Today was a tragic day for hope and freedom and all things good. Today the plucky team of rebels from Team Liquid were defeated in brutal fashion by the evil empire of TSM, lead to battle by their commander Darth Bjergerking. Hopes and dreams were smashed as the TSM juggernaut came crashing down, wiping out Team Liquid 3 games to 1. Ok, so this might not be a totally objective view of today’s events but nobody has ever accused me of being objective.
Perhaps the most heartbreaking thing about the games (for a massive TSM anti-fan like me) was the fact that TL actually got a large lead early in several games, only to lose a few crucial teamfights and proceed to get crushed in the late game. The first game in particular was simply painful to watch as it drew towards its inevitable conclusion. It is hard to fault individual players on TL for the loss either. Quas had a few missteps but was mostly solid. Piglet and Xpecial performed well. IWDominate has always been a volatile player and missing the smite on Baron to let WildTurtle steal it with the Jinx rocket was, well it wasn’t very good, but hardly his fault alone (the rocket should have been blocked by another player). Fenix didn’t look great when he wasn’t playing on Azir (in the one game that they did win) but he didn’t do much wrong either. It was just down to simply better teamfighting by TSM, something they’ve been famous for in the NA scene for pretty much forever.
Unfortunately I expect the NA LCS grand finals to go much the same way as these games. CLG will likely take early leads and then get crushed in teamfights in the mid and late game, perhaps even to a greater degree than TL did. CLG might pick up one game if they can snowball hard but that might be it. I wonder if CLG will be more willing to pick away the Jinx from WildTurtle, since it looks like that might be his one good ADC pick this time around. Hopefully we’ll get to see some good games regardless of who wins.