Summer Split Playoffs Semifinals
Semifinal One: Cloud9 vs Team SoloMid
Once again, Team SoloMid took this series the distance, all the way to five games. However, it was TSM this time that lost the series. They were back and forth throughout the series, with TSM getting the first win on the board. After two more games, TSM was on the brink of winning the series. Determined to win, Cloud9 brought on the “second string” Mid-Jungle duo and ended the series on a pair of wins.
Highlights of the Series
- First Blood is secured by Cloud9 onto TSM’s Top Laner, Kevin “Hauntzer” Yarnell by ganking the top lane seven minutes into the game.
- For most of the early game, the Midlane is even until at one point, Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg jumps onto a flash-less Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen killing him.
- Thirty-four minutes go by and the teams are even. It isn’t until TSM attempts Baron and kills three that the game begins to falter for Cloud9.
- Team SoloMid wins a team fight in the middle lane with four kills to none.
- Elder Dragon is secured by Team SoloMid and they proceed to walk into Cloud9’s base and end the game.
- First Blood is secured by Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen onto Cloud9’s Top Laner.
- Fifteen minutes into the game, Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi, kills one member of Team SoloMid before nearly killing another under tower.
- The previous play from Sneaky turns into a multiple man gank to TSM’s top side of the map where Cloud9 get two kills and only lose one person.
- Cloud9 continue to attack the top side of the map, and once again win the fight, getting three kills and transitioning to Baron.
- A won team fight under the bottom Inhibitor Tower of TSM results in Cloud9 winning the game after an Ace.
- First Blood is secured by Hauntzer onto Robert “Blaber” Huang as the result of a failed gank into the middle lane.
- A team fight breaks out around the dragon pit, where TSM and Cloud9 trade kills. In the end, Zven comes out with a quadrakill and TSM Ace Cloud9.
- The next two team fights go in favor of Cloud9 because they focus Zven during the fights.
- TSM confidently begins the Baron, securing it and winning the ensuing team fight.
- Cloud9 attempt to engage onto TSM who are out of position. TSM is able to stall long enough for the team fight strength of Zven to come on-line and wipe Cloud9 for the win.
- First Blood is secured onto Greyson “Goldenglue” Gilmer by a gank into the middle lane.
- Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen secures a number of kills early in the game, putting him at an advantage over his counterpart.
- An long team fight in the bottom-side jungle of TSM nets Cloud9 two kills and pressure onto Baron.
- The dual threat of Sneaky and Svenskeren was too much for TSM to handle, and their base crumbled in response.
- First Blood is secured onto Svenskeren as he fails a gank in the top lane and tanking too many tower shots.
- Cloud9 plays smart and keeps a hold onto their towers for the entire game.
- A well executed team fight twenty-two minutes into the game secures the game for Cloud9.
Semifinal Two: Team Liquid vs 100 Thieves
This match was a rematch of the Spring Split Finals and was super hyped up coming into the game. In what seemed like a last minute substitution, 100 Thieves put their Academy AD Carry in the position of their more experienced player. I am unsure as why they truly put him in instead of Cody “Cody Sun” Sun, but I can speculate it was in an attempt to shock Team Liquid.
Team Liquid was well versed in play against Cody Sun, but instead 100 Thieves throws them Richard “Rikara” Oh. Observing how he played, it does not seem like it was the correct choice to put Rikara in for all the games. According to Cody Sun’s Twitter, it appears as if he was told to not play by coaching staff. He was instead, “instructed to watch the game from home and be ready in case I needed to be subbed in.” That subbing in never happened, though.
Highlights of the Series
- First Blood was secured by 100 Thieves onto Jake “Xmithie” Puchero as he got caught in the enemy jungle.
- Team Liquid gets ahead in kills off a play in the bottom lane where they play more cohesive.
- While attempting to steal Baron, Xmithie gets killed and does not steal.
- Zaqueri “aphromoo” Black gets a pivotal three-man knock up, which leads to two kills for 100 Thieves.
- In a desperate attempt to take the Elder Dragon, Xmithie gets chunked and then dies. They lose the Elder Dragon and then almost all of them die for the final play of the game.
- First Blood is secured by Eugene “Pobelter” Park after a gank from Xmithie in the top lane.
- For a long while, the game is basically even, with Liquid being only slightly ahead in gold.
- Team Liquid wins small fight after small fight, leading to an extension of the lead.
- Storming into 100 Thieves’ base, Team Liquid get an Ace and finish off the game.
- First Blood is secured off the back of a perfectly executed hook by Kim “Olleh” Joo-sung.
- In a fight at the dragon pit, Team Liquid gets the engage onto 100 Thieves, which scatters them, resulting in four kills.
- Once again, off the engage from Olleh, 100 Thieves is taken for a loop and walks into a trap, losing three.
- Team Liquid’s vision control leads to more picks and more kills, eventually leading to the end of 100 Thieves.
- First Blood is secured by 100 Thieves onto Jeong “Impact” Eon-yeong after being ganked.
- Most of the game is even in kills but not resources. Liquid acquires more gold early from winning lanes.
- Twenty-four minutes into the game, a play in the middle lane echoes the play that will end the game. Team Liquid kills off and pushes back 100 Thieves.
- Minutes later, an expert hook from Olleh begins the engage to end the game. Team Liquid plays smartly, from front to back, and rushes down mid for the win.
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