Good Morning Everyone!
Thanks for tuning in today. We got a greta topic and something I haven’t written about as much as I’d like to. The League of Legends Summer Split Finals were last weekend and I am a huge TSM fan. (I know I know, cut me some slack.) Last split they made it to the finals and got beat by a CLG team that caught fire at the right time. This split they looked nearly unstoppable for 16 weeks. So even though it’s already been a week, if you don’t want spoilers, turn back now.
Game 1: TSM looks uncoordinated, C9 got an early lead. TSM tried to claw back in, but they couldn’t get the team fights to go their way. TSM’s bot lane was double killed eaqrly by C9 which seems rare for Doublelift and Biofrost. They gave up a lot of dragons, just couldn’t seem to get the team work together. I was hoping this wouldn’t be the case, obviously, as it was all too familiar a feeling. C9 looked really good, and I was praying it was just nerves or a bit of rust. TSM falls in a rather quick game 1.
Game 2: TSM gets first blood. Bjerg managed to claim it it a similar fashion he was FB’d in Game 1. TSm manages to take the first dragon: Infernal. After the first 4 man gank bot, TSM gets a 2 for 1 and first turret blood. They have a huge gold lead. TSM catches Jensen Mid and Impact top for two more solo kills. Next thing you know TSM has 3 Drakes. TSM then appears to be setting up baron after a ton of cat and mouse, almost 15 minutes of no deaths. C9 feels they must try and stop the Baron. C9 has a great Velkoz ulti but TSM is able to secure 2 kills while giving none up. The score is 7 to 1, but C9 did stop the baron. C9 engages over Mt. Drake and TSM picks up another 2 kills, then take baron. All c9 did was delay the inevitable. They pick up another kill after the baron and push to inhibitor. TSM has a 10k gold lead at 32 minutes in. They pick up two more kills and split mid and bot for inhibs. C9 manages to pick up two off Bio and Hauntzer after staying too long in the enemy base. TSM goes for Elder, it’s a bait and C9 falls apart. After wiping most of the team TSM makes a final push and takes the Nexus for Game 2.
Game 3: TSM First blood goes to Sven. C9 counters by killing Hauntzer Top after he looked slightly over extended. C9 Jungler rotates Mid and they take out Bjerg. Shortly after, they try Mid again. This second C9 gank Mid fails and is turned around by TSM for 2 kills making it 3 to 2 TSM and they manage to get first turret blood out of it. C9 is keeping it close due to Hauntzer getting caught again. Impact keeping C9 in it. He’s playing very well. YOu can tell he wants the win badly. TSM sends all 5 top, pick up a kill on Meteos, the turret and are up 5k gold and two dragons at 23 minutes. Sven harasses Meteos all game and has out farmed him. Sven will not leave him alone and is counter jungling him to death. Team fight breaks out, in Top Red side Jungle, TSM picks up 4 kills to cement their huge lead, leaving only C9’s Jensen alive. Doublelift has a NASTY Jihn snipe. In the middle of the team fight, he manages to thread the needle between two champs and kill a fleeing Ashe among her C9 teammates, they are unable to block. C9 loses their DPS and the team fight goes to TSM. They are able to make a final push shortly afterwards for Game 3.
Game 4: Picks and bans are odd due to team counter picking and banning out champs. C9 gets Rek’Sai and Jihn (Both hotly wanted by both teams), forcing DL onto the Lucian pick. Crowd goes wild. Sven has the most amazing lvl 2 gank based on C9’s Taliyah pick. Knowing she was going to push the mid lane then farm enemy raptors, Sven took his red buff and was waiting for her, the slow from red buff combined with Bjergson being ready, netted TSM an easy kill and first blood . C9 answers by killing DL. Sven has a great jungle camp steal, still harassing Meteos in the jungle. The pressure Sven provided for 2 games had to be soul crushing for Meteos. Score is 2 to 1 C9, but TSM is out farming and gets the first dragon. TSM has a great ability to slowly gain little advantages here and there to gain incremental leads that add up over time. C9 gets first Tower in top lane and the extra gold along with it. TSM has a great turn around gank on bot by Haunzter using his Shen Ultimate, to gain advantage and take out Meteos. Another failed gank mid by C9 goes in TSMs favor. TSM picks up two more kills by catching Sneaky and Meteos out separately. TSM picks up a second Infernal Drake. Hauntzer is getting shut down, HARD the last two games. Really struggling against Impact on Gnar who is playing like a man possessed. TSM is forced try to take advantage while Hauntzer is trying to hold off Impact. Impact is an absolute monster and able to 1v2 TSM when reinforcment arrives for Haunter. Vision is great for TSM side, they bait baron, but nothing happens. Then something crazy happens and C9 loos like they want tp base race TSM. TSM is much faster and get an Inhib. C9 fails to take the mid land 2nd turret. C9 has to back off to defend, of the game would end. TSM goes for Baron for real this time, and C9 manages to kill Biofrost. C9 gets a HUGE team fight and Impact turns around a guaranteed lost team fight. When everything seems hopeless, Impact executes an incredible Ultimate turning the fight in C9s. C9 managed to get Baron and bring back the game to try and tie the series. This is exactly what they needed to stay in it. 11 to 11, C9 had the gold lead w/ Baron. TSM has 4 drakes. There are two very long team fights. Lots of bulk on both sides, both team kiting very well and chipping each other away. The second team fight has the most insane ending of any League of Legends Match I have ever seen. Please take a few moments to watch the clip below. It is unbelievable.
