Team Liquid and Cloud9 emerged victorious in the first upper bracket round of the LCS Mid Season Showdown.
The first-ever Mid Season Showdown has started with two best-of-five series in the upper bracket, following a close spring split. Both series teased what’s to come in the coming weeks, but they also gave a clear indication of which of the six teams in the playoffs are the best.
With the first two series completed, Team Liquid and Cloud9, two North American powerhouses, will compete in a best-of-five series for a spot in the final. The lower bracket will begin next week, with the remaining four teams racing to the final.
Team Liquid and Cloud9 triumphed over TSM
The first teams to compete in the LCS Mid Season Showdown were Team Liquid and TSM. It was the first best-of-five series between the two rivals in 2021, and it did not disappoint.
Team Liquid won in four games, but it was much closer than the score indicates. The first game of the series was especially tight, ending in a 43 minute nail biter. For the majority of the game, TSM dictated the tempo and appeared to be the victor. TSM had a solid gold lead and all of the early dragons, but Team Liquid remained calm and completely turned around late in the game.
TSM’s confidence was shaken after throwing away the first game’s victory. With Team Liquid’s jungler Lucas “Santorin” Larsen on Nidalee and mid laner Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen on Ahri, the Dane was able to completely dominate the map. Team Liquid increased their lead to 2-0 in 33 minutes, forcing TSM to execute a reverse sweep.
TSM laid the groundwork for a reverse sweep with a quick win in just 28 minutes. TSM’s strong draft and renewed teamwork dominated the game. Fans hoped for a fourth game, but Team Liquid was done playing. Jensen and top laner Barney “Alphari” Morris took over the map on Twisted Fate and Gnar, respectively, with strong spit compositions.
TSM attempted to hold onto the base for several minutes, but Team Liquid was simply too strong. Team Liquid took the last nexus in 36 minutes, knocking TSM out of the tournament.
Cloud9 sweeps 100 Thieves in LCS Showdown
There was never any doubt about who the stronger team was in the match between Cloud9 and 100 Thieves. Cloud9 came into the LCS Mid Season Showdown as the top seed from the regular split, and it showed. As the fourth seed, 100 Thieves did not have a chance to pull off an upset and will now compete in the lower bracket beginning next week.
Cloud9 demonstrated its dominance in almost every aspect during the first two games. Even though 100 Thieves received some promising draft picks, Cloud9’s individual power was too much to handle. Luka “Perkz” Perkovi, the new mid laner, performed admirably in both games, most notably against Orianna in game two. The former G2 Esports player has been wobbly throughout the regular split, but he’s already showing up when it counts.
Cloud9 was aiming for a clean sweep of the series with only one win remaining. 100 Thieves got off to a good start in the early game, as they did in game 2, but they were unable to start a snowball. With Cloud9 re-entering the game, it was only a matter of time before Perkz and company took control of the map. Cloud9 had a sizable gold lead and control over every single fight after 20 minutes.
Cloud9 chased down 100 Thieves at the 28 minute mark to win another fight, which resulted in Baron Buff. From this point forward, Cloud9 cruised to the third and final Nexus of the series.
Team Liquid and Cloud 9 will now face each other in the upper bracket final. TSM and 100 Thieves will have to fight their way through the lower bracket, where a loss will result in elimination.
When is the Mid Season Showdown 2021?
The Mid Season Showdown will conclude with the grand final on April 11. The final will be played live from a venue without a crowd for the first time in a year.
The winner of the final will not only be the 2021 LCS Spring season champions, but will also be the North American representative at the 2021 Mid Season Invitational.