Team SoloMid breaks Cloud9's winning streak in 2020 LCS Spring Split
Week 7 in the LCS started with a major upset as TSM handed Cloud9 its first defeat of the season, doing so in convincing fashion.
Both teams came into the match in very different states. On one side, Cloud9 was an unstoppable force in the LCS that was seemingly positioned to complete a perfect season. On the other was TSM, a team with high highs and low lows that is yet to find its true identity.
TSM took two defeats in week six, so no one expected them to challenge Cloud9. The team's lingering consistency issues and inability to find a reliable, successful composition seemingly put them out of the running against one of the best teams in the western hemisphere.
TSM runs through Cloud9 in LCS Spring Split
In the series against Cloud9, TSM went back to the comfort picks. Søren "Bjergsen" Bjerg picked his trusty Zillean. In the bottom lane, TSM drafted Xayah and Rakan, a combination that has worked for them this season.
The match was defined by the team fights and the high tempo employed by TSM.
TSM usually has a solid early game, but has had issues transitioning any advantages earned there into mid-game success. This time, TSM had a clean early game and didn’t fall into the traps it seems to set for itself.
TSM was aggressive, and wasn’t scared to go blow for blow with Cloud9. Whatever Cloud9 took on the map, TSM found a way to match it while also finding quicker, more efficient farm. This gave TSM an edge in gold, items, and objectives that only grew with time.
Cloud9 couldn’t find a way back into the game. It wasn’t that TSM was doing something extraordinary, they simply didn’t give Cloud9 space to create their own plays. This strategy allowed TSM to get back into the win column, while ending Cloud9's winning streak at 12.
The victory puts TSM comfortably in third place. Cloud9 is the undisputed leader in the standings and has already mathematically secured a spot in the playoffs.
Visual Stories around the web
Team Liquid beats Team SoloMid without Doublelift in 2020 LCS Spring
Team SoloMid gets first LCS win of 2020 by beating Evil Geniuses
TSM disappoints in 2020 LCS Spring debut against Immortals
Cloud9 score wild comeback win over TSM in 2019 LCS Summer Split
LCS has six-way tie for first place after TSM defeats Cloud9
G2 Wunder debuts top lane Janna in LEC victory over Fnatic
CLG Wiggily says Team Liquid was "caught off guard, big time"
100T Meteos says "Focusing only on Worlds is really, really wack"
LEC changes location of 2020 LEC Spring Split final for coronavirus
LCS week 7 to promote Active Minds' mental health awareness campaign
Faker breaks record for the most kills in the LCK with 2,000
Riot launches client cleanup campaign to fix LoL's buggy client
Valorant lead dev talks agents and maps, system requirements revealed
LoL patch 10.5 targets support items, adds value to turrets
Counter Logic Gaming drops Crown after poor performance
Riot reveals key details on TFT: Galaxies' new gameplay, Pass+
Doublelift benched from LCS by Team Liquid due to motivation
League of Legends says final farewell to its community boards
LCK Spring Split indefinitely delayed after spike in coronavirus cases