TSM has guaranteed a top 3 finish in the 2021 League of Legends Championship Series Mid-Season Showdown after elimnating 100 Thieves 3-1. True to form, TSM fell behind in every early game of the series, but turned the tides in the mid game by playing to its decision-making and teamfighting strengths. TSM will face off against Team Liquid at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, with the winner meeting Cloud9 in the finals for a shot at representing NA at the 2021 Mid-Season Invitational.
TSM AD carry Lawrence “Lost” Hui spoke to Inven Global after defeating 100 Thieves to share his thoughts on the series, his growth throughout the season, and playing in the upcoming game against Team Liquid, which will be the first offline LCS match in over a calendar year.
Congrats on the win, Lost. How are you feeling?
F*CK…F*CK… *laughs* F*CK…I didn’t play as well as I wanted to, man, but, it’s still a birthday dub, so I feel pretty good, honestly. We ended up winning, but I’m pretty upset with myself for not playing up to the standard that I think I can play at, but obviously, when push came to shove, what showed was not enough in my opinion. FBI played really well, though.
In that case, maybe your team carrying you to the birthday win is your present.
Well, on a team level, how did things go compared to your expectations today?
*laughs* Honestly, it’s kind of funny in a sense that a lot of our wins in the Spring Split and in this lower bracket are just randomly heisted off of a Baron steal or some other type of miracle play. It could have been a 3-0, too, if we had executed better around that fight at Elder Drake. We have this magic. We just heist wins out of nowhere. *laughs* And I guess, in this win, it showed up too. Maybe we have some genie that gives us this ability.
Your usage of the word heist after this series is appreciated. That being said, 100 Thieves won every early game this series, but only won a single game. Was it part of the plan to sacrifice the early game and turn the game over in the mid game this series, or was that a result of subpar execution from TSM?
*laughs* Yeah, I think we dropped the early game for a lot of strength in the mid game and late game in terms of teamfighting power. Obviously, the type of champions we were drafting for this kind of lack early game agency and ability to be very aggressive in the first 10-15 minutes of the game. Style-wise I think we played pretty well. I think our teamfight execution and our mid game are pretty big strengths of ours, and that showed during this series.
Obviously, the games were pretty messy overall, but I think us playing to our strengths is ultimately what made us the eventual winners of the series, which is our macro and teamfighting in the mid game and late game. I’m glad we were able to win in…
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