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Greetings LoL-eSports fans.  This week’s Round-Up isn’t going to be as deep or in-depth as the previous two weeks.  After Wednesday’s matches, the other games had less impact on the grand scheme of things as far as the playoffs are concerned, so teams did not have to bring out their best. Rather than a near play-by-play, I’m just going to run through the picks, winner/loser, and how close the games were.  If you want more than that, I highly recommend subscribing to the OGN Twitch channel to view the VoDs of the group stage.  There have been some truly outstanding games.

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MVP Blue versus KT Rolster A

This series was the key series for Group A’s playoff picture. As MVP Blue only trailed NaJin Sword and MVP Ozone by 1 point, a 2-0 of KT Rolster A (who had only 1 game win going into this series) would force both NaJin Sword and Ozone to also 2-0 their opponents of the week in order to advance to the playoffs.

Game 1:

Blue – MVP Blue – Rumble/Jarvan IV/Diana/Varus/Sona

Purple – KT Rolster A – Elise/Zac/Zed/Caitlyn/Thresh

 

Result: 42 minute victory for KT Rolster A. Gold lead of 69,200 to 55,800 with a kill score of 30-18.  No inner turrets for KT Rolster A fell.

 

MVP: Personal: Vitamin. Despite struggling all season long and often being the cause of a negative snowball against KT Rolster A, Vitamin played Elise to near-perfection, ending with a 9 kill score and only one death.

Sonokong IB MVP Award (voted by Korean fans/media): Kakao (3/2/21 as Jungle)

 

Game 2:

Blue – KT Rolster A – Rumble/Jarvan IV/Diana/Varus/Twisted Fate

Purple – MVP Blue – Kennen/Elise/Ryze/Kog’Maw/Thresh

 

Result: 28:19 victory for KT Rolster A. Gold Lead of 52,100 to 34,300 with a kill score of 21-7 and only losing 1 tower.

 

Interesting notes: Yes, that is a support TF. Both he and Varus opened with Red Pot start and went 2v2 top lane against Thresh/Kog’Maw. They got first blood thanks to the Red Pot’s extra HP.

 

MVP: Personal: Vitamin. Finished 9/1/5 as Rumble.

Sonokong IB MVP Award: Vitamin.

 

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NaJin Shield versus SK Telecom T1 #1

This series had greater implications for NaJin Shield than for SKT, but both teams were looking for any points they could get out of the series. An 0-2 for Shield would mean a really good shot for ahq.Korea to qualify for the playoffs.

Game 1:

Blue – NaJin Shield – Rumble/Jarvan IV/Kha’Zix/Varus/Leona

Purple – SK Telecom T1 #1 – Riven/Hecarim/Diana/Miss Fortune/Sona

 

Result: 38:21 victory for NaJin Shield. Gold lead of 58.5k to 53.4k. Despite trailing early, took kill lead of 23-13 and only lost 2 towers.

 

MVP: Personal: Save. He selected Kha’Zix and proceeded to be Kha’Zix late game.

Sonokong IB MVP Award: Save.  8/2/10, 289 cs.

 

Game 2:

Blue – SK Telecom T1 #1 – Kha’Zix/Hecarim/Karthus/Vayne/Sona

Purple – NaJin Shield – Jayce/Nasus/Diana/Varus/Thresh

 

Result: 43 minute victory for SK Telecom T1 #1. Gold Lead of 65.2k to 57.3k. 9-3 on towers, 20-12 on kills.

 

MVP: Personal: Reapered. For the same reason Save got my personal MVP last game. He selected Kha’Zix. High burst champions late game are just useful tools to have on your team.

Sonokong IB MVP Award: Reapered.  8/2/4, 314 cs.

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MVP Ozone versus SK Telecom T1 #2

With Group A’s playoff picture already locked up, thanks to KT Rolster A’s 2-0 upset of MVP Blue, this match only held seeding implications for MVP Ozone. SK Telecom T1 #2 already had 10 points (3 ahead of CJ Entus Blaze) and the head-to-head advantage over Blaze to ensure the #1 seed. Ozone’s results would affect where they fell after the Blaze/Sword match the following night.

