CLG tastes victory against TSM for the first time in 1,176 days

CLG continues to ramp up after beating their longtime rivals.

League of Legends's Icon Nicholas Ray · 7 Jul 2019


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For the first time since the 2016 LCS Spring Split Finals, CLG has won a match against their long-time rivals TSM. With this win, CLG hold onto their spot in the tie for first place.

CLG must have been itching to finally break their loss streak against TSM, because the game was an absolute bloodbath. TSM's comp was supposed to be skirmish heavy with Gragas and Yasuo in the bot lane, and CLG had an answer for everything TSM threw at them.

The early game started off on a quiet note, but broke wide open after a four-man dive from TSM went awry. Mechanical mistakes on the side of TSM and quick reactions from CLG lead to kills going over to Trevor "Stixxay" Hayes' Sivir and Kim "Ruin" Hyeong-min's Aatrox.

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CLG took this momentum and played off the fact that all three of their lanes gained a lead off of the play. After knocking down three of TSM's towers, CLG's biggest resource became TSM's desperation. Raymond "Wiggily" Griffin's Sylas turned around multiple shoddy engages from TSM and his team quickly cleaned up afterwards. CLG eventually closed the books on this game in just over 25 minutes.

Stixxay is the only remaining player from the 2016 CLG lineup that eventually went on to the finals of the Mid-Season Invitational, and the only member of the current roster to have ever beaten TSM. Now, after years of underwhelming performances, CLG is finally looking like a legitimate top team within the LCS again.

"My goal is to obviously be the undisputed first," Stixxay said when asked about what the team hopes to accomplish this summer in an interview.

CLG will play Team Liquid and Golden Guardians, two playoff contenders, in week six. If they can find themselves a 2-0 against some of the toughest opposition remaining, they could accomplish that goal.

CLG play Team Liquid on July 13 at 5 p.m. PDT.


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