In a shocking turn of events, LCS underdogs kicked Golden Guardians TSM out of the winning class on the first day of the playoffs.
TSM never made the show and was incredibly passive throughout, so Kevin "Hauntzer" Yarnell and his squad easily took over with more proactive attitudes and clinical clashes.
In Game 1, Hauntzer played a chase Mordekaiser who secured the groundbreaking ace and the Baron Onslaught. With the medium-lane Tanner "Damonte" Damonte deployed by Ziggs, the Golden Guardians accelerated the demolition of the medium-lane buildings and ultimately the Nexus to achieve a victory.
TSM came up with an aggressive style of play in the second game, but it would turn out to be punishing them later with GG's rapid fire tactics. In the final minute, Can "Closer" Çeliks Sett and Choi "Huhi" distracted Jae-hyun's Morgana TSM in the center lane while the rest of GG initiated a triple teleport back door to burn down the last of the Nexus Tower and Nexus.  Team Liquid pushes TSM back to third place
GG continued to dominate the series in the third game with better team chemistry and thrifty engagements. Despite a 3v5 battle in the Dragon Pit, Closer & # 39; s Graves took a staggering double strike while Hauntzer's Mordekaiser secured the Cloud Soul and Yiliang "Doublelift" Pengs Ashe killed again before checking out.
Golden Guardians finally closed it with a four-man push into the top lane. With Hauntzers Mordekaiser making his way through a 2v1 game in the river, Closer & # 39; s Graves easily crushed the remaining base defenders to score a one-two and ended the well-deserved fight against TSM.
The series win will be the Golden Guardian's first best-of-five win in the LCS. Hauntzer and his crew move on to the next round, fighting either Team Liquid or Cloud9, while TSM is relegated to the losing class against Dignitas on August 16 at 4am (GMT + 8).