TSM lived up to expectations and earned its first LCS title since 2017. Now, TSM is heading to the 2020 League of Legends World Championship as the LCS’s first seed and it’s guaranteed to avoid Top Esports, DAMWON Gaming, and G2 Esports in the first round.
WE ARE THE BEST TEAM IN NORTH AMERICA
— spica (@Spicalol) September 7, 2020
The game plan for TSM was clear from game one, force the enemy top laner into blind picks and target that lane hard. The goal was to get Sergen “Broken Blade” Çelik ahead so he could carry in the late game.
Broken Blade did exactly what was expected of him and made Colin “Solo” Earnest’s life miserable in lane. TSM used the same strategy in game two and at match point, it looked like the series would end up being a clean sweep.
FlyQuest wouldn’t go down without a fight and hit back in games three and four, gaining momentum. These two victories were a collective effort, with every player contributing to the victory, unlike TSM which relied mainly on its solo laners.
The fifth and final map of the day started with both teams on even ground. TSM and FlyQuest exchanged blow for blow, taking their time to assess their opponent instead of rushing into fights. A battle in the jungle would change the fate of the game. FlyQuest was out of position trying to defend the tier-three turret and TSM pulled the trigger, taking out their enemies one by one. That series of kills was enough to put TSM ahead and the team protected its lead.
It became obvious that FlyQuest had no way back into the game. On the player’s cameras, the disappointment and frustration were clear. FlyQuest knew that it was TSM’s game to lose and they could do nothing about it. TSM didn’t slow down and kept forcing team fights. Behind in gold, CS, and items, FlyQuest couldn’t defend its base and retreated until they couldn’t anymore.
TSM secured the LCS’s top seed and FlyQuest will take the second seed, both teams are starting in the main event. Team Liquid is the third and final LCS team at Worlds, it will go through the play-in stage.