This is a classic affair for North American League of Legends. Two teams that have been involved within the scene for as long as anyone can remember. They will be battling it out for a spot in the Spring Split grand finals.
They had a stellar performance at Worlds, reaching the semi-finals. Despite this success, they still lost their star midlaner, Jensen, to Team Liquid in the offseason. They finished tied for 1st place in the Spring Split with a 14-4 record. Liquid is who they tied with, and Liquid also handed Cloud9 2 of the four losses during the regular season.
Cloud 9 looked incredible during the middle part of this split. Going on a 9-game win streak essentially secured them a playoff spot. All they had to do was finish strong to secure a bye into the semi-finals. They were successful with this, winning 4 of their last six games.
2018 was a disappointing year for TSM and was a huge blip in their League of Legends history. It was the first time they didn’t make it to the split final. They also didn’t qualify for Worlds, this for the first time in the organisation’s history.
There has been a massive turn around in the TSM camp since then. They finished comfortably in 3rd place, with a 13-5 record. So, they were actually only one win away from finding themselves in a three-way tie for 1st place.
It was a slow start to the Spring Split and questions were being raised. This was because of their 2-4 start. However, since Week 4 hit they’ve held an 11-1 record. Their only loss came against Cloud9.
This match up had the potential to be the grand final. Cloud9 have had an extra week off to prepare for this game, but on the flip side, TSM has the momentum from a 3-1 win against Echo Fox in the Playoffs quarter-final.
Despite the impressive run recently from TSM, I think Cloud9 will topple them once again. You can get odds of 1.90 on Cloud 9 to win. Cloud9 have beat them in both games in the regular season; they even beat them 3-0 in the 2018 Regional finals.