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League of Legends – Esports – NA Regionals – TSM vs. MME Ferus

She uses glue to hold that thing up… it has to be glue. STRONK glue…

PAX Prime is hosting the League of Legends North American Regionals this year, and maybe every year. The response was so big that they had to do an extra day to fit everyone in. I was off today, so I got to watch the quarterfinals. Now I am not a fan boy, but I do cheer for TSM. They were the first off-Riot web team I got into, and I still think TSM has the best guides. I been going to their website for almost two years now, and Xspecial basically was my inspiration to begin to play with some heart. So if there seems to bit of pro-TSM spin here, understand I am just doing my thing.

First, a bit of definition and basic understanding:

  • TSM – Means Team Solo Mid
  • MME Ferus – Means Mono Maniac Esports Ferus
  • All of TSM’s players are famous, but Reginald is considered the leader/star
  • MME has Aphromoo, a very good ADC player, streams a lot, I have watched him and he is very good in solo que.

Whenever a pro game starts, there is the bans and picks. Bans go down first, and each team gets three bans.  TSM banned Alistar, Yorick, and Rumble. mMe banned Kayle, Karthus, and Vladimir. This is where you can get an idea of what the team fears the most, but realize, all six bans can not be played. When forming strategy, I can guarantee that no matter what, almost every time there will be a ban on Yorick, the current meta just makes it so. Rumble is also what is known as an instaban, in  other words, it just always gets banned. In Pro games the bans often change radically every turn they take, which is usually three games. This is a best of three style tourney, so two wins is a win, no third game.

The picks shows a little bit of the style of the game. First game picks follow.


  • Mid – Reginald – Morganna
  • Top – Dyrus – Shen
  • Bot – Chaox – Corky
  • Jungle – TheOddOne – Shyvanna
  • Support – Xpecial – Sona (woot my main!)


  • Mid – mancloud – Anevia
  • Top – Balls – Irelia
  • Bot – aphromoo – Graves
  • Jungle – Xmithie – Moaki
  • Support – Muffinqt – Nunu

Early game TSM lost first blood in a pre-minion push to mMe’s blue. Late early game mMe has about a 500 gold lead, from the first blood. TheOddOne however was very aggressive in his counter jungle. The cs and the trades on bot were definitely in the favor of mMe. Come about early mid game though, the tide started to turn, TSM went quiet, just went after farm and counter jungle. By 14 minutes, the gold was equal, which means that TSM had actually overcome the first loss. There were no kills right up until 18 minutes, when finally dragon forced a team fight. Second dragon fight ended being 3 for 3 kills, but it was sloppy on both sides. Probably the most annoying thing was the damn announcer who kept saying, “I did not expect TSM to play like this.” The last dragon was 4 kills for zero, for TSM. By 36 minutes it was 15 kills to 6 with an ace for TSM. TSM had killed two inhibitors, with no Baron Nashor kills. the game was over by 39:44, with TSM just running over them for the last 15 minutes.

Second game bans and picks.

Bans for mMe were Shen, Moakai, and Nunu. Tsm’s bans were Alistar, Rumble, and Yorick. This round of bans almost the same as the first, with the notable difference of Shen being in there, after the first round.



  • Mid – Reginald – Karthus
  • Top – Dyrus – Jayce
  • Bot – Chaox – Graves
  • Jungle – TheOddOne – Shyvanna
  • Support – Xpecial – Blitzcrank


  • Mid – mancloud – Vladimir
  • Top – Balls – Kayle
  • Bot – aphromoo – Sivir
  • Jungle – Xmithie – Mundo
  • Support – Muffinqt – Sona (yay twice in one round of a tournament!)

Early game TSM took an early early tower at 3:48, and set an aggressive pace early on. Basically TSM trying a Korean meta out in a tourney against a lighter team. Again bot lane was in mMe’s favor, mostly I think because aphromoo is an ADC specialist. There was a bot lane gank attempt by TSM, but it was flubbed by Xpecial’s missed Blitzcrank grab, and it started 3 vs 2 in TSM’s favor, but by the end of it a Sona ult made the difference, and TSM got smoked. TheOddOne made up for it by a nice top gank, which set TSM up for a lot of jungle invasion. Best quote from the announcer was , “We see them going down on Balls!” TSM got the first dragon uncontested. Another funny was the caster saying Dyrus was two minion waves behind, then you see Dyrus kill two minion waves and run off.  Again, by 18 minutes, it was 6 to 6 in kills overall.

Midgame TSM took another uncontested dragon with a brilliant split push on mid. At 22 minutes mMe forced a team fight with a jungle invasion, but did not have any vision on TSM. 24 minutes there was another TSM dragon, and at 28 minutes they had Nashor as well. They used that baron to take an inhibitor, then did a jungle clear, and basically took the advantage. 32:31 TSM took their nexus, and went to the semifinals.

