LCS Finals Weekend Recap: TSM and G2 Esports Show Why They Were Heavy Favorites

The two biggest LCS games of the year took place yesterday as the summer split came to a close for Europe and North America. In Europe, the top two teams from the regular season battled for the right to call themselves the best team in Europe while in North America, the two most successful North American LCS dynasties fought to prove which one was greater. Two champions were crowned, and two teams went home empty-handed. Here’s how it went down.


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The crowd in Krakow for the EU LCS finals

EU LCS Summer Split Finals: G2 Esports vs Splyce

G2 Esports were the defending EU LCS champions and were up against a rising Splyce team. The two best teams in Europe all summer long met on stage in Krakow, Poland in front of a sold-out stadium to prove to all of Europe who the best League of Legends team in Europe really is. Here’s a brief recap of each game for those that missed it.

Game 1: 

The first game of the series turned out to be the longest game of the series at 41 minutes long. The first 10 minutes of the game were incredibly even, but G2 broke through after taking the first turret of the game. After that, they never looked back. G2 were able to dominate lanes and continuously push in Splyce. This gave G2 the opportunity to dominate the objective game. G2 rotated around the map methodically and took 7 turrets, 2 dragons, and a baron while Splyce was only able to take 1 turret and 1 dragon in 31 minutes. Expect’s Gangplank became too large for Splyce to handle and they eventually fell after G2 picked up a baron and killed 4 Splyce members. G2 pushed for the win, destroyed the nexus, and went up 1-0 in the series.

Game 2:

Splyce were able to rebound after their game 1 defeat and put together an insane team fighting comp containing Sivir, Karma, Shen, Gragas, and Vlad. Wunder was able to secure first blood in the top lane as Shen which set the tone for the rest of the game. Splyce wanted to fight every time the Shen ultimate was available and that’s exactly what they did. They were able to catch out G2’s bottom lane of Zven and Mithy multiple times and took objectives after the kills they secured. Kobbe took over the late game team fights with his Sivir and led Splyce to a 40-minute victory and showed G2 that they were ready to battle. However, G2’s response was even stronger than Splyce’s had been in this game.

Game 3:

The third game of this series was the quickest game of the series at only 28 minutes. The game snowballed out of control at the 14-minute mark after G2 picked up two kills and two turrets after a fight in the bottom lane. Splyce only managed 2 kills and 1 turret kill in the remaining 14 minutes of the game while G2 picked up 13 kills and Splyce’s entire base. G2 had picked away the Sivir and Vlad from Splyce in the pick and ban phase and Splyce had no answer for them. G2 took a 2-1 series lead and inched closer to back-to-back titles.

Game 4: 

G2 stole all the momentum from Splyce in game 3 and that helped them absolutely dominate game 4 against Splyce. Perkz once again got his hands on Vlad in the mid lane for G2 and he did not disappoint. He finished with a very impressive 13-2-6 scoreline as G2 manhandled Splyce 31-8 in kills. G2 finished the game with a 19k gold lead, the biggest of the series. Splyce’s bottom lane played some of their worst games of the split in games 3 and 4 of this series and that led to G2 wrapping up the series at 3-1 and earning the summer split EU LCS championship. G2 showed once again, that they are the best team in Europe and now head to Worlds as the number 1 seed from Europe. H2k is also heading to Worlds as Europe’s number 2 seed after racking up the most championship points. Europe’s third seed will be determined by the upcoming gauntlet. 2016 was the year of G2 Esports in Europe and they deserved it without question.

Sjokz interviews G2 after their EU LCS summer split championship win.

Sjokz interviews G2 after their EU LCS summer split championship win.


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The NA LCS finals crowd in Toronto’s Air Canada Centre

NA LCS Summer Split Finals: TSM vs Cloud 9

TSM finished first in the NA LCS this season with a dominating 17-1 record. They easily disposed of CLG in the semifinals and looked to complete their incredible season with a championship. Standing in their way was Cloud 9, a team that entered the playoffs as the third seed and had defeated EnVyUs and Immortals in the previous rounds. The two most successful LCS teams in North America’s history once again found themselves battling for the championship crown. Here’s another brief recap of each game of the finals for those that missed it.

