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OGN Spring 2014: NaJin White Shield vs KT Bullets, Recap


The final round of the OGN Champions Spring quarterfinals features a matchup between NaJin White Shield and the KT Rolster Bullets. White Shield has looked very good this season, finishing first seed in their group and establishing themselves as a powerhouse late game team. The Bullets on the other hand have had a bit of a rough season, having struggled early on in groups, but have been showing flashes of their old brilliance in recent weeks. They also have traditionally been one of the best teams in Korea at dealing with late game sieges, which means they should have a good matchup against White Shield’s preferred style of play.

Game 1:
Bans

[one_half]White Shield
1. Kha’Zix
2. Ryze
3. Lee Sin[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Bullets
1. Elise
2. Thresh
3. LeBlanc[/one_half_last]

Picks

[one_half]White Shield
1. Jax – Top
2. Wukong – Jungle
3. Twitch – ADC
4. Orianna – Mid
5. Nami – Support[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Bullets
1. Lulu – Mid
2. Lucian – ADC
3. Morgana – Support
4. Pantheon – Jungle
5. Renekton – Top[/one_half_last]

Right off the bat we see some interesting things coming from these teams. The Bullets are running a good pick comp, with a lot of single target CC and the ability to force fights with Pantheon. White Shield on the other hand is running a very strong team-fighting comp, which is very different from their usual MO of slowly crushing their opponents with siege and split-push. Considering the Bullets showed only a few days ago in Masters that they had the ability to completely derail this type of strategy, it is likely Shield took that greatly into consideration.

Out of the gate we see both teams coming out swinging. Each team will try and invade the red buff in turn, and each team will do a nice job of repelling them. The Bullets will come out ahead though, as Leopard is able to catch out Save’s Jax, chunking him low and setting him up for an easy level 6 turret dive with the help of Pantheon and Lulu. Things will quite down for a few minutes, but a good counter-gank at bot lane followed up shortly by a Dragon will give the Bullets a pretty decent early lead.

Things get out of hand pretty quickly for White Shield, loosing skirmishes across the map as they struggle to make their comp work, while the Bullets were playing theirs out near perfectly. Cracks start to show however, as the Bullets struggle to close out the game due to some poor vision control and some trigger happy engages. However the massive early deficit was too much for Shield to handle, and the Bullets will eventually find their way to the nexus, taking the game 17-6 in kills.

inSecMVP_G1_WShieldVsBullets

inSec wins MVP of game 1, his well-timed Pantheon ultimates helping to get his team off to an insurmountable early lead.

Bullets lead 1 – 0

Game 2:
Bans

[one_half]Bullets
1. Elise
2. Thresh
3. Lulu[/one_half]

[one_half_last]White Shield
1. Lee Sin
2. Kha’Zix
3. LeBlanc[/one_half_last]

Picks

[one_half]Bullets
1. Jax – Jungle
2. Shyvana – Top
3. Twitch – ADC
4. Twisted Fate – Mid
5. Karma – Support[/one_half]

[one_half_last]White Shield
1. Renekton – Top
2. Evelynn – Jungle
3. Annie – Support
4. Lucian – ADC
5. Nidalee – Mid[/one_half_last]

For game 2 we see NaJin White Shield going back to a more standard team comp for them, looking to use the Nidalee and Lucian combo to siege turrets in the mid game and strangle the Bullets out. KT however has all the right tools to deal with it, with a great team for making picks and hard engaging if Shield tries to set up a siege.

Game 2 starts off fairly slowly, playing out a fairly standard laning phase. Shield is able to take a couple of towers, and Ryu is able to successfully make a couple of picks with his Twisted Fate ult. The first major fight happens around 23 minutes; Shield tries to make a siege happen in mid lane, but an excellent flank and engage by the Bullets will shut it down hard. This trend will continue, as the Bullets are able to continuously out rotate White Shield, picking people off and growing their lead.

Shield’s game is looking bleak, but the Bullets try and take a risky Baron, showing the same poor warding that plagued them in game 1. Watch is able to steal it, but the strength of the Bullet’s team comp as well as their excellence at using it to break sieges really leaves White Shield with no options for coming back. Eventually the Bullets are able to fight their way into the base, crushing through every tower and winning game 2 with 20-6 in kills.

RyuMVP_G2_WShieldVsBullets

Ryu wins MVP of game 2, for his great use of Gate to make picks and flank in team fights.

Bullets lead 2 – 0

Game 3:
Bans

[one_half]White Shield
1. Kha’Zix
2. Ryze
3. Lulu[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Bullets
1. Thresh
2. Elise
3. LeBlenc[/one_half_last]

Picks

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

[one_half_last]Bullets
1. Renekton – Top
2. Twisted Fate – Mid
3. Pantheon – Jungle
4. Lucian – ADC
5. Karma – Support[/one_half_last]

 

Things start off fairly standard in the third set; the usual invade into a 2v1 lane swap coming from White Shield. The Bullets however have a very nice response, taking Red buff quickly for Lucian and sending Karma back to defend top. Thanks to the early wave clear from Karma and Pantheon, Leopard’s Renekton is able to get a few levels under his belt and is able to stay in the 2v1 with much less risk than normal. After that the lanes precede much in the way 2v1s happened in previous patches, with the top laners being zoned but not under a huge risk of getting dove.

The action really kicks off right around the 10-minute mark, with everyone just hitting level 6. Shield manages to set up a really nice countergank on mid, collapsing with the bot lane just as inSec jumps in, netting a double kill for Nidalee and turning that into a quick Dragon. After that it looks like a very typical NaJin White Shield game, as they ward deep into the jungle and siege with a powered up Nidalee, while Save does an excellent job rotating around and keeping pressure off other parts of the map. Unfortunately, Twitch is pretty bad at sieging due to his lack of mobility, especially against such hard engage as TF and Pantheon, but Shield is able to transition into a good vision advantage to setup picks.

