A new record has been set for North American League of Legends.
Team SoloMid has been a longstanding force in the North American League Championship Series, taking home many trophies, and now winning titles at an unprecedented rate. In a 3-1 victory over Immortals, TSM is the first team to win both the spring and summer split in a single year.
Coming out strong in game 1, Team SoloMid took the lead in the series off a strong performance from every member. Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng and Vincent “Biofrost” Wang made use of marksman-support duo Xayah and Rakan, the latter of which had several clutch charms in teamfights.
Game 2 saw Immortals step up to the plate, however, as Li “Cody Sun” Yu Sun scaled immensely on a Kog’Maw pick. Shredding the TSM line-up alongside teammate Eugene “Pobelter” Justice Park, the team’s dual marksman lineup was too much to handle and the series went to a tied 1-1.
Game 3 saw a tense game close out in Team SoloMid’s favor, but game 4 was the peak of the series. With TSM on match point, Immortals took the wheel early, at one point holding a 7-0 kill lead and building up a 10k gold advantage. Small mistakes added up though, and with each fight, Team SoloMid fought back and started to mount a comeback.
The game was so intense that at one point, a player accidentally spilled water on his set-up, leading to a quick pause to bring in the towels.
After the delay, play resumed and TSM closed out their massive comeback, earning the title of 2017 summer split champions in North America. In the post-game, mid laner Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg reiterated that the goal is not just North America, but the world—the team will soon jet off to South Korea for a boot camp in preparation for the coming World Championships.