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TSM defend LCS record by destroying C9’s perfect season

Published: 8/Mar/2020 0:26 Updated: 8/Mar/2020 0:57

by Alan Bernal

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A grudge match between two of the most storied franchises in the League of Legends Championship Series ended with Team SoloMid beating Cloud9 at their own game, ending their bid for a perfect split.

C9 have been on a historic tear through 12 games in the first half of the season. Going up against an embattled TSM, the game was heavily favored toward the league’s top memers to pick up their second win against Andy ‘Reginald’ Dinh’s org and inch one step closer to TSM’s regular-season record.

But a determined TSM, backed with explosive teamfights fueled by Søren ‘Bjergsen’ Bjerg’s surprise pick Zilean, defended their 2016 LCS record (then called the NALCS featuring a BO3 format) of a 13-0 game win streak in the Summer split by putting an end to C9’s stake to tie it.

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C9’s early-game aggression was met by TSM, eventually resulting in Licorice’s First Blood death and his team’s first loss.

“C9 is a really strong team and they have really solid fundamentals,” Bjergsen said after the match. “We had really comfortable picks. We had Xayah/Rakan in the bottom, obviously Zilean is a comfortable pick of mine. And we showed in our game today that all of our players were individually comfortable on their champions and just out-fought [Cloud9].”

The Danish veteran ended the match with a perfect 7/0/11 KDA and 604 damage/m, which helped him secure the Player of the Game.

Bjerg said TSM’s gameplan headed into the weekend was to work with each player’s strengths, something that was fully on display throughout the game.

Cloud9’s aggression and willingness to extend teamfights kept the early game exciting and arguably in their favor, despite having a slight deficit in gold at 15 minutes. At times, a TSM fight would yield a kill just for C9 to come back and even up the scoreline or better.

But it was decisive fights in the mid lane and bot-side river that heavily swung the game in TSM’s favor.

This could be the start of a new theme for TSM in 2020. In the lead up to this weekend, their drafts consisted of scaling comps featuring characters like Kayle or champs that prioritized team fights like Bjerg’s mid lane Moakai.

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Bjerg’s Zilean powered TSM to beat Cloud9, the first team to do so in 2020.

In their first outing against C9 in Week 6, it was all about comfort picks, which could be integrated more to their scheme after a wildly successful change of pace. It’s because of their potential for a strong mid-season adaptation that C9’s star support Philippe ‘Vulcan’ Laflamme called TSM their greatest threat weeks prior to their rematch.

The massive AoE arsenal from TSM’s Jarven IV and Sett’s ult to Zilean’s bombs and Rakan’s R+W gave them a deadly combo that they used in two successive fights to batter C9’s comp.

Moreover, it was Bjerg’s ability (and the rest of TSM, overall) to keep Kasper ‘Kobbe’ Kobberup’s Xayah alive to dwindle C9’s lifebars while getting locked up by the frontline of Sett and Jarvin.

Coming into this game, only TSM had a better First Blood percentage than C9 at 75% and 67%, respectively. They were able to translate numbers into results by getting the first blood on Eric ‘Licorice’ Ritchie’s Shen, just before C9 hit back with two kills of their own.

TSM also snapped C9’s 100% first Baron take, according to stats from Oracle Elixir, using the buff to push into the opponent’s bot and mid lane inhibitor turrets.

With the win, TSM improves to 7-6 and take hold of third place in the LCS (before the rest of Week 6’s matches), while C9 maintain firm control of first place at 12-1.

C9 have been one of the scariest teams in the history of the LCS so far, particularly because of their map control, brutish team fights and sheer confidence in every position; something TSM met with vigor this round to tie the regular-season series against C9 at 1-1.

Cosplay

League cosplayer comes out from the shadows as amazing Akali

Published: 23/Oct/2020 8:05

by Andrew Amos

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Ever seen a League of Legends cosplay so good that Riot can’t help but share it with the world? Well, now you have, with Sweet Angel’s take on Akali taking League players by storm.

Akali is one of League of Legends’ most popular characters to cosplay. Whether it be her default skin, or the mega-popular K/DA variant, people love to show off as the Ionian assassin.

However, few manage to grab the eyes of Riot as much as Sweet Angel. The talented Italian cosplayer decided to take on Akali as her most recent project, and while the costume looks simple, it was anything but.

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Akali is one of the most popular League champions to cosplay, but few catch the eyes of Riot.

“I thought it was a simple costume, but it required a lot more attention and time than I thought,” she told fans on her website.

It took Sweet Angel about 100 hours all up to create the Akali cosplay ⁠— and you can see every bit of hard work and time that went into it. From the handmade wig, to the dress, and even Akali’s smoke bombs, Sweet Angel didn’t miss a beat.

Everything that you see was basically handmade. Sweet Angel sewed all of the fabrics together, stitched everything up, and made it tailored not only to herself, but true to life to Akali’s design.

She even designed Akali’s signature Kana, using EVA foam so she can carry it around without too much hassle.

She added every detail to the weapon like she did the costume too, from the leather handle all the way down to the marks and blemishes on the battle-worn blade.

The cosplay is so good that even the official League of Legends account couldn’t help but react. Sweet Angel got a retweet on the cosplay from the near five million follower account, and they don’t hand those out lightly.

As for her next cosplay, Sweet Angel hasn’t revealed her plans just yet. However, she’s got a few more shoots on the way, and if they’re anything like this Akali cosplay, they’ll be worth a gander.