League of Legends: 100 Thieves Next Playoffs Run Ends Early

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100 Thieves Next have been eliminated from the UPL Spring Playoffs earlier than expected leading to a disappointing fourth-place finish.

100 Thieves Next had a great regular season with an undefeated record, comfortably qualifying for the UPL Spring Playoffs. However, their playoffs run ended earlier than expected following losses against First Blood Crusade and Orgless. Here’s a rundown of the team’s playoffs journey:

Thanks to their strong regular season performance, 100T Next faced off against second seed First Blood Crusade in the first round of playoffs but were forced to forfeit the game and drop into the losers’ bracket.

Their first match-up of the losers’ bracket was against Snowman Slammers in a series that 100 Thieves Next cleanly swept 2-0 to advance to the next round.

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In losers’ round 2, 100X faced off against Full Spectrum, a team that features a few former LCS Academy players, such as Rodov, Eclipse, and Dragonminkim. Full Spectrum is also the former team of 100X jungler Kenvi.

However, despite having a talented roster, Full Spectrum posed no threat for 100 Thieves Next as the series also ended 2-0 in favor of 100X who advanced to the next round.

Their next opponent was Orgless, the only other team to finish 6-0 in the UPL regular season. Jungler Panda, support Joey, and coach Moon all had previous LCS experience which made for tough opposition for the relatively inexperienced 100X roster.

The series went all three games with 100 Thieves on the losing end of a 2-1 scoreline, eliminating the squad from playoffs, and ending their hopes of a Spring Split success with a fourth-place finish.

While they’ll be disappointed with how the split ended, this is by no means a bad start to the development program for 100 Thieves Next. For having only spent a few months as a team so far, the promising line-up did pretty well in the UPL Spring Split and they’ve clearly got heaps of potential.

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Do you think we should see other LCS organizations run this type of program? Could amateur leagues benefit from more experienced teams entering tournaments?