Closer happy after 100 Thieves handed ‘best group’ at Worlds, but one thing has him worried

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Can “Closer” Çelik is actually happy LCS runners-up 100 Thieves pulled what he believes is the “best group” within the 2022 World Championship principal stage, but the Turkish jungler is already worrying about one massive concern that comes with the simple highway at League’s largest tourney.

That concern: 100 Thieves might slide to final place in “simple” Group D.

There had been minor celebrations within the 100 Thieves camp when North America’s second seed dodged terrifying teams like A⁠—the place LCS champs C9 will face T1 and EDG⁠—and Group B, the crew’s Turkish star told Travis Gafford.

But, nearly as quickly as the grins pale, Closer started pondering about what would occur to 100 Thieves and the LCS in the event that they someway didn’t placed on present.

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“We are undoubtedly happy,” Closer stated. “We have the best group of all of the teams [at Worlds], but… it will likely be very embarrassing if we lose. We might lose to the Flying Oysters,” the 100 Thieves star stated.

There’s additionally the query of which League contender will be part of them in teams. All indicators level to it being MSI champs Royal Never Give Up. RNG have been seeded into Group B in Play-Ins, and should conqueror groups from Korea, Vietnam, Europe, Turkey, and Argentina to proceed. They’re odds on favorites to handle that and land in Group D in the principle stage alongside 100 Thieves.

China and Korea are daunting, but Closer is simply excited to start.

“We have Gen.G [in the group] and doubtlessly RNG, so I feel it’s going to be very enjoyable within the group,” he stated, earlier than pointing to Gen.G’s celebrity mid laner Chovy as one star he’s wanting ahead to dealing with. “I need to see how good he actually is.”

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Even earlier than the World Championship begins in earnest in Mexico City on Thursday, Sept. 29, Closer and 100 Thieves are already starting the League grind.

Unlike in years previous, most groups are foregoing a Korean bootcamp in September to journey to both the States or Mexico forward of the massive occasion. Several wildcard groups are already enjoying on high-level NA servers and LCK and LPL groups are anticipated to observe go well with quickly too. Closer is keen to check his mettle towards them.

“We are coaching… we won’t go to Korea, but we’re working,” he stated.

The hope, he added, is that each main star descends on the server within the subsequent two weeks. Riot Games is opening Champions Queue for the League heavyweights, which ought to solely elevate the elite server for high quality follow.

“If Faker finally ends up enjoying on Champions Queue, that might be actually good,” he stated. “Like FACEIT in CS:GO. It might be very cool if all Worlds execs find yourself enjoying there.”

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