TSM and FlyQuest grabbed the stage at the LCS Studio for the opening elimination round of the 2022 LCS Championship, battling ferociously for their hopes of making the postseason. Only one team—TSM—was able to overcome its opponents and advance.

Since the beginning of the year, TSM has had a difficult ride, and the 2022 Summer Split hasn’t been much better for their League of Legends squad. Over the course of the whole season, the team had a number of players come and go, including top laners Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon and Cheng “S0ul” Luo, AD carry Edward “Tactical” Ra, and Choi “Mia” Sang-in.

With a poor 6-12 record, they just just made it into the top eight, but they quickly realized they needed to come together and refocus for the following series. FlyQuest, on the other hand, ended the regular season with a more acceptable 10-6 record and even stunned TSM with a 3-0 superweek. However, the playoffs are a very other animal, and each club had to execute its best-laid plans in order to win.

TSM and FlyQuest shown their willingness to compete from the start of the first game. In truth, the series was incredibly brutal, with both sides choosing to have heavily armed teams whose success depended on who could shoot first.