After an incredibly tense game between North America’s Team SoloMid and Europe’s G2 Esports, TSM secured victory and the leading record throughout Rift Rivals at 5-1. They now head to tomorrow’s final bo5 match against Unicorns of Love, who went 3-3 overall but 1-1 against TSM.
TSM vs. UoL in the Rift Rivals Finals
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TSM’s performance throughout the tournament proved their commitment to showing up bigger and better on the international stage. They gave up only one game against Unicorns of Love, and handily won many of their other matches. But in a repeat performance from MSI earlier this year, they found themselves having to defeat G2 one more time in order to secure their position in the finals.
This was due to the surprisingly standout performance from their fellow NA LCS team Phoenix1. Despite currently holding 8th place in the NA LCS Summer Split, P1 was able to go 4-2 at Rift Rivals, including holding a 2-0 record against Unicorns of Love, which would have handed them the honor of representing North America in the finals in the event of a tie with TSM.
That final game for TSM against G2 pushed past the 50 minute mark, with G2 and especially their midlaner PerkZ zoning out the heavy DPS of TSM’s Cassiopeia and Tristana and keeping the match incredibly close. But it was PerkZ’s counterpart, TSM midlaner Bjergsen, who seized the opportunity late game to stun and destroy PerkZ’s Taliyah, leaving the rest of G2 engulfed in full-build damage.
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While TSM may be slightly favored heading into the finals due to their better record throughout Rift Rivals, Unicorns of Love were the only team able to take them down in the group stage. Top laner Vizicsacsi has been an absolute menace, and ADC Samux has proved extremely adept at driving hyper-carries and propelling his team to victory.
A bo5 match up is certain to be a completely different type of competition. TSM’s jungler Svenskeren, whose performance at MSI had disappointed plenty of NA fans, has been showing off all the mechanical prowess and pressure that he typically exhibits domestically. That means TSM frequently has three potential threats to the other team, in jungler Svenskeren, midlaner Bjergsen, and ADC Doublelift. The ability for each of these players to capitalize on advantages and carry team fights has allowed them to open up the breadth of their team compositions to more diversity, both in the NA Summer Split and Rift Rivals.
Team SoloMid vs Team Fight in Mid
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However tomorrow goes, Phoenix1 should be heading back to North America with a huge boost to morale after going 4-2 against some of Europe’s top teams. Jungler MikeYeung even earned himself the honor of Group Stage MVP in his very first international tournament.
The final match airs tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. PDT. For full details, head over to lolesports.com.