In a video game used a knife’s edge, the Thieves dealt the decisive blow.

100 Burglars won a tense match against Group Liquid in week 2 of the 2021 LCS Spring Split. The League of Legends group got rid of their first loss of the split from Saturday to fellow title contenders Cloud9 and won today through a familiar strategy: play through bot lane.

Liquid, on the other hand, looked, in the words of LCS desk analyst MarkZ, “sus.” The ruling Lock In competition champs have now dropped 3 of their last four games, consisting of two to rookie-heavy Immortals and a TSM team that, until that game, might have been described at best as inconsistent.

In the match of perhaps the 2 finest bottom lane duos in the LCS, FBI and Huhi protected first blood but otherwise traded blows with Tactical and CoreJJ. Meanwhile, Ssumday and Alphari clashed in the top lane, with the latter selecting Quinn for the very first time in the LCS into Renekton– significant offered how textbook of a counter choice she is into a champ that has seen near-universal presence in pro play in 2021, even after the Goredrinker nerfs in Spot 11.3.

From the start, it was clear this video game was going to be chosen on the margins. Alphari almost shut Ssumday out of the game with assistance early from Santorin on Lillia. But 100 Burglars jungler Closer, who has quietly been creating a monster season, secured the first 3 drakes of the video game in a similarly surreptitious fashion.

Infernal Soul was finally contested and postponed by Liquid on the back of a well-timed engage by CoreJJ’s Rell. But 100 Thieves forced a fight around Baron after starting to lose control of the side lanes, took Tactical’s Kai’Sa out of the fight, and suffocated their opponents into one final teamfight in the Liquid base to seal the triumph.

Both teams are done for the week in this brand-new, sped up Spring format, and will return to action next weekend as groups approach the halfway point of the split. Week three of the LCS starts Friday at 5pm CT