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2017 Spring Split NA LCS Playoff Prediction: TSM vs FlyQuest

TSM vs FLY! Can TSM bring FlyQuest’s miracle run to an end, or will Hai’s shot calling pull through again?


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TSM are rock solid. Their players are strong, their macro is on point, and their team fighting is second to none. Sure, you could find some holes in their play like a weaker bot lane duo or sudden dips in performance in the first games of the series. But even with these flaws, TSM are the undisputed #1 team in the league.

Despite their recent win against CLG, FlyQuest are far from stable. Their individual play is nothing outstanding and FlyQuest often get exploited in the laning phase. Even so, this lineup has a high playmaking potential, and their aggressive shot calling can blindside even the best teams in the league.

Match Preview

Top Lane Matchup: Who would’ve guessed at the beginning of the Split that Balls would become FlyQuest’s best player, yet here we are. With a 2.9 KDA and 7.7 CS per minute, Balls is a great frontliner for his team, and his Rumble play is as solid as ever. But if there’s one man that’s known for being solid, it’s TSM Hauntzer. Sporting a 4.4 KDA and 8.5 CS per minute, Hauntzer seemingly doesn’t have any weaknesses. He’s great in lane, he knows how to go for cross-map plays, and boy is he impressive in team fights. Sorry, Balls, but you’re outclassed here.

Jungle Matchup: After a shaky start of the season, TSM Sevenskeren is finally looking like he’s about to return to his Summer Split form. He’s not quite there yet, but he still pulls his own weight on the team—and it shows through his 3.0 KDA and 4.7 CS per minute. On the other hand, FlyQuest’s Moon is someone that often goes above and beyond to carry his team. He might not be as dominant as at the beginning of the season, but he’s still a massive presence in FlyQuest’s games with a 3.8 KDA and 5.0 CS. An advantage to FlyQuest in the jungle.

Mid Lane Matchup: If you’ve ever had a chance to listen to FlyQuest’s comms, you know how much work Hai is doing for this team. With a 2.6 KDA and 8.2 CS per minute, he’s not only FlyQuest’s main playmaker, but also the team’s sole shot caller. Unfortunately, he won’t be able to shot call his way out of a lane against Bjergsen. TSM’s mid laner has been the team’s undisputed MVP for several years in a row. Holding a monstrous 5.5 KDA and 9.0 CS per minute, Bjergsen is bound to push Hai into a corner.

Bot Lane Matchup: It’s hard to deny that Altec and LemonNation are a solid duo. With 4.2 and 3.1 KDAs, they know their role—which is to provide pressure for solo laners and to show up in team fights, but their laning is weak. Luckily, bot lane is one of the weaker points for TSM too. Holding a 3.9 KDA, WildTurtle has been hit or miss throughout the season. And while Biofrost is one of the most talented mechanical supports with a stunning 4.8 KDA, it’s rare to see him put that to use in the laning phase. A close matchup in lane, but TSM’s duo will gradually overtake its opponents as the game goes on.

Prediction

When so many of their lanes are straight up losing, FlyQuest’s only hope is to rely on their explosive shot calling. However, TSM are also well-versed in the art of strategy. If it weren’t for their bizarre tendency to lose the first game in the series, it’d look like a clean sweep for Team Solo Mid but since that trend is still there, I’m going to go with a 3-1 win in their favor.

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Daniil Volkov

I craft narratives around League of Legends and cover LCK, NA & EU LCS.

2017 Spring Split NA LCS Playoff Prediction: TSM vs FlyQuest

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