2022 LCS Spring Split Betting | GGS vs. 100 Thieves Predictions & Match Analysis

Predictions for GGS vs. 100 Thieves will surely lean towards the latter, but by no means will this be a lopsided affair. The reason why is quite simple: the defending champions are not only struggling but they’re also a shadow of their former selves.

And, well, it’s hard to fully grasp and understand when and why things went awry. They’ve been underperforming for weeks and while they have shown signs of life, we cannot help but worry seeing how things will only get harder and harder as we move closer to the Spring Split playoffs.

WHOLLY SURREAL
Had you told someone that 100 Thieves would have a 6W-5L record at the halfway point of the split you would’ve been laughed out of the room. And, well, with good reason. Their current position simply doesn’t make any sense.

They didn’t make even a single change to their starting line-up and it’s not like the meta changed much — they’re still well equipped to not only tango with the who’s who of the LCS but also win out more often than not and potentially even defend their throne.

100 Thieves have talent and mechanics for days and yet these traits and virtues have so rarely been on display ever since the Spring Split began. And, frankly, we have no idea what’s the crux of the issue. It’s not like they’ve started resting on their laurels either — they’ve only just mounted the LCS throne.

Their game against CLG was, in all fairness, pretty dominant, and even their loss to Team Liquid didn’t leave that bitter a taste in one’s mouth — it was a very competitive affair from start to finish, so credit where credit is due.

They’ve improved in numerous key areas, but they’re still nowhere near as consistent (or dominant) as we thought they’d be at this point of the split. Whether that’ll change over the coming weeks still remains to be seen, but there’s definitely a reason for (cautious) optimism.

With that being said, there’s not a whole lot of time left for them to iron their kinks out. The Spring Split playoffs are scheduled to begin in just a few weeks’ time, which means 100 Thieves will have to step up sooner rather than later.

CLOCK’S TICKING
There are three weeks of regular season play left. That’s seven games in total. Anyone who drops the ball now stands the risk of going on an involuntary vacation. The margin for error is shrinking by the minute, and just because 100 Thieves have enough talent for the job doesn’t mean they’ll be able to deliver once things go down to the wire.

That’s why it’s so darn important for them to go 2-0 this week and, by proxy, improve to 8W-5L. That’s still not a particularly impressive tally, but it’s still way better than they have right now. At this point, it’s less about making the playoffs cut and more about securing as high a placement as possible.

A Top 4 finish would guarantee them a spot in the upper half of the bracket; that’s their current goal, and it’s of the utmost importance.

GGS — Surprisingly Capable

The Golden Guardians, on the other hand, are in a much more precarious position. Whereas 100 Thieves are basically “guaranteed” to make the playoffs cut, GGS will have to fight tooth and nail to stand even the slightest chance of making it in.

They’ve been pretty darn good thus far, but they are a gatekeeper at heart, so fans really shouldn’t get their hopes up too much. Their 5W-6L record is also fairly respectable, but their most recent loss to TSM FTX is anything but.

If they could drop the ball against the de facto worst team in the league, then what hope do they have of challenging the LCS pantheon? We’re not impressed, and they have a ton of work ahead of them if they really want to stand a chance at securing a spot in the Top 6.

At their best, they can definitely tango with the North American crème de la crème, but they’re still a bit too inconsistent and simply cannot be counted upon. Their standout moments happen arbitrarily, and you can never be too certain whether GGS will come out the gates swinging or, conversely, implode at the first sign of trouble.

The performance delta between their best and worst is somewhat worrying, but at least they’ve kept us on the edge of our seats, and that’s definitely worth something!

2022 LCS Betting | GGS vs. 100 Thieves Predictions — Reasons to Watch

Neither team has been particularly consistent lately, but both have had great highs and moments of brilliance sprinkled throughout their first five weeks of play, so there’s definitely a reason to tune in. Moreover, neither team ever goes down without a fight, so a hectic, skirmish-heavy affair is all but guaranteed — and we wouldn’t have it any other way!

There’s also a fair bit on the line, too. 100 Thieves are in dire need of some momentum, whereas the Golden Guardians want to wash away the “shame” that came with them losing to TSM FTX. It is a game they surely want to forget as soon as humanly possible.

Now, we don’t doubt that they’ll correct course and find a bit of redemption, but they cannot afford to lose to teams ranked below them if they want to make their Spring Split count.

As already mentioned, the margin for error is shrinking by the minute.

The Golden Guardians can definitely pack a punch if left unattended. Their wins over Team Liquid, Immortals, and Dignitas QNTMPAY attest to the fact. Now, they’re no top-tier behemoth, but they’re not to be trifled with either.

100 Thieves would, therefore, be wise to bring their “A game,” lest they risk getting upset.

2022 LCS Spring Split Betting | GGS vs. 100 Thieves Predictions:
100 Thieves!
Petar Vukobrat / Author

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