TSM caps wild playoff kept up LCS summer season title
Topping off a season in which they seemed to do nothing the simple way, Group SoloMid on Sunday won the League of Legends Championship Series’ Summer Season Split– North America playoffs in fitting fashion, enjoying a 2-0 lead vaporize prior to taking the title in a deciding 5th map.
Searching for their very first LCS summertime title in three years, TSM looked like they would have it when they took the very first two maps in 34 and 41 minutes, playing on red both times. However upper-bracket winner FlyQuest reacted with 42- and 39-minute wins (the very first on red and the 2nd on blue), forcing the 5th map.
TSM responded to the difficulty, however, winning in the quickest time of the day with a 33-minute win on blue.
With the win, TSM makes the No. 1 out of North America at the World Championships arranged for October in China. FlyQuest will be the NA No. 2 seed, as both of Sunday’s finalists got in the day assured of a spot at Worlds.
Group Liquid, which lost to FlyQuest and TSM, respectively, to end its playoff run, will participate in a play-in video game at Worlds.
On Sunday, German top laner Sergen “Broken Blade” Celik and Danish mid laner Soren “Bjergsen” Bjerg blazed a trail for TSM.
Bjergsen, the match MVP, published a 4.2/ 0.6/ 7.8 kill-death-assist ratio over the five maps, while Broken Blade opted for 4/2.2/ 6.6.
Canadian bot laner Jason “WildTurtle” Tran balanced a 6/1/6.5 in FlyQuest’s two wins, but 1.7/ 3.7/ 4.3 in the 3 losses.
TSM went 12-6 throughout the regular season– but thanks in big part to a 5-1 run to end the regular season. That gave them the No. 6 seed, but they lost 3-0 to Golden Guardians in the first round and immediately fell under the lower bracket.
From there, TSM needed to win five straight to take the title, a run they capped with Sunday’s win.
League of Legends Champion Series’ Summer season Split playoffs results: