I have a new article up over at the Secular View (where I am a gaming columnist) about how important today’s first game is for Team Solomid. While TSM, a team that convincingly won the spring split, has struggled in the summer with the exact same lineup. In the article I recall the very first week of the summer split when TSM still looked like…well, TSM.
It’s now week 6 and most people have forgotten the very first day of the summer split where TSM looked like the TSM we were used to when they played Cloud 9. C9 had already won a few games playing their one and only style: pick the strongest champions regardless of team comp, bully in lane, and put tons of pressure on early. At that time C9 members had even said in interviews that this was their strategy and that they didn’t have any contingency plans if their high pressure “win early” style didn’t work. This one-dimensional style of play rubbed a lot of fans the wrong way, and almost everybody sure that TSM would teach them a lesson.
And TSM nearly did.
At that time C9 had not seen a game last longer than 27 minutes. TSM took them to over 41 minutes and kept the gold even or the c9 lead negligible all the way. That game looked like the two best teams in the league playing one another. TSM lost in a close one and since that time TSM’s team play has slid further and further as tensions have mounted within the group, even with some spectacular carrying efforts by Dyrus and a few games where TheOddOne played like a man possessed.
Read the whole article to learn why I think today’s game against Cloud 9 has huge implications.