Team SoloMid take down Cloud9 in their first series of the 2017 Summer Split in a dominant 2-0 series.
Game one saw TSM go up early and keep their lead growing throughout the match. Despite a brief slow down in the middle, TSM’s objective focus couldn’t be stopped and they eventually wore C9 down taking the Nexus.
The second game of the series remained close until the mid-game when Cloud9 took a slight lead. However, Team SoloMid forced several successful fights and got a Baron that gave them just enough of an opening to start winning skirmishes and finally take down Cloud9.
This was a successful return to TSM and the LCS for AD Carry Doublelift, who took the Spring Split off and returned in similar form to his incredibly successful 2016 Summer Split in which TSM only lost one series. Cloud9 on the other hand are now off to a 0-2 start in the 2017 Summer Split having lost the first series of the Split to Counter Logic Gaming.
7:02 pm ET — Team SoloMid get Baron and quickly turn the game around thanks to a few good fights and push directly in the Cloud9 base winning the game and the series.
6:53 pm ET — Cloud9 have built their turret advantage into a significant gold lead at 28 minutes with almost 3k more than TSM.
6:39 pm ET — Almost 15 minutes into this game and the gold is dead even at about almost 23k each.
6:26 pm ET — Pick and Ban Game 2
Cloud9 have a strange composition that is going to require great map movement and effective picks. Team SoloMid, likewise are going to have a highly pick focused comp, but are really only going to have Syndra for damage.
C9: Gragas, Olaf, Ekko, Xayah, Rakan
Bans: Shen, Leblanc, Caitlyn, Cassiopeia, Taliyah
TSM: Kennen, Lee Sin, Syndra, Ashe,
Bans: Zac, Galio, Elise, Orianna, Fizz
6:04 pm ET — TSM use the Baron and the three inhibitor advantage to take down the C9 Nexus and win game 1.
6:01 pm ET — TSM over engage bottom lane and still come out ahead trading 2 members for 3 of C9’s as well as getting the Baron after and a Nexus tower thanks to minions.
5:54 pm ET — TSM get Baron after Ray gets picked off bottom lane helping them pull back out to a 3k gold lead.
5:51 pm ET — After a solid Baron Cloud9 have found their way back into an even game with gold only about 400 apart.
5:44 pm ET — Despite pulling some kills and an earth drake back Cloud9 is still down 5-1 in towers and over 5k gold.
5:34 pm ET — Both teams grab another kill, but TSM have gotten 3 turrets in the last 5 minutes with Doublelift running to every lane he can to get a tower down.
5:29 pm ET — TSM are out to an early lead as they score kills in bottom lane and the river going up 3-1 on that front. However, no towers have gone down yet.
5:20 pm ET — Pick and Ban Game 1
Team SoloMid are going to look for a strong early game with Olaf getting early kills then relying on Kennen late to get down some CC for Caitlyn and Taliyah. Meanwhile, Cloud9 are going to have solid team fight with consistent damage and displacement.
TSM: Kennen, Olaf, Taliyah, Caitlyn, Lulu
Bans: Leblanc, Fiora, Syndra, Orianna, Fizz
C9: Jarvan IV, Lee Sin, Cassiopeia, Xayah, Rakan
Bans: Zac, Galio, Elise, Ivern, Nunu
Two of the North American favorites face off for the first time in the Summer Split on Saturday, as Team SoloMid takes on Cloud9. The last time these teams met was in Vancouver at the 2017 NA LCS Spring Split Finals where they played a close five game series that ended with Team SoloMid on top.
Since that series, Team SoloMid went to Mid-Season Invitational where they largely struggled, getting eliminated from the tournament during the group stage. However, with the return of AD Carry Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng, Team SoloMid will be coming into this series stronger than they have been since last Summer Split where they finished the split with only one loss. With this addition, and the added desire of proving themselves after MSI, TSM is going to come into this series motivated to start the summer off with a win.
For Cloud9 this will be their second series of week one having already lost on Friday to Counter Logic Gaming. While the series started well for Cloud9 with a win in game one they were unable to capitalize on the early game leads they had in both games two and three, something they are going to have to focus on if they want to beat TSM to close out their first week of the Summer Split 1-1.
- Kevin “Hauntzer” Yarnell
- Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen
- Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg
- Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng
- Vincent “Biofrost” Wang
- Eonyoung “Impact” Jeong and Ji “Ray” Won Jeon
- Juan “Contractz” Garcia
- Nicolaj Jensen
- Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi
- Andy “Smoothie” Ta