When you think about it, it’s kind of crazy that TSM missed Worlds in 2019.
The team’s absence in 2018 was expected given the challenges of moving on from star ADC Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng, the best player in LCS history. But another series of big roster moves led to a resurgence early the next year. The team was just one win away from taking home the Spring Split championship, breaking up Doublelift’s personal run of six-straight titles.
But the team collapsed in the Summer Split, forcing another series of tough moves in which three-fifths of the roster turned over. Now the team heads into 2020 facing considerable uncertainty for perhaps the first time in its history.
TSM isn’t just fighting to beat other LCS teams this year. It’s fighting the concept of its own mortality.
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