League of Legends: 100 Thieves Next in good form during UPL Summer

Photo by Colin Young-Wolff/Riot Games.
Photo by Colin Young-Wolff/Riot Games. /

100 Thieves Next are in good form in the UPL Summer Season

Even with their UPL Spring Playoffs run being cut short, 100 Thieves Next haven’t taken much time off during the midseason break. The amateur League of Legends team have already competed in two tournaments and made significant roster changes since the Spring Season concluded.

Kelsey Moser’s first decision after the team’s disappointing playoffs performance was to move bot laner Osama “Auto” Alkhalaileh to the support role, opening up ADC for new signing Aki no Ki. As a result, former 100X support Philippe “Poome” Lavoie-Giguere has moved to a substitute role within the team.

The new-look 100 Thieves Next roster competed in the Legends Weekend League Open Qualifier 1 at the start of May, a collaboration between Riot Games and FACEIT to improve the LCS Scouting Grounds. During the tournament, the team won three matches in the bracket stage before falling 1-2 to Anew Esports in the quarter-finals.

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Not disheartened by this setback, 100X went again in the Legends Weekend League Open Qualifier 2 just one week later. In this tournament, the team once again won three matches to reach the knockout stage but won their quarter-final matchup 2-1 against Supernova this time around.

This performance means the team has qualified for the Legends Weekend League 2020, a 16 team, Swiss-Style league that takes place in June and July. Teams will be competing for a $19,000 prize pool as well as the chance to earn Scouting Grounds Circuit playoffs qualification points.

However, this won’t be the only tournament 100 Thieves Next will be taking part in over the next few months as they were also invited to play in the ongoing BIG League Season 3.

In Stage 1, 100X were placed in Group B with Maryville University, Polar Ace, and Empyreans, achieving a 2-0 record. As for Stage 2, they’re currently competing in Group D alongside Wildcard Gaming, Charlotte Phoenix, and FrostFire. They currently hold a 1-0 record and will play Wildcard Gaming on Saturday, 30 May.

These tournaments have provided excellent preparation and momentum for 100 Thieves Next’s return to the UPL in the Summer Season. This time around they’re in the Infernal Division alongside FrostFire, Radiance, and Slaughter House. They currently boast a 2-0 record with 4-0 in games played in the first round of the double round-robin group stage.

Clearly, the team are putting in a lot of work by participating in three leagues and it’s refreshing to see an organization care so much about their amateur team. Some may have expected 100 Thieves Next to disappear after one split, but they might be here for the long haul after the moves they’ve made.

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It’s great to see 100X are putting up good results and aren’t fatigued by the number of games they’re playing. They’re in the mix to win their division and make deep playoff runs in every competition and it will be exciting to see how they develop over the course of the Summer Season.