Fans of 100 Thieves were coming in to Week 3 of the Summer Split confused and distraught. Roster changes left and right and a mess of losses has forced them in to a corner. Against Golden Guardians, 100 Thieves aim to gain their first win, finally, of the Summer Split. With Ryu “Ryu” Sang-wook and Aaron “FakeGod” Lee making their Summer Split debuts, the Thieves were looking to clear out any issues they’ve had this split and start creating wins for their fans.
As per the usual, many of the general picks saw bans throughout both ban phases. 100 Thieves focused on banning out Kim “Olleh” Joo-sung in two powerful supports in Tahm Kench and Yuumi. On the side of Golden Guardians, many flex picks between both top and mid were banned out. Lux, a champion primarily played as support recently, saw a rare pick in mid by Henrik “Froggen” Hansen. 100 Thieves’ bot lane were looking to create pressure for a change while Golden Guardians looked for a team that could both pick and blow up team fights with crowd control.
A SCRAPPY START
The game started off with a bang almost immediately. Early on, both teams found themselves nearly five manning their way through the bot lane. After the initial fight, which was a 2 for 1 in Golden Guardians favor, the game spiraled from there. 13 minutes into the game and the scoreline was a solid 5 to 9 in kills and a rough 4k gold lead for GGS. Mere moments later, Maurice “Amazing” Stückenschneider was granted a free flash from Froggen for Sejuani ult. 100 Thieves capitalized on this quickly with Zaqueri “aphromoo” Black forcing his way through mid to pick his team up a free double kill.
— Cody (@100TBlade) June 16, 2019
After the picks mid, both teams chose to trade through objectives in both Dragon and towers all across the map. Despite the trading in kills and towers, Golden Guardians had their lead stopped in its tracks at 4k 20 minutes in.
A HARD FOUGHT LOSS
Froggen continued to create advantages for his team, landing binding after binding thus creating kill after kill. After picking off FakeGod in mid, the Guardians lured 100 Thieves to Baron to pick up yet another kill. Killing off Baron relatively quickly, Golden Guardians started to press their advantage. When it seemed like they were ready to steam roll through the base, 100 Thieves put a stop to their Baron almost immediately, taking down Froggen’s Lux.
— Cody (@100TBlade) June 16, 2019
After brute forcing the tower minutes later, yet another team fight broke out at the second Baron spawn. A miracle engage from the Thieves create a small window of time for them shortly after their first push. Despite that however, a still mildly healthy Golden Guardians forced their way through the enemy base and took down 100 Thieves for their fourth win of the split.
SIGNS OF LIFE
100 Thieves were active and aggressive, something fans and teams haven’t seen in weeks. While it wasn’t their first win this Summer Split, it was a step up from where they’ve been. The messy aggression and picks throughout the match showed promise and signs of life for the Thieves. Ryu was creating opportunities for his team while FakeGod put up a serviceable performance on the Rumble. Now, the Thieves will look to see if Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho is worth more than Bae “Bang” Jun-sik. It wasn’t a win, but the Thieves created a starting point for their first when versus Echo Fox on Sunday.
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