Although the two teams duked it out just over an hour earlier, Echo Fox and 100 Thieves found themselves tied after an incredible 18 game regular season. However, after a 27 minute stomp, 100 Thieves came out on top, securing North America’s regular season title.
It didn’t take long for the Thieves to turn off the lights on Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett’s Nocturne, as Yoo “Ryu” Sang-wook’s Ryze drew first blood onto Echo Fox’s jungler with the help of William “Meteos” Hartman. However, Echo Fox quickly responded as Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon traveled into his own jungle, meeting up with late season substitute, Tanner “Damonte” Damonte, cornering, and eventually killing, Ryu and Meteos deep in Echo Fox’s jungle. When the dust settled, both mid laners escaped the skirmish with 2 early kills and an early power-spike for both players.
Just 5 minutes later, Echo Fox tried to make moves in the bottom lane with Dardoch’s Paranoia, but after a counter-gank from Meteos, as well as a Teleport from Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho, 100 Thieves were able to come away from the fight with an easy kill onto John “PapaChau” Le’s Alistar. Afterwards, the Thieves secured an Ocean Drake in addition to first turret gold from the bottom late outer tower.
Although Echo Fox quickly answered with another Paranoia gank onto Ryu, PapaChau was caught out of position again, this time in the top lane, as Meteos permeated a kill onto Cody Sun’s Jhin. The subsequent shift in map control allowed Meteos and Cody Sun to easily secure the Rift Herald.
After Meteos forced Dardoch to flash near his own Red Buff, Echo Fox tried to turn the tables, but an inexperienced PapaChau forced a fight in an unfortunate chokepoint, allowing Cody Sun to stay far away from the fight and lay down the necessary artillery to pick off Echo Fox’s tanks. After the front line was eliminated, Ryu placed an immaculate Realm Warp near Echo Fox’s top lane tower, resulting in a dive that allowed the Thieves to escape the fight with a 4 for 1 advantage, plunging the final dagger into Echo Fox’s first place dreams.
Echo Fox eventually responded with across-the-map picks onto Ryu and Meteos, but it was all for naught, as just over a minute later, Ryu found a solo kill onto Damonte, despite Dardoch’s quick entrance with Paranoia. The all-in play caused Meteos and Cody Sun to move up towards top lane, as an easy kill onto the squishy Echo Fox jungler was theirs for the taking.
Not even 3 minutes later, 100 Thieves forced another fight in the mid lane, and instantly forced PapaChau’s Alistar out of the fight in a matter of seconds. They were then able to cleanly take down Huni and Damonte with the help of Cody Sun’s Curtain Call, despite the entire Thieves squad being nearsighted from Dardoch’s Paranoia throughout the majority of the fight. 100 Thieves used this advantage to secure Baron, Ocean Drake, 2 inhibitors, and eventually the Nexus, while Echo Fox couldn’t help but watch in despair as their early season advantage had crumbled before them on the final day of the Spring Split.
With this incredibly impressive win, 100 Thieves have successfully locked up the regular season crown for the 2018 NALCS Spring Split, and now, with playoffs on the horizon, the case for 100 Thieves only gets stronger with each and every game. The team is now 9-1 since the season’s midway point, and with the regular season in the rearview mirror, a trip to Miami is nearly inevitable for the Thieves, and an NALCS title is just within reach.