100 Thieves has bounced back after being swept by Cloud9 last week in its first match of the 2021 League of Legends Championship Series Mid-Season Showdown. Up against Dignitas, 100 Thieves avoided elimination in a clean sweep. Dignitas will join Evil Geniuses in elimination, while 100 Thieves will move on in the lower bracket to face TSM.
100 Thieves came into the series favored to win, but regardless of result, a contentious series was expected. However, 100 Thieves had other plans, but they certainly had help in executing those plans.
100's first win was a bit shaky and back-and-forth, but ultimately, earned as the team who ended up destroying the opponent's nexus was the superior team. The second game was different, with Dignitas legitimately outplaying 100 Thieves in multiple teamfights but simply lacking the compositional damage to capitalize on any of its coordination.
The pairing of Udyr for jungler Joshua "Dardoch" Hartnett and Ahri for mid laner Max "Soligo" Soong simply didn't pack enough of a punch as a combination despite being strong champions in the broader context of the competitive meta. Down 2-0, Dignitas looked rattled and found itself losing the third game in quick, one-sided fashion, and 26 minutes was all it took for 100 Thieves to close the book on the series.
100 Thieves will face off against TSM next due to TSM's 3-1 victory over Evil Geniuses yesterday. Cloud9 and Team Liquid will duke it out in the upper bracket of the 2021 LCS Mid-Season Showdown, and the loser will face the winner of 100 vs TSM to see who will be in the finals.
The finals and the the penultimate match in the lower bracket of the LCS Mid-Season Showdown will be the first matches to be held offline in North America in over a year. Riot Games has taken precautions to ensure the top 3 teams in the post-season will be able to compete at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.