LCS Summer Split Matchup Preview: TSM vs 100 Thieves

The League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) is the professional esports league run by Riot games. Ten teams compete yearly for the right to be named North America’s best League of Legends team. Each LCS season includes two splits, Summer and Spring, consisting of nine weeks of round-robin tournament play. After the round-robin concludes, the top six teams will compete for the LCS Championship.

LCS Summer Split: TSM vs 100 Thieves
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At the end of the season, the team with the most championship points and the winner of the tournament qualifies for the annual League of Legends World Championship. The LCS is the highest level of play for League of Legends in North America. Team SoloMid (TSM) and 100 Thieves will play each other on June 11th for their chance at the LCS crown. Here is what to expect.

TSM Preview

Team SoloMid (TSM) has been off to a great start in this year’s LCS. The first weekend of the Summer split, TSM would go 3-0, knocking off Team Liquid, Evil Geniuses, and Golden Guardians. TSM fans need to pay attention to Søren Bjersen Bjerg being the coach instead of playing in Summoner Rift. During the offseason, Bjergesen was able to choose his team, and this allows him to focus on coaching as he looks to take TSM to the next level.

TSM is playing during a meta that should give them a lot of comforts. Expect to see players like PowerOfEvil excel with Orianna, Syndra and Viktor. TSM will lean on PowerOfEvil, as he should have a major impact on the flow of this matchup.

100 Thieves Preview

After a 2-1 start to the weekend, 100 Thieves look like they are getting their chemistry together as a team. 100 Thieves should have revenge on their mind in this matchup. Four out of the five starters for 100 Thieves played on teams knocked out by TSM. Thieves added Ssumday who was on the Golden Guardians, the team that knocked out

TSM last season in a close five-game series. 100 Thieves will definitely have their eyes set on redemption against the team that knocked them out. The top lane matchup between TSM’s Huni and Ssumday will be one to look out for because the former Golden Guardian is familiar with TSM and could have a lot of confidence going into their matchup.

Prediction

100 Thieves will give TSM their best shot, as they are highly motivated to grab a win against this team. However, the nod goes to TSM as the winner. 100 Thieves is the only LCS team with only 80% of their roster still together after the 2020 season and still need some time to work on their chemistry.

TSM has a lot of raw talent, and with the legendary Bjergsen coaching them, we feel safer taking Team SoloMid to win this matchup. 100 Thieves will have had more time since the spring split to work on their synergy. However, it is hard to think it will be enough to knock off TSM.

Written by John Robinson IV.