CLG emerged victorious Saturday in the long-awaited battle of last place between the two legacy League of Legends Championship Series organizations. With this win, CLG move to 2-6 in the regular season, knocking TSM to last place, and moving CLG’s all-time regular season record against TSM to 10 wins and 25 losses.
The contentious rivalry between TSM and CLG in the League of Legends Championship Series is one that transcends roster iterations and predates even the league itself. Since the first time TSM and CLG clashed in an official LCS match on Feb. 7, 2013, former CLG support Zaqueri “Aphromoo” Black is the only player still actively playing in the LCS today.
TSM vs CLG has always been a classic matchup in North America, but as time goes by, the stakes have gotten lower and lower. TSM and CLG played against each other in back-to-back LCS finals in summer 2015 and spring 2016. Today, the troubled squads were fighting for scraps at the bottom of the LCS standings.
Both TSM and CLG showed entirely different looks, despite sharing a spot in last place. CLG snowballed the early game by capitalizing on TSM’s positioning mistakes and translated that lead into total map control for the bulk of the game.
“It was good to play against TSM and we sh*t on them,” said CLG bot laner Fatih “Luger” Güven. “Thanks to all the CLG fans for following us and [watching] our games.”
While CLG had just as many issues picking up wins in the 2022 spring season as TSM did, the team’s struggles are very different. CLG’s lineup consists of fresh talent, the majority of which have never played a full year as an LCS starter.
TSM’s current situation is much more surprising to most. The team’s 2022 roster, highlighted by the addition of former ThungerTalk Gaming Young mid laner Zhu “Keaiduo” Xiong and former FunPlus Phoenix support Wei “Shenyi” Zi-Jie, was expected to perform relatively well despite language barriers based on individual player skill alone. Since the start of the split, TSM has struggled against every team in the league (their only win being a close victory over Immortals Progressive) and even subbed out Shenyi in favor of Academy support Wang “Yursan” Sheng-Yu until further notice.
TSM will have the chance to bounce back from this loss tomorrow against Team Liquid at 3:30 p.m. ET.