NA LCS Spring Split Final – TSM vs CLG The stage could not have been more epic for the finals of the North American LCS playoff finals. The oldest rivals in Western esports, TSM and CLG, fighting it out for the title of 2016 Spring Split Champion. Last year, the two fought it out in Madison Square Garden in the finals, and this year they met again in the City of Sin, Las Vegas. Game 1 In game 1, we saw a clash of two styles with CLG picking a heavy dive composition against TSM’s poke and disengage team. Flex picks are one of the most important parts of the current pick and ban phase with Gragas and Corki being the most common examples. TSM managed to pick up both with Hauntzer on toplane Gragas, and Bjergsen on midlane Corki. CLG responded by flexing their Ekko, a champion that Darshan had previously shown great skill with in CLG’s series vs TL, to the midlane for Huhi, whilst the CLG toplaner secured Poppy for himself. The game itself was very tense and close with Huhi having a particularly huge performance. CLG used the double teleport strategy which had been key in thier victory against Liquid to great success, which speaks to the synergy between Huhi and Darshan. In the end, it came down to a tense teamfight around Baron, which CLG 3 members to, Bjergsen’s Corki cleaning up the fight with excellent positioning. However, as Bjergsen chased down Darshan, CLG support, Aphromoo made the call to push for the win. Super minions were pouring into TSM’s base, and TSM were forced to decide between cleaning up the kills, or cleaning up their base. In the end, Aphromoo’s call paid off, and CLG took home game 1 of the series. Game 2 TSM are a team who have shown that they can stay headstrong in a 5 game series. However, picking up a teamfight squad centered atound Bjergsen’s Lulu and Doublelift’s Kalista they showed up strong. CLG fought back, playing the map well with a comp which featured a lot of cross map threats, like Rek Sai and Corki but TSM needed to make a statement this game which is what they delivered. A big part of this was Hauntzer’s Poppy, landing several clutch wall stuns and securing himself a triple kill in a key teamfight. Despite the best efforts from Aphromoo’s Morgana to delay TSM’s finish, they eventually managed to close it out to level the series at 1-1. Game 3 Game 3 of this series must stand as one of the most chaotic games of the year so far. Bjergsen and Huhi both picked themselves assassins up in the midlane, with Bjergsen on one of his Signature champions, Le Blanc, and Huhi going back to his Ekko. There were so many teamfights in this game, Aphromoo’s Bard making several clutch saves on his favourite champion. It all came down to one last bloodbath of a teamfight around the river. Both teams went deep, but TSM somehow missed Stixxay’s Caitlyn on the backline, hammering away, and securing 4 kills for himself. He and Darshan managed to close out the game. 2-1 CLG. Game 4 Despite it not being a typical “Bjergsen champion”, he opted for Lulu again in game 4. Lulu is a champion which many midlaners consider boring to play, as she usually takes a more supportive role in teamcomps, but Bjergsen showed in this game, that she can be a carry in the midgame. He went 3/0/7, shutting down Huhi’s Twisted Fate. Despite Aphromoo and Stixxay being on Bard and Ezreal, probably their two best champions, and an amazing Baron steal from CLG jungler Xsmithie, they could not hold back TSM, who dominated game 4 giving up only 2 kills in the process. Game 5 The North American LCS championship all came down to game 5. Both teams showed extreme mental fortitude in making it this far. TSM picked a safe kite/disengage style comp centered around 3 marksmen in the jungle, mid and botlane. CLG instead chose to focus their resources around their rookie AD carry Stixxay, giving him Tristana and picking Lulu and Alistar for Huhi and Aphromoo. Stixxay had all the tools he needed to carry his team to victory, and he put all of them to use. Two key teamfights allowed him to pick up resets from his kills and clean up. It was one of these fights, where he secured a triple kill, then led the charge into TSM’s base, winning them the game, winning them the series, and winning them the season. With that, CLG have booked themselves a trip to Shanghai, and the Midseason Invitational, alongside Europe’s Gamers 2, and represeititives from Korea, China, Taiwan and the Wildcard Region. MSI kicks off on May 4th. Stay tuned to RealSport as we cover the entire tournament!