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Esports

100 Thieves take down Team Liquid to win LCS 2021 Championship

100 Thieves have been crowned the North American League of Legends champions.

The American esports club beat Team Liquid 3-0 Sunday to win the League Championship Series 2021 Championship finals at Los Angeles’ LCS Arena -- avenging last week’s loss to Team Liquid to end their would-be perfect championship run.

“Arguably the proudest day in 100 Thieves history for me,” team co-owner Jack “CouRageJD” Dunlop wrote on Twitter. “The entire organization has done everything in their power to build a championship team in League of Legends and I’ve watched that first hand.”

100 Thieves won in 27 minutes on blue, 31 minutes on blue and 27 minutes on red for the sweep.

Turkey’s Can “Closer” Celik posted a sterling 19-2-21 kills-deaths-assists ratio to lead 100 Thieves. Australian Ian Victor “FBI” Huang totaled 11 kills and Felix “Abbedagge” Braun of Germany added eight assists in every round.

100 Thieves had fallen to Team Liquid 3-2 in the winners’ bracket final last Saturday but arranged the rematch by defeating Cloud9 3-1 in Saturday’s losers’ bracket final.

As the top two finishers in the championship, 100 Thieves and Team Liquid qualified for the main draw of the League of Legends World Championship, scheduled for later this year in China. With its third-place finish, Cloud9 earned a spot in the World Championship’s play-in round.

The top eight clubs from the Summer Split advanced to the championship. All matches were best-of-five.

LCS Championship final standings

1. Worlds 2021 main event -- 100 Thieves

2. Worlds 2021 main event -- Team Liquid

3. Worlds 2021 play-in -- Cloud9

4. TSM

5-6. Immortals, Evil Geniuses

7-8. Golden Guardians, Dignitas

--Field Level Media

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