Team SoloMid and Cloud9 blew away FlyQuest and Phoenix1 respectively in the NA LCS Spring Semis to advance to the 2017 NA LCS Spring Finals in Vancouver.
In a display of sheer power, Cloud9 out-thought and out-fought their inexperienced counterparts in Phoenix1 in a 3-0 blitz.
Not to be outdone, TSM shut the door on any reverse sweep shenanigans with a commanding 3-0 performance of their own against an experienced FlyQuest team who surprisingly looked way out of their depth.
NA LCS Spring Semis – Cloud9 Butcher Phoenix1
Cloud9 kicked the weekend off in the best possible fashion as they tossed playoff newcomers Phoenix1 aside in one of the most dominant performances seen in a semi final.
The match was anitcipated to be a close one, especially considering the teams were ranked 2nd and 3rd respectively at the end of the regular season. But the skill gap was simply far greater than what many people thought, and Cloud9 stood victorious at the end.
North American Rookie of the Split Juan “Contractz” Arturo Garcia was at the centre of everything good about Cloud9 throughout the series. Regardless of whether he was against Rami “Inori” Charagh or his predecessor William “Meteos” Hartman, Contractz dominated proceedings on both Kha’Zix and Graves. Contractz’s Quadra Kill in Game 2 on Graves cemented his reputation as one of the best carry junglers in the game today.
‘Spear and shield’ top laners Jeon “Ray” Ji-won and Jung “Impact” Eon-yeong both had a devastating effect on the series, doing the jobs they were brought in to do by Coach of the Split Bok “Reapered” Han-gyu. Conversely, the substitutions made by Phoenix1 coach Kim “Fly” Sang-chul seemed to stem from panic and had no impact on proceedings whatsoever.
Whilst Cloud9 set the tempo throughout the series, Phoenix1 did have their bright spots. Game one was a relatively close affair for the first thirty minutes, before five minutes of madness saw Cloud9 secure Baron buff, and then march down the middle of the map and secure victory in the 35th minute. Similarly in the second game, Phoenix1’s all in composition was being played well, before they overstayed their welcome and Cloud9 mopped up the fight and the base.
Despite being thrashed, Phoenix1 will still be considered heavy favourites for the third place match in Vancouver. On the other hand, Cloud9 will be preparing for a close affair with TSM, which is expected to go the full five games.
See what happened last week here.
TSM Decimate FlyQuest
TSM reached an incredible ninth straight LCS final with a professional 3-0 win against a FlyQuest team who never really looked in it.
Given the nature of the series and the scoreboard, it is surprising to think that FlyQuest took first blood in all three games. Truthfully, FlyQuest jungler Galen “Moon” Holgate had a very good series, and his early game map pressure gave his team a great chance of victory.
However, his counterpart Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen was even better, particularly in the second game on his famed Lee Sin, where his Dragon’s Rages picked off FlyQuest’s squishy carries time and time again, ADC Johnny “Altec” Ru seemingly being his favourite target.
Despite their good starts in all three games, FlyQuest were often caught out of sync at crucial times. They seemed to be playing scared, especially in game one, where support Daerek “LemonNation” Hart would overcommit to find good engages, and find himself in no man’s land as a result. With FlyQuest so out of sync, the clean communication from TSM made it easy to pick off their enemies and win almost every major team fight.
The few teamfights FlyQuest did win, they managed to get big objectives off. Despite being way behind in game two, a small victory in the top lane led to securing Baron buff as a result, but it was merely delaying the inevitable.
There was talk of a reverse sweep heading into game three, but TSM are no CLG, and kept their heads as they systematically broke FlyQuest down in game three with small victories coming from small skirmishes. Eventually the pressure told, and TSM took two big team fights in as many minutes to crush the underdogs and book their place in Vancouver.
For FlyQuest, they will have a tough matchup against a Phoenix1 team looking for redemption. For TSM, they have their sights set on a chance to earn their fifth title in as many seasons.
Thats it for the NA LCS Spring Semis recap – check back soon to see what happens in the finals!