Team SoloMid survived a five-game series against 100 Thieves to advance to the next losers bracket round in the LCS Spring Playoffs. The winningest NA franchise is to play FlyQuest next for a shot at a top 4 finish next season.
Earning only a fifth seed from the regular season, TSM continued to exhibit their polarized form in all five games against 100 Thieves. When they won, it was through dominant early game pressure, resulting in one-sided games. When they lost, however, it was almost the other way around: by giving the Thieves too much early/mid game leeway and then getting farmed on every lane.
By game 3, 100 Thieves were leading the series 2-1 with Cody “Cody Sun” Sun making a serious statement to be series MVP. In the 40-minute-long game 3, Thieves’ bot laner put on a 9/0/8 KDA on Miss Fortune, staying untouched despite the Pantheon/Olaf composition of TSM. Other lanes of 100 Thieves, however, looked very out of sync, particularly the top/jungle synergy between Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho and William “Meteos” Hartman, whose misconducted ganks came at great cost to the Thieves and even to the loss in game 1.
Tied 2-2, the two teams entered a deciding game and by the first 15 minutes, it looked like this would be the end of TSM’s run. The Thieves had just taken a 4-for-2 teamfight, putting the kill score at 10-5, but TSM’s lane farming kept the gold gap short.
At minute 35, a great pick-off on Cody Sun’s Miss Fortune by Soren “Bjergsen” Bjerg tied the Drake score 3-3 and five minutes later, the teams clashed for Dragon Soil point.
The tense team-fight ended with 1-for-1 exchange, but Cloud Soul went to TSM and after a quick heal at the fountain, TSM pushed through the Thieves’ base to take down the Nexus and the game.
TSM now look to go past FlyQuest in the next round of the lower bracket and redeem themselves from the horrible split they had in 2019 Summer, finishing only 5-6th. The regular season record between the two teams is 1-1 and there’s no telling which team is the stronger one. FlyQuest did not impress against either of Evil Geniuses and Golden Guardians, despite clean sweeping the latter to eliminate them from playoffs. TSM, on the other hand, keep showing glimpses of their potential as top contender, with Bjergsen and Vincent “Biofrost” Wang showing top form against 100 Thieves, but the team has had unreliable early games to say the least.
The LCS continues Saturday, April 11, with the upper bracket final between Cloud9 and Evil Geniuses. TSM will play FLY the next day, Sunday, April 12. The loser says goodbye to the LCS Spring Playoffs.