100 Thieves continued to climb in the North American League of Legends Championship Series standings with a big win over Team SoloMid on Sunday in Los Angeles.
Surging into the end of the Spring Split, 100 Thieves (8-6) picked up a crucial win against TSM (7-7), making a statement as teams continue to adapt and figure out the latest patch. 100 Thieves owed much of its success to its bottom lane, AD carry Cody "Cody Sun" Sun and support Zaqueri "aphromoo" Black, who played the duo lane of Xayah and Rakan, respectively.
With 100 Thieves finding TSM out of position time after time, the team rallied behind veteran support aphromoo, who managed to protect his carry, allowing Cody Sun to deal massive damage all throughout the game. That's not to say the rest of 100 Thieves merely followed aphromoo's lead, as everyone played their respective parts in the all-around team win for 100 Thieves. Rotating around the map well, splitpushing when it needed to and teamfighting flawlessly, 100 Thieves proved that its recent form was no fluke, dismantling the former NA LCS champions.
TSM, meanwhile, couldn't quite seem to find its footing in this one. Despite drafting the lethal engage/teamfighting wombo combo of Camille, Zac, and Galio, TSM struggled to win teamfights, often getting routed at every turn. Blame for that might fall on the draft, as TSM's bottom lane duo of Ezreal and Tahm Kench got shut down hard early on, failing to contribute meaningfully in teamfights as the game went on. Mid lane ace Soren "Bjergsen" Bjerg did what he could as Galio to nuke down 100 Thieves with devastating Winds of War, but, ultimately, it wasn't enough to keep TSM alive.
It seems like every time TSM seems to solve a problem, a new one pops up in its place, keeping it from achieving that top-tier status that was expected of it coming into the season. With the postseason fast approaching, TSM has little time to adjust and prepare, putting its legacy of NA excellence in jeopardy.
Team SoloMid prepares for an important battle against Team Liquid at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, followed by 100 Thieves taking on Golden Guardians at 9 p.m ET.