Two groups meet for the second time in playoffs in one other fateful encounter.

The second spherical of the LCS playoffs wrapped up in the present day, that includes an necessary rematch between Team SoloMid (“TSM”) and Golden Guardians (“GG”). After Cloud9 defeated Evil Geniuses yesterday, TSM received the possibility to take down the GG squad that defeated them three-zero within the first spherical of playoffs. On the opposite hand, GG had the possibility to knock TSM out of playoffs, and in the end, Worlds rivalry. Everything was on the road in the present day; this is the way it all went down.

Game One

Unlike their first sequence, sport one between GG and TSM was pretty shut. However, GG nonetheless pulled away with the primary win. First Blood got here out at solely three minutes, when Spica ganked and killed Damonte. Funnily sufficient, GG collapsed on Spica and after Damonte Teleported in, he received a revenge kill on Spica. But after that, Closer stepped up and put the pedal to the steel. He danged backside and mid to get kills, whereas additionally securing two dragons and a Rift Herald for his group.

Meanwhile, TSM was making strikes of their very own. Broken Blade, who had an excellent particular person efficiency on Vladimir, claimed the First Tower bonus high all by himself, then was instrumental in a 3-for-one group combat victory on the Baron pit. Unfortunately for them, although, that they had an Infernal Dragon stolen from them and GG set themselves up at Soul level. They did handle to push GG away from the fourth dragon, take that for themselves and purchase time.

Then catastrophe struck for TSM. The squad moved high lane collectively, however surprisingly all scattered as GG started to break down. As a end result, Doublelift and Bjergsen have been caught out and each died. This gave GG the prime alternative to slay Baron Nashor. A minute later, each groups met up on the dragon pit. GG narrowly secured their fourth dragon, securing the Infernal Soul, then taking the combat with TSM. GG simply gained this two-for-zero, then pushed mid. Finally, the rampaging GG squad knocked down the mid Inhibitor, picked off Doublelift, then promptly ended the sport.

Quick Stats:

Time: 30:07
Kills: 11-Four
Turrets: 7-Four
Gold: 53.7k-49.0k
Dragons: Four-1
Barons: 1-zero

Game Two

A pre-game screen showing the TSM and Golden Guardians LCS rosters with their game drafts and champion images to the sides

Game two was one other extremely shut sport that had followers of either side on the sting of their seats. GG, as soon as once more, had a good early sport off the again of Closer. He claimed the primary dragon and Herald for his group, then killed Broken Blade for First Blood high. But then TSM turned it on and began combating and successful. Bjergsen, specifically, was huge, solo killing Hauntzer and serving to his group get the First Tower bonus. Throughout the sport, he was the largest carry in fights, little doubt.

During the mid sport, TSM was very proactive. The group consistently rotated across the map, accumulating uncontested dragons and towers. In truth, by 23 minutes, TSM had moved to Soul level. At 28 minutes, an attention-grabbing commerce occurred between the 2 groups. TSM went bot to kill Hauntzer, which they did, however GG rushed Baron and claimed its buff. However, TSM received the Ocean Soul for themselves. As GG did not accomplish a lot with this Baron, TSM appeared favored within the coming minutes.

But not even Ocean Soul might save TSM from Huhi’s Bard. First, Huhi shot an enormous Tempered Fate at Bjergsen, which led to TSM’s solely actual carry happening demise timer. This led to GG securing not solely the freshly spawned Elder Dragon, however the second Baron Nashor too. This momentum swing was huge and GG instantly pushed high and mid with the double uber buffs. The two Inhibitors went down simply, then Huhi’s Bard locked on to his second sufferer. Doublelift was in his sights, then was caught within the ult and immediately killed afterward. Down their ADC, TSM could not do a lot to cease GG from taking their second Nexus of the sequence.

Quick Stats:

Time: 37:56
Kills: 7-6
Turrets: 9-5
Gold: 70.0k-61.6k
Dragons: 2-Four
Barons: 2-zero

Game Three

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Finally, after dropping 5 straight video games to GG in two sequence, TSM discovered their footing and picked up a win. In truth, this sport was fairly dominant from TSM and appeared nice. Spica began off robust by taking a dragon, the Rift Herald and killing Closer in a bot lane 3v3 for First Blood. Though GG gained a few fights after this, they weren’t too impactful and TSM saved management of their lead by claiming the First Tower bonus within the backside lane and successful a 15-minute group combat three-for-zero.

