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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.