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Team SoloMid -140
Top Lane Matchup
Even though Impact has won 11 MVP awards this split, he is still in a timeshare with Ray in the top lane for Cloud9. Impact is a pretty stable player, with the second-best KDA in North America, and has played on eight different champions this split, but it seems like we will definitely see Ray too unless Impact dominates Hauntzer.
Hauntzer also had 11 MVP awards this split and finished the season with the highest KDA in the region. He has an insanely deep champion pool, playing on 11 different champions during the split, and was able to turn a matchup on either a tank like Nautilus or a damage dealer like Camille. His play on Shen and Maokai turned the tide for TSM against Cloud9 back in Week 5 and the team will be counting on him again.
If there is an area in which Cloud9 can get an edge on TSM, it’s in the Jungle. Contractz had the best KDA of any jungler in North America this season and has made Kha’Zix feared once again. Cloud9 has an incredible record of 13-2 when he is on the champion and his 4.6 KDA means that TSM might have to perma-ban him.
Svenskeren is one of the more hit or miss players you will find. He has performed pretty well on the popular meta picks like Rengar, Lee Sin, and Graves, but when he has been forced off those three champions, he has really struggled. His performances in the semi-finals were a mixed bag, but when he is on the same page as Bjergsen he is tough to beat.
Mid Lane Matchup
The battle between Bjergsen and Jensen in the mid lane is going to be a clash of titans. Jensen was lights out against Phoenix1 in the semi-finals with great performances on Ekko and Kassadin and even though he wasn’t as sharp as usual on Syndra, he was good enough to get the win. He was the best on Orianna, but Bjergsen has been solid on her as well so it will be interesting to see whether she gets banned out or not.
Mid laners have to have a deep champion pool to be able to play the position well, but most seem to have one or two comfort picks they tend to lean to. That isn’t the case for Bjergsen. He hasn’t played any champion more than six times and the only thing he struggles on is early-game assassins like Talon and Katarina. That depth means he will likely counter Jensen rather than make a blind pick.
AD Carry Matchup
Sneaky has been hurt in recent weeks because of the constant nerfs to Jhin. Sneaky loved to pick the champion, selecting him 17 times in 44 games in the Spring Split, and Cloud9 was 14-3 with Sneaky on Jhin. However, the nerfs have led to him relying on Ashe and Ezreal, two champions he hasn’t been as proficient on.
Love him or hate him, WildTurtle is back on TSM and has been the AD Carry all throughout the Spring Split. He has relied heavily on Ashe and Varus this cycle and has been competent on them, but isn’t the type of player to win a game with his mechanics.
Both the Support players in this duel are relative newcomers to their squads, joining after the 2016 Spring Split. Each has traditionally played a true support like Karma, but both have some heavy damage dealers they can trot out as well.
For Smoothie, he has been solid on Malzahar and Miss Fortune during the regular season, but played Lulu in all three games during the semi-finals. Biofrost has far more experience on Lulu, playing the champion 10 times in the regular season, but is sneaky good on Thresh as well.
TSM has the better individual talent, but can be susceptible to targeted bans. In particular, focusing on narrowing the champion pools of Svenskeren and WildTurtle seems to be the route Cloud9 should go. Still, this price isn’t enough to fully back Cloud9, so wager on TSM to win in four games.
Team SoloMid wins the series 3-1.
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