The first-ever 2021 LCS Lock-In tournament is right around the corner, which means a couple of predictions are in order, starting with 100 Thieves vs. Team SoloMid! By and large, this is a fight between two premier organizations, although they’ve found varying amounts of success over the last couple of years. Team SoloMid are the defending LCS champions, but don’t let that cloud your judgement: four members from that championship-winning roster are no longer competing under their banner.
Regardless, both orgs will field endlessly fascinating rosters in 2021, and are all but guaranteed to reach the very top of the region by the end of the season. How high they’ll eventually climb still remains to be seen, but success is almost certain. As luck would have it, they’ll face off in the opening match of the inaugural 2021 LCS Lock-In, which is not only great when it comes to entertainment but also — as it turns out — for having fun betting on LoL.
For some odd reason, 100 Thieves are listed as the underdog, and there’s really no logical explanation as to why that’s the case. Of course, when it comes to sheer name value, Team SoloMid has the edge, but that’s just on the surface level — and it matters least in the grand scheme of things.
So, let’s dive a bit deeper!
100 Thieves vs. Team SoloMid Predictions
Now, make no mistake: Team SoloMid are no slouch. The roster they have is by no means underpowered, nor is it void of superstars. Heck, Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage and Hu “SwordArt” Shuo-Chieh alone are enough to warrant them a puncher’s chance. The former has solidified his spot as one of the best mid laners in North America, and the latter is as legendary a support as they come. SwordArt’s career is awe-inspiring, and so is his longevity.
The rest of the line-up might not be as impressive (or consistent), but it’s far from underwhelming. Mingyi “Spica” Lu, in particular, has shown an incredible ability to deliver in high-pressure situations and is more than capable of competing at the highest of levels. His rookie-like nature can be deceiving, as he certainly doesn’t play like one — as evidenced by the 2020 Summer Split playoffs when he dominated with such staggering ease.
Individual talent and mechanical prowess can only get you so far, but without synergy and cohesion, it’s all in vain, especially if you’re fighting a team that can match your game knowledge and ability to react in a split of a second.
“Golden Guardians 2.0”
100 Thieves, on the other hand, have that in spades. Remember, this is basically an upgraded Golden Guardians roster from 2020 which means they should be feared and respected; they are no doubt one of the most dangerous teams in the region.
They were the only ones to beat Team SoloMid in the playoffs and they nearly did it twice. They had what can rightfully be considered as the best and most aggressive bottom lane duo in North America — even better than those of Team Liquid, Cloud9, and FlyQuest. By the same token, Can “Closer” Çelik and Tanner “Damonte” Damonte, while certainly not a staggering duo when it comes to name value, outperformed most of their peers as well. The former TCL MVP jungler has been making waves ever since he joined the LCS, and there’s no reason to doubt in his potential and ability to hardcarry going forward (especially in today’s meta).
Finally, they’ll have one of the best top laners in the world by their side: the formidable Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho. Ssumday can hardcarry all by himself. This is a well documented fact. Just give him enough agency, a bit of priority in the draft (although that’s far from a necessity as he can basically play it all), and he’ll do the rest. He’s as talented and impactful a top laner as they come, and he’ll no doubt push this 100 Thieves roster over the finish line — much like he did on so many occasions in the past.
Synergy is the most important thing, especially at the start of the season when everyone’s still scrambling to get a solid enough read on the meta. No one’s quite sure what’s good and what isn’t, which means we’ll witness a metric ton of experimentation. Having pre-existing synergy to fall back on is hugely important, and is arguably one of the biggest benefits a team can ask for.
Four-fifths of this year’s 100 Thieves roster already knows what it’s like to compete as a unit on the Summoner’s Rift. That’s invaluable experience, and it’ll go a long way towards establishing them as a bona fide contender.
We’re at the start of the season which means there are no guarantees whatsoever. Still, if things pan out as expected, 100 Thieves should be able to beat Team SoloMid and emerge victorious. It won’t come easy, but they’ve got all the tools for the job. This is why we’re going with a very simple moneyline bet!
The inaugural 2021 LCS Lock-In tournament will be a very good litmus test for all competing teams; it’ll also set the stage for the highly-anticipated 2021 LCS Spring Split. Perhaps most importantly, we’ll get a short glimpse into everyone’s long-term potential which will, in turn, affect our choices and predictions when it comes to betting on competitive League.
In any case, we should be in for one heck of a ride!