2022 LCS Spring Split Betting | TSM vs. C9 Predictions & Match Analysis

Predictions for TSM vs. C9 will surely be unanimous and, well, it’s easy to understand why. Funnily enough, it still sounds like a clash of titans, even though it’ll be anything but.

On the one side, we have the absolute best team in North America, and on the other, the absolute worst. That’s not exactly a recipe that’ll result in a spectacular game of League. We’re being very harsh here, but it’s still the truth, and everyone knows it too.

And, frankly, we don’t want to lambast TSM — we’re not bullies nor do we get any kind of enjoyment from seeing them fail. They’re a young team with a bunch of likable players, and no one should take their brash facade at face value either; it’s all just a bit of childish posturing and an attempt to hype themselves up for the journey ahead.

NOT A GOOD LOOK
Unfortunately, they still haven’t walked the proverbial walk. And, by the looks of it, they’ll have to wait for the second half of the competitive season before potentially making any kind of rebound. There are just five games left to be played and, well, they’ll almost surely end up on the receiving end of things in all five of their remaining outings.

For TSM, the first half of 2022 has been an absolute nightmare, and things will not get any better any time soon. It’s been one debacle after another, and their current win-loss tally says the same as well — a whopping eleven losses and just two wins. A 15% win ratio for the most accomplished and revered organization in NA history.

Oh how the mighty have fallen! And while we do still believe in them correcting course, they’ll nonetheless face a most treacherous road ahead. By the time they get on the same page (assuming it even happens), their peers will have too big of a head start.

So, needless to say, there’s no reason whatsoever for anyone to be hyped for the boys in black and white, and it pains us to say it. They can, at times, put on a show, but these moments happen at random, and they’re extremely rare as well so there’s really no reason to talk about them given the likelihood of them occurring.

Cloud9, on other hand, are playing like their lives depend on it. We’re still somewhat confused by their staggering dominance and the fact that they’re this darn good at this early point of the season.

They look and play like a mature, seasoned team, and if the way in which they disposed of Team Liquid is any indication, they could very well be the biggest frontrunners to win the first split of 2022.

Cloud9 — Almost Flawless

We’ve been singing Cloud9’s praises for weeks and, well, they’ve earned every bit of it — and then some. This team is as commanding and capable as they come, and the most frightening thing of all is that they still have a ways to go before fully realizing their utmost potential.

Imagine that: an even better Cloud9 than the one that just blew Team Liquid out of the water. Frightening stuff, no doubt! They’ve all been absolutely incredible, and it’s fair to say that their best days are yet to come.

Park “Summit” Woo-tae, however, stands out, and we’ve seen more than enough to proclaim him as the absolute best top laner in North America — and it’s not even remotely close. This talented phenom leads all top laners in Kill Share (26.1%), Damage Per Minute (587), Damage Share (30.9%), and has some awe-inspiring laning numbers as well — he’s first in GD, XPD, and CSD at the ten-minute mark.

But he’s not the only one who’s been wrecking house: Kim “Berserker” Min-cheol is also one of Cloud9’s most impactful weapons — especially in the mid and later stages of the game. He hasn’t been as lane dominant as Steven “Hans Sama” Liv, but he has this uncanny ability to make the game-winning play whenever his team needs it.

And he makes it all look so easy, too. As if it were child’s play.

Cloud9 have all the right tools and players to make a run for the title — and actually succeed, too. Their most recent win over Team Liquid doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll get the better of them once those hugely important Best of 5s come around, but it is an indication of their immense potential and ability to perform on the biggest stage in North America. There’s also nothing to fault them for — they’ve been as dominant as possible and have made very few mistakes, all of which were wholly negligible.

And, well, they’ll mop the floor with TSM. We simply cannot imagine a more lopsided match-up. There’s really no other way to say it. It might end up being ever so slightly more competitive than most folks expect, but make no mistake: Cloud9 will win, and they’ll look incredible doing it.

There’s no one in the LCS who can challenge them — even Team Liquid succumbed to their immaculate play. This is no longer the kind of “el clasico” we’ve all become accustomed to, but rather a fight between a veritable giant and a bottom-dweller.

Nothing more, nothing less.

2022 LCS Spring Split Betting | TSM vs. C9 Predictions:
Cloud9!
Petar Vukobrat / Author

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