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Honestly if a team in NA consistently smashes turrets down like TSM did and then doesn't go full monkey they are definitely in it to win it, TSM could pick themselves back up and work hard in order to make it to post season and be embarrassed by TL in a best of 5
What I don't understand is how TSM can come out of early games with turret/plating/kill leads and not have a sizeable advantage. The largest lead they had in that game was 2.1k.
My feelings are that TSM has this problem of external pressure. Essentially in the early game the team has a set plan they know how to execute and what everyone should be doing. You can see them work together to secure objectives or make plays. The midgame comes and suddenly they seem lost. This isn't a new problem, TSM has never really known how to play actively past early game. When I watch them I get the sense that the players have decision paralysis in that they don't want to play a big move in case it backfires. The team lacks the trust you see from truly great teams where members go for the play knowing their teammates are right behind them. It's a free for all with everyone waiting for the other to make a move.
An easy example to look at is Bjergsen and Akaadian in that game. Bjerg did a lot of good plays, even great ones early. Hit mid game though he became increasingly passive not going for plays we see other Lissandras like Huhi pull off just a day before. That top fight in the jungle was a great example of this. He has an opportunity to make a big play going over the wall into 4 members but instead chooses to sit around fighting Froggen, eventually leaving him alive on almost no HP while Bjergsen still has flash to get the kill. He just walks away, ultimately not risking a big play for his team. He did have other moments where he got good engages but with the team comp they had they really had to push the momentum a lot earlier even if it was 100% risk free. Akaadian was the same, he didn't go for this big plays we see C9 Sven do over the weekend. After early game they just don't know how to start a fight because they all too afraid to actually work as a team to start a fight.
Compare this to Griffin. We see them even from disadvantaged positions starting insane fights that look like complete throws from individual member's. However, that player knows he merely had to start an engagement at that moment to buy time for his team to get there and win the fight. They don't care how ugly it looks. If it's the right time to fight they will do anything in their power to start that fight and win the game. IG last works was exactly the same. Each member completely trusting the other, sacrificing for the team or each other if it was the best play. This isn't just a TSM issue though, NA in general has no real idea how to start or when to start fights. TL and the rest of NA almost always contest drakes like madmen even if it's a good idea to give it up, just TL hardly gets punished locally. We saw what happened when that mindset got taken to Worlds though.
I know I give Bjergsen a lot of shit but that's coming from a good place. I think he can be a truly great player. Part of being a truly great player is being able to know when you just got to say fk it and go in. Now he was by no means the main issue with TSM, in fact he had a pretty good game relative to his teammates. Expectations are just a lot higher for me in his ability.