As this team fight begins to go downhill again for TSM, Taliyah is able to split TSM up with a well placed wall. This allows Impact to really get in and do some work while TSM is separated. AS TSM begins to fall, Doublelift goes HAM. His Lucian skill really shines and he almost effortlessly kites and POUR damage onto the other team. He has a perfect Culling absolutely melting everything in his way. It was absurd. That team fight allows them to push out their lanes, bait a fight at Elder Dragon, finish off C9 one last time and push for the game, the series and the summer split victory!
This victory also guaranteed them a spot at worlds with a first round bye!
Some takeaways: Jihn and Ashe were popular for both TSM and C9, respectively. Rek’sai is absurd, apparently she’s been nerfed 7 times, with 0 buffs, since release. First picked almost every game. TSM playe a lot of Echo. C9 played a lot of Trundle. All in all, it was a greats series and a ton of fun to watch. I am very excited for Worlds, where NA has really struggled on the world’s stage. If TSM can keep the fire burning, they will absolutely be able to contend with the best Korea has to offer. They may not win, but they will put up a hell of a fight.
Nuzlocke Update 2:
So we left off in Cerulean City, having defeated my rival. I decided to press north to beat the nugget bridge, and head towards Bills. There were plenty of trainers to level up my team and be ready for Misty. Just left of the nugget bridge, Route 24, is where I went to find an Abra. Little did I know that Abra doesn’t seem to spawn there in Yellow Version, so the first thing I found was an Oddish. Great find since I did not have a Grass type. I catch it without issue and add it to my team. While working my way to Bill’s house, I am fighting hikers, who have rock and fighting types. The Oddish is doing well until… it doesn’t and dies. I get an unlucky critical hit, and the Oddish goes down. Our first causality. I am stunned. It’s a bad one because it was a greatly needed grass type. I press on, keep leveling, meet Bill and head to Misty. I decide to use the Moonstone I found on my Nidorino because the moves that it will learn as a Niodrino are not worth the stat losses.
Once fighting her, I find I’m in a bad spot. My team is wounded, Misty’s Starmie is absurdly bulky and I cannot switch safely into anything. Bubblebeam is ripping my team to shreds. I need an opportunity to heal and almost need a KO to get the free switch. I did the unspeakable and threw my lowly lvl 8 Spearow into the fray, I use a potion on my Nidoking, the Spearow is decimated. Another fallen poke. He sacrificed for the team. He will be remembered… sort of. My fresh Nidoking is able to finish off the Starmie and win me the Cascade badge.
I walk away from my second gym fight battered, bruised, and with two dead pokemon. My team is ok, since I never got used to having Oddish actively making a difference on my team. I proceed to Vermilion City.
Just outside the daycare, Route 5, I look for a new poke, hoping to find another Oddish. First poke, Pidgey; second poke, Rattata; third poke… Abra! I am ready with my Butterfree, and use Sleep Powder. After a few pokeballs, Abra is mine. This is a HUGE power boost. The Abra is low level but I’ll be able to train it up, no problem. I skip Route 6 and head to the city. I find the Old Rod, and use Route 6 to try and fish. Knowing the old Rod won’t hit much of anything, I catch a lvl 5 Magikarp and decide to hold off on leveling it until I have surf. My team is pretty full, I don’t really have room.
I run to the Diglett Cave and catch… a Diglett. Surprise! I am trying to round out the team before the S.S Anne and a Diglett will help back up Nidoking against Lt. Surge, since Nidoking has no ground type moves, just the resistance. I clean up all the trainers on Rt. 11 and catch a lvl 16 Drowzee. I take my time going through the S.S. Anne without issue, and very quickly dispatch Lt. Surge. After losing my first two pokes, Things are going smoothly. The team is holding up well and I am picking up a good number of reserves.
