Team SoloMid have taken down their previously undefeated rival Counter Logic Gaming in both teams’ fourth series of the 2017 Summer Split. This brings TSM to a record of 2-2 on the split so far, with CLG moving to 3-1.
Game one was all about CLG as their pick composition shut down TSM completely taking a small early lead and turning it into objective after objective.
Game two was the same story but in TSM’s favor as they wound up with almost 30 kills in a fairly short game. TSM made their win even cleaner than CLG’s game one and took the win easily.
Game three was close early, but TSM found themselves out to a lead around 20 minutes. After a few more fights TSM managed to shut CLG down and start pressing for objectives. Despite a momentary scare near the end of the match with CLG almost taking down the final Nexus tower, TSM managed to hold them off before finishing the game.
8:02 pm ET — CLG win a team fight out of their own base and push down mid almost taking both Nexus towers, however, they over commit after TSM respawns and end up dead, allowing TSM to march right back to the base and win the series.
7:49 pm ET — The constant fights continue but TSM has taken a meaningful lead at about 3k gold thanks to 2 towers.
7:40 pm ET — A series of constant trades has led to a 2-1 tower lead for CLG and a 3-2 kill lead for TSM. Both teams are playing hyper aggressive to try to gain an early advantage.
7:22 pm ET — Pick and Ban Game 3
Once again the focus for both teams will be picks with TSM having the much better early game with high mobility in both jungle and midlane while CLG is going to have the more the more dynamic composition if the game gets to mid and late with no clear leader.
CLG: Galio, Graves, Ahri, Xayah, Rakan
Bans: Leblanc, Ivern, Syndra, Fiora, Cassiopeia
TSM: Renekton, Lee Sin, Taliyah, Ashe, Thresh
Bans: Zac, Aurelion Sol, Caitlyn, Orianna, Elise
7:04 pm ET — 28-7 and TSM have taken the win in game two against CLG.
6:58 pm ET — CLG are trying hard to make something big happen, but none of it is quite enough to make a dent in TSM’s 13k gold lead. TSM are going to have no trouble closing this game out.
6:50 pm ET — The lead continues to grow with 10-3 with Bjergsen at 5/1/1 and Svenskeren at 4/0/4.
6:43 pm ET — Things started well for CLG again, but a solid gank bottom lane from Svenskeren pulls TSM into a slight 1.5k gold lead and a 3-1 kill lead.
6:33 pm ET — Pick and Ban Game 2
Team SoloMid is going to have solid crowd control for picks, but are going to be very low on damage if they don’t get an early lead. CLG, on the other hand, have amazing CC for picks and great damage.
TSM: Gragas, Lee Sin, Taliyah, Ashe, Thresh
Bans: Leblanc, Aurelion Sol, Caitlyn, Zyra, Bard
CLG: Renekton, Elise, Ahri, Varus, Blitzcrank
Bans: Zac, Syndra, Xayah, Kennen, Galio
6:13 pm ET — After 36 minutes of absolute domination CLG have taken down TSM in game one of the series.
6:05 pm ET — CLG grab Baron and a solo kill for Huhi as they continue to roll through TSM in fights. TSM look confused and lost in this game as CLG runs circles around them with an 12k gold lead.
5:55 pm ET — 20 minutes in and CLGT are on a tear ranking up a 7-2 kill lead despite being down 1 tower they still have a 3k gold lead.
5:46 pm ET — A solid teleport bottom lane and a gank mid lead CLG to an early 3-0 lead in kills and a 1.5k gold lead.
5:31 pm ET — Pick and Ban Game 1
CLG have a fantastic pick comp that should be fantastic as long as Kennen and Galio aren’t the ones who get pulled. For TSM they are going to need to force teamfights as much as possible.
CLG: Gragas, Lee Sin, Fiora, Varus, Blitzcrank
Bans: Leblanc, Ivern, Syndra, Thresh, Olaf
TSM: Kennen, Kha’Zix, Galio, Caitlyn, Lulu
Bans: Zac, Elise, Aurelion Sol, Bard, Zyra
We’ve seen CLG face off against TSM a million times before, but up till now, Team SoloMid has largely gone into the match as the favorite. This time, however, there’s no way to look at this that doesn’t favor Counter Logic Gaming.
Coming into this series, Counter Logic Gaming sit at the top of the league at an undefeated 3-0 with a strong roster full of threats. Thanks to the sudden surge of midlaner Jaehyun “Huhi” Choi, and his new found effectiveness on carry champions, as well as the increased pressure and damage from Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett in the jungle, CLG have favorable match ups in every lane against their chief North American rivals.
For Team SoloMid, this split has been a little rougher. After their first three series, TSM are 1-2 making this one of their worst starts in NA LCS history. That being said, with the sheer talent of the roster and it’s proven success last Summer Split, it does seem that they are simply looking for the turning point in their season. If they are going to manage that against one of the league’s hottest teams though, it’s going to require one of their members to step up and succeed on a carry champion — something that has been sorely lacking so far this split.
Counter Logic Gaming
- Darshan Upadhyaya
- Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett
- Jaehyun “Huhi” Choi
- Trevor “Stixxay” Hayes
- Zaqueri “aphromoo” Black
- Kevin “Hauntzer” Yarnell
- Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen
- Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg
- Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng
- Vincent “Biofrost” Wang
The series will be a best-of-three and can be watched on Twitch and lolesports and should start around 6:15 pm ET.