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100 Thieves defeat Golden Guardians in opening Sunday match

100 Thieves ended their League of Legends Championship Series dry spell with a win against Golden Guardians on Sunday, taking their first win for the season.

The teams, both of whom had failed to win a game in their previous three matches, started slowly. The first blood came only 10 minutes in – what looked like a catch on Henrik “Froggen” Hansen turned into the first big fight, and ended in a 1-1. While the first blood went to Golden Guardians, the two teams were virtually neck and neck over the next several minutes. As the game went on, however, 100 Thieves slowly started forging a small lead.

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A chase on Kim “Olleh” Joo-sung Soraka led to a teamfight where the Thieves had the edge from the start and ended up killing two of their opponents. One of them was Juan “Contractz” Arturo Garcia Nocturne, and with only three people and no Smite, Golden Guardians were unable to contest the following baron.

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100T seemed to be clearly in the win when a fight started with an attempted pick on Matthew “Deftly” Chen’s Kai’Sa during the mid game. The Guardians finally found the teamfight they needed, killing four – and only Bae “Bang” Jun-sik’ heroic efforts prevented it from being a total disaster as he picked up two kills back. A suicidal engage and chase by Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho prevented the baron falling, however, but 30 minutes in, GGS took two kills in a skirmish – including 100T’s jungler Andy “AnDa” Hoang – and went for the baron.

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However, 100Thieves had all their carries up and chose to contest the objective 3v5. In the confused fight, Ssumday, Bang and Choi “huhi” Jae-hyun ran amok, getting a clean ace and securing the baron. This broke the Guardians’ resistance, and three minutes later, 100 Thieves broke the Nexus.

It was finally the game that we expected to see from 100 Thieves, and Ssumday in particular, saved it for his team. Golden Guardians started the game poorly but appeared on the verge of a comeback when the outplay in the baron pit dashed their hopes – and with a 0-4 record, they are now in a very difficult situation.

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