2017 NA LCS Spring Playoffs: Semifinals
The semifinals have come and gone, and just like that, two teams advance to compete for the Spring Championship. This past weekend, four teams came to fight to advance, but only two moved forward. Let’s take a look at the individual matches and see what went down.
Cloud 9 vs. Phoenix 1
This series was short and sweet, with C9 sweeping the third place team 3-0 in a best of five series. P1 gave a stronger showing in the first game, but each consecutive game after ended more quickly than the last. Even subbing Ray in for top lane in game 2 did little to hurt C9’s momentum, and not even subbing in Meteos for the P1 jungle could stop the game three defeat.
C9 moves into the finals looking crisp and polished. They’ll have a fight on their hands, but they are poised to win the day. Their biggest weakness, however, lies in their rookie jungler, Contractz. Despite winning rookie of the split, the pressure of a final series is unknown to him, and his opponents may find a way to capitalize on it. For the rest of the team, next week’s final should be business as usual. Here’s hoping they can claim the title.
Flyquest vs. TSM
Flyquest came into this series as the underdog team. TSM has shown a lot of skill this split, and they have the history of competing in every NA LCS final. Though Flyquest tried to end that streak, their ambitions were short lived. TSM shut them down in a decisive fashion, sweeping them 3-0 in the series.
Pound for pound, the top and mid lanes of C9 and TSM are pretty evenly matched. TSM holds an experience advantage in the jungle, but C9 has a slightly stronger bot lane duo. TSM fans everywhere are hoping for a summer final repeat, but C9 fans are looking for an upset. Stay tuned to see what unfolds and which team prevails.
Before the battle for the spring title is settled, another series must be settled first. This Saturday, P1 and Flyquest will battle it out for the third place position, which could help either team enter World’s in the fall.
The NA LCS Spring Split will then be officially concluded with the best of five series between C9 and TSM on Sunday, which promises to be a very exciting match up. With a new patch and two new champions releasing soon, it is an exciting time for League of Legends fans and players.