Team SoloMid vs 100 Thieves
The opening match of the 2022 LCS Lock-In tournament might seem enticing, but looks can, in fact, be deceiving. You'd be forgiven if you thought this was a barnburner waiting to happen. In actuality, though, it's nothing but a mismatch of epic proportions.
The reason why is rather simple: TSM will be fielding its entire Academy line-up, so any odds of them being even remotely competitive have pretty gone out the window. To make matters even worse, they'll be facing the only team in North America that has gone through the off-season without making even a single roster change. They're the defending LCS champions so why fix something that isn't broken?
There's really nothing whatsoever that TSM's Academy line-up will be able to do so as to stand a chance at pulling off an upset. The gap in terms of talent and potential is pretty much as big as it gets, and they won't be able to minimize or narrow it no matter how hard they might try.
For 100 Thieves, there's really nothing on the line. We know what they're capable of, and if they draft (even remotely) well and execute, they'll no doubt have a field day against the boys in black and white.