Game 1:

Blue – MVP Ozone – Shen/Elise/Ryze/Varus/Zyra

Purple – SK Telecom T1 #2 – Jayce/Jarvan IV/Nidalee/Vayne/Thresh

Result: 38:18 victory for MVP Ozone. 58.6k to 41.4k on Gold, 19-7 on kills, and 9-1 on towers.

 

MVP: Personal: imp. Completely crushed Piglet/ManDu in lane and came out of laning phase 5-1, ending the game as 9-1-6 and second in CS only to Shen.

Sonokong IB MVP Award: Homme. 1/1/10 as Shen, 295cs.

 

Game 2:

Blue – SK Telecom T1 #2 – Jayce/Lee Sin/Syndra/Ezreal/Elise

Purple – MVP Ozone – Jarvan IV/Udyr/Diana/Tristana/Anivia

Interesting notes: Piglet, the usual ADC for SKT2, was Lee Sin in the Jungle. Bengi, the jungler, was the Elise. PoohManDu selected Ezreal. And yes, that is a Support Anivia for MVP Ozone. Elise and Lee Sin both started with Machetes, and Bengi played as a roaming jungler.

Result: 20 minute surrender for SK Telecom T1 #2. MVP Ozone Victory with 36.1k to 23.0k gold lead, 26-6 kill score, and 5-0 turret score.

 

MVP: Personal: DanDy. A counter-gank on top lane completely shut down SKT’s gambit and Dandy emerged 3-0 from it. With the cheese stopped, MVP Ozone snowballed hard.

Sonokong IB MVP Award: DanDy.  9/1/11 on Udyr, 57 cs.

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LG-IM versus ahq.Korea

A 2-0 from either team would grant them enough points to jump NaJin Shield and qualify for the playoffs.  If the teams were to trade 1-1, however, ahq.Korea would have to have a higher KDA per Minute than NaJin Sword in order to advance.

Game 1:

Blue – LG-IM – Diana/Nasus/Jayce/Tristana/Lulu

Purple – ahq.Korea – Rengar/Jarvan IV/Twisted Fate/Miss Fortune/Thresh

Result: 28:54 victory for ahq.Korea. 55.9k to 32.7k gold lead, 13-3 on kills, and a flawless 11-0 on towers.

 

MVP: Personal: HooN.  Showing what happens when Twisted Fate manages to slip through the cracks unbanned.

Sonokong IB MVP Award: TrAce. 3/2/3 as Rengar, 243 cs.

 

Game 2:

Blue – ahq.Korea – Jayce/Kayle/Vladimir/Caitlyn/Thresh

Purple – LG-IM – Irelia/Zac/Zed/Kog’Maw/Zyra

Result: 24:55 surrender from ahq.Korea, 19-10 kill score in favor of LG-IM, 41.1k to 34.4k gold lead, and 4-3 tower advantage. ahq surrendered as LG-IM killed Baron, shortly after an ace.

Interesting note: Unfortunately, the surrender vote was too late for ahq.Korea — it was later revealed that had they surrendered BEFORE getting aced, their KDA Per Minute (the final tiebreaker metric for playoff qualifications) would’ve been higher than NaJin Shield’s. However, they DID get aced, and they had just enough deaths to fall beneath Shield’s KDA/min and miss out on the playoffs.

 

MVP: Personal: Paragon. Hard to give an MVP award to anyone but the player with the 12/1/4 kill score when the next highest kills in the game is 3.

Sonokong IB MVP Award: Paragon.  12/1/4, 178 cs.

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CJ Entus Blaze versus NaJin Sword

With this match only affecting 2/3/4 seeding for Group A rather than the playoff picture, the teams were ultimately free to experiment with team compositions if they wished. The stage was set for some exciting games or epic twists and turns.

