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Runes are a rather big aspect of the game for newer players, especially those who have just hit level 20 (access to Tier 3 runes). Runes can give a huge bonus to players right at the start of the game, yielding a significant advantage for players who have runes over those who do not.

While runes are primarily used for getting an early-game edge over opponents, they can also start weak but become even more useful as the game goes on. We see this difference in the form of runes that give you immediate benefit (flat runes) and runes that are initially weak but become stronger the higher level your champion is (scaling runes).

Runes add to another critical decision branch for newer players to make. Should they save their precious IP for a desired champion, or should they save even more to purchase additional runepages and sets of runes to go along with it? To optimize your performance in games, I personally feel it is very important to maintain several additional runepages with runes to complement them, while recommending learning new champions when they hit the free week rotation. Most new players, however, dislike the aspect of only having a week to play a champion they’re interested in, so they prioritize purchasing the champion, delaying runes and runepages. There is no wrong way on how you choose to spend your IP. Just know that in either case, you have to make sacrifices, due to the limited amount of IP you have compared to how much you would have to spend to acquire all the benefits.

Rune Tiers and Runepages

Runes come in Tiers 1, 2, and 3. The higher the tier, the stronger the rune. The only difference currently is the summoner level in which you can obtain them.

Tier 1: Unlocked at level 1+
Tier 2: Unlocked at level 10+
Tier 3: Unlocked at level 20+

In addition, with each level, one of your runepage rune slots unlocks.


The maximum amount of runepages you can have is currently 20.

Types of Runes

Runes can be separated into 4 types:
Quintessences (big purple runes)
Marks (red runes)
Seals (yellow runes)
Glyphs (blue runes)

General Approach to Choosing Runes

Runes are often used to give you an immediate boost in the early game to stay competitive against other players with runes. Most rune choices reflect that, though there are exceptions.

Commonly used runes:
Quintessences: Attack Speed (AS), flat Attack Damage (AD), flat Ability Power (AP)
Marks: flat Attack Damage (AD), Magic Penetration (mpen), Attack Speed (AS)
Seals: flat Armor (armor), scaling HP (HP/lv)
Glyphs: flat Magic Resistance (MR), scaling Magic Resistance (MR/lv), flat Cooldown Reduction (CDR), scaling Cooldown Reduction (CDR/lv), flat Ability Power (AP), scaling Ability Power (AP/lv)

You choose runes based on what you feel would help you out the most. Even pros don’t always agree with each other’s rune choices.

Junglers usually take AS Quints and Armor Seals. Assassins and AD bruisers tend to stock up on a lot of AD. Mages tend to use Magic Penetration Marks, AP Quints, and scaling HP seals. Marksmen often take AS Quints and AD marks.


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(Updated: 10/10/14 8:15am PST)

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Foreword: This blog entry is very long.

TL;DR: OnGameNet (primary host of Korean professional League of Legends events) setting a limit of 1 team per organization is a detriment to the Korean professional League of Legends scene.


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As of the drawings for the group stage released yesterday for the League of Legends Season 4 World Championship, here are the groups:

Group A:
Dark Passage
ahq e-Sports Club
Samsung Galaxy White
Edward Gaming

Group B:
SK Gaming
Star Horn Royal Club
Taipei Assassins
Team SoloMid

Group C:
Samsung Galaxy Blue

Group D:
KaBuM! e-Sports
NaJin White Shield
Cloud 9

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Just some Riven math.


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OGN Champions Spring 2014 Grand Final

Samsung Blue vs NaJin White Shield


3:00 PDT / 6:00 EDT / 12:00 CEST / 19:00 KST



Matchup Analysis

Samsung Blue
Top: Acorn
Jungle: Spirit
Mid: dade
ADC: Deft
Support: Heart

NaJin White Shield
Top: Save
Jungle: Watch
Mid: Ggoong
ADC: Zefa
Support: GorillA

Purely from OGN Champions Spring 2014 performances, both Samsung Blue and NaJin White Shield have shown tremendous improvement since the last Winter season. Samsung Blue’s top (Acorn) and support (Heart) have definitely enabled their team to seize strong victories through their playmaking. In the last few Samsung Blue games throughout Champions and Masters, Blue’s mid laner, dade, has shown that he is just as good as Faker on his best days, despite his inconsistency and past history of going on tilt.

