WATCH: Cloud9 Head Coach Reapered Defends TSM’s Draft Vs Flash Wolves

Team SoloMid’s now infamous draft phase vs the Flash Wolves in the all-important tiebreaker of the 2017 Mid-Season Invitational Group Stage has now been dissected and scrutinised from nearly every possible angle. In contrast to the widespread criticism aimed at TSM Head Coach Parth “Parth” Naid, Cloud9’s Bok “Reapered” Han-Gyu believes that Parth’s draft decisions were entirely logical. 

The man responsible for the picks and bans ahead of TSM’s final game of MSI 2017, Head Coach Parth “Parth” Naid, has received widespread criticism from analysts and the North American fanbase.

After defeating Flash Wolves earlier in the day – but inconceivably throwing a solid lead to lose to Europe’s G2 eSports – Team SoloMid finished with a 4-6 record alongside their two Group Stage Day 5 opponents. Due to G2’s two victories over Flash Wolves and their pivotal win over the NA LCS squad, Team SoloMid were thrown into a tiebreaker with FW to decide which team would be heading home.

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Mid laner Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg had delivered a rare performance on an international stage to win the earlier match between the two sides. Having learnt from the previous matchup, TSM’s Ahri was immediately banned away by Flash Wolves in the pick and ban phase.

Flash Wolves’ comfort picks were left on the table by Team SoloMid: top laner Li-Hong “MMD” Yu, jungler Hung “Karsa” Hau-Hsuan and Lu “Betty” Yu-hung each allowed to get their hands on Fizz, Lee Sin and Ashe respectively.

By contrast Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen – who had looked weak on any champion other than Lee Sin or Ivern – was forced out of his comfort zone, whilst top laner Kevin “Hauntzer” Yarnell was drafted into a difficult match up.

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Parth’s decision to focus two of Team SoloMid’s bans on AD carry hypercarries Twitch and Kog’Maw was the straw that broke the camels back for many fans and analysts, given that they were two champions Flash Wolves’ ADC Betty was yet to play once competitively all season.

Showing solidarity with his fellow NA LCS coach, Cloud9’s Coach Reapered released a VOD review of the Team SoloMid vs Flash Wolves draft phase, defending Parth’s decision to ban away both Twitch and Kog’Maw. Imagining himself to be in the shoes of the TSM Head Coach during the pick and ban phase, Reapered explained his thought process entering the second phase of the draft:

“Oh shit – if they get Kog’Maw, we can never win, there’s just no way that we can win.

“Our jungle has Graves so we can’t even gank him, it’s actually a free loss.

“They see that, so you have to ban it. And – as soon as you ban it – oh shit, we can not go against Twitch. We have no lock down, we can never win.”

Bok “Reapered” Han-Gyu

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Reapered went on to explain the minor errors that he believes Parth made in the draft phase, suggesting an Ashe pick may have been better for Jason “WildTurtle” Tran to become self-sufficient in the bot lane. The South Korean coach’s primary concern lay with the Graves pick in the jungle, the champion’s inability to gank alongside Ezreal or Karma makes Team SoloMid’s composition unable to handle hypercarries… thus the understanding for the two later bans.

Though Reapered offers some valuable insight into Parth’s logic for Team SoloMid’s fateful pick and ban phase vs Flash Wolves, it is unlikely that his opinion with quell the boiling frustration of the North American community in the immediate aftermath of TSM’s MSI 2017 failure.

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