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OGN Spring 2014: CJ Blaze vs NaJin White Shield, Recap


In the second semifinal match for Champions Spring, we have CJ Blaze facing off against NaJin White Shield. This is a battle between two “one-trick warhorses”; both teams not known for strategic depth but being extremely good at pulling off their signature style. Shield though has been trying to break away from the recently, with Zefa playing a lot of Twitch and the team as a whole developing a strong pick-oriented style of play. They will need those tricks if they have any hope of beating such a powerful and veteran team as CJ Blaze.

Game 1:
Bans

[one_half]Blaze
1. Evelynn
2. LeBlanc
3. Nidalee[/one_half]

[one_half_last]White Shield
1. Jax
2. Soraka
3. Kha’Zix[/one_half_last]

Picks

[one_half]Blaze
1. Lulu – Mid
2. Elise – Jungle
3. Thresh – Support
4. Caitlyn – ADC
5. Dr. Mundo – Top[/one_half]

[one_half_last]White Shield
1. Shyvana – Top
2. Lee Sin – Jungle
3. Twisted Fate – Mid
4. Lucian – ADC
5. Nami – Support[/one_half_last]

Game 1 starts off pretty slow, with standard lanes and no jungle invades. The first move comes from Blaze, with Daydream making successful ganks on top and then mid, getting a flash and then first blood on Ggoong. Shield will take revenge however; right as the summoners come back up the successfully dive Flame. When Ambition tries to clean up the dive, Ggoong does a great job turning it around, using ghost to escape from Elise before gating top to kill Lulu.

After that the game becomes the Twisted Fate show. Together with Watch’s Lee Sin, Ggoong is able to freely use TF’s mobility to create picks across the map. Blaze will do what they can, but Shield does a fantastic job controlling vision and strangling Blaze out of the game, picking off anyone who dares to extend out of the base. Shield will eventually find their way into the base, cleaning up game one 18-2 in kills.

GgoongMVP_G1_BlazeVsShield

Ggoong wins MVP for game 1, his fantastic Twisted Fate play completely shutting down Blaze and driving home the snowball for Shield.

Shield leads 1 – 0

Game 2:
Bans

[one_half]White Shield
1. Jax
2. Soraka
3. Kha’Zix[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Blaze
1. LeBlanc
2. Twisted Fate
3. Elise[/one_half_last]

Picks

[one_half]White Shield
1. Shyvana – Top
2. Lulu – Mid
3. Twitch – ADC
4. Evelynn – Jungle
5. Thresh – Support[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Blaze
1. Nidalee – Mid
2. Lee Sin – Jungle
3. Nami – Support
4. Caitlyn – ADC
5. Ryze – Top[/one_half_last]

Again in game 2 we see Blaze starting off in a better position. They are able to move around the map to get an early lead on all the lanes, as well as securing three buffs. Shield however has a lot of early kill potential, and they are able to make use of it, simultaneously securing kills in top and bot lanes. Combined with some great flanking engages, Shield is able to jump out to a nice early lead over Blaze.

Shield will continue pressing hard across the map, but Blaze does a fantastic job keeping up with them; while down in kills and Dragons, Blaze is able to stay ahead in farm, which id very key for such a powerful scaling team. Eventually Shield is able to start cracking Blaze’s armor, using double stealth champions and Shyvana to set up a lot of picks and flank Blaze whenever they try to poke.

Blaze’s ability to hold, as well as Shield’s poor siege will drag the game out, but a small positioning error from Blaze will let Shield bulldoze their way into the base. Once Shield is able to get into the base there is not much more Blaze can do. One final pick onto Blaze is all it takes, and Shield will finish the game 18-4 in kills.

SaveMVP_G2_BlazeVsShield

Save wins MVP for game 2, his beautiful flanks with Dragon’s Decent giving Shield the engages they needed to close out the game.

Shield leads 2 – 0

Game 3:
Bans

[one_half]Blaze
1. LeBlanc
2. Twitch
3. Thresh[/one_half]

[one_half_last]White Shield
1. Kha’Zix
2. Jax
3. Soraka[/one_half_last]

Picks

[one_half]Blaze
1. Shyvana – Top
2. Evelynn – Jungle
3. Nami – Support
4. Ezreal – ADC
5. Lulu – Mid[/one_half]

[one_half_last]White Shield
1. Lucian – ADC
2. Lee Sin – Jungle
3. Nidalee – Mid
4. Sona – Support
5. Dr. Mundo – Top[/one_half_last]

Again Blaze is able to improve on their early game. They are able to rotate nicely and get a more aggressive lane swap securing an early tower without losing theirs. They are also crucially able to break a potential freeze, which will let them completely zone out Save and get Flame a nice early edge with Shyvana. Blaze is able to play out the early game very nicely using their advantages to keep Save down and grab some kills and objectives.

Shield however will do a great job bringing the game back. Nidalee and Lucian will a good job controlling mid game fights, keeping Blaze from snowballing too heavily while Save is able to farm back into relevance. However, while the poke is very good from Shield, they lack a lot of strong follow-up, and Blaze is able to turn around fight after fight even through the poke. Blaze will continue to play out their composition well, and eventually close out the game, winning 15-4 in kills.

