There’s no pair of teams more intriguing as of late than NaJin em-Fire’s Black Sword and Samsung Galaxy’s Ozone; both teams, having won respective OGN Champions tournaments as recently as last year, have since fallen rather curiously, due to a combination of factors such as shifts in the metagame and the rise of SK Telecom. Roster turnovers have been a constantly looming threat, and in the wake of LoL Masters, both teams have brought in fresh faces and have revamped their strategic philosophies, which has so far paid off dividends all around. Game 1 of NaJin vs. Samsung Galaxy’s Masters match is an incredible display of how far these two teams have come in their understanding of the game as well as turning prior weaknesses into strengths.
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This year’s Champions Winter final features a pair of starkly contrasting storylines featuring past winners of the prestigious Korean tournament. On one side, we have SK Telecom T1 K, who have been on a rampage since early 2013, only dropping sets to both Samsung Galaxy Ozone and Samsung Galaxy Blue in Champions Spring 2013 and the 2013 World Cyber Games Korean Qualifiers, respectively, en route to a 1st place finish in Champions Summer 2013 and the LCS Season 3 World Championship. On the other side, Samsung Galaxy Ozone has faced an up and down year since their victory in Champions Spring 2013, where they defeated an overwhelming favourite in CJ Entus Blaze, but has shown inconsistent finishes ranging from a respectable 3rd in Champions Summer 2013 to a paltry elimination from the group stage at Worlds.
There is truly nothing more exciting in League Legends right now than watching OGN’s PANDORA.TV Champions Winter 2013/2014. An unlikely playoff seeding putting SKT T1 K, SG Blue, KT Bullets, and CJ Blaze into the same half of the bracket resulted in a very crowded quarterfinals that has led to a semifinal meeting between two of the undeniably best teams in all of Korea, and perhaps the world. It’s quite remarkable that both organizations of such high stature in SKT and KT could possibly meet in non-finals contexts twice, the first of which eventually sent SKT to the Season 3 World Championships; had Bullets been able to best their foes in the regional qualifier, it may very well have been them hoisting the trophy at the Staples Center last September.
Twisted Fate is a broken champion. This is a fact that Riot has said directly and that teams across the world acknowledge by consistently banning him in competitive play. Unlike Jayce, who is overpowered in part because his kit is being abused in ways that were not intended, Twisted Fate is overpowered because he is working exactly as he is supposed to. Twisted Fate’s ult, Destiny, allows him to have a map presence unlike any other champion in the game, and simply being picked forces the opposing team to change their strategies and playstyle to account for him. In the hands of the extremely skilled players and teams, such a game presence translates into a huge advantage. And because no team wants to have to deal with that advantage, Twisted Fate is consistently banned by teams particularly in China and Korea. It’s also very telling that Twisted Fate is largely absent from the NA scene, but that’s a discussion for another time. What is important is that Twisted Fate has a huge influence on the competitive game in a way that he shouldn’t as a champion that has been identified for needing changes.