League of Legends LCS Spring Playoff preview: TSM poised to crush the Echo Fox Cinderella story

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Top Lane

People have also targeted Echo Fox top laner Colin “Solo” Earnest’s champion pool by banning away the Vladimir. Solo then stepped up and showed strong performances on Aatrox.

However, Echo Fox should be concerned by TSM’s new fan favorite top laner Sergen “Broken Blade” Çelik. While Broken Blade has had his fair share of inconsistent games this split, he has shown that he is a threat when he is given a counter-pick or a split-push champion.

In the last game Echo Fox and TSM played, Echo Fox was able to stay even against TSM with a late-game scaling team comp, like they have been drafting in recent history, and yet TSM was able to squeeze out a victory in a drug-out affair of TSM constantly disengaging team fights and running Echo Fox around the map with split-pushing champions.

Broken Blade was considered by some the MVP of the game despite his 0/4/0 score because he was able to take so many towers by himself and create an unbelievable amount of map pressure by split-pushing. This brings up that Ryze is another must ban for Echo Fox vs TSM. The champion not only made Echo Fox look silly in their last encounter, but is also maybe TSM’s strongest champion.

Both Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg and Broken Blade have shown huge performances on this rogue-mage and TSM might be the best team in the league at abusing his realm warp ability to set up plays or to escape. Echo Fox has to not only make it through the early game but also has to answer potential split-pushes from Broken Blade and Bjergsen. In this series, Echo Fox should look to ban Ryze.