NaJin Black Sword
|Team has disbanded.|
|NaJin Black Sword|
|Org Location||South Korea|
|Social Media & Links|
- 1 History
- 2 Timeline
- 3 Player Roster
- 4 Player LCK Participation
- 5 Organization
- 6 Tournament Results
- 7 Gallery
- 8 Articles
- 9 Interviews
- 10 See Also
- 11 Links
- 12 References
Formation of NaJin Sword
NaJin Sword was formed on May 30, 2012, shortly after NaJin e-mFire was knocked out of Azubu The Champions Spring 2012. MaKNooN, e-mFire's top lane player, departed from his team and began recruiting for a second team under the NaJin organization. The original squad was renamed to NaJin Shield, while the newly acquired roster became NaJin Sword.
A day after the addition of the new squadron, NaJin would also hire former Starcraft Brood War progamer Reach.
NaJin Sword would qualify for the Azubu The Champions Summer 2012 tournament by winning their best-of-three play-in against Relive. Although expectations were low for NaJin Sword due to their inexperience and lackluster performance in the previous season, they were able to take second place in the group stage by defeating Team Dignitas and RoMg, dropping their only game to group leader Azubu Frost. In the quarterfinal round, NaJin Sword faced off against StarTale, led by AD player Locodoco. Though StarTale came out undefeated in their group matches, Sword was able achieve an upset and take the series 2-0 to advance to the next stage. Unfortunately, CLG EU emerged victorious in their semifinal, going 3-1 against NaJin Sword. This loss set up a third place match against Azubu Blaze, which Sword was able to win 2-0.
NaJin Sword's third place finish gave them just enough circuit points to qualify for the Season Two Korean Regional Finals. They were seeded fourth in the event, but in a dominant showing, Sword would tear through LG-IM, Xenics Storm, and Azubu Blaze to claim Korea's second slot in the Season 2 World Championship.
NaJin Sword was favored to progress through their group in the Season 2 World Championship, and would not disappoint as they took first place over CLG EU, Team Dignitas, and Saigon Jokers.  Although many writers and professionals also expected Sword to place in the top four, the dark horse Taipei Assassins would beat them convincingly in the round of eight 2-0, knocking them out of the event. NaJin Sword left the tournament with a 5th-8th place finish.
After the Season 2 World Championship, NaJin Sword would be invited to MLG Dallas as one of the two teams representing Korea. In the first two days of the event, Sword showed strong play with 2-0 victories over CLG Prime, Team SoloMid, and Azubu Blaze to advance to the finals. There, they met with Azubu Blaze once again and were defeated in two consecutive best-of-three sets to take second place at the event.
Season 3 had potential for Sword to make a huge impact, participating in OGN Winter 2012-2013. Despite the tough competition, Sword found themselves reaching the playoffs, and making it to the Grand Finals, winning against Azubu Frost in a clean 3 - 0 sweep. They were also able to place 3rd in the continental GIGABYTE StarsWar League/Season 2, losing in the Semi Finals to Invictus Gaming. The Spring season OLYMPUS Champions Spring 2013 did not fare as well as Winter for the team, unable to reclaim their champion title, coming in 5th place at the end of the season. However, in their other Korean competitive league, emTek NLB Spring 2013, Sword would take the first place finish over their sibling team, NaJin White Shield. Change was brought going into the Summer 2013 leagues for both roster and name. The organization would rename their teams NaJin Black Sword and Najin White Shield. HOT6iX Champions Summer 2013 was a turbulent season for Sword, unable to make playoffs and coming in 9th for the season. They were able to take first once again in GIGABYTE NLB Summer 2013 over Incredible Miracle 2. Although having rough showings since Winter, due to their first place finishes in Season 3, NaJin Black Sword guaranteed themselves a spot in the Season 3 World Championship with 600 Korean Circuit Points, going with SK Telecom T1 and Samsung Galaxy Ozone (formerly MVP Ozone).
At the S3 Championship, NBS would be automatically placed into the quarterfinals being the Korean top seed. They would first play against the European favorite, Gambit Gaming. Sword would come out strong after not being seen competitively in a few months with their sub mid laner starting for them, Nagne. They would conquer Gambit in a 2-1 advancing to the semifinals against fellow Koreans, SK Telecom T1, guaranteeing that a Korean team would be present in the finals. Although SK T1 would be the favorites going into the match, NaJin would play a great set of games with the match going to the last 5th game. They would lose 3-2 and be eliminated from the tournament, taking home 3rd-4th place and newfound respect from fans around the world for their play.
