A spot at VCT Champions is even closer for the Thieves.
100 Thieves may have been bested by FaZe earlier in the 2022 North American VCT Last Chance Qualifier, but that earlier result didn’t matter at all today, as 100T continued their impressive run through the lower bracket.
A 3-0 sweep through FaZe has earned 100T a coveted spot in the LCQ grand finals, and the team is now on the precipice of qualification for VCT Champions. This team, scrutinized closely by players for their potential since their debut at Stage Two Challengers, now advances to face The Guardtwo teams that have dominated their respective sides of the bracket finally coming together.
Starting out on 100T’s pick of Icebox, FaZe claimed the early advantage from the pistol round, and POISED looked to give his team an early boost with a one-vs-two clutch retake in the first full buy round. 100T quickly answered back by capitalizing on FaZes team-wide shifts between sites, handing over an abundance of information to the team attempting to make a miraculous lower-bracket run to the grand finals.
At 9-9, 100T called for a time out to regroup, as FaZe continued to pressure them to the very last round. Asuna and bang appeared to catch their second wind from this timeout, becoming a duo that continued to catch the members of FaZe off-guard with pinpoint accuracy. That chemistry paid off, with 100T sealing the first map 13-10.
FaZe opted to bring the series to Breeze for map two, bringing in a Jett and Cypher combo to ensure they had full control as soon as the pistol round. FaZe kept the scores between the teams tight in the first half by answering 100T at B site. Yet it was Asuna with a clutch Classic right-click that grew the lead in 100T’s favor while throwing off the focus of FaZe.
Failed attempts from FaZe to enter sites as a group left them wide open for the members of 100T laying in wait. While Flyuh stopped 100T from running through FaZe with a clean half and allowed his team slight breathing room, FaZe just couldn’t get things going in the second half. Derrek and Will ensured that 100T would head to match point with a two-versus-three clear of A site, securing Breeze by a score of 13-6.
Ascent marked the last stop between 100T and the LCQ grand finals. Like the map before, FaZe struggled immensely to find proper angles on 100Tand when they did, their shots missed their mark. Bang led 100T to a dominant first half with strong cover on A site that turned around what appeared to be numerous losing fights for the team.
By the time the defining half of the series approached, 100T needed only three more rounds before advancing. Once more, 100T appeared to be in the heads of their opponents, as FaZe closely watched nearly every corner of the map. A final timeout for FaZe at 100Ts match point was not enough to turn their luck around, marking the end of their LCQ run with a resounding 13-3 loss.
100T are now heading to the grand finals of the North America LCQ, with qualification into VCT Champions 2022 on the line. In order to get there, however, theyll have to best The Guard, a team that they have avoided in their LCQ run thus far, but one with equal understanding of the final series importance.
The North American LCQ finals begin tomorrow, Aug. 14, at 3pm CT.