NaJin White Shield had begun by making a name for themselves with late game team comps, but through the last month, they have shown impressive success with a myriad of different team comps, including comps with early aggression and pick comps, something rarely ever seen in any professional level team across all regions. In addition, NaJin’s top laner, Save, has shown that his champion pool isn’t limited to Shyvana and Renekton, but also Kha’Zix and Soraka as well. In their Masters game, Save had also highlighted over Nasus for a considerable amount of time before switching over to Ryze. This may mean nothing, but may also hint that Nasus is a Jax counterpick within Save’s champion pool. NaJin White Shield’s strongest benefit is that during their OGN Masters series against CJ Entus, they essentially didn’t reveal anything that other teams wouldn’t already know. What does White Shield have in the back of their hands for this approaching series?


Contested Picks and Bans

As usual, Jax will likely be banned, as he is incredibly strong in the current teleport top lane meta.
Both team’s Junglers can play Lee Sin well, so it will be a highly contested pick.
Soraka team comps have seen success in OGN Champions and Masters, so she may also be an important ban, especially since her nerfs don’t come until 4.8 and the Grand Finals will be played on 4.7 Patch 4.6.

Samsung Blue may also consider banning:
Nidalee, Leblanc, Shyvana, Kha’Zix

NaJin White Shield may also consider banning:
Kha’Zix, Yasuo, Ryze



Samsung Blue 1:3 NaJin White Shield

If the Grand Finals goes to Game 5, NaJin White Shield will win 3:2.

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Not able to get my predictions draft completed, so here’s my rough predictions prior to the matches, which starts in 2 hours. My other draft is still in progress.


Samsung Ozone vs Samsung Blue

Ozone has looked shaky in their last Masters matches with their losses, but I felt it had something to do with being cocky and making poor unusual decisions, like DanDy’s Feral Flare on Lee Sin. Given that they bring their A game, their experience should shine above Samsung Blue, despite Blue’s tremendous improvement. Looper is still one of the strongest top laners in the current KR scene, and I’d give a slight favor towards PawN over dade. Mata is still best support in Korea, in my eyes.

I’m suspecting Lee Sin, Jax, Thresh, and Annie are going to be highly contested picks, if not banned. dade’s Twisted Fate and PawN’s Nidalee and Leblanc are probable target bans. Ozone need to be wary of Spirit’s Kha’Zix and Blue, likewise, for DanDy’s Elise. Ozone has the potential of running a comp around Jinx + Nunu jungle late game.

Prediction: Samsung Ozone 3 – 1 Samsung Blue



CJ Blaze vs NaJin White Shield

This match is going to be fierce. Both teams have really improved and shown fantastic performances so far in the Spring season. As much as I enjoy some of Blaze’s games, White Shield has my prediction this match-up. Ggoong has proven to be a dominant mid laner in the professional Korean scene and his Nidalee is legendary. He has an extremely potent Leblanc and Lulu as well. Save has shown tremendous carry performances on Jax and Rumble and is one of the only top laners to show the ability to beat Flame in lane. Watch has always been a must-watch (pardon that) jungler, and has done well on Lee Sin and Evelynn. Zefa and Gorilla have been their weakest point in the past, but they have had good results bot lane. That said, Flame is arguably the best top laner in Korea, not losing to anyone in lane (except against Save). He also has shown some of the best performances in 1v2 scenarios. DayDream has almost single-handedly set games up for Blaze’s victory in the past with his extremely aggressive playstyle.

Lee Sin, Nidalee, and Lucian are going to be highly contested picks. Jax and Annie are likely going to be banned as well. White Shield will need to have an answer to Flame’s Shyvana and Renekton. Blaze needs to consider the possibility of Ggoong’s Leblanc and Save’s Rumble.

Prediction: CJ Blaze 2 – 3 NaJin White Shield



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It’s been forever since I’ve updated my blog, but I’ve been thinking about resuming it since late January. I have never really figured out what I should resume it with, but now that OGN Spring 2014 Groupstages have concluded, this would be a great opportunity to do so.

[WARNING: A bunch of OGN Champions and Masters spoilers below!]


As such, here are the OGN Spring 2014 Playoff drawings (taken from Leaguepedia.com):



The biggest hyped match coming up in the Ro8 is Samsung Ozone vs SKT T1 K, with quite a bit of a rivalry. Not as big as the former rivalry between SKT T1 K and KT Bullets, but KT Bullets has been looking like a shadow of their former selves. (IEM Katowice hasn’t really proved a single thing, despite KT Bullets sweeping the entire tournament.)


