100 Thieves’ LCS team went 1-1 for the second consecutive week.
Another week of the LCS has concluded and people still aren’t able to form any opinions. It’s evident that Cloud9 is the best team in the LCS and Counter Logic Gaming has clear communication issues.
Agreed upon topics end right about here, however, as fans are still left to wonder what Team Liquid will look like with Broxah; many also do not believe in 100 Thieves or Immortals, who are both tied for fourth place.
For the second week in a row 100 Thieves went even, although this time it was slightly more expected. There were many dull moments for the team and some bright ones, but people still don’t know where to put this squad. Hopefully, previous questions and team standing will be decided soon, as another 1-1 opportunity looms.
100 Thieves vs. Counter Logic Gaming
Result: W (2-1)
For some, this game was a barnburner in every sense of the word. For others, there were more meaningful things to observe past “which team would throw more.”
During the pregame show, former 100 Thieves Head Coach Neil “pr0lly” Hammad joined two other analysts in unanimously picking CLG to win this match. While it was a tough game to decide, by not even giving one vote to 100T, it’s clear that this team isn’t seen as a good (or even average) team.
During this game, William “Meteos” Hartman continued his string of terrible events this LCS split. Giving away first blood in the most embarrassing way possible was one of the few downsides this team faced throughout the game. While Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho had ups and downs on the new champion Sett, the rest of the players were able to pick up the burden he normally shoulders.
Other than one thrown fight in the CLG base, 100 Thieves did not make too many errors; although how much credit should be given is up for debate as they were playing the statistically worst team in the league.
100 Thieves vs. Cloud9
Result: L (2-2)
One of the most secure locks this week, Cloud9 did just what was expected of them in beating 100T. The best team in the league, against a team that had only played the three worst teams.
While dominant, there were still some points to note. In order for 100 Thieves to beat a team much above their punching level, they must draft better. 100T decided to give over Senna, without picking Aphelios. Both solo lanes were harshly counter picked, and it was evident.
As David “Phreak” Turley noted, 100 Thieves made Cloud9 work for this win more than most, but that doesn’t count for very much. At 18 minutes, the game was still relatively even, but shortly thereafter the inevitable occurred, and 100T was bled out from this point on.
There was rarely a big loss or a lopsided team fight, but Cloud9 played well, and with very good macro they won the game as 100 Thieves died from a thousand cuts.
Heading into next week, 100 Thieves hopes to finally have their breakout moment. Facing Team Liquid and Immortals, they will have a chance to prove where they rank. While Team Liquid may not have their starting jungler yet, they are still a formidable team.
Along with this, if analysts favored CLG over 100T, expect them to do the same with Immortals. 100 Thieves will need to win both of these games in order to prove that they belong where they are.
If there’s one thing 100T fans are curious about, it’s Meteos’ performance. He has always been a volatile player with high highs and low lows. The question at hand currently; when will he snap out of it?
After week one, most thought it was just a fluke, but it’s clear now that Meteos is not playing anywhere near his normal level. If he doesn’t get it sorted out soon, it could be a big problem.
Ssumday was Silent
Other than his outplay against two people under his turret, Ssumday slipped through the cracks this week. He didn’t perform on Sett, and looked a little unprepared. His Aatrox was average, but it certainly wasn’t enough against a hard counter.
Ssumday is a world-class player and will return to form this next week. Playing a new champion and playing a losing matchup is a lot to deal with, but certainly is no excuse for someone of his caliber. He’ll be looking to prove his status as one of NA’s best top laners this week.
Faith and Uncertainty
100 Thieves will most likely not receive any positive recognition for at least another two weeks. Jungler Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen will not be playing for Team Liquid this week. Immortals, while looked at as better than 100 Thieves, is still no tough opponent. After this, they will play two top teams in Team Dignitas and FlyQuest, both of whom are expected to win.
It’ll take beating those two for this team and its fans to receive the praise they have been yearning for.
Featured image courtesy of r/100Thieves user “Ripxxcasper”.
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