The LCS is barrelling toward the very end of their LCS 2021 Championship.
This week, we're featuring a series between two teams that are already guaranteed spots at Worlds 2021: 100 Thieves and Team Liquid.
The top three teams from the LCS 2021 Championship will all advance to Worlds. The top two teams (the two that compete in the finals) will go directly to the Main Event, while the third-place team will head to the Play-In.
Team Liquid and 100 Thieves meet on August 21 at 5 p.m. ET. The winner of this series advances to the Finals, while the loser will drop to the lower bracket to face another team in the lower bracket finals, trying to get the final spot in the finals and the opportunity to overcome their opponent in a rematch.
Let's take a look at how these two teams match up.
Team Liquid vs. 100 Thieves
Team Liquid are the dark horse here. They finished the 2021 season in 5th place, having gone 12-6 during the Spring Season, taking second place in the Mid-Season Showdown, and then adding 15-12 to their record to end with 27-18.
By contrast, 100 Thieves finished the season in second place, rising from fourth in the spring with an 11-7 record. They went 18-9 in the summer, to finish at 29-16, two key wins putting them ahead of Team Liquid.
Our TrackLoL Team Rating puts these teams nearly on par: Team Liquid has a 2107 rating compared to 100 Thieves' 2181. This means that compared to the average professional League of Legends team, 100 Thieves performs ever so slightly better than Team Liquid based on statistics related to how teams win games.
Vie.bet, our betting sponsor, has 100 Thieves at 1.52 and team Liquid at 2.39 (at the time of publication). This is a significant advantage for 100 Thieves!
How does our community feel about it? They're sitting at 71% for Team Liquid and 29% for 100 Thieves (again, at the time of publication).
Have you placed your prediction yet? Head on over to our predictions page or the match page to vote for which team you think will take home the win in each game of this series!
How we got here
Team Liquid has already faced Cloud9 and TSM, beating both teams 3-1, and in both series, dropping the third match.
100 Thieves had an inarguably easier road as they were seeded into round 2 by virtue of their second-place finish in the season. They beat Evil Geniuses in a 3-2 series that went back-and-forth (though arguably they should have closed it out in four!).
How to watch
You can enjoy our second screen experience and follow all the LCS action on Saturday, August 21 with us beginning at 5 p.m. ET. Just us to watch Team Liquid versus 100 Thieves!
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