With Cloud9 defeating 100 Thieves in the 2022 League of Legends Championship Series summer finals, the 2022 LCS year has officially come to a close.
The summer playoffs were the craziest they have ever been with the top three teams heading to Worlds 2022 being somewhat just as crazy. Evil Geniuses C9 and 100 Thieves not only know their seeding heading to Worlds, but they now know their fate as the Worlds 2022 Group Draw have determined which teams NA’s finest will have to take when the tournament kicks off at the end of the month.
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For 100 specifically, they have found themselves in a group consisting of one of the Worlds 2022 favorites Gen.G and the Pacific Championship Series champions CTBC Flying Oyster and potentially another Worlds 2022 favorite Royal Never Give Up if they manage to make it through the play-in stage.
And when asked what their first impressions of their group were, the team was not scared in the slightest and, in fact, found their group familiar. After playing with the same exact roster last year in what seemed to be a tough group with Edward Gaming and T1. 100 think that this group is definitely beatable.
“I’m really happy with our group,” Head Coach Bok “Reapered” Han-gyu said. “I do believe that it is manageable so I’m happy about that.”
The feelings of it being manageable likely come from 100 barely missing out on getting out of last year’s group, which saw them throw punches against the best teams from all over the world.
“Last year we had a pretty hard group and we almost made it out going 3-3 beating the world champion that year,” 100 Thieves support player Choi “huhi” Jae-hyun said. “I think we have a pretty good chance at making it out.”
Huhi also talked about NA’s chances as a whole. Huhi believes that C9 and EG have good chances of getting out of their groups too and when asked what he thinks of NA as a region, he didn’t quite say the region is the strongest it has ever been but made it clear that NA is not to be slept on.
“I think we are definitely not weak,” Huhi said. “I think we’ll see this Worlds as long as we don’t choke.”
Reapered mentioned that while C9 decisively won today that he thinks that none of the Worlds 2022 reps from NA are significantly better than each other. Instead, he talked about how important it is for 100 to show up when it matters especially heading to Worlds 2022.
“All that matters is showing up on the day,” Reapered said. “I don’t think there is a big skill gap between the top three teams in NA right now.”
With Worlds being in NA this year for the first time since 2017, there is pressure on NA to perform. And while that pressure is in the back of everyone’s minds. 100 knows they are capable of making the most of their opportunity.
“I think we will make NA proud,” Huhi said.