In Season 4, new rosters were announced for NaJin Sword and NaJin Shield. Expession would be leaving due to chronic illness, Peng and Winged's contracts ended, and Watch would be moved to NaJin Shield as their jungler. To fill the vacancies, Limit (formerly Toplulu from Neverdie) was recruited for the top lane, Helios (from CJ Entus Frost) was recruited for the jungle, and ActScene (from Jin Air Greenwings Stealths) was picked up as a substitute player.
- February 5, Limit, Helios and ActScene join. Watch transfers to NaJin White Shield. Expession leaves due to a chronic illness. Peng and Winged are released.
- February 24, Razer sponsors NaJin Black Sword.
- March 18, ActScene is released.
- May 16, Leopard (now Duke), Hojin (now Lee), kurO and Ohq join, while Limit, Helios, Nagne and Pray leave. 
- October 31, kurO, Lee and Guger leave.
- May 30, NaJin Sword is formed with MakNooN, MulrOc, Fimir, Cain, and SSONG.
- May 31, Reach joins as e-mFire Head Coach.
- June 11, Fimir and MulrOc leave. watch and Troll Kim join.
- August 1, Sim Sung-soo joins NaJin e-mFire as gaming coach.
- August 31, 3rd Place in Azubu The Champions Summer 2012.
|Duke||Lee Ho-seong (이호성)||Top Laner||NaJin e-mFire||2014-05-16||2014-11-??|
|Ohq||Oh Gyu-min (오규민)||Bot Laner||NaJin e-mFire||2014-05-16||2014-11-??|
|Cain||Jang Nu-ri (장누리)||Support||NaJin e-mFire||2012-05-30||2014-11-??|
|SSONG||Kim Sang-soo (김상수)||Sub/Sup||Coach||2012-05-30||2014-11-??|
|Lee||Lee Ho-jin (이호진)||Jungler||HUYA Tigers||2014-05-16||2014-10-31|
|kurO||Lee Seo-haeng (이서행)||Mid Laner||HUYA Tigers||2014-05-16||2014-10-31|
|Guger||Kim Do-yeop (김도엽)||Sub/Bot||Taipei Assassins||2014-06-??||2014-10-31|
|Limit||Joo Min-kyu (주민규)||Top Laner||KT Rolster Bullets||2014-02-05||2014-05-16|
|Helios||Shin Dong-jin (신동진)||Jungler||Evil Geniuses||2014-02-05||2014-05-16|
|Nagne||Kim Sang-moon (김상문)||Mid Laner||KT Rolster Bullets||2013-06-21||2014-05-16|
|PraY||Kim Jong-in (김종인)||Bot Laner||HUYA Tigers||2012-06-11||2014-05-16|
|Expession||Koo Bon-taek (구본택)||Top Laner||Incredible Miracle||2013-06-05||2014-02-05|
|ActScene||Yeon Hyeong-mo (연형모)||Sub/Jun||Team WE||2014-02-05||2014-03-18|
|watch||Cho Jae-geol (조재걸)||Jungler||NaJin White Shield||2012-06-11||2014-02-05|
|Peng||Yoon Young-min (윤영민)||Sub/Mid||None||???||2014-02-05|
|Winged||Park Tae-jin (박태진)||Substitute||Keyd Stars||2013-10-??||2014-02-05|
|MaKNooN||Yoon Ha-woon (윤하운)||Top Laner||KT Rolster A||2012-05-30||2013-05-29|
|Fimir||Cheon Min-ki (천민기)||Support||ahq e-Sports Club Korea||2012-05-30||2012-06-11|
|MulrOc||Won Jun-ho (원준호)||Jungler||KT Rolster A||2012-05-30||2012-06-11|
Player LCK Participation
|SSONG||Kim Sang-soo (김상수)||Coach||NaJin e-mFire|
|MOKUZA||Kim Dae-woong (김대웅)||Coach||CJ Entus|
|ViNylCat||Chae Woo-cheul (채우철)||Coach||NaJin e-mFire|
|Reach||Park Jung-suk (박정석)||Head Coach||NaJin e-mFire|
|싱선생||Sim Sung-soo (심성수)||Coach||Taipei Assassins|
This table shows up to the 10 most recent results. For complete results, click here.
