they hoisted a giant video sword above their heads in a simultaneous expression of victory.
The KBO, or Korean Baseball Organization, has been in the process of hosting its national series final over the last week between the NC Dinos and Doosan Bears. The Dinos won the series today 4-2 overall (and 4-2 in-game), sealing the team's first-ever Korean Series win.
Now, the NC part is important, because after the game ended, a mysterious item was brought onto the field and unveiled: a giant sword. The Dinos then step up and lift their hard-won blade from its resting place, like Excalibur from the stone. It might be one of the coolest trophy lifts I've seen in sports—you can find the full clip of it here.
As writer Sung Min Kim notes, the NC Dinos are owned by NCSoft, which produces a number of games including the well-known Lineage series. According to Kim, this is the "big sword," recreated for this winning ceremony. A cursory search of Lineage 2's armory pulled up a few aesthetically similar weapons, but either way, it certain looks like a high-fantasy blade (with hopefully a dull edge).
Honestly, this is rad. If one of the potential benefits of video game companies owning stakes in major sports organizations is gaming-related trophies, bring 'em on. We've had real-life baseball pros competing in video games, but really, we should be bringing the video game to them.
This fantastic display reminiscent of Blaseball is a pretty great way to end a season. You can see all the glory and excitement captured in this image from Yonhap News. It's glorious, and now makes me sad to think that Nintendo once owned a stake in the Seattle Mariners, yet to my knowledge, none of them got to ride a Yoshi or hold a giant golden banana aloft in celebration.
Lead image via ESPN2.