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LCS Recap: Golden Guardians vs 100 Thieves

Golden Guardians VS 100 Thieves

Golden Guardians got together another win today over the struggling 100 Thieves putting them tied for first place at a 4-1 record. It was not the cleanest of games by the Guardians, but they had some great team fights, vision control and rotations that helped them best the last place team in the LCS.

100 Thieves also came into the game with two subs, Aaron “FakeGod” Lee in the top lane and Yoo “Ryu” Sang-wook in the middle lane.

Draft phase

100 Thieves showed a lot of respect to the Golden Guardians pocket picks in this draft, banning away Kim “Olleh” Joo-sung’s Tahm Kench and Henrik “Froggen” Hansen’s Anivia. The draft was pretty standard otherwise. Both teams got their duo lane and junglers in the first pick phase then drafting solo laners in the second.

The Guardians put together a composition that could team fight 5v5 or split push with Kevin “Hauntzer” Yarnell on Kennen.

Early Game

The early game was heavily bottom lane focused with both teams ganking and rotating to the lane in the first 10 minutes. The only time the action wasn’t in the bottom lane was when the Guardians responded to a bot lane gank by killing FakeGod on the top side as a trade.

100 Thieves were definitely more proactive in the early game, usually starting the fights or responding immediately to bot side pressure thanks to Ryu’s Taliyah. They just failed to execute and couldn’t close out kills, losing most skirmishes and getting kills through picks.

At 15 minutes the Guardians were up 10 kills to seven and 3,000 gold thanks to having five turret plates to 100 Thieves two. The Guardians solo laners were also up at least 15 CS each.

Mid Game

The game really turned sloppy around 20 minutes when both teams postured for a fight mid, the Guardians got a pick thanks to Froggen and rotated to Drake then Baron. 100 Theives tried to contest only to get caught out again thanks to another Froggen pick. The Guardians then pushed with Huantzer splitting in a sideline.

GGS tried to crack the enemy base only for 100 Thieves to have a last stand and hold in the bottom lane. The Guardians reset and broke the base thanks to their superior vision and a sneaky rotation. They waited for Baron to respawn, getting picked by 100 Thieves in the meantime, took Baron and eventually the base.

Conclusion

Golden Guardians won this game thanks to some clutch picks by Froggen and some sloppy play by 100 Thieves in the early game. If some early plays went the Thieves way, mainly a 3-man dive on Matthew “Deftly” Chen that ended in a two for one in Deftly’s favor on Draven, then this game could’ve gone the other way.

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