Cloud9 vs. 100 Thieves | 2021 LCS Mid-Season Showdown Predictions

The second 2021 LCS Mid-Season Showdown Best of 5 — Cloud9 vs. 100 Thieves — isn’t as exciting as the one preceding it, but it’s still an exceptional match-up that’s definitely worth your undivided attention! And sure, it’s fairly easy to predict, but that doesn’t mean entertainment will be absent. On the contrary!

Plus, “easy” predictions don’t come as often as we’d like, especially seeing how the last couple of weeks were packed with mind-boggling upsets.

So, whenever a one-sided beatdown comes our way, there’s really no room for complaining! In addition, both teams love to skirmish and will surely entertain us beyond measure, so mark your calendars as you do not want to miss any of the action!

Cloud9 vs. 100 Thieves | Mid-Season Showdown Predictions

Now, let’s not build any unnecessary suspense: Cloud9 are heavily favored over 100 Thieves and there’s a very good reason why. Not only do they have a higher skill ceiling and the better players, but they’ve also beaten 100 Thieves whenever it truly mattered.

Please Note:
The first time that happened was back during the first-ever LCS Lock-In, with Cloud9 pulling off a reverse sweep for the ages. 100 Thieves fought to the best of their ability, but it just wasn’t enough. That one point in time is also worth talking about — that was Cloud9’s weakest moment and yet they still found a way to turn the tides and get the win.

Conversely, that was the best 100 Thieves we’ve seen in 2021, and things have only gone downhill from there. Heck, we’re putting it mildly here. They’ve regressed in the most confusing of ways, and right now, as things stand, they’re definitely one of the weakest teams in the Mid-Season Showdown.

That, of course, is why no one’s giving them a shot against Cloud9.

Still, they’re a talented bunch, despite being inherently flawed. No one’s expecting them to leave much of a mark which, frankly, is quite disheartening — we all thought they’d do better. And they should’ve done better, in all fairness. They had all the right tools for a much more impressive run but it never materialized, for whatever reason.

Not That Good After All

Back when news first broke that 100 Thieves would be combining their star top laner with the four most important members from the Golden Guardians, everyone and their mother got excited. And, frankly, there’s a good reason why. The things GGS accomplished last year were nothing to scoff at, and pairing them with a behemoth like Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho made all the sense in the world.

So what’s the problem, then?

They have all the right tools and weapons to compete at the highest of levels, and yet there’s always something in the way. Their coaching staff — experienced and revered though it is — simply has to shoulder the grunt of the blame on this one. Perhaps they didn’t have enough luck, but even if that is the case, hard work should be more than enough to offset such a change in fortune.

They always fumble and fail at the most crucial moments, and they’re also sloppier in execution than you’d expect, given the amount of time they’ve had to synergize and get on the same page. It’s depressing, is what it is. North America, as a region, sure could use another top-tier challenger, and 100 Thieves had all the hallmarks of a bona fide contender, but alas — it wasn’t meant to be.

They’ve only beaten one playoff team in the second half of the split, and that’s Dignitas — hardly anything worth writing home about.

Right now, as things stand, they’re nothing more than a solid gatekeeper; obviously better than most teams ranked below them (which doesn’t mean they’re not prone to dropping games to bottom-tier dwellers), but nowhere near as good to compete at the highest of levels with the who’s who of the LCS.

Cloud9, on the other hand, has only gotten better and better as time went on.

They’re by no means perfect right now, but they’re more than capable of trading blows with anyone in the region (and emerging victorious more often than not). Their biggest kryptonite, at least thus far, has been Team Liquid; 100 Thieves, on the other hand, has been nothing more than a fairly negligible challenge.

To put it simply:
Cloud9 is better across the board. If they prepare even remotely well, they shouldn’t have too much trouble in taking 100 Thieves down. Will it be a clean sweep? Probably not, but such a result is certainly within the realm of possibility, given just how strong and potent Cloud9 can be when they put their best foot forward.

Betting on the boys in white and blue is the only logical option at this point. No matter what 100 Thieves might bring to the table, Cloud9 should be more than ready to counter and punish in style.

Match Winner
Elias Andrews / Author

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