Worlds 2017: Five Questions for TSM

TSM lead North America to battle in the 2017 World Championship after putting up yet another NA LCS Split banner this Summer. Here's five questions for the team.


It’s hard to not be ecstatic in the TSM camp.

After putting together a strong season once again this Summer, even showing their skill on the international stage, this squad has been great in 2017.

Tying for first place with Immortals across the regular season, TSM finally took their throne in the Summer Split Playoffs, taking down Immortals in a 3-1 series for the banner.

But they now line up with the best of the best once again.

Here’s five questions fans have for TSM as they head into the 2017 World Championship.

Who gets the gold?

TSM have an entire roster capable of carrying home a game with their play, and have shown it in their careers before. At various points in this team’s history, different roles have contributed the most in their success. That success is largely driven by how the team manages the gold in front of them.

One of the team’s greatest successes is how much performance they get out of Bjergsen while still giving him little of the team’s resources. It’s the crux of nearly every argument putting Bjergsen over Jensen in the Split. Often this Summer, it was Doublelift raking in those sweet, sweet side waves.

But on the biggest stage of them all, facing the greatest firepower yet, will TSM switch up where they decide to stack their chips?

Which Svenskeren is showing up?

Svenskeren has been quite a polarizing figure in the 2017 Summer Split.

Whether you were among those frustrated with his early performances, or along for the ride to see his greatest triumphs (like the Baron steal and ensuing kill and escape against Unicorns of Love at Rift Rivals below,) it was an interesting ride.

In the end, the fans are wondering, which Svenskeren is showing up in the jungle?

Is the Rift Rivals victory still relevant?

Rift Rivals was a major win for TSM, and gave North America some bragging rights over Europe.

But that was more than two months ago, and the meta has moved quite a bit since.

While TSM fans can be proud of their squad's international result in Rift Rivals (perhaps making up for the MSI,) they still need to know. Is the Rift Rivals victory still relevant?

Who do you fear?

Reigning supreme in North America is quite a feat, but TSM has certainly been there before, and it doesn't always translate to the World Championship stage. In recent weeks, the team has looked bulletproof.

But there's always a kryptonite.

Who does TSM fear could be exactly that?

Is Group D a threat?

You would certainly expect TSM to run through their Group D opponents Misfits and Flash Wolves. But with Misfits coming into their own in the Summer Split Playoffs, and Flash Wolves being a skilled group that have fought it out with TSM already this year, this group may be more dangerous than it seems.

TSM might have dodged Korea in their Group Draw result, but it doesn't mean they've dodged a fight.

Think we missed something? Let us know what questions you have for TSM in the comments below!

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Brandon Ridgely

I'm the League of Legends Editor for RealSport, and a longtime competitive League of Legends fan. I focus most on the NA LCS but watch a bit of everything. Notable C9 bias. I'm probably the only person that misses Team Vulcun.

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