TSM move past Cloud9 to ECS semis

TSM are through to the semifinals of the ECS Season 1 finals after surprisingly taking down regional kingpin Cloud9 2-0 (16-7 on Cache and 16-11 on Train).

The Group B decider match of the ECS Season 1 finals was something of a North American struggle between the old guard that is Cloud9 and the avant garde that is TSM, with the latter team having been relatively unproven since being picked up by illustrious organisation Team SoloMid (only two offline appearances: the MLG Americas Minor and ELEAGUE Season 1).

Cloud9's map pick of Cache begun the series and it was Kory "⁠SEMPHIS⁠" Friesen's TSM who exploded out on their T-side pistolround and took the round without losing a man. The first gunround saw Tyler "⁠Skadoodle⁠" Latham shut down a late round push with a triple kill with the player's famous AWPing on Cache beginning to factor into the game early on.

Cloud9 equalised the score at 3-3 with TSM then winning the next gun round (with 16-year-old Russel "⁠Twistzz⁠" Van Dulken picking up two AK47 kills to close out the round) but the following round saw Jake "⁠Stewie2K⁠" Yip and Skadoodle grab two kills apiece to reset TSM's economy.


Seventeen-year-old SicK was a lynchpin for TSM in the series

A triple kill from Twistzz on the tenth round put TSM back in the lead in terms of momentum, and forced an eventual pause from Cloud9 and it was Skadoodle who pulled off an AWP quad kill on the thirteenth round to narrow the score. However, the next round saw TSM's Timothy "⁠autimatic⁠" Ta pull off a surprising four kills to single-handedly open up A bombsite and it was TSM who ended up closing the half with a 9-6 lead.

The second half of Cache saw SEMPHIS and Twistzz shut down Cloud9 early on and pull ahead to a 14-6 nearly completely unchallenged (even on the first gunround). Despite Cloud9 managing to secure one round, this half was a story of TSM's complete defensive dominance and they closed out the map 16-7.

The series moved to TSM's map pick of Train and TSM started on the CT-side and obliterated Cloud9 on the first pistolround. With C9 having planted however, a buy on the third round saw a triple kill from Jordan "⁠n0thing⁠" Gilbert go a long ways to helping his team secure a round early on and challenge TSM for first half dominance.


Skadoodle's passive AWP style continued to work wonders on Cache

Stewie2K picked up three AK kills on the fifth round to bring down TSM's defenses but the team's economic management allowed them to buy up again and they were thus able to equalise the score at 3-3. With all of TSM playing fairly well, Pujan "⁠FNS⁠" Mehta and his team pulled ahead to a 8-3 lead at this point.

Cloud9 were able to grab a few more T-side rounds before the half closed out but it was a 9-6 TSM lead that rounded out the half. The second pistolround saw a commanding triple kill from Hunter "⁠SicK⁠" Mims put TSM into a 10-6 lead, with both pistolrounds on the map won.

Desperate to shut down TSM and not allow them to pull away, Cloud9 managed to somehow win an eco on the eighteenth round, which saw Mike "⁠shroud⁠" Grzesiek pick up an enemy's AK early on and close out the round with a triple kill. However, TSM bought up and got entries across the map to overwhelm Cloud9 and move up to 12-8.


Sixteen-year-old Twistzz was the other youngster who excelled on Train

The next round saw Cloud9 leader Alec "⁠Slemmy⁠" White win a one-versus-three despite only having a P250 on the A site (and he got four kills in the round overall) as the game continued going back and forth. TSM claimed the following round but a force buy in the next round again saw Cloud9 somehow win with Scouts and P250s as the score stood at 13-9.

SEMPHIS winning a cheekily-played one-versus-three on the 28th round brought them to a 14-10 lead and they quickly claimed match point after which Cloud9 called a tactical pause. The tactical pause managed to net Slemmy and his team a round but a pistol buy from TSM saw autimatic pick up two early kills on the A site and SEMPHIS then win a one-versus-two with the Deagle to close out the map 16-11.

