LOL LCS Lock-in 2021 – 100 Thieves vs Cloud9 Betting Preview and Prediction
The first League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) Lock-In semi-finals bout between 100 Thieves and Cloud9 will take place on Friday, January 29 when we will see which of the two sides has what it takes to secure a spot in the finals and get themselves one step closer to the US $150,000 prize pool. Here is our free betting preview and prediction for the match.
It was quite unfortunate for Golden Guardians not to steal at least one map off Evil Genuises on Sunday, however, we can be happy with the results of our predictions for the remaining two LCS Lock-In quarter-finals fixtures between 100T and Immortals and Team Liquid and FlyQuest. Today, we turn our attention to a clash between 100T and Cloud9 who will meet for the first time this season in what will be a match that will put 100T’s impressive run to a tough test, while giving C9 a chance to redeem themselves after a streak of somewhat underwhelming results.
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100 Thieves vs Cloud9
Friday, January 29 – 15:00 PST
I was quite excited about 100 Thieves heading into this tournament and so far they have not only proven me right, but I would even go so far to say they have exceeded my expectations. It seems like keeping the old Golden Guardians core intact was a smart move on their part as it shows in their strong synergy which has played a major role in their success.
On the other side, we have the undisputed favorites to win the LCS, Cloud9, who are a team that I just can be too excited about. Even before the tournament has started, there were more questions about them than answers, namely how will Ibrahim “Fudge” Allami perform in his LCS debut, can their bottom lane bounce back after a disastrous showing in the LCS 2020 Summer and how will Luka “Perkz” Perković adapt to the new environment.
That is not to say this team is not stacked with some of the best players in the league, but as we expected, Cloud9 failed to look as solid as perhaps they should have right out of the gates. They should do fine later in the season, but as it stands now, C9 are very iffy.
In our tournament predictions, we expected C9 to struggle and 100T to shine, which has – so far – proven to be true. Even for this matchup, I have to value 100T higher, even though C9 have looked somewhat better in their recent showings.
The main reason why we believe 100T can win here is their top laner Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho who is playing extremely well and will now get to face Cloud9’s weakest link in Fudge. Based on what we have seen from these two players and their team’s playstyles, I can’t imagine a world where C9 get control over the top side and even if they do, they would have to put too many resources into helping Fudge, which will leave them exposed in the mid and bottom lane, effectively giving up the drake control.
Pinnacle have 100T priced at 2.52 to win the series which is an appealing bet to take even though they are facing a stacked team such as Cloud9, who are now only two steps away from pocketing a $150,000 paycheck. Unless C9 show some improvement, I could even imagine 100T claiming a 3-0 sweep, so a smaller stake on the underdogs at a -2.5 map handicap is something to consider to make this match interesting.
Prediction: 100 Thieves +1.5 maps – 1.675 at Pinnacle
Prediction: 100 Thieves -2.5 maps – 9.26 at Pinnacle
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