100 Thieves have qualified for the 2021 League of Legends World Championship for the first time since 2018 when the organization first entered the league.
100 Thieves became the first team to punch their ticket to Worlds after they defeated Evil Geniuses in a nail-biting best-of-five series. Not only are they the first team to qualify for Worlds, but 100 Thieves also return to their former glory from 2018 when the original roster made it to Worlds. After making it to Worlds with their inaugural roster, 100 Thieves began to spiral downwards.
They placed dead last in the 2019 Spring Split following Worlds with a 4-14 record throughout that season. In the following split, the thieves did slightly better than previously, placing eigth with a record of 8-10 and once again missing playoffs. 100 Thieves continued to slowly progress in 2020, but once again they disappointed fans by flopping during the playoffs. It wasn’t until 2021 when 100 Thieves picked up four-fifths of the Golden Guardians roster that things began to look up. Now that same roster, with the addition of Felix “Abbedagge” Braun, is returning to Worlds and will also compete for a League of Legends Championship Series title once more.
Deja vu for 100 Thieves from 2018
When 100 Thieves entered the LCS as a new team during franchising, they were above and beyond the best team in the league. They finished first overall in their inaugural season but were bested by Team Liquid who would go on to win four consecutive LCS titles afterward. Despite the crushing loss, the team still qualified for Worlds.
WE'RE GOING TO WORLDS.
— 100 Thieves (@100Thieves) August 15, 2021
“We’re going to Worlds,” said 100 Thieves on Twitter. “We are so excited and honored to represent North America in the 2021 League of Legends World Championship in China this year!”
Now, three years later, 100 Thieves has qualified for Worlds once again and are in the grand final to potentially earn their first LCS title. On the other side of the bracket, Team Liquid is looking to face TSM to potentially force a rematch against 100 Thieves from 2018. Will history repeat itself and steal 100 Thieves’ chance at earning the title? Only time will tell.