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 TSM K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
47 - 30 +17 97.3 1.56
44 - 27 +17 94.3 1.41
39 - 23 +16 79.0 1.37
37 - 27 +10 70.8 1.18
27 - 34 -7 68.1 0.92
 Cloud9 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
36 - 34 +2 76.2 1.07
32 - 37 -5 78.2 0.94
28 - 40 -12 58.4 0.69
23 - 44 -21 61.4 0.68
22 - 40 -18 55.8 0.67

Tomorrow is the final day of the ECS Season 1 finals in London and will begin with the first semifinal, in which fnatic will take on G2 at 13:00 . The second semifinal will see Luminosity play TSM at 16:30 .

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United States Alec 'Slemmy' White
Alec 'Slemmy' White
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.85
Maps played:
175
KPR:
0.57
DPR:
0.69
United States Hunter 'SicK' Mims
Hunter 'SicK' Mims
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
135
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.71
United States Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
441
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
United States Tyler 'Skadoodle' Latham
Tyler 'Skadoodle' Latham
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
445
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.59
Canada Pujan 'FNS' Mehta
Pujan 'FNS' Mehta
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
345
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.68
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
100
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.66
Canada Kory 'SEMPHIS' Friesen
Kory 'SEMPHIS' Friesen
Age:
33
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
415
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.70
Canada Mike 'shroud' Grzesiek
Mike 'shroud' Grzesiek
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
383
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.65
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
218
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.72
United States Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
259
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.70
we out here, god twistzz
2016-06-25 23:17
3 replies
And hell breaks loose
2016-06-25 23:17
K Nigga K
2016-06-25 23:17
KKona
2016-06-25 23:56
FUUUUUUUUUUUCK
2016-06-25 23:17
n1
2016-06-25 23:17
Rip c9 :(
2016-06-25 23:17
ez
2016-06-25 23:17
sad day for C9 fans
2016-06-25 23:17
#8
jks | 
United States LongDong
GJ TSM :)
2016-06-25 23:17
#9
 | 
Portugal SlashOP
CLOWN9
2016-06-25 23:17
ez
2016-06-25 23:17
#11
 | 
Switzerland c0yot3
i will never be first
2016-06-25 23:17
clown9
2016-06-25 23:17
nice
2016-06-25 23:17
12453`2361412$#re
2016-06-25 23:17
ez
2016-06-25 23:17
[*]
2016-06-25 23:18
#18
 | 
Brazil hoovR
c9 EleGiggle
2016-06-25 23:17
TSM easy roster upgrade gg astralis.
2016-06-25 23:17
It means TSM is better than Astralis
2016-06-25 23:17
n1
2016-06-25 23:17
ez for Sick
2016-06-25 23:17
#25
 | 
Brazil karlyn90
TSM top 1 Kappa
2016-06-25 23:17
#26
 | 
Spain Alser
rip9
2016-06-25 23:18
Clown9
2016-06-25 23:18
#28
 | 
Portugal dracø
No stewie carry no win
2016-06-25 23:18
the irony is strong on this one =DD SicK #1 NA player just wait on it
2016-06-25 23:18
4 replies
there's no irony at all.
2016-06-25 23:45
3 replies
On semphis wrecking and clutching after clutch against his ex-team he got kicked from? ok
2016-06-26 00:18
2 replies
Happens with almost every roster change, nothing special.
2016-06-26 02:06
1 reply
nobody said it's anything special, just ironic
2016-06-26 02:08
Great performance TSM !
2016-06-25 23:19
Semphis post-game interview. What an honest non-automatic-prepared interview. If you read this Semphis. Props to you.
2016-06-25 23:21
3 replies
Where can I watch it?
2016-06-26 01:21
2 replies
in my basement ;)
2016-06-26 13:55
2016-06-29 11:38
lol some months ago SicK was raping my ass in pugs and now raping c9 and EU teams
2016-06-25 23:22
#37
 | 
Finland kAlluYT
I tried so hard, and I got so far, but I still was way too late to be first :(
