Cloud9 vs TSM

Cloud9 vs TSM NA LCS Spring Playoffs 2019

Match: Cloud9 vs TSM (NA LCS Spring Split Playoffs) | Format: Best of 5 | Prediction: Cloud9 to win | Odds: 1.90 | Bookmaker: Betway | Match start: 2019-04-06 22:00 BST

Preview

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.

Cloud9

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.

TSM

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.

My Prediction

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.

Matt Dixon
Matt Dixon
Matt has been involved in Esports for the better part of 5 years now, more commonly known by those in the scene as Fozzii. In the past, he has competed at a high level in Esports and also managed teams and organisations, some of which went on to win a Championship. Esports is his passion and it's fair to say he's a fanatic.