Game 1:

Blue – CJ Entus Blaze – Diana/Lee Sin/Jayce/Varus/Lulu

Purple – NaJin Sword – Kennen/Hecarim/Karthus/Vayne/Thresh

Result: 42:08 victory for CJ Entus Blaze. Gold lead of 66.5k to 58.3k. Down 22-23 on kills, but up 8-4 on towers.

 

MVP: Personal: Flame. Despite a really poor K/D ratio this game, his presence was really felt in team fights, putting himself in the perfect position for a Wild Growth from Lustboy to disrupt the entirety of Sword’s team comp.

Sonokong IB MVP Award: Lustboy.  3/6/14, 38 cs.

 

Game 2:

Blue – NaJin Sword – Rumble/Jarvan IV/Kha’Zix/Miss Fortune/Leona

Purple – CJ Entus Blaze – Kennen/Lee Sin/Jayce/Vayne/Lulu

Result: 43 minute victory for CJ Entus Blaze. Gold Lead of 63.8k to 62.0k. Even 7-7 on towers.  Down 20-23 on kills. They trailed most of the game, but good team fights turned the game on its head and two more good team fights won them the game.

 

MVP: Personal: Fan Cosplaying as Gragas. Clearly the morale boost Blaze needed to win the game.

Sonokong IB MVP Award: Flame. 8/3/10, 357cs. (The CC from his Kennen ults were a major turning point in the game for Blaze.)

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CJ Entus Frost versus KT Rolster B

With both teams tied at 8 points, this match was for the 1st place seed in Group B. CJ Entus Frost once again brought in their ADC and Support substitutes for this series, Space and Muse, in place of the MadLife/Hermes duo.

Game 1:

Blue – CJ Entus Frost – Rumble/Rammus/Twisted Fate/Twitch/Sona

Purple – KT Rolster B – Olaf/Jarvan IV/Karthus/Vayne/Zyra

Result: 37 minute victory for CJ Entus Frost, up 35-20 on kills. 62.7k to 56.1k gold advantage, and 7-3 turret lead.

 

MVP: Personal: RapidSTAR. A really aggressive Destiny/Gate mid-game helped mop up a bad team fight for Frost. As the game progressed, his positioning got better, and to end the game he gave an ultimate final sacrifice.

Sonokong IB MVP Award: Shy.  9/3/17, 214 cs.

 

Game 2:

Blue – KT Rolster B – Kha’Zix/Shen/Nidalee/Ezreal/Zyra

Purple – CJ Entus Frost – Zed/Nautilus/Nasus/Vayne/Nunu

Result: 46:04 victory for CJ Entus Frost. 83.7k gold to 73.1k gold. 45-34 on kills, 10-3 on towers.

 

MVP: Personal: Space. I wanted to give it to CloudTemplar because at one point he was 10-1 as Nautilus. However, the game was still too close and KT Rolster B showed promise to come back. Space’s late game team fighting as Vayne triumphed.

Sonokong IB MVP Award: CloudTemplar. 11/6/13, 181 cs.

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And with that, Group Stage of OGN’s Olympus Champions Spring ended.

 

Group A rankings, in order, were as follows: SK Telecom T1 #2, CJ Entus Blaze, MVP Ozone, NaJin Sword, KT Rolster A, MVP Blue.

Group B rankings, in order: CJ Entus Frost, KT Rolster B, SK Telecom T1 #1, NaJin Shield, ahq.Korea, LG-IM.

 

This week starts the playoffs, a Best of 5 Bracket Stage. SK Telecom T1 #2 faces off against NaJin Shield and KT Rolster B faces off against MVP Ozone in the first week of Quarterfinals Play, with CJ Entus Blaze and CJ Entus Frost facing off against SK Telecom T1 #1 and NaJin Sword respectively in week 2. If you haven’t already been watching, action is about to escalate even further, with any game 5 being Blind Pick, with potential for mirror matches (if you’ve ever wondered about the “2 Shens” joke, this is where it comes from.)

 

That’s all for this week’s recap.  I hope you all tune in to the upcoming matches!  As always, follow me @TiberiusAudley on Twitter.