When 100 Thieves loaded up against Cloud9, many people thought that this would be another quick match from the best League of Legends team in North America. But LCS fans were treated to a classic upset victory instead.
100 Thieves proved all the doubters wrong, taking down an undefeated C9 squad that had taken games from every team in the league with ease. Off the back of great games from jungler Juan “Contractz” Arturo Garcia and superstar top laner Ssumday, 100 Thieves stayed confident in their own abilities and pushed forward into each teamfight.
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Although the Thieves did give up a couple of deaths in the earlier stages of the game, they didn’t allow those moments to stifle their momentum. Contractz’s Olaf did a ton of work for the Thieves today, picking up 10 kills to lead his team to victory.
100 Thieves’ team’s composition was really smart from top to bottom lane—they had a great engage combination with Camille and Galio, while Karma could provide Olaf the speed he needed to catch his enemies and chop them down.
On the other side of Summoner’s Rift, however, C9 will have to regroup and prepare for their next matches against Evil Geniuses and FlyQuest next weekend. Their draft seemed a bit lackluster compared to 100 Thieves, and as a result, they couldn’t find the openings they needed to turn the game around.
C9 fans probably didn’t expect to pick up their first loss of the season against 100 Thieves, but this should also keep their team hungry during their quest for back-to-back LCS championships.
Recently 100 Thieves went through some significant changes to their roster. Meteos and Stunt were both benched following poor performance.
Meteos said in his now-deleted tweet that the players on the team “didn’t know about or agree with the decision.” He also tagged PapaSmithy, as well as 100T head coach Anthony “Zikz” Gray and strategic coach Joseph “JungleJuice” Jang, and sarcastically said the people not on the team would know what’s best for it.
The veteran jungler previously played for 100 Thieves during the 2018 season and was suddenly traded early on in the Summer Split to FlyQuest. He returned to 100 Thieves in November 2019, reuniting with former 100T teammates Ssumday and Cody Sun in the process.
In addition to Meteos, 100 Thieves has also benched support Stunt and promoted Academy support Philippe “Poome” Lavoie-Giguere, who signed with 100 Thieves’ amateur program at the beginning of the season.
Through the first three weeks of the LCS Summer Split, 100T are tied for eighth place with a 1-5 record. Their most recent loss, a 48-minute defeat to TSM, was the longest game of the split and featured several misplays that resulted in the heartbreaking loss.
Following 100 Thieves’ loss to TSM in the third week of the 2020 LCS Summer Split, jungler William “Meteos” Hartman revealed he has been benched heading into week four.
“This is gonna sound like a troll post but just got word that I’m being benched after week 3 summer again XD,” Meteos wrote. “Not sure why I expected anything different.”