Immortals vs 100 Thieves
This is, without a doubt, one of the most fascinating match-ups of the day. Who would’ve thought? Immortals were nothing but a feisty bottom-tier dweller coming into the second half of 2021, and yet here they are, on an impressive four-game winstreak, on the cusp of attaining that oh-so-respectable .500 record. And, perhaps most importantly, they haven’t been winning through luck or any sort of cheese — they’ve actually been playing some very good League of Legends and have earned all the praise they’ve getting.
They won’t be winning the LCS any time soon, but they’ve earned our benefit of the doubt and are quite capable, despite not looking like a team that can actually pack a punch. Then again, all four of their most recent wins came at the expense of four teams that are severely underperforming: Counter Logic Gaming, FlyQuest, Golden Guardians, and Cloud9. That’s not the most impressive of streaks, you’ll probably agree. It’s really a mix of Immortals finally doubling down on their strengths and having a well-established foundation on which they can fall back on (should the need arise), and most of the LCS imploding without any apparent reason. In other words, they’re reaping the rewards for not going off the rails like so many of their peers.
Now, no one’s trying to discredit them: they’ve ascended the ranks and are currently a well-rounded, mid-tier contender, but they’re also not as good as they need to be to truly compete at the highest of levels.
100 Thieves, on the other hand, are the real deal. They’ve done enough to prove it, as far as we are concerned. They’re in sole possession of first place and should be considered as one of the biggest favorites to win the whole split. Moreover, a ticket for the World Championship is all but guaranteed if they continue playing so darn well. Will they dethrone Cloud9? It’s still too early to predict anything with confidence, but they definitely have a shot. Moreover, with Team Liquid regressing and Team SoloMid being relatively vulnerable, the door is wide open for 100T to capitalize and hoist the LCS trophy. But we’re still a ways off from that potentially happening. Right now, they have to take care of Immortals first and, frankly, they shouldn’t struggle all too much.
They’ve only dropped a single game ever since the Summer Split began, and are currently the best-performing team in North America. Immortals will surely put up a fight (perhaps a much bigger fight than most folks expect if Andrei “Xerxe” Dragomir gets his hands on a comfort pick), but 100 Thieves should, by all means, be able to emerge victorious once all is said and done. They’re have many weapons to work with and can basically win through any lane they choose — a true testament to their preparation and inherent talent. All they were missing was a top-tier mid laner and a seasoned coach to keep them in check, and they found the perfect additions in Abbedagge and Reapered, both of which seem to have fit like a glove.
The sky’s the limit for 100 Thieves, and we can’t wait to see how high they’ll be able to soar once all is said and done!