|NaJin Black Sword Tournament Results - Show Prize as (Local • USD • Euros)|
|2014-08-16||5 - 8||₩10,000,000$ 9,700€ 7,300|
Champions 2014 Summer
2 : 3SKT T1 S
|2014-08-09||2||₩3,000,000$ 2,700€ 2,100|
NLB 2014 Summer
0 : 3SKT T1 K
Champions Summer 2014 Qualifiers
1 : 0SKT T1 S
|2014-05-17||2||₩3,000,000$ 2,910€ 2,130|
NLB 2014 Spring
1 : 3CJ Frost
|2014-04-05||9 - 16||₩6,000,000$ 5,820€ 4,260|
Champions 2014 Spring
Champions 2014 Spring Qualifiers
1 : 0IM 1
|2014-01-25||9 - 15||₩6,000,000$ 5,400€ 4,080|
Champions 2014 Winter
|2014-01-18||2||₩3,000,000$ 2,820€ 2,070|
NLB 2013-2014 Winter
1 : 3CJ Blaze
|2013-10-04||3 - 4||$150,000$ 150,000€ 109,500|
Worlds Season 3
2 : 3SKT
|2013-08-31||9 - 16||₩6,000,000$ 5,400€ 4,080|
Champions 2013 Summer
|Total Prize:KRW 37,000,000 • USD 150,000|
as NaJin Sword
This table shows up to the 10 most recent results. For complete results, click here.
|NaJin Sword Tournament Results - Show Prize as (Local • USD • Euros)|
|2013-06-15||5 - 8||₩12,000,000$ 10,560€ 7,920|
Champions 2013 Spring
1 : 3CJ Frost
|2013-06-14||1||₩5,000,000$ 4,400€ 3,300|
NLB 2013 Spring
3 : 0NJ SHD
|2013-04-23||3||¥10,000$ 1,600€ 1,200|
GIGABYTE StarsWar League Season 2
0 : 3iG
|2013-02-02||1||₩80,000,000$ 72,800€ 52,800|
Champions 2013 Winter
3 : 0AZF
|2012-11-11||3 - 4|
IPL 5 Korean Qualifiers
1 : 2NJ SHD
|2012-11-04||2||$8,000$ 8,000€ 6,160|
MLG 2012 Fall
1 : 4AZB
|2012-10-13||5 - 8||$75,000$ 75,000€ 57,750|
Worlds Season 2
0 : 2TPA
Korea Regional Finals Season 2
3 : 2AZB
|2012-09-08||3||₩12,000,000$ 10,560€ 8,280|
Champions 2012 Summer
2 : 0AZB
|Total Prize:USD 83,000 • CNY 10,000 • KRW 109,000,000|
- December 10, Najin e-mFire's Sword and Their Early Influence on Korean League of Legends by Emily Rand on Splyce
- April 12, Interview: Najin e-mFire Team (video) with on Azubu
- September 4, Azubu Exclusive Interview: Najin e-mFire Sword (video) with on Azubu
- October 4, NaJin Sword Interview with MonteCristo/Chobra - Season Two World Championship Day One (video) with on ggChronicle
- NaJin Sword Preview: Season Two World Finals by ggChronicle
- ggChronicle Power Rankings ggchronicle.com
- NaJin in 2 team mode, Shield and Sword. thisisgame.com
- NaJin e-mFire Head Coach esports.dailygame.co.kr
- 나진 e엠파이어, 스타 출신 게이머 조재걸 영입 thisisgame.com
- Master of Singed, 싱선생, Sim Sung-soo joins NaJin e-mFire as Gaming Coach inven.co.kr
- NaJin Sword places third at the 2012 Azubu Summer Championship sk-gaming.net
- 막눈 윤하운 선수, 계약 종료로 나진 탈퇴 "새 출발 응원해달라" inven.co.kr
- 나진 e엠파이어 LOL팀, 7인 로스터 체제 도입한다 fomos.kr
- “e-mFire” 프로게임단 7인 로스터 체제 확정 및 팀명 변경 (Korean) inven.co.kr
- 전통의 명가 나진, 새 시즌 맞이 리빌딩 완료! (Korean) inven.co.kr
- Team Razer welcomes Najin Black Sword and Najin White Shield razerzone.com
- '엑토신' 연형모, 팀 탈퇴의사 밝혀. 나진 e-mFire 프로게임단 입장 발표 (Korean) inven.co.kr
- [나진 리빌딩 ①] 대격변의 시작?! 나진 소드, 리빌딩 계획 발표 (Korean) inven.co.kr
- '고릴라' 강범현 등 4인 탈퇴, 나진 e엠파이어 선수단 변경 (Korean) sports.news.naver.com