Game 1:

The first game put doubts in the minds of TSM fans everywhere as Jensen started out the game solo killing the recently named NA LCS MVP, Bjergsen in the mid lane after the 4-minute mark. TSM never sniffed a gold lead after that moment. Sneaky and Smoothie killed Doublelift and Biofrost in the bottom lane in a 2v2 fight and gave Cloud 9 big advantages in two lanes which led to advantages everywhere on the map for Cloud 9. Every member of TSM made multiple mistakes in the opening game of the finals and Cloud 9 punished them each time. Cloud 9 destroyed the nexus in just under 40 minutes and had everyone asking themselves if TSM was going to “mom’s spaghetti” (choke) everywhere. Cloud 9 jumped out to a 1-0 lead.

Game 2:

In game 2, Bjergsen took away the Cassiopeia from Jensen and returned the favor by earning the first kill of the game on his mid lane opponent around the 4-minute mark. TSM as a team also returned the favor by never giving up the gold lead after the 4-minute mark like Cloud 9 did in the previous game. Jensen’s Vel’Koz pick was underwhelming along with Meteos’s Gragas play. TSM dominated every lane and racked up 17 kills in the game while Cloud 9 could only manage 3. TSM accumulated 4 dragon buffs and were able to systematically destroy Cloud 9’s base in 37 minutes to even up the series at 1-1.

Game 3:

Cloud 9 decided to bring out the pocket Zac pick for Meteos in the jungle, but it backfired after a gank went wrong in the mid lane. The gank led to him and Jensen’s dying for nothing. Bjergsen’s Cassiopeia was once again too much for Jensen’s Vel’Koz and bullied him in the mid lane for the rest of the game. Meteos made a couple of very questionable decisions after his mistake in the mid lane and it on put him further behind than he already was. Svenskeren was level 15 when Meteos was level 12 at one point. TSM once again dominated the dragon control and the infernal drakes were able to help them win team fight after team fight and put Cloud 9 away for the second consecutive game. Game 3 was the quickest game of the series as TSM crushed C9’s nexus in just under 30 minutes. TSM had the momentum, Cloud 9 on tilt, and match point.

Game 4:

In game 4, Sneaky finally got his hands on Jihn and forced Doublelift onto his “pocket pick” Lucian. Doublelift’s Lucian wasn’t the story early on in this game however. The game started with a very impressive adaptation by TSM as they killed Jensen’s Taliyah at level 2 when he went for the enemy raptor camp. Bjergsen was able to take the first blood gold on Vlad and push his advantage in the mid lane. Cloud 9 battled back and picked up a couple kills, but TSM continued their dragon control dominance and picked up every dragon in the game. The gold was even at the 31-minute mark when Cloud 9 won a team fight and picked up a baron buff. They took two turrets and held a 5.4k gold lead at 39 minutes, but had a disastrous team fight in the mid lane with Doublelift and Hauntzer cleaning up every member of Cloud 9. TSM secured the elder drake and doubled the effects of the 4 dragons they had slain earlier in the game. They killed 4 members of Cloud 9 in the next team fight and were able to push all the way for the win. TSM once again was crowned champions of North America and Cloud 9 went home with nothing but disappointment. TSM secured the number 1 seed at Worlds for North America, CLG earned the number 2 seed for Worlds, and the third seed will be up for grabs in the upcoming NA gauntlet. TSM capped off the most dominant season in the North American LCS we’ve ever seen with a championship. They were the best team all summer long and head to the World Championship with plenty of expectations.

Jensen's cam after the big team fight loss in the mid lane in game 4.

Jensen’s reaction after losing the team fight in the mid lane in game 4.

By: Jeff “Gravy” Miskin

Twitter: @BigBadGravy