100 thieves survive fear of Gen. G at the opening of the NA VCT Last Chance Qualifier
The loss of 100 Thieves’ opening card to Gen. G turned out to be just a false alarm, as the North American team ranked at the top of the last-ditch standings comfortably won their two next cards to move on to the next round of the LCQ.
On Breeze, 100T went with a lineup that isn’t typical of them: a dual duelist setup with Asuna on Reyna and Nitr0 on Jett, putting recently promoted b0i on Viper. They got off to a good start in attack with some nice entries from Nitr0, winning the first five laps. A few heroic tip defuses from Gen. G would keep the first half score close, with 100T only taking a 7-5 lead at halftime.
100T started their second half just as strong, with excellent play from Marshal and shock darts from Hiko. But again, Gen.G answered the call with crucial gunfire, tying it at 9-9 before a technical break. A huge clutch of aces from the original Gen.G gMd, on Brimstone of all agents, gave his team the 11-10 lead and forced a 100T timeout. But the timeout couldn’t help the Masters Berlin semi-finalists recover, as Gen. G stole their 13-10 Breeze pick.
Once again, 100T brought double duelists to Split and seemed unstoppable from the start with aggressive defense based on card control and creating opening picks. Gen.G were unable to create the same opportunities they could late in the first half as they did on Breeze, and trailed 10-2 in their own defensive team.
Even after losing the second-half pistol, Gen.G rallied with two straight laps and looked to piece together a comeback after closing a few 100T force buys. But 100T won a decisive round after a meteoric position at Site A, taking a 12-6 lead before ending the series with a comfortable 13-8 victory in Split.
The streak would be decided on Icebox, and while Gen.G won the pistol round and a 2-0 lead, 100T immediately tied him in the bonus round and the first round of shooting, thanks to a triple kill. well done nitr0 in the latter. An unsuccessful forced buy from Gen.G put their economy on ice, and they couldn’t win enough consecutive rounds to stabilize their funds, with 100T taking another halftime lead, 9-3.
Asuna was the lone survivor of a heated second-half shootout, making a potential Gen.G. comeback even more difficult. Trailing 11-3, they won in the 100T bonus round, but their average taken in the first full buy round flattened and 100T took a 13-4 victory over Icebox to claim the victory in the NA LCQ opening series.
100 Thieves have gone with a double duelist on every card in their first series since they parted with the game leader’s steel. With steel in the lineup, they usually relied on Asuna to make plays. while the rest of the team argued, sometimes even with a triple initiator setup. With the switch from nitr0 to Jett, the high performance CS: GO The veteran took a more active role in crucial gun rounds with his aggressive playing abilities.
They will advance to the second round of the top bracket later today, where they face the winner of XSET against Luminosity.
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