The rest of the game is a lot of back and forth kill trades, as both teams have an excellent pick comps, but Shield is ultimately able to take the game through superior vision an overall map pressure, finally closing it out 11-9 in kills.

SaveMVP_G3_WShieldVsBullets

Save wins MVP for game 3, showing some very good rotations and use of teleport to defend as well as apply a lot of pressure on the Bullets.

Bullets lead 2 – 1

Game 4:
Bans

[one_half]Bullets
1. Elise
2. Thresh
3. Nidalee[/one_half]

[one_half_last]White Shield
1. Lee Sin
2. LeBlanc
3. Kha’Zix[/one_half_last]

Picks

[one_half]Bullets
1. Lulu – Mid
2. Pantheon – Jungle
3. Kog’Maw – ADC
4. Shyvana – Top
5. Leona – Support[/one_half]

[one_half_last]White Shield
1. Jax – Top
2. Twitch – ADC
3. Twisted Fate – Mid
4. Nami – Support
5. Evelynn – Jungle[/one_half_last]

Game 4 will start of fairly quiet, having standard lanes and each jungler getting a clean start. With the help of Evelynn, Shield is able to keep TF even and get Save a slight advantage in top, while the bot lane for the Bullets are able to bully around Twitch and Nami. Things start to really kick off as players hit level 6, with Save able to get a solo kill with Jax, while a 4v4 fight goes the way of the Bullets, getting Kog’Maw an early double kill. Each team focuses on snowballing their winning lanes, but neither team is really able to get an edge going into the mid game.

Both teams try and force the game their way, with Shield looking to make picks and KT looking to brawl, but good warding and careful positioning by both teams means that fight after fight will go even. The Bullets are able to make a few key outplays, and very slowly are able to eek out a small gold lead and begin controlling the pace of the game. Once they finally get the edge, the Bullets are able to set up a crucial pick on Save, leading to a baron and two inhibitors as the Bullets look to close out the game.

However in a miracle moment by Shield, they are able to swing one last teamfight around with some clutch plays by TF and Eve, and while they will lose both nexus turrets in the process they are able to ace the KT Bullets and keep some hope alive.

The situation is still dire, but White Shield, well renown as a patient and practiced late game team, are able to brilliantly keep their composure. Multiple times in a row they are able to find the fights they want, and after a momentous turnaround, Shield is able to finish the game 23-23 in kills, and force the blind pick game 5.

WatchMVP_G4_WShieldVsBullets

Watch wins MVP for game 4, for his very clutch Evelynn play, helping to carry his team through the late game team fights.

Match tied 2 – 2

Game 4:
Bans

No bans in Blind Pick.

Picks

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

[one_half_last]Bullets
1. Renekton – Top
2. Lee Sin – Jungle
3. LeBlanc – Mid
4. Twitch – ADC
5. Thresh – Support[/one_half_last]

As always, game 5 of a Bo5 in OGN is always a blind pick match, because they feel this is the best way to eliminate side advantage. It also means there is the possibility of mirror matches. Considering Thresh and LeBlanc were banned all four previous games and Lee Sin won the one match he snuck through in, it is little surprise to see those three mirrored. The other lanes are comfort picks, with Shield looking to round out their siege and split-push, while KT looks to make picks and fight.

With so many mirrors, the game has the potential to be very snowball, and will revolve especially around which LeBlanc can go big first. Game 5 will start out with the Bullets moving to 2v1 mid and shut down Ggoong’s LeBlanc, while Ryu is able to safely farm up against the Shyvana. The Bullets are able to get a small CS advantage due to the swap, but a faster tower push will keep things even early on. As has been the trend, the action will kick of around 10 minutes, with an epic Lee Sin vs Lee Sin duel in the jungle with inSec securing the first blood on Watch.

Things start to go favorably for KT, as they are able to get a lead on Twitch and Renekton, but Goong is able to get ahead of Ryu thanks to a nice gank from his team. Things will go back and forth between the teams for some time, but the big turning point will happen with a fight over the second dragon. Both teams are able to poke around the edges with LeBlanc, but very crucially Leopard never was able to get to base, which means Renekton is much weaker than he should be. Shield is able to initiate and secure a 4-0 fight, as well as the dragon, leading to a massive gold swing in their favor.

KT will eventually be able to bring the game back even, finding a nice pick on Goong and snowballing the fight into a Baron, but with poor siege and the weaker LeBlanc they are not really able to capitalize. Shield will continue to pour on the pressure, and in classic White Shield style, will slowly drive home the victory, winning the game 18-7 in kills.

GgoongMVP_G5_WShieldVsBullets

Ggoong wins MVP of game 5, recovering from an early deficit and making some amazing outplays on LeBlanc.

White Shield wins the match 3 – 2

Wrap-up

In an impressive show of mental fortitude, NaJin White Shield is able to come back from a 0-2 deficit to take down KT 3-2; truly an impressive series of games. A really tough loss for the Bullets, and unfortunately it came down to a bit of over eagerness that gave Shield the openings that they so beautifully capitalized on. They will go on to face NaJin Black Sword in NLB, looking for some revenge on the organization.

Shield on the other hand will be moving on to face CJ Blaze, in an epic battle between two of the top Korean late-game teams. Shield however, showed some impressive versatility this series, trying out a more aggressive pick oriented play-style. While it was certainly rough around the edges, if they can pull it off against Blaze it will be a nice show of versatility that might be enough to catch Blaze unprepared.


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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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