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.