Cloud9 and TSM Compete for the Last Spot at Worlds

In a thrilling best-of-five series, Team SoloMid performed the reverse sweep against Golden Guardians and secured the 3–2 win. The victory has set up what may be the most highly anticipated series all year: TSM versus Cloud9 for the final spot at Worlds.

Cloud9 Versus TSM

TSM Claw Their Way Forward

However, the victory did not come without struggle. TSM started their playoff run in the middle of the bracket with their first match being against Golden Guardians. Analysts predicted a close series but an overall TSM victory.

To the fans’ surprise, Golden Guardians decimated TSM 3–0 and relegated them to the loser’s bracket. TSM’s confidence was at an all-time low. This team eventually claimed the 3–0 victory against Dignitas, the 8th seed, but the play was once again far from convincing. Although TSM has earned the chance to claim their first Worlds spot in three years, it still has many areas where it can improve.

Cloud9 Seek To Reclaim Their Throne

Cloud9 started the playoffs as the second seed, but their competence was called into question after losing 1–3 to FlyQuest. Fans were shocked at this sudden drop in skill since C9 had the most dominant Split in LCS history last Spring. Robert “Blaber” Huang was heralded as the best jungler in North America. The rest of C9 were given similar informal accolades. But in the latter half of Summer, the team finished 4–5. Cloud9 will be looking to defeat TSM and fill the shoes they left behind in Spring.

Team Liquid’s Shoot For Redemption

The Golden Guardians, Honorable Mention

Victor “FBI” Huang and Choi “Huhi” Jae-hyun have been dominating in their roles. This is FBI’s first year in the LCS and Huhi had just role-swapped to support from the middle lane the previous year. After their losing series against TSM, Doublelift, the former best ADC in North America, praised FBI and Huhi during the post-game interview. He called them the best bottom lane in NA.

This is shaping to be one of the most expected matches of the year. Which of TSM or Cloud9 will take the remaining spot to participate in the League of Legends World Championship will depend on one series.

Written by Devon Huge

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