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Team SoloMid vs. FlyQuest 2017 live blog: Scores, highlights, and news from the NA LCS playoffs

Can TSM reach their 9th NA LCS finals in a row?

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Team SoloMid make short work of FlyQuest in the 2017 NA LCS Spring Split semifinals with a 3-0 sweep. Both teams will play in Vancouver next weekend with TSM playing in the finals against Cloud9, while FlyQuest will play in the third place match against Phoenix1.

Game one provided us with a blueprint for how the series as a whole would go. Both teams picked compositions that centered around team fights with TSM having a better frontline and FlyQuest having better damage. After a good early game, FlyQuest seemed to suffer from a few mental lapses that let TSM pick them off slowly giving TSM a gold lead that allowed them to pull off a Baron and take the game.

The second game in the series was the one that went worst for FlyQuest early, however they did still manage an almost 1k gold lead in the first 10 minutes. However, a few well chosen teamfights for Team SoloMid helped them pull back a lead. After just a couple teamfights and a short time in the lead, TSM picked a fight mid, won it, then quickly grabbed the win.

Game three was perhaps Team SoloMid’s best as FlyQuest took two kills early, but then fell in three teamfights in a row, giving Team Solomid a gold lead of almost 8k in only 20 minutes.

While FlyQuest had brief flashes of strong play and good decisions, Team Solomid was clearly the better team on the day, finishing the series in a decisive sweep.


5:48 pm ET — The issues that FlyQuest had in the last two game, a good early good followed by utter collapse, continue here as individual mistakes on their part help TSM move from a slight lead to a much larger 5k lead with a 8-3 lead in kills.


5:44 pm ET — A 5v5 team fight bottom lane gives us the first real head to head competition of the teams in the game so far. While FlyQuest was out to a bit of a lead before the fight, after TSM took it 2 for 0 they got themselves out to a 1.5k lead at around 15 minutes.


5:30 pm ET — Pick and Ban Game 3

Based on these compositions it seems like FlyQuest believes that they only narrowly missed the last two games and that continuing this strategy with slight alterations will be what they need to win. I’m not sure I agree. That is especially true when TSM continues to pick compositions in the same spirit as what worked in game 2 and 3.

FLY: Maokai, Kha’Zix, Orianna, Ashe, Zyra

Bans: Camille, Leblanc, Syndra, Ezreal, Lucian

TSM: Nautilus, Graves, Taliyah, Varus, Lulu

Bans: Shen, Rengar, Rumble, Karma, Kennen


5:08 pm ET — Just when it seems like FlyQuest is taking a step back into the game, TSM takes a team fight and wins easily. After the team fight it’s as easy as walking into the base for Team Solomid as they destroy the FlyQuest Nexus to take game 2.


3:52 pm ET — TSM take a 4 for 0 trade thanks to Hauntzer’s incredibly strong Renekton. This helps TSM start to tighten their control on the game with a 5k gold lead pre-20 minutes.


4:47 pm ET — TSM out to an early 1k gold lead at 12 minutes with FlyQuest having the game’s only tower, but TSM holding a 5-1 kill lead.


4:36 pm ET — Pick and Ban Game 2

FlyQuest’s team comp has a “perfect” team fight and that’s what they are going to be looking for, Ashe arrow into Kennen ultimate with Orianna Shockwave would mean an instant win for Fly, if they miss, however, TSM will end the fight before FlyQuest could recover.

FLY: Kennen, Ivern, Orianna, Ashe, Karma

Bans: Leblanc, Camille, Graves, Ezreal, Lucian

TSM: Renekton, Lee Sin, Syndra, Varus, Lulu

Bans: Shen, Rengar, Rumble, Kha’Zix, Gragas


4:14 pm ET — FlyQuest had a strong early game, but past 27 minutes TSM were in full control. The question for FlyQuest now is if they aren’t able to better compete in team fights, how will their early game kills help them win?

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4:08 pm ET — A thoroughly ill-advised Baron contest goes poorly for FlyQuest as they lose three players and TSM gain Baron allowing for a strong top lane push.


4:06 pm ET — TSM grab a slight lead, but over chase on a midlane fight and wind up in a 3 for 3 that brings gold close to even.


3:55 pm ET — We are 15 minutes in and FlyQuest is out to an early lead. But a couple of individual mistakes leads to TSM pulling it back to even and giving TSM a dragon. Both teams are even on towers.


3:40 pm ET — Pick and Ban Game 1

FlyQuest is going into this game with a high risk comp. Almost every role here — except for Ashe — is taking a gamble and trying to force TSM out of their gameplan. TSM countered this by picking a fairly generic composition that relies on either Wildturtle or Bjergsen to get fed and allows them to solo carry the game while never giving away information about their plans for later in the series.

FLY: Rumble, Gragas, Talon, Ashe, Braum

Bans: Leblanc, Camille, Lulu, Fizz, Dr. Mundo

TSM: Nautilus, Graves, Syndra, Lucian, Karma

Bans: Shen, Rengar, Malzahar, Zyra, Elise


The NA LCS Spring Split Playoff semifinals come to a close Sunday in a series between Team SoloMid and FlyQuest. The winner of the match will go on to play Cloud9 in the finals in Vancouver’s Pacific Coliseum, while the loser will face off against Phoenix1 in the third place match at the same venue.

For all the information about the possible matchups as well as the schedule, bracket and results from all of the NA LCS Playoffs check out our post here.

This will be Team SoloMid’s first series in the 2017 Playoffs. After starting the season strong and ending stronger TSM enter playoffs as the number one seed. Their consistent improvement, along with the meta shifting into AD Carry Jason “Wildturtle” Tran’s favor means that they will come into this series as huge favorites.

For FlyQuest, on the other hand, just getting to this series seemed almost impossible only a week ago. After a phenomenal start to the season FlyQuest suffered a massive drop off before just barely slipping into the playoffs. However, after a hard fought win in their series last week against Counter Logic Gaming, FlyQuest seem to have found new life in the playoffs. If they are going to have any chance against TSM, FlyQuest is going to rely heavily on jungler Galen “Moon” Holgate, who proved to be the team’s key member in their victory against CLG.

The best-of-five series will start at 3 p.m. ET.

Lineups

Team SoloMid

  • Kevin “Hauntzer” Yarnell
  • Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnson
  • Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg
  • Jason “Wildturtle” Tran
  • Vincent “Biofrost” Wang

FlyQuest

  • Top: An “Balls” Lee
  • Jungle: Galen “Moon” Holgate
  • Mid: Hai Lam
  • ADC: Johnny “Altec” Ru
  • Support: Daerek “LemonNation” Hart

Series info and how to watch

The first match of the NA LCS 2017 Spring Split Playoffs will be watchable on Lolesports as well as on the NALCS1 Twitch channel. The first match will kick off at 2 pm Eastern, or after the conclusion of the EU LCS Playoff semifinal series between Unicorns of Love and Misfits.