In addition to not having the participation of three-time world champion SK Telecom T1, the 2018 World Cup of League of Legends also will not have the presence of veteran TSM, who participated in all editions of the tournament until 2017.
After losing to Cloud9 by 3 to 0 in the regional finals of the North American league, TSM could not secrete a place in the Worlds.
It was supposed to be a spectacular, even match. Both teams had a passion for victory from the very beginning. And although bo5 ended with a 3-0 result for C9, there was no way to complain about the lack of emotions, and the final result of any of the maps was not clear cut conclusion.
TSM arrived in the regional finals of the LCS NA after beating Echo Fox 3-0. In the final, Søren’s team “Bjergsen” Bjerg failed to impose their game rhythm and gradually saw the Cloud9 get closer and closer to the victory and obtain the last EU spot for Worlds 2018. This was the last chance of a North American team to arrive at the biggest tournament of League of Legends.
TSM has participated in Worlds since its first edition, which took place in 2011. At that time, the team secured the third place in the tournament.
Since then, the team has participated in all the Worlds, although never again has reached the first three places. In 2015, the team showed its worst campaign, when the dispute ended in the 14th-16th place.
C9 had a chaotic season. During the Summer of 2018, the team experienced lineup problems and could not achieve the desired results. The team managed to get out of the last place of the league with a rotation of several player managed to qualify for the Worlds. The most important reasons behind the team’s impressive developmento the team is how their lineup has settled. Meanwhile Team SoloMid did not have a chance to redeem themselves. Instead, Blaber and Jensen performed quite well, gaining a significant right in the 3-0 score.
Although TSM had a great advantage in the first match of the series, C9 transformed the opponent’s only mistake into a snowball, pushed the middle lane with the army of minions and took a quick win without returning to the base. The second match of the series had an impressive draft that was almost too good to be answered by TSM. Hecarim did great work on infiltrating the top lane of TSM. After picking Nocturne, Galio, Kai’Sa and Alistar, C9 won the match with incredibly one sided team fights. In the last match, the top lane Hecarim did not give an breathing space to Cloud9. In the middle lane Jensen on Ryze had a perfect game with a 7-0-9 score. Lastly, in the jungle Taliyah’s critical rotations gave the team the ticket to Worlds.