Upon getting HM01 Cut, my third badge, HM05 Flash, it was time to proceed through the Rock Tunnel, and ultimately, Lavender Town. While proceeding to the Rock tunnel, I encounter a trainer with a Sandshrew. While fighting with my full health Diglett, the Sandshrew lands a Slash, Critical Hit and now I have a dead Diglett. This isn’t so bad because Nidoking will eventually have Eartherquake, but its hurts me in the short term. I train outside the Rock Tunnel and until ready make my way in. Eventually, I fight a trainer with a Voltorb. I am working on raising the Geodude to a Graveller because rock moves would be a huge boon. The Geodude leaves the Voltorb with 1HP after a Rock Throw and, of course, the Voltorb had locked in Self-destruct. The move deal nearly 60 HP worth of damage and the Geodude falls. Another low blow. Graveller would have been SO GOOD, it was very crucial due to it’s defenses and health pool. I am too deep to leave the Tunnel. I need to press forward and the rest of my team is healthy. Both of my rock and ground types are dead. A few trainers later, I am nearing the exit, and I encounter a trainer with a Graveller. In a moment that classic Greek tragedy deems mandatory, my Butterfree’s Confusion does not quite one shot the Graveller and his rebuttal Rock Slide OHKO’s my Butterfree.
This has turned into an absolute blood bath. With my team barely intact, I make it to Lavender Town. It is appropriate because I have many Pokemon to bury and mourn. I decide to head towards Celedon City for three reasons. The Route in that direction has potential fire types (Growlith or Vulpix in R/B), it’s the direction of the next badge, and I want to hold off on heading South. Theres lots of water and I may need to try fishing once I have a better rod. My team is hurting for a water type. I also know the Snorlax is down there and may need to make that my one pokemon for the Route.
I make my way to Celedon and I am relying on Nidoking, Pikachu, Abra (which has since evolved into Kadabra), and Mankey. I am forced to use Diglett for Cut, but he cannot participate in battles. Ready to catch a new guy on Route 8, I encounter several trainers. While power leveling the Kadabra, I must have blinked for a second and a 70%-75% HP Kadabra dies. I don’t even know how it happened. I knew he was fragile; I was just trying to get him leveled up to the rest gang and he croaked. Not even an Honorable Death… I head towards the tall grass, and the first encounter is actually another Abra. I have no way to stop it and it Teleports away. I lose my chance to catch something on this route. Goodbye Abra, and any potential fire types. I grab my Drowzee as a solid back up Psychic poke and power him from 16-26 to become a Hypno. I think Hypno is a bit tankier than Kadabra, so he will be good for helping me defeat Erica in Celedon City.
I train for a bit outside the city and then go to fight Erica. my team is a lvl 28 Nidoking with Ice Beam, lvl 27 Hypno, lvl 26 Pikachu for Thunderbolt, lvl 25 Mankey who will not help with Grass types, I fill the empty spot with a Nidoran Female that I’ve gotten to a lvl 17 Nidorina. I do not really want both Nidoking and Queen on my team due to lack of TMs and lack of type coverage, but I cannot afford to be too picky right now.
Against Erica I lead with my Hypno. She sends out Tengla and I realize I don’t have type advantage due to Tangela being strictly Grass. After both landing a hit, I switch to Nidoking and Ice Beam Tangela away. She sends out Weepinbell and I send out Hypno. After landing a Vine Whip, Hypno take little damage and lands Confusion. Second turn the Weepinbell goes first again with Razor Leaf. Critical Hit, Hypo dies after losing 80% of it’s health. I spent all that time getting Hypno TEN levels to evolve and it DIES. Thanks for nothing! I switch to Nidoking and Ice Beam levels her Weepinbell and Gloom.
I am broken. I have lost my rock type, my ground type, two psychic types, the only grass type I’ve encountered and my Butterfree. I watch 5 of 7 pokes get REKT by critical hits in the span of 3 gym badges. My team is:
lvl 28 Nidoking
lvl 26 Pikachu
lvl 24 Mankey
lvl 17 Nidorina
I need to potentially replace three spots if you count the Nidorina. I need a grass type, water type, and fire type. I need Bulky guys that won’t be so fragile. I need a Snorlax. I have some sort of a plan, but it’s looking very, very grim at the moment. I may need to break out the Magikarp. I need to see what Routes I even have available to me. Lavender Town is an option for a Ghost type which could be huge. I need to cruise through the rocket hideout for the Silph Scope, but need to replenish the team first. We’ve got our work cut out for us.
Let’s take a moment to remember our fallen teammates:
-Oddish, you were critically smote when you we’re truly needed. You were so young.
-Spearow, you were used as bait to save the important team members. I’d throw you under the bus again in a heartbeat.
-Geodude. I had high hopes for you, you could have been the chosen one and a Voltorb with nothing to lose claimed you.
-Diglett, a Sandshrew without a cause critically Slashed you into the grave.
-Butterfree, you were one of the very first pokes I caught, you lasted a long time. I was hoping I’d be able to retire you of my own freewill, and not have you fall in battle. The rocks were too stronk.
-Kadabra, the glass cannon. Alakazam would have been sick, but you were bested while training.
-Hypno. You had big shoes to fill, you looked to be up to the challenge, Critically Sharp Leaves were your demise, you will be missed.
So in the immortal words of Dylan Thomas:
“Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”
Goodnight, sweet princes.
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