After a few action-packed lower bracket matches yesterday, TSM came out on top as the only non-LATAM team remaining in the Six Invitationals 2021.
In the lower bracket round 3, TSM went against BDS Esport, a clash of two International giants, which fans were direly waiting to see. And the match didn’t disappoint us at all.
In the first map of Oregon, TSM looked very solid, as they took down BDS by a 7-4 scoreline. The battle of Beaulo versus Shaiiko was on, but it was Beaulo who just bested Team BDS on Oregon with an 18-6 KD.
However, BDS did manage to find their rhythm back, as they steam-rolled TSM 7-1 on Coastline. The decider took place on Chalet, a stronger map for TSM than BDS, and it exactly showed why. TSM just stunned the French team in this attacking-sided map with a 5-1 defensive split. And things continued to get worse for BDS, as TSM dominated them with a 7-1 victory and taking the series 2-1.
BDS Esport, who were one of the favorites to win the title, fell short in some important moments and are now eliminated from the tournament.
TSM vs Oxygen
TSM then advanced to LB round 4 to face their NA rivals: Oxygen Esports. This matchup saw another thriller on the very first map of Kafe, where Oxygen dragged TSM into full overtime. However, TSM edged out in the last defensive round on 3F and eventually took the map 8-7.
The next map of Clubhouse was Oxygen’s pick, and they were very eager to tie the matchup here. But TSM didn’t let their foot down and continued playing with patience, which ended up working for them. While it was another close ending, this time, TSM managed to finish it before going to overtime and defeated Oxygen 7-5.
This means TSM have now secured a top 4 finish in this year’s Invitational and will advance to face Team Liquid in LB round 5. TSM are also the only non-Brazilian team left in the event. But if they lose to Team Liquid today, it will be the end for North America and guarantee a LATAM World Champion for the first time.