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Just a short post on this, but CLG finally managed to actually win something for the first time in forever. An emotional day for all CLG fans for sure (HotshotGG shedding a tear in the post-match interview sure tugged at my heartstrings). Well played from the whole team, now I just hope it lasts and they don’t immediately crumble again.

On the other side of the Atlantic we also saw some great games between OG and Fnatic. 5 games, an eventual Fnatic victory and a pentakill for Rekkles; I don’t think it could have been better if it was scripted by Riot. Some fantastic games all around. Hopefully worlds will also deliver some great games, and hopefully the LCS teams will put up a good fight (ZionSpartan claiming they had a good chance to win worlds was a bit of a joke, no LCS team will win) but maybe, just maybe the stars will align and we’ll at least see on or two western teams in the semifinals. That would be nice. Though with so many strong Chinese and Korean teams in the mix this time it doesn’t look too promising.

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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.

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Countered Logic

In what can only be described as “a complete and utter reversal of historical trends and expectations”, CLG has finally managed to not look like garbage in the post season. This comes from a huge CLG fan who’s been rooting for them for over 3 years at this point, only to be disappointed by them in predictable fashion time and again. It would seem that this proves that CLG has finally managed to replace its weak Link (seriously though, even Mr. Inconsistent himself, the notorious P.O.B., Pobelter, has looked far more solid in playoffs so far than Link ever did).

The big question mark for me coming into this was whether Xmithie would perform, and to my surprise he actually did. I mean, it’s not like he carried the team or anything but he didn’t play Evelynn and feed 10 kills to the enemy team, so I’d say that’s a big win. While he clearly still has some champion pool issues (he played Ekko in all three games), his performance was good enough to not drag his team down. Given the fact that all three lanes are capable of being threats on their own, frankly this is really all that he needs to do.

Speaking of threats, ZionSpartan played phenomenally from the top lane. It helps that the current meta favours his more carry-oriented playstyle but still going toe-to-toe with a worldclass Korean toplaner like Impact shows massive skill. People sometimes overrate ZionSpartan a bit, simply because he plays a less supportive and more carry style, but there is no doubt that he stepped up big this series.

In the botlane Doublelift once again performed well. That was to be expected though, especially because this is the best chance LiftLift has had in a long time to finally lift a trophy. Of course that means beating the winner of TL vs TSM, something that I would still categorize as “highly unlikely, with a side of very improbable”. He still went a little very hyphee on Tristana a few times, but it mostly worked out in this instance, so I’ll chalk it up as being “totally calculated”.

Somewhat disappointing this series was LiftLift’s botlane co-star: Aphromoo. Not that he played poorly or anything, I think it is more that I’m so used to seeing him carrying CLG past the finish line kicking and screaming, that anything less is a bit of a disappointment. That might just be down to the rest of the team stepping up though, reducing the need for him to make mad playz and hard carry. Overall Rush Hour performed about as well as would be expected from CLG, one of the teams absolutely famous for their botlane-centric play. This makes it even more puzzling that TiP would opt to play heavily botlane focused compositions in all three games, but hey, I ain’t complaining. I’m just happy to see my favourite team in the LCS finals for a change.

Now if only Team Liquid can defeat the evil empire of TSM tomorrow I will be very pleased. Either way the finals at Madison Square Garden should be legen-wait-for-it-dary.

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