Team SoloMid is back on track.
The hometown favorites defeated Korea’s Samsung Galaxy at the League of Legends World Championship on Friday, recovering from their opening-match loss to China’s Royal Never Give Up.
Jungler Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen helped TSM build an early lead with a nuanced play.
First, he spotted a fresh ward placed by SSG jungler Chanyong “Ambition” Kang, who was attempting a tower dive in the top lane. Svenskeren then dodged a Cocoon Ambition’s Elise threw from a bush. When Ambition and SSG top laner Sungjin “CuVee” Lee tried to flee, Svenskeren ward hopped over a wall to kill CuVee.
The entire sequence displayed the combination of skill and coordination that allowed TSM to dominate the NA LCS Summer Split.
Bjergsen picked up a solo kill in the mid lane minutes later, and Samsung never truly posed a threat for the rest of the game.
“The game really came down to having Syndra and Lee Sin, and building an early lead and snowballing it,” Bjergsen said in a post-game interview. “Svenskeren is the best Lee Sin at Worlds.”
This was the first loss of the tournament for a team from Korea’s LCK, after ROX Tigers, Samsung, and SK Telecom T1 all won their opening matches. The NA LCS teams have now combined for a 2-2 record.
The win bodes well for TSM’s prospects of getting out of Group D since Samsung easily handled Splyce on Thursday.