Saturday's battle of third-place teams in the North American League of Legends Championship Seires wasn't even close as Team Liquid stomped 100 Thieves to kick off Week 7 in Los Angeles.
The recent patch for League buffed tanks, and Team Liquid (8-5) had no problems adapting thanks to the world-class Shen play of top laner Jung "Impact" Eon-yeong. After Impact picked up two early gank kills, he spread the wealth by helping out side lanes and letting his teammates play around his lead. As he roamed the map, Impact landed numerous Stand United ultimates that easily turned the tide in multiple skirmishes. Not only did this prove to be a huge advantage for his team as a whole, but it also kept himself fed with assists on Liquid's first eight kills. Impact built himself into an unstoppable split-pusher and even somehow won a one-vs.-two engage when 100 Thieves tried to stand up against him.
With losing lanes across the Rift, 100 Thieves (7-6) was desperate to get any kind of objective. It ended up securing the Rift Herald by sacrificing jungler William "Meteos" Hartman but was unable to make any sort of push when summoning it. With 100 Thieves' first kill not coming until past the 20-minute mark, at which point Liquid had racked up eight, 100 Thieves had no shot at doing much of anything in terms of teamfighting. After securing six towers, four dragons, and two inhibitors, Team Liquid put a nail in 100 Thieves' coffin with one last 4-for-0 teamfight to push for a 31-minute win.
Team Liquid returns to the Rift on Sunday to square off against Counter Logic Gaming at 3 p.m. ET, while 100 Thieves hope to spoil Team SoloMid's two-game win streak later that day at 5 p.m. ET.