THE ACTION ALDRIDGE NA LCS PLAYOFFS SPECIAL!
The first week of the North American Champions Series spring split playoffs has concluded. The results of the first round held many surprises, as Team Liquid defeated Counter Logic Gaming to secure a spot in the semifinals. The most important result, however, is the victory by Team Impulse to book their ticket to the semifinals. TiP, after a close Game 1, went on to steamroll Team Gravity 3-1, a series that some analysts favored Gravity to win.This creates a semifinals bout between two LCS powerhouses: TSM and TiP. This has been a highly anticipated matchup, especially in the mid lane as two of North America's best mid laners will compete head-to-head. Originally a superstar for the EU team Ninjas in Pyjamas, TSM's Soren "Bjergsen" Bjerg has been an explosive component in the TeamSoloMid machine since joining the team in 2014. Not only was he voted into the 2014 LCS All-Star challenge that same year, he was also an important part of TSM's quarterfinals run at the World Championships last year. This year, he posted a KDA (kills+assists/deaths ratio) of 6.8, which was third in this split. He hopes that his dynamic gameplay can help lead his team to victory.The biggest factor is this duel may not be the individual players skill but more so the synergy they have with their team. XiaoWeiXiao has the unopposed skill of TiP's jungler Yoonjae "Rush" Lee, whose outstanding knowledge of the jungle and impressive gank and countergank ability has put many a wrench in opposing teams plans. For TSM, Bjergsen will rely on the combined skill of the league's best support, Jang-sik "Lustboy" Ham, who is actually in the top five for KDA as well as number one in total assists and kill participation,and the consistency of Lucas "Santorin" Larsen, who is in the top five in KDA and total assists.
|College||KDA||Total Assists||Kill Participation|
|TSM Lustboy||6.5 (5th)||205||78.5|
|TSM Santorin||6.6 (4th)||169||N/A|