A showmatch between the classic rosters of C9 and TSM was announced on the LCS Twitter late last evening, in celebration of their LCS match set to occur on Saturday. The showmatch is scheduled for Friday at 5 pm PT/1 am BST.
It’s a classic tale as old as 2013. We’re bringing back some iconic players for a @Cloud9 vs. @TSM showmatch on Friday, July 10 at 5PM PT in celebration of their Week 5 #LCS match on Saturday, July 11. Rosters revealed later this week! pic.twitter.com/on9bYp1TT3— LCS (@LCSOfficial) July 6, 2020
What “classic” roster actually entails for both organisations is yet to be announced, but rumours abound as to who will be playing for both teams.
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On Cloud9’s side, the original Quantic roster that the organisation picked up and then dominated the LCS with in 2013 seems a likely scenario. An “Balls” Le, William “Meteos” Hartman, Hai “Hai” Du Lam, Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi, and Daerek “LemonNation” Hart would round out that roster. None of the players mentioned are current LCS starters, though Meteos is playing with the 100T Academy and is considered the 6th man for their LCS roster, which may complicate his potential involvement.
For TSM, there are a few more potential permutations. Marcus “Dyrus” Hill, Brian “TheOddOne” Wyllie, Andy “Reginald” Dinh, Jason “WildTurtle” Tran, and Alex “Xpecial” Chu would make for the 2013 roster, and would stack up well narratively with the “classic tale as old as 2013” the showmatch is being billed as.
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Both organisations boast massive fan-bases and lay claim to impressive dynasties within the LCS and LoL as a whole, and the rivalry between C9 and TSM is one of the oldest and most popular within the scene. Where TSM lay claim to greater overall success within the domestic league of the LCS, C9’s international performances and more recent run of domestic form has been a sore point for the TSM faithful.
The teams’ clashes have birthed some of the most iconic moments within the scene: who can forget the massive turnaround team fight that won TSM the 2016 Summer Finals? Or C9 making it out of groups at Worlds that same year, while TSM fell short and had to watch on jealously from home?
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For fans of the teams past and present, the showmatch and the LCS match to follow provide a chance to bask in glories past and present. Whether C9 will continue their run of dominance or TSM will reclaim their crown will have to be decided on the Rift.
The C9 Vs. TSM showmatch will be broadcast at 5 pm PT/1 am BST on 10/07/2020 over on the Riot Games Twitch and YouTube channels. The LCS matchup is scheduled for 11/07/2020 on the same channels.