Here are my predictions:

First match: Samsung Ozone vs SKT T1 K

Samsung Ozone has been showing tremendous consistency throughout group stages. On top of that, PawN has proven to be a tremendously good fit for the team, after Ozone and Blue swapped mid laners. Mata, the most popular Support behind MadLife, has been making insanely good plays. Mata and imp (AD Carry) is one of the most fearsome bot lane duos in the Korean LoL scene. Looper (Top) has been looking better and better since OGN Winter 2013-2014. If anything, the man who constantly lands in highlight reels, DanDy (Jungle), is the one who has looking a little shaky throughout the Spring season. He will no doubt bring his A game in the playoffs, though.

Thoughout OGN Champions Spring 2014, SKT T1 K has shown vulnerabilities. On the day that their veteran Support, PoohManDu, came back, he and Bengi (Jungle) played very poorly. The outcome of the match was 2-0 in favor of KT Arrows. Furthermore, despite the victory of SKT T1 K’s revenge victory over KT Arrows in the 1st match, KT Arrows beat them back in the Masters Match in a dominating fashion. Most notably was their legendary Mid laner, Faker, showing vulnerability in miscalculations (an extremely rare occurrence, first time I’ve seen it) and their inability to keep KT Arrows’ ssumday (Top) and KaKAO (Jungle) in check.

Overall, I feel this is Samsung Ozone’s chance to shine and be the second team to become a 2-time OGN Champions champion.

Prediction: Samsung Ozone 3-2 SKT T1 K


Second match: Samsung Blue vs CJ Frost

Samsung Blue has looked somewhat weak in the past, despite PawN’s arrival and the combined impressive performance between PawN and Deft, their AD Carry. This season has been different. dade has proven to be a great shotcaller and playmaker for Blue. However, the biggest stories would have to be Acorn (Top) and Heart (Support) have been playing the best in their careers. Their solid performances in the Spring season allowed for Blue to seize a 1st seed out of their group.

Suffering some terrible losses to the likes of Samsung Ozone who look to be dominating this season, CJ Frost has shown shaky performances, and this has been the case throughout the past several seasons. That said, they did manage to 2-0 both IM#1 and Midas FIO (one of the new teams to OGN) and grab themselves a 2nd seed. CoCo, a star Mid laner, and Swift, a jungler who happens to be a former teammate of CoCo, have been making tremendous plays. Shy (Top) looks as strong as he’s ever been. To be honest, CJ Frost’s biggest weakness is their bot lane duo, Space (AD Carry) and MadLife (Support).

Space and Madlife will probably run into trouble against Deft and Heart, assuming a standard 2v2 lane is played. Despite how strong CoCo (big fan of CoCo since he first joined Xenics Storm) and Shy have been, it won’t be enough to seize control of the game if their bot lane falls too far behind. I’m still not convinced about Swift yet, despite MonteCristo giving him praise on several of his above average performances recently.

Prediction: Samsung Blue 3-1 CJ Frost


Third match: KT Arrows vs CJ Blaze

[explanations later]

I believe Flame will kick ssumday’s ass if a standard 1v1 lane is played, but Flame is also one of the best Top laners when it comes to handling 1v2’s. While Arrow and Hachani have shown good games and Arrow has shown the ability to carry really (freaking) hard, Emperor and Lustboy have been steadily improving since WCG 2013. Pick/ban phase will be incredibly important.

Prediction: KT Arrows 2-3 CJ Blaze


Fourth match: NaJin White Shield vs KT Bullets

[explanations later]

I’m a former KT Bullets fan since the beginning of OGN Summer 2013. I was a fan of Score and Ryu even before then, when KT Rolster B debuted in OGN Champions. That also means I’m incredibly disappointed in them since OGN Winter 2013-2014, and they don’t look much better than that. With NaJin White Shield’s dominating performance across all lanes, they have the advantage going into this.

Prediction: NaJin White Shield 3-1 KT Bullets




Samsung Ozone 3-2 SKT T1 K

Samsung Blue 3-1 CJ Frost

KT Arrows 2-3 CJ Blaze

NaJin White Shield 3-1 KT Bullets


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