Even the most hardcore League of Legends esports fans find keeping track of every region, including the minor regions, a tall task. As a result, the majority of fans will be unacquainted with many of the teams and players attending the most prestigious LoL Esports event of the year. So Worlds Spotlight was created to help educate and inform the fans of the stories and narratives surrounding these players and teams.
This Worlds Spotlight will feature the newest LCS champions and first seed, 100 Thieves.
Top: Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho, Milan “Tenacity” Oleksij
Jungle: Can “Closer” Çelik, Shane “Kenvi” Kenneth Espinoza
Mid: Felix “Abbedagge” Braun
Bot: Ian “FBI” Victor Huang
Support: Choi “huhi” Jae-hyun
Head Coach: Bok “Reapered” Han-gyu
Regular Season Placing: 2nd
Playoffs Placing: 1st
After a disappointing spring split, 100 Thieves made two notable roster moves, importing Abbedagge as their new mid laner and bringing on renowned coach, Reapered. With these roster moves, analysts predicted 100 Thieves to be contenders for the title, or at the very least a spot at worlds. When the summer split began, 100 Thieves was delivering on expectations. After week 1, they never dropped below the top 2 in the standings for the duration of the summer split.
However, 100 Thieves showed apparent weaknesses throughout the regular split, specifically around their mid-late game decision-making. So coming into playoffs, teams like Evil Geniuses and a resurging Cloud9 were favored over them. In the upper bracket, these predictions seemed correct. 100 Thieves barely beat EG in a close 3-2 before losing to Team Liquid in the winners’ finals 2-3. But after dropping to the lower bracket, 100 Thieves became a different beast. They took down Cloud9 in 3-1 before completely smashing Team Liquid in the grand finals 3-0, bringing home 100 Thieves’ first LCS championship and the NA first seed at worlds.
Player to Watch:
Closer played like an absolute monster in the grand finals. In the finals, Closer had a 20.0 KDA and was clapping the entirety of Team Liquid. However, this was not the same Closer we saw consistently throughout summer. The 100 Thieves and Closer we saw in the finals felt more like fluke (although I hope it was not), and I am unsure if we will see them again at worlds. However, if 100 Thieves want to break the NA 1st curse and make it out of groups, they must show up in their summer finals form to beat the LPL first seed and LCK 3rd seed in their group, and if this does happen, it will be with Closer at the helm.