After a thrilling 5 game series, Team SoloMid emerged victorious over Cloud9 in the League of Legends NA LCS Spring Split Finals, retaining their title as the top team in the region. By winning the Spring Split, TSM also secured their spot representing North America at the upcoming 2017 Mid-Season Invitational.
Spring Split 2017 Finals
The first two games of the finals saw TSM shut down C9 in very dominant fashion, with Hauntzer totally outplaying both of his top lane opponents (Ray in game one, Impact in game two), and Svenskeren finally turning on his “playoff buff.” But C9 was able to stop things from snowballing completely out of control in game three, and even took game four. And while game five was extremely close the whole way through, TSM was able to capitalize on positioning and the tools available in their composition to win out in enough team fights to secure victory.
— Svenskeren (@TSMSvenskeren) April 24, 2017
This marks the second split in a row that TSM has won, and the fourth since Riot instated Spring and Summer Splits in 2014. Top laner Hauntzer was named MVP of the match. The win earned TSM the prize of $100,000, as well as 90 Championship points.
2017 Mid-Season Invitational
Their win also means they won’t be getting much rest, as they are now on their way to the League of Legends 2017 Mid-Season Invitational. Beginning April 28th and set to take place in Brazil, MSI will be the first international tournament this year to feature any team from North America (Cloud9 stepped down from IEM Katowice back in February).
But TSM will have a little time to rest, since they get a bye to the second round of the Play-In Stage. That means their first match will be against the winner of either Group A or Group B, determined randomly. These groups contain top teams from Brazil, Russia, Turkey, Southeast Asia, Japan, Latin America, and Oceania. Along with Taiwan’s Flash Wolves, who won IEM Katowice, TSM will wait for their chance to compete against these teams for a place in the Group Stage. If they make it there, they’ll have to contend with G2 Esports, SK Telecom T1, and a yet-to-be-determined team from China’s LPL.