Things continued trying good for TSM. Thye discovered picks onto Huhi and Damonte within the coming minutes, which helped them seize extra aims with numbers benefits. It did look a bit furry on the 21 to 24-minute mark although. Here, GG first discovered a choose onto Bjergsen, then a two-for-zero group combat win at dragon. After this dragon combat, GG went for Baron, and regardless of getting the buff, misplaced 4 members when TSM collapsed and slaughtered all however FBI’s Senna.

Shortly after this sequence of performs, TSM slammed one other group combat victory within the center lane, this time three-for-zero. They saved up strain on GG’s base for the subsequent jiffy, till the second Baron spawned. GG had no likelihood to get to the pit and TSM simply claimed a Baron buff of their very own. A minute later, GG thought that that they had discovered an important choose onto Doublelift. They killed the AD Carry, however Bjergsen and Broken Blade on the aspect lanes have been doing work. The two smashed previous their respective Inhibitors and rushed the bottom. A chaotic combat ensued however TSM was capable of demolish GG’s Nexus nonetheless.

Quick Stats:

Time: 32:35
Kills: 16-7
Turrets: 10-Four
Gold: 63.0k-54.2k
Dragons: three-2
Barons: 1-1

Game Four

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If sport three wasn’t sufficient to persuade you it was doable, sport 4 certainly did. TSM had one other distinctive sport and picked up a second win within the sequence. Bjergsen, as regular, was an enormous carry, with Spica having a standout sport as effectively. Spica commanded the jungle, which helped set his group up for an ideal combat at 9 minutes. Here, GG tried to do Herald, however have been cut up aside, making it straightforward for TSM to get three fast kills. From this, GG did get the Herald, however Closer by no means even received the possibility to make use of it, so it was nugatory.

The sport rapidly ran away from GG although. Another group combat erupted in direction of the highest aspect, the place Bjergsen discovered a implausible flank to kill the GG backline. This led to a clear Ace for TSM. Over the subsequent jiffy, TSM demolished just a few towers however GG responded by choosing off and killing a few TSM members. Overall, TSM was opening up the map at each alternative and pushing GG additional again into their base.

At 20 minutes, issues actually exploded. An tried choose within the bot lane was a full-blown group combat the place TSM mopped the ground with GG. They received one other Ace onto GG then went to Baron and slew that. TSM maintained the strain, choosing off Hauntzer then instantly pushed the bot lane. Two towers and the Inhibitor fell rapidly, and as TSM was thus far forward, they stayed and pushed for extra. GG tried to chase them out, however TSM swiftly turned it round and received yet one more Ace. With this, TSM simply bumped into GG’s base and smashed their Nexus.

Cue the Silver Scrapes.

Quick Stats:

Time: 24:26
Kills: 19-6
Turrets: 9-three
Gold: 51.1k-38.3k
Dragon: 2-1
Barons: 1-zero

Game Five

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Many anticipated this to be a easy rehash of their first sequence, however this one delivered a lot extra. This sport was completely wild, swinging forwards and backwards between the 2 groups consistently. Closer kicked it off with a loopy tower dive, the place he helped his bot lane get First Blood then miraculously survived on single-digit HP. GG’s backside lane received fairly forward via performs targeted there, however TSM’s high and jungle did the identical. All in all, it was a reasonably even sport transferring into the mid sport.

Though it was even, GG had one distinct benefit: dragons. By minute 16 they already had three dragons, which arrange for a giant combat later. It got here at 21 minutes. GG received a choose beforehand, then Biofrost made a disastrous mistake. As quickly as Spica jumped into the pit, Biofrost Bard ulted the dragon, giving Spica no likelihood to kill it and leaving him to die. As a end result, GG acquired Infernal Soul.

It wasn’t over although. The sport stalled out for a couple of minutes as the burden of it felt heavy on the gamers. Finally, at 29 minutes, the group met for Elder. Here, Doublelift got here up enormous, completely eviscerating GG and serving to his group get an Ace. Afterward, TSM received an Inhibitor Tower, the Elder Dragon and went to the Baron. But as soon as once more, followers have been placed on the sting of their seat when Damonte stole the Baron!

Once extra, the sport was at a good state. And all of it got here all the way down to a single group combat. At 34 minutes, Broken Blade Teleported behind GG and initiated a group combat. The battle was extraordinarily shut at first, however TSM ended up killing two, one in all which was FBI who desperately Flashed in to attempt to make a hero play. Unfortunately, it backfired, and with two GG members down, it was easy work for TSM to wash home, destroy GG’s remaining Nexus of the yr and full the reverse sweep.

Quick Stats:

Time: 35:59
Kills: 9-10
Turrets: 10-Four
Gold: 62.5k-59.5k
Dragon: 1-Four
Barons: zero-1

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