Team Liquid Kicked Off The 2020 LCS Summer Split With A Huge Win Against TSM

Team Liquid Kicked Off The 2020 LCS Summer Split With A Huge Win Against TSM
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After rejoining TSM’s ranks, Doublelift suffered a massive defeat against his former team Team Liquid today. With Edward “Tactical” Ra filling the veteran AD carry’s shoes, Liquid dominated TSM in a blowout match for their first game of the 2020 League of Legends Championship Series Summer Split.

Doublelift, who left Liquid after a disappointing ninth-place finish during the spring, made it clear that he desired to “destroy” his old team. He signed with TSM in April, a team that he had been a part of for the 2016 season. By re-joining his former team, not only was Doublelift guaranteed a starting spot, but he was also reunited with some of his former teammates and closest friends. But he was unable to find any success with TSM on the opening day of the 2020 LCS Summer Split.

TSM’s bot lane opted for a scaling duo under Kalista and Taric but failed to snowball despite their early CS lead. Instead, the spotlight rested on Tactical, the promoted rookie ADC player for Liquid. As Aphelios, Tactical delivered a masterful 7/0/6 performance and even topped off his strong start with two kills onto his former teammate. With veteran CoreJJ’s assistance as Bard, Tactical achieved ‘godlike’ status on Summoner’s Rift.

TSM’s disappointing performance was further perpetuated by Mingyi “Spica” Lu’s lackluster performance on Kayn. The latest jungler for TSM failed to gain his Kayn transformation until the twenty-three minute mark, and was unable to make a significant impact on the game.

With a massive 13,000 gold lead, Liquid defeated TSM in 25 minutes.

When Team Liquid took down TSM in their first match of the 2020 LCS Summer Split, the team’s fans were ecstatic. Superstar jungler Broxah said, however, that he mostly felt a sense of relief after the victory, since it represented their first proper start to a League of Legends season.

“I’m just relieved that I was actually here to even be part of the first game, and I’ve been able to prepare with the team leading up to this,” Broxah said. “The fact that the game was very solid is really great because we’ve already started this split in a much better fashion than the previous one. So it feels pretty good, but we still need a lot more wins to be fully satisfied.”

Last season, Team Liquid struggled to find any sort of synergy and consistency due to multiple unfortunate circumstances. For the first few weeks of the spring, for example, Broxah was stuck back in Europe due to visa issues.