100 Thieves LCS Roster Finalized for 2021
100 Thieves have officially finalized their LCS roster for the 2021 competitive season and, needless to say, it’s quite a powerful one. Heck, maybe that’s even an understatement. After an incredibly disappointing 2020, huge, sweeping changes needed to happen over in the 100T camp if they wanted to stand even the slightest chance of leaving a mark. Fortunately, they knew it as well and have ended the off-season with a staggeringly potent roster. Before we delve any deeper into their biggest strengths (and weaknesses), let’s go over the starting line-up!
100 Thieves | 2021 LCS Roster
Top lane: Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho
Jungle: Can “Closer” Çelik
Mid: Tanner “Damonte” Damonte
AD Carry: Victor “FBI” Huang
Support: Choi “huhi” Jae-hyun
This is pretty much “Golden Guardians 2.0” as 100 Thieves quite literally snatched the four best performers from the 2020 GGS line-up and called it a day. Regardless, it’s hard to blame them for doing what was best for their business, and at least they didn’t make any egregious mistakes in the process. The fact that we’ll see these four individuals compete alongside Ssumday is more than enough to get our blood pumping! Plus, this is one of the few rare instances in which a well-performing group of players actually stays together. Competitive League of Legends is often a volatile business, which means players have to switch teams on a regular basis — regardless if they performed well or not.
Teams that manage to win it all almost always stay intact, but everyone else doesn’t have any job security to speak of. Saying that GGS did incredibly well in the second half of 2020 would truly be an understatement. They were, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the best teams in the region and were in fact the only team to take down TSM in the 2020 LCS Summer Split playoffs. That, in itself, is worthy of the highest praise and commendation. But seeing how GGS didn’t have an obscenely large budget (despite being backed by NBA money), most fans thought their roster would implode with players going their own separate ways. After all, that’s pretty much been the norm over the years.
Fortunately, 100 Thieves prevented such a disastrous scenario and, in fact, went one step further by pairing them with one of the best top laners in the world. FBI and Huhi, in particular, were the most dominant bottom lane duo in North America by the end of 2020. Just writing such a thing makes one feel… weird. As if it was never supposed to happen and was instead a bit of badly written fanfiction. The sights of them styling over TSM are still fresh in everyone’s mind, and the fact that they’ll remain a duo is quite exciting news for fans of the LCS.
A Ton of Potential
With such a stacked line-up, 100 Thieves have all the right tools to once again reach the playoffs and create a bit of chaos. They are by no means favored to go the distance and hoist the LCS trophy, but based on early predictions (and a fair bit of common sense), putting them in the Top 3 for 2021 is by no means outlandish or unreasonable. FlyQuest will need a lot of time to rebuild from the ground up, Evil Geniuses will once again field a somewhat one-dimensional roster, Team SoloMid doesn’t even have a finalized line-up, which leaves us with Team Liquid and Cloud9 — the only teams with ample talent and potential to best out 100 Thieves.
The start of each new competitive season is always rough for most permanent partners, and 2021 should be no exception in that regard. Rebuilding synergy from scratch takes a lot of time, effort, and is a process filled with trial and error. By buying out the four-man core of the Golden Guardians, 100 Thieves have basically ensured a smooth transition into 2021 and will undoubtedly be one of the best performing teams right off the bat. Perhaps most importantly, they’ll start building momentum from day one. While others will struggle to lock down an identity and a playstyle to call their own, 100 Thieves will have it (relatively) easy. Getting those early wins on the board could allow them to secure a playoff bye further down the line which, of course, is nothing to scoff at.
In any case, there’s a metric ton of potential within this 100 Thieves LCS line-up, and we can’t wait to see them in action in 2021.