A good two games, all in all, it was nice to see TSM cowed a bit by a new team, and some of the plays by mMe were quite exceptional. I really loved the aggressive Sona in the second game, I play her all the time, she is my main, so I really enjoyed seeing her played not once but twice. Xpecial playing her, then Muffinqt, so I got to see a lot of Sona in these games. I also enjoyed seeing Reg play Morgana, I like Morgana, a very unlikely pick for a lot of mids. I notice mids like to play whatever they think is OP, and I guess this is because of ELO hell, everyone thinking they need to carry a game. I just like being a solid player, and that is why I chose support. I may never have high ELO, but if you know how to play, you can see me down there, doing my thing.


Our Accelerating Future

A galactic center in infra red, an amazing sight from our amazing universe.

1:00 a.m July 4, 2012 Denver, Colorado, USA

As I write this personally amazing article, I am watching a gathering of some of the greatest minds in the world. CERN is currently having a video stream to the search for the Higgs boson particle, and it is live. I wish I could actually hear the conversation, mostly I have only heard the internationally recognized bonjour handily given from one physicist to another. CERN is located in France and Switzerland, but I understand french is spoken a lot of the time. I see glimpses of Melbourne as well, but of course, CERN’s main stage is given the most airtime. ICHER Melbourne is also on the video simulcast, so it is information released to both. I see nothing of austerity, instead, almost everyone is in a simple shirt, dress shirt with a tie, without a tie, polo’s, t-shirts, and there is one rather energetic white-haired man with a probably very important equation I can’t read in white on a black t-shirt, he looks dynamic and happy. Some people are even watching the live stream I am watching, and wave at the cam as it passes around the auditorium.

I like seeing the faces, the hair, the whole pensive energy that is going around the place. All ages are present, all sexes, and all nationalities are shown as well.  There is a lot of happy chatter, and every now and again there is a volume test that lets me hear what it sounds like inside. It reminds me of when I was a kid, and the hall or auditorium would fill up for a choir or band performance, not the shrieks and yells of children, but the loud and constant murmuring of adults who were doing the special thing, right before something they wanted to remember would occur. I recognize various important faces from my research into CERN’s website and public presentations. Currently everyone is applauding three important scientists who just arrived. People are taking their seats, and it is apparent something is about to start.

I must admit, I love watching this pregame show, this is a moment for history, good or neutral, bad or impending, something true and real is about to happen. Mics are handed out, assistants running and ducking and walking fast to get to their spots. Sound guys are spot on, and mic checks are done, here we go!

There are two talks, one is solely presentation, the second will be Q and A. It is the first high energy physics meeting done on two continents. The status of the  SM Higgs search is the first talk. 175 slides are prepared, but to keep the time down, we see about 100 slides in total. Probably one of my favorite slides is the party that the CMS researchers had last night, with 300-400 researchers and scientists present. Everyone has worked really hard, lots of sleepless nights for a lot of people, including the speaker. Another piece of information I gleaned and understood is that the LHC went to 8TeV this year. Before this presentation, he thought important to include the idea that the Standard Model could be abandoned, which means a few theorists probably grumbled a bit. There was much pre-talk about how the CMS is the main detector, a 66 million channel pixel detector. He discussed the current operational status is at 100%, with a +/- 0.2% resolution. There are 400 million events per month, creating a huge amount of statistical and multivariant data. Essentially, he goes on about how efficient and time-saving the whole process has become, as well as how accurate.

After going on for a good bit about how the stats that are used, and how they look for the Higgs, he shows the famous slide of the deviation. If you have been following the whole search for the Higgs boson, you probably have seen this slow angular curve with a bump in the middle of it. It is not something that can make much impact, unless you know how long and how hard we have searched for that bump. I almost cry, the slide made him pause as well, it clearly shows the Higgs as an existent signal, and it really means, although not perfect at this point, that we have the leash on the dog. He tears up, and thanks a man named Steve for the last month of running, after announcing a standard of 5 deviations to much applause. It is statistical result he reminds us constantly, and the multivariant data should be released over the next few weeks or months. He states at the end that they have indeed found a new boson, which is most probably the Higgs boson.

He gives acclaim to the theorists, all the groups from CMS groups, and everyone else involved in LHC. 3300 scientists have been involved, and the member states of CERN. Amazing, and satisfying. It is 2 a.m. Denver time, in the US, and I have just got the results of one of the greatest researches and voyages. It is preliminary, but it is factual, researched and verified. CERN does not let information loose lightly.

2:00 a.m

I have to pause and let the specialists discuss and debate, Q and A each other, for although I know the basics, I am just a layman. Right about now, I am proud to be human, as we discover and think and find ever more about our universe. I wait for my lovely Queen to message me, and to tell her what has happened. I smoke a single cigarette, and revel in my time on earth, as we move ever farther and further across the reaches of space and time, with our knowledge.

Notes for your research, discover one of the most amazing things in the world, the LHC :