TSM, 100 Thieves stay atop heap at LCS Summer Split

TSM and 100 Thieves posted victories to remain first and second in Week 9 of the League Championship Series Summer Split on Saturday, while Evil Geniuses fell from alone in third into a three-way tie.

In the day’s final match, TSM (30-14), playing on red, needed only 28 minutes to defeat last-place Counter Logic Gaming. 100 Thieves (29-15) had begun things with a 32-minute win on blue against Golden Guardians (13-31), who sit in ninth place in the 10-team league.

Evil Geniuses were playing on blue as they fell to Team Liquid in 42 minutes, leaving both teams at 27-17. They now share third place with Cloud9, who played on blue and posted a 28-minute win over Dignitas (22-22).

In the other match on Saturday, FlyQuest (14-30) also played on blue in defeating Immortals (20-24) in 30 minutes.

The top 10 North American League of Legends teams are competing in the League Championship Series (LCS) Summer Split. After a triple round robin of best-of-one matches, the top eight clubs will qualify for the LCS Championship, scheduled for Aug. 7-29. The final rounds will be played in Newark, N.J.

The top two teams will start in Round 2 of the Championship’s upper bracket. Third through sixth will start in Round 1 of the upper bracket, and seventh and eighth will start in Round 1 of the lower bracket.

Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage of Germany led TSM’s win with a kills-deaths-assists ratio of 6-0-3, while Jason “Wild Turtle” Tran (2-2-1) of Canada was the only Counter Logic Gaming player to have a ratio with more than one kill.

Can “Closer” Celik of Turkey posted a K-D-A of 9-0-8 to lead 100 Thieves, and Jonathan “Chime” Pomponio was at 2-6-3 for Golden Guardians.

Team Liquid rode a 6-2-3 K-D-A from Edward “Tactical” Ra of the U.S. Kyle “Danny” Sakamaki (2-2-1) of the U.S. was the only Evil Geniuses player to have multiple kills.

Robert “Blaber” Huang of the U.S. posted a strong 6-0-7 and Jesper “Zven” Sveningsen of Denmark was at 5-0-10 to lead Cloud9, while David “Yusui” Bloomquist (2-5-0) of the U.S. was the only Dignitas player to have any kills in the K-D-A.

FlyQuest saw Brandon Joel “Josedeodo” Villegas of Argentina put up a 9-1-8 and Cristian “Palafox” Palafox of the U.S. an 8-1-6, while Quin “Raes” Korebrits of New Zealand led Immortals at 6-6-4.

Week 9 of the Summer Split concludes Sunday with five matches:
–TSM vs. Dignitas
–Immortals vs. Golden Guardians
–Team Liquid vs. Cloud9
–Evil Geniuses vs. 100 Thieves
–FlyQuest vs. Counter Logic Gaming

League Championship Series Summer Split standings, with records carried over from Spring Split (Summer W-L in parentheses):
1. TSM, 30-14 (18-8)
2. 100 Thieves, 29-15 (18-8)
T3. Cloud9, 27-17 (14-12)
T3. Evil Geniuses, 27-17 (17-9)
T3. Team Liquid, 27-17 (15-11)
6. Dignitas, 22-22 (11-15)
7. Immortals, 20-24 (13-13)
8. FlyQuest, 14-30 (8-18)
9. Golden Guardians, 13-31 (10-16)
10. Counter Logic Gaming, 11-33 (6-20)

–Field Level Media

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