Riot Shoutcasters Slam TSM Coach Parth For His “Ass” Drafting And Strategy

The group stage is as far as Team SoloMid will go at the 2017 Mid-Season Invitational, the same distance the NA LCS champions delved into last season’s disappointing World Championship. Riot Games shoutcasters Isaac “Azael” Cummings Bentley and David “Phreak” Turley were quick to point the finger at TSM Head Coach Parth “Parth” Naid, raising issue with his drafts throughout the tournament.

Team SoloMid’s early exit from the Mid-Season Invitational has left North American fans and analysts with a familiar feeling of disappointment and resentment, let down once more by a team that showed such promise during the regular split. Entering the final day of the MSI 2017 group stages, Team SoloMid still had everything to play for; a semi-final spot and a preferential seed at Worlds were still firmly on the table.

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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.

Mid laner Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg had delivered a rare performance on an international stage to win the earlier match between the two sides, though it was by no means a convincing victory. Having learnt from the previous matchup, Bjergsen’s Ahri was immediately banned away by Flash Wolves in the pick and ban phase.

It was at this point that everything began to fall apart for TSM. Where FW had learned from the previous game, TSM Head Coach Parth clearly hadn’t been paying attention.

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Flash Wolves’ comfort picks were all left on the table by Parth, 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 has 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.

Parth’s pierre de resistance was to focus two of Team SoloMid’s bans on AD carry hypercarries Twitch and Kog’Maw, two champions that Flash Wolves’ Betty is yet to play once this year. Delighted, Betty opted for his comfort pick of Ashe. Riot Shoutcasters Azael and Phreak took to social media to highlight just how baffling Team SoloMid’s draft phase had been:

Placing their faith in yet another WildTurtle-orientated composition, a strategy that had proved ineffective in nearly every previous attempt at the tournament, Team SoloMid granted the Flash Wolves with passage to the semi-finals with little more than a whimper.

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Team SoloMid’s track record has often reacted to tournament failure with swift changes in personnel. Given the mass criticism of Parth’s strategy and drafting at MSI 2017, with even Riot Games employees highlighting obvious flaws, it may well be the head coach who is the next member of TSM to kneel before Andy “Reginald” Dinh’s guillotine.