Clutch Gaming pulled off a stunning reverse sweep against TSM in the LCS 2019 Regional Finals to qualify for their first ever League of Legends World Championship.
TSM has been a staple of North American League of Legends for quite some time now, and they were favourites heading into these playoffs against a relatively new Clutch Gaming side. Having missed out on Worlds in 2018, this was their chance at redemption, however it wasn’t to be.
The first game was a scrappy affair, with both sides exchanging frequent blows. It was TSM who secured the first point on the board, though, as they outplayed Clutch Gaming in a tense scrap near Dragon.
TSM carried this momentum into the second game, which turned out to be much more of a one-sided affair. This seemed to trigger something in Clutch Gaming, as they switched up a gear and proceeded to dominate TSM in the third game.
Clutch Gaming’s CodySun and Huni were vital to the team’s success on the final two maps. CodySun’s Ezreal and Kog’Maw dished out extraordinary damage in each fight, while Huni’s Gnar and Jarvan proved essential in teamfights.
This win will come as a surprise, even to Clutch Gaming. They finished the Spring Split in ninth overall, but made a big comeback in the Summer Split having changed their approach to the game.
Meanwhile, this is one of TSM’s most miserable years in the LCS for quite some time. They missed out on MSI qualification and have consistently come second place to Team Liquid, the new kings of North America.
With this victory, Clutch Gaming will join Team Liquid and Cloud 9 as North America’s hopefuls heading into Worlds 2019. Make sure you follow our League of Legends Worlds 2019 hub for all the latest on the qualified teams.