 EmperorMVP_G3_BlazeVsShield

Emperor wins MVP for game 3. His great game on Ezreal helped to carry Blaze through teamfights and close out the game.

Shield leads 2 – 1

Game 4:
Bans

[one_half]White Shield
1. Soraka
2. Kha’Zix
3. Jax[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Blaze
1. LeBlanc
2. Twitch
3. Shyvana[/one_half_last]

Picks

[one_half]White Shield
1. Lee Sin – Jungle
2. Lucian – ADC
3. Twisted Fate – Mid
4. Dr. Mundo – Top
5. Nami – Support[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Blaze
1. Renekton – Top
2. Evelynn – Jungle
3. Nidalee – Mid
4. Thresh – Support
5. Jinx – ADC[/one_half_last]

In game 4, Blaze will once again get the better start, getting the 2v1 with Jinx to grab a quick tower. Shield will quickly turn it around though, as an attempted gank on Lucian will be collapsed on perfectly by 4 members of Shield, securing them two quick kills. Blaze responds well though, keeping up in farm and objectives. Both teams will trade objectives back and forth, and the game will remain on a knife-edge into the mid game.

The first major turn comes at about the 22-minute mark. Both teams will contest over dragon, but Blaze will find the fight they want. A couple of key spears landed by Nidalee and some great follow-up will secure a clean ace and a dragon for Blaze, blowing the game wide open. After that it is Blaze’s game to lose, and they will do a very good job playing it out. Setting up good picks and vision control will allow them to secure a baron, after that it is only a matter of time, as they are able to fight their way into Shield’s base, finishing it off 13-3 in kills.

 AmbitionMVP_G4_BlazeVsShield

Ambition wins MVP for game 4, his spears creating the opening Blaze needed and played a crucial role in winning the key fight for Blaze.

Match tied 2 – 2

Game 5:
Bans

Blind pick no bans

Picks

[one_half]White Shield
1. Shyvana – Top
2. Lee Sin – Jungle
3. LeBlanc – Mid
4. Twitch – ADC
5. Thresh – Support[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Blaze
1. Jax – Top
2. Kha’Zix – Jungle
3. LeBlanc – Mid
4. Jinx – ADC
5. Leona – Support[/one_half_last]

So right from picks and bans this game is exciting. Blaze will pick up Jax and Kha’Zix, and both mid laners will pick up LeBlanc, all champions that have been banned away from them in all four previous games. Save will once again be able to have his Shyvana, which he dominated game 1 and 2 on very hard. Shield rounds out their comp with Twitch/Thresh, a very high kill lane that will give them a great ability to create picks. Blaze on the other hand will be relying on Jinx/Leona for powerful CC to create a very dangerous 4-1 split-push.

Game 5 will start out explosive. Blaze will get Jinx into the 2v1 lane swap, but instead of going for the typical 4-man push, Flame and Daydream will look for an early gank on mid. Watch will do the same, and Blaze is able to secure the kill and double buffs on Ambition. Ggoong however will make a very bold call, to go all in 3v1and kill Ambition. Although he dies for it, it keeps his lane even and double buffs off Ambition, which could have been a major advantage for Blaze to snowball off of.

Both teams will continue to fight back and forth, trading objectives well and getting ahead in certain lanes. Ggoong will be able to secure a lead in the LeBlanc mirror, but Flame will get an edge on his potentially dangerous Jax. A couple of misplays by Blaze are capitalized on nicely by Shield, catching out Leona multiple times to keep Blaze from pressuring while Save is able to keep up with Flame.

Finally a big fight will break out in top lane. Blaze is able to get a good start off to the fight, and look like they can clean it up as Jax teleports in to make it a 5v4. Crucially though, Ggoong is able to find him just before the teleport goes off and cancel it, giving his team the room they need to turn the fight around for a big win. After that it’s just one more won teamfight and a baron, and Shield will be able to finish the game, winning 23-8 in kills.

 GorillAMVP_G5_BlazeVsShield

GorillA wins MVP for game 5, landing some phenomenal hooks to secure the picks needed to snowball the game.

Shield wins the match 3 – 2

Wrap-up

In an epic best of 5, Shield will finally be able to pull out the win and secure their place in the Grand Final. A tough loss for Blaze, nearly being able to turn it around, but Shield simply played it out too well.

Shield will go on to face off against dade and Samsung Blue in the Grand Finals. This will be the first time either team has made it to a Grand Finals, and with the great improvements both teams have made this season, it looks to be an exciting end to Champions Spring.


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Zalfier

I started out playing and watching League around mid season 2 while living in Japan, where I became an avid fan of CLG, as well as the Korean scene as a whole. I am currently ranked Gold 1, playing every position but mainly focusing on Top and Support. Meanwhile, when I’m not too busy playing games I am working towards a Masters degree in Mobile Gaming through Full Sail University.

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