100 Thieves started their first day of the Summer Split off with being handed their first loss. Counter Logic Gaming pressured the Thieves and they folded, much like they did the entirety of last split. While the first game wasn’t the prettiest, it still is a small sample size. In their next matchup against OpTic Gaming, the Thieves are currently sitting at 3-3 historically. OpTic Gaming isn’t believed to be a terribly strong team. Despite that 100 Thieves could see a quick loss if they let the matchup between Max “Soligo” Soong and Lee “Crown” Min-ho spiral out of control.
Unlike their match against Counter Logic Gaming, 100 Thieves made it a priority to ban out Yuumi, Riot’s newest champion. Other than Yuumi, bans were thrown at each support and both teams heavily prioritized mid bans. On the side of OpTic Gaming, their ability to push side lanes and split the map 1-3-1 was a strong focus for their team composition. With 100 Thieves, their draft would excel team fights with a strong front line in both Ornn and Sejuani. If the Thieves took an early game lead, it could look to be a quick win.
A quick And Early Lead
Early on, the strength and crowd control behind Jarvan IV allowed for William “Meteos” Hartman to be all over the map. Ganking bot lane from behind allowed for him to pick up both flashes and priority throughout the enemy jungle. From there, he and Optic moved mid to take down Soligo” under his own tower for First Blood.
The game continued with trade for trade. In a 2 for 1 fight top lane, Noh “Arrow” Dong-hyeon teleported in to a 1v2 that both Maurice “Amazing” Stückenschneider and Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho looked for against Niship “Dhokla” Doshi. Turning the fight alongside Meteos, they picked up two kills in exchange for Dhokla’s life. After dropping Rift Herald bot lane, Ssumday picked up first Tower leaving OpTic at a gold lead of 2k at 15 minutes.
Failure To Launch
While OpTic took the tier 1 Bot Lane tower, Dhokla found himself caught out in his own top side jungle. Zaqueri “Aphromoo” Black secured the kill and more vision for the team.
Another forced dive on Soligo top side afforded OpTic another tower and a bit more for their gold lead. Despite their lead, 100 Thieves were able to push their way in to a successful team fight, picking up 3 kills and a Dragon. The game stagnated from there. 30 minutes in and neither team found themselves with any real advantage outside of a 3k gold lead for Optic. Finally, in a last ditch effort, 100 Thieves rushed through Baron but lost the crucial team fight afterwards, leaving them once again with a loss.
A Crushing Start For The Thieves
100 Thieves find themselves in the same position they held last Split. After a slow Week 1 and a 0-2 start, the Thieves have the potential to bounce back hard. If history is anything to go on, however, a mental boom might be on the horizon. Though it was a tough match and both teams showed many mistakes, committing top side on their last fight ended the game in a flash. Nevertheless, it still is Week 1. The team has time to turn it around and fix mistakes in time for their next match against Team Liquid. Tune in next week on June 8th to see if the Thieves can stop a repeat from their Spring Split returning with a grudge in Summer.
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