2016-06-25 23:23
C9 is history now.
2016-06-25 23:24
Oh thank god, i believed TSM will choke and stopped watching when it was 15-11 Nice revenge by semphis, kicked by c9, build a new team with 2 under 18 players, changed his style for his team, and got his revenge.
2016-06-25 23:29
1 reply
Yeah, with C9 playing like dogshit. Stewie being dogshit, n0thing as well, ska/shroud tried a bit but even then they were meh at best.
2016-06-26 00:03
Semphis damn <3 TSM overall good tournament so far!
2016-06-25 23:30
OK, Cloud9 are a fucking joke. 2-0 Astralis, for what? To lose to fucking TSM? Time for this team to make some changes, if you can't even beat a t2 NA team on LAN then you don't even deserve to be there. A TEAM WITH FUCKING FNS FOR FUCKS SAKE Anyways, props to Twistzzz and Sick. We saw these guys in FPL, and they looked good. It's cool that they seem to be able to translate their raw aim well to European LAN. Hopefully they can do something in the semis, at least then c9 and astralis won't have died for nothing.
2016-06-25 23:31
9 replies
nice try, fanboy of 5 teams in 20 months.
2016-06-25 23:35
7 replies
Hahahahaha that's true dont even miss he's a monkey.
2016-06-25 23:45
6 replies
i don't have a problem with monkeys, I have a problem with people that support an infinite number of teams depending on where one player or another is going. Imagine Real Madrid fans supporting Barcelona because Luis Enrique went there. They have 0 mentality.
2016-06-25 23:59
#55
 | 
Sri Lanka 1v1meRust
it must hurt your pride a lot that a team made of "monkeys" is better than yours ayy lmao "A superiority complex is a psychological defense mechanism in which a person's feelings of superiority, counter or conceal his or her feelings of inferiority." - Wikipedia but i guess that's how you defend yourself, huh?
2016-06-26 00:23
expected racism from amerifat also wtf is this guy talking about fanboy of 5 teams in 20 months? I have never been a c9 fan
2016-06-26 19:29
3 replies
I go to the gym 6 days per week what are u talking about moneky
2016-06-26 20:53
2 replies
well done u will end up fat middle aged trash man with redneck children
2016-06-26 23:08
1 reply
U wish u had the half of my biceps
2016-06-26 23:15
C9 is a joke for losing to Tier2 NA but Astralis losing to Tier2 NA is ok
2016-06-26 14:37
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip kd 23-44 adr 61.4 rating 0.55 Nice noob needs to open his eyes more
2016-06-25 23:41
Really deserved! Congratz TSM!
2016-06-25 23:42
Who's igl for tsm? Most of them were igls at one point or another so I was just curious.
2016-06-25 23:50
3 replies
Semphis rn (backed by their coach as well)
2016-06-25 23:54
^ last i heard Semphis was calling, but they seem to change semi-frequently so who knows
2016-06-25 23:56
Valens calling setups/strats with semphis making mid round decisions.
2016-06-26 00:23
Well played TSM well deserved win sad to see C9 go out this way but atleast it looks like TSM are stepping up rn
2016-06-25 23:58
This kid sick lives up to his name, he's very good
2016-06-26 00:25
that gotta be a real shit eating roller-coaster son of a bitch ride for those kids.
2016-06-26 00:28
semphis is the IGL
2016-06-26 00:38
4Head SEWAGE 4Head
2016-06-26 01:03
sick...
2016-06-26 02:59
Omygawd!
2016-06-26 03:01
n1 semphis
2016-06-26 03:43
wtf is going on in c9 town.... w/e doesn't matter <3 c9 still
2016-06-26 03:44
#70
 | 
Sweden hudgun
sick so so consistent on this tournament
2016-06-26 03:53
stewie23k
2016-06-26 03:55
semphis was so retarded some time a go, now looks way smarter, thats nice
2016-06-26 04:02
tsm > c9 > asstralis
2016-06-26 04:37
Team NA FPL is doing things
2016-06-26 05:36
TSM > Astralis haha revenge
2016-06-26 06:09
So regis was genius not renewing chokers contracts instead of getting 5 fpl stars LUL
2016-06-26 09:04
Fucking EZ bot stewie and slemmy too stronk kapa
2016-06-26 09:05
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