A GAMURS exclusive series, taking a look at the 16 teams going to Worlds from the beginning of their qualification and see just how their road to Worlds went. Today, we look at Team SoloMid (TSM) of the North American LCS.
End of an era
Coming off of a Worlds 2015 performance that was below what the organization was expecting, a lot of changes would occur within the TSM camp. The TSM legend that is Marcus “blank”>Dyrus” Hill retired with an emotional farewell to the fans on the Worlds stage and the world lost one of its League stars; the very man who got me interested in TSM and the NA stage in the first place, and I was lucky enough to sit down with him a while back to discuss things which you can check out Santorin” Tao would leave to go to a host of new teams throughout the year.
I’m going to now quickly write small sections on the two new additions that were officially a part of TSM throughout the year, but are not a member of their current Worlds roster.
Raymond “blank”>YellOwStaR” Kim. But, even Yellowstar would see himself leaving after the Spring Split, heading back to Fnatic for the Summer Split.
This left TSM with the following roster to represent the organization for either most of the year or the full year. Some were very controversial to the community, but we will touch on that briefly now. Yiliang “Biofrost” Wang to complete the full TSM roster.
Spring Split and Spring Playoffs 2016
Rocky starts for the new look TSM
There was a lot of focus on this newly formed TSM team with a lot of people expecting great things from an impressive roster that was, at the time of the Spring Split, Hauntzer, Svenskeren, Bjergsen, Doublelift and Yellowstar.
However, a strong looking TSM side struggled to show up in the Spring Split and ended up with a final record of 9-9, finishing in sixth place with a 50% win rate. Going into the playoffs as the sixth seed, their record of reaching every LCS final was in jeopardy, unless they could perform a miracle to get a chance of representing NA at the Mid-Season Invitational 2016 in China.
To then say that TSM would show up in the playoffs is an understatement. The team would first look to thrash Cloud9 3-1 after impressive shot-calling plays that would see the team set up a match with the first seed Immortals, who, for the lack of better words, were uncharacteristic in their approach to playing against this now strong TSM side. Immortals would also fall to TSM, after such an impressive split, 3-0. This new mantra that TSM had saw them go against the run of the tournament to come out as new favourites to set up a match with longtime rivals, Counter Logic Gaming.
CLG would take the first game to begin a seesaw of results, with TSM taking the next to tie the series at 1-1. The next two matches would tie up the series once again at 2-2, but TSM were unable to capitalise on a lot of missed chances, meaning they would miss out on an international encounter, for the time being, with CLG going to MSI instead.
Summer Split and Summer Playoffs 2016
Back to best
The summer season would see Yellowstar returning to his former team in the EU LCS, being replaced with Biofrost to finalise the TSM roster for this split and beyond. They had a lot to prove on the back of their lackluster form in the spring split and only time could tell if the break would mean the team would be able to show a greater understanding and synergy than it did before.
The new best-of-three format used in the NA LCS seemed to only benefit TSM as a whole as they were able to finish at the top of the NA LCS, only losing one series overall against Phoenix1, which led to a certain TSM legend having his head shaved due to losing a bet made on Twitter during the split (it’s hilarious and you should go watch it @GAMURScom.
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