100 Thieves take loss to EDG in Worlds 2021 opener
By Bob Garcia
The League of Legends competition is underway and already producing quick exits
100 Thieves returned to the League of Legends World Championship stage yesterday after making its international debut three years ago. Many thought that having taken home their first LCS title this summer would be a great source of motivation to start this new event on the right foot, but it looks like the organization hit the wall. Their first opponent in Iceland, EDward Gaming (EDG), had a great showing, running roughshod over the North American representatives in a loss that lasted less than half an hour.
While it is true that the LCS champions have proven to be very strong over the past few years, EDG is one of the favorite teams to claim the Summoner’s Cup. This defeat simply comes as a splash of cold water for 100 Thieves. On the other hand, EDG continues to prove why they are one of the favorite teams, and they hope to continue on that path for the rest of the tournament.
So far, all the World Cup 2021 group stage clashes have been pretty one-sided. With EDG being the heavy favorite in yesterday’s matchup, many expected the game to actually be quite similar. Many pundits were right in their predictions, especially since the Chinese squad stomped 100 Thieves.
The North American representatives were able to show great resistance during the first ten minutes of the match; however, the jungler Jiejie and the unmatched aggression of mid-laner Scout started to tip the balance in EDG’s favor. The minutes passed, and 100 Thieves only saw how their towers and dragons fell to the ground. 100 Thieves players tried to hold their ground but to no avail. JieJie got a quadruple kill on Lee Sin, which secured EDG the Baron. Sometime later, the American side lost their Nexus and with that, it was known who had emerged victorious.