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IEM San Jose Day 1 Recap

      With TSM and CLG both sporting shiny new rosters, the world watched with anticipation as the matches unfolded. In case you haven’t been paying attention to the off-season moves that teams have been making here’s a quick rundown of who went where.

      The TSM roster has been almost completely overhauled. Dyrus has retired from his long-standing hold over top lane in the lineup and he has been replaced by Gravity’s former Top Laner, Hauntzer. Santorin has been replaced by former SK Gaming Jungler, Svenskeren. Bjergsen is still the Mid Laner as the lone member from TSM to retain his roster spot they will be looking to him to mature and improve as a shot-caller and leader. After a very public falling out with CLG, Doublelift quickly moved on to take over for Wildturtle as the AD Carry for TSM. Finally, Lustboy retired and has been replaced with kaSing, the former support for Supa Hot Crew and later H2K.

      CLG also encountered a measure of upheaval with Doublelift leaving for TSM. He has been replaced by Stixxay. Pobelter left and has been replaced with CLG’s former sub Huhi in the Mid Lane while Xmithie and Zionspartan (renamed Darshan) keep the Jungle and Top Lane held down. Aphromoo rounds out the roster as he stays as Support from last year.

      CLG faced European crowd favorites Unicorns of Love in the first match of the tournament. CLG got out to a strong start with first blood going over to Darshan in the Top Lane and CLG stretched that 400 gold lead throughout the mid game to a 3,000 gold lead by 19 minutes. CLG kept their momentum going through the rest of the game with Darshan’s Fiora being way too hard for UOL to deal with ending with an 11-3-3 score line on the master duelist. In game 2 UOL handed over first blood to Darshan as Hylissang solo invaded red buff. With Darshan on Riven this time things looked grim for UOL. An ill-fated tower dive attempt in the Top Lane ended with a 3 for 1 exchange as CLG also grabbed a tower off the back of that fight. CLG again grew their gold lead to over 5,000 gold by 25 minutes. CLG again used Darshan as a split-push threat as he single-handedly took two inhibitors as UOL desperately tried to find a 5v4 engagement that never happened. Huhi was the MVP in this game as he was nearly un-killable on Leblanc ending with a 7-1-9 score line keeping Fox’s Kassadin in check the entire game.


      Meanwhile in the other match of the day, the revamped TSM roster faced off against China’s LGD Gaming. Both teams were coming off of terribly disappointing finishes in the 2015 World Championship and definitely had something to prove. LGD continually over-committed for kills against kaSing’s Tahm Kench and TSM was able to accrue a massive 4,000 gold lead just 24 minutes in off the back of clutch saves and re-engages by kaSing. LGD did a great job stalling out the game; however, in the end it just wasn’t enough as TSM eventually won a fight in LGD’s base and finally closed out the game at 51 minutes. Hauntzer played very well on Renekton, diving into the backlines and causing havoc for LGD in each teamfight, he ended 6-5-7 with 400 farm. In game 2 LGD decided to go with the popular Tahm Kench and Kalista bottom lane against TSM’s teamfight comp with Gnar and Orianna. The early game went back and forth with TSM gaining a 2,000 gold lead by 15 minutes. A couple teamfights later TSM began pushing down into LGD’s base with a 5,000 gold lead at 39 minutes. LGD attempted a risky counter-engage as Imp threw in Pyl with Fate’s Call knocking up Bjergsen and getting him extremely low; however, the Bjergerking was ready with a clutch Zhonya’s Hourglass saving himself at less than 200 health. In the end he did end up dying to Acorn’s Olaf but it bought just enough time for Hauntzer’s Gnar to clean up the fight on the backside and TSM limped into LGD’s base to triumphantly take game two.


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Written by Qualk

Edited by Williaf

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