When JDG jungler Kanavi picked Nautilus against BLG at the MSI 2023 Finals, many people thought of SofM.
The match between JDG and BLG still leaves a lot of discussion in the gaming community, especially in the game ban phase 1. With the use of Nautilus Jungle – this is a hot champion in the current meta and can be swapped. active in the Mid or Support position. However, JDG made the decision to make the opponent unable to catch cards by putting this champion in the hands of Kanavi.
With this decision, JDG had a better counter option even in the first team. In addition, the fact that the enemy uses Maokai Jungle without much pressure in the early game is also a reason for the defending champion of the LPL to risk using Nautilus.
Thinking that this was a secret JDG card that had just been shared, the player Kanavi received had never used the Jungler Nautilus, both in scrims and solo queue. So this will definitely be a test of champions right in the Finals.
Of course, for a high-class player like Kanavi, this is not too difficult for the player to have enough confidence. Plus, Nautilus wasn’t a complicated champion, so JDG’s jungler had a good game, helping the team to win the first game.
This situation made fans admire Kanavi’s confidence, and at the same time reminded the case of SofM before. In the 2020 Worlds Semifinals between Suning Gaming and TOP Esports, the former WBG player was equally shocked when he used Shen in the jungle and brought the team victory. And coincidentally, this was just a champion test when he didn’t have a more suitable champion than that time.