It’s time for some 2021 LCS Lock-In predictions, starting with 100 Thieves vs. Golden Guardians! Now, the sheer fact that we’re even talking about this match-up is a true testament to GGS’ coaching staff and the immense work they’ve done over the course of the off-season. No one gave them much of a chance coming into 2021, and there’s a very good reason why.
100 Thieves vs. Golden Guardians Predictions
A team with two collegiate players, an LCS Academy mainstay, a veteran marksman who’s way past his prime, and a solid import from Latin America doesn’t really sound like a recipe for success. It’s not hype-inducing, nor is it impressive in any which way. But leave it to the Golden Guardians to subvert everyone’s expectations and hit the ground running, despite the odds.
Simply put, they had no business looking as good as they did last week. Heck, we’re putting it mildly here. The fact that their two collegiate rookies traded blows with seasoned LCS veterans and former champions is nothing short of mind-blowing. It doesn’t compute! This, in short, is what exquisite scouting looks like, and we can only hope that this five-man roster will continue to grow and evolve in such a positive direction.
Heck, they were just a couple of minutes away from taking down Team SoloMid, and they would’ve gotten away with the win had they not made that dreadful Baron call in the late game. But these things happen when you’re as inexperienced as they are, so we’ll let it slide. If this is their baseline — and it seems like it is — then the outlook is as bright as it gets for this peculiar Golden Guardians roster.
A Tough Road Ahead
Unfortunately, they’ll now face a test that — based on tangible evidence — should prove to be quite insurmountable: 100 Thieves. Frankly speaking, they’re the best and most cohesive team in North America right now. Team Liquid comes in at a close second, but the gap between them (as seen last week), isn’t as negligible as we initially believed. Simply put, 100 Thieves are the team to beat right now, and they have all the right tools to not only upset the long-established LCS status quo but even hoist the first ever LCS Lock-In trophy. Should things pan out that way, they’ll earn a respectable sum of money for their efforts ($150k) along with a sizable amount of hype coming into the regular portion of the split.
Of course, they’re far from perfect (as evidenced by their surprising loss to Counter Logic Gaming), but they’re still one of the most cohesive and capable five-man line-ups around.
Victor “FBI” Huang and Choi “huhi” Jae-hyun are in contention for the best bottom lane in North America, and that’s quite an incredible feat given whom they have for competition. In short, this peculiar tandem is still as good as it was back in the 2020 LCS Summer Split playoffs, if not even better. That alone should be worrisome for the rest of the region. And now they have an equally talented and mechanically gifted top laner as well — Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho. Not only is this Korean legend still at the top of his game, but we can expect him to flourish and dominate more than ever now that he has ample support around him.
Right now, as things stand, it’s impossible to bet against them. They’re still a bit rough around the edges but are nonetheless a joy to watch and will no doubt continue dominating over the coming weeks and months. The Golden Guardians, while certainly talented, just aren’t good enough to compete on even footing. That said, they’ll definitely fight their hearts out and, if recent history is any indication, they stand a chance of making things a lot more competitive than people realize.
Their early games are quite a sight to behold, in no small part because of their bafflingly solid collegiate duo: Aiden “Niles” Tidwell and Ethan “Iconic” Wilkinson, both of whom are already the frontrunners for the “Rookie of the Split” award.
Still, when the going gets rough, 100 Thieves’ vast experience and ample mechanical prowess should be more than enough to seal the deal and get the “W.” That’s all but guaranteed at this point. They’re the best 2021 LCS Lock-In team to bet on right about now and will no doubt deliver in all the right ways!