The second finalist for the 2021 LCS Championship will be found in a match between 100 Thieves and Cloud9.
It will be a close match when 100 Thieves and C9 clash for the last spot in the LCS final. Both teams have put on a good show during this playoff. C9 was knocked down into the lower bracket after a first-round loss to Liquid but has steadily improved since then. After knocking out both Evil Geniuses and TSM in the lower bracket, C9 is starting to look confident and is hungry to provide 100 Thieves with the same fate.
For C9 to complete the miracle run through the lower bracket, all players must be playing at their absolute best when hitting Summoner’s Rift. The memes about mid laner Luka “Perkz” Perković getting a playoffs buff are looking to be true, as the Croatian superstar is slowly turning into the reliable player that C9 needs him to be in these high-pressure games.
If 100 Thieves wants to withstand the confidence of Perkz and the rest of C9, the players will have to rebound from what was a tough loss to Team Liquid. Even though 100 Thieves lost, it still proved that the team is capable of going toe-to-toe with the absolute best in the region.
So far the overall team play of 100 Thieves has been great, with jungler Can “Closer” Çelik popping off. The Turkish jungler has proven himself to be the rock of the team and can carry a game on his own. His great play on champions such as Viego, Diana, and Lee Sin has turned 100 Thieves into a scary team in the early game stages.
Establishing leads early on, 100 Thieves looks capable of taking wins off of C9 and making this series one of the closest so far. There’s also a chance that C9 gets overly confident, which would be punished by a team like 100 Thieves. If both squads show up in their best shape, then fans and experts will likely look at C9 as the favorite.
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While 100 Thieves had the better regular split and went further in the upper bracket, Cloud9 will be entering this match as the favorites according to bookmakers. After dropping down to the lower bracket after the first round, Cloud9 has bounced back with two wins and is rapidly improving to the level that everyone expects of them.
100 Thieves was close to taking down Team Liquid but fell short in the fifth game. This might affect 100 Thieves mentally going into this match, leaving Cloud9 with the momentum. With that said, this is looking to be yet another close series in the LCS Championship that could go all the way to five games.
For this match, a win for Cloud9 will give odds of 1.69 while a win for 100 Thieves will give a little more at odds of 2.04. All in all, this will be a tough match to predict and it will likely be determined by whoever gets momentum as everything can happen in a lower-bracket final like this one. C9 is the slight favorite, but a bet for 100T would pay out better and may be the better play as a result.
The LCS Championship lower-bracket final between 100 Thieves and Cloud9 will take place on Saturday, August 28.