Levi finally starts as 100 Thieves drop Meteos and Ssumday for Rift Rivals
- Levi and Brandini will be starting for Nadeshot’s team at the international event
- This isn’t as surprising as C9’s decision to bench Jensen, Sneaky and Smoothie
- EU LCS’ Fnatic, G2 and Splyce will be very wary of Levi’s unpredictable nature
That trend spread to the NA LCS as Cloud9 bizarrely dropped Sneaky, Jensen and Smoothie for the opening week. And now even more players have fallen victim as 100 Thieves are dropping top-laner Ssumday and jungler Meteos for Rift Rivals.
In their place will be their Academy players, Brandini and Levi with fans especially excited to see the latter.
100 Thieves are dropping Ssumday and Meteos for Brandini and Levi (above) at Rift Rivals 2018
It was only a matter of time until Levi broke into 100T’s starting line-up, he’s repeatedly reached rank one on the NA solo-queue ladder and many will remember him for his previous international performances.
Levi made a name for himself on Gigabyte Marines and put Vietnam on the LoL esports map as he and his team shocked top teams at MSI and Worlds last with wins over G2, TSM, Fnatic and Immortals under their belt.
Because of NA LCS import rules, 100T had to drop one of their two Korean players to fit Levi into the team, opting for Ssumday over Ryu. It’s a fairly surprising decision considering how strong and consistent Ssumday is.
However, we’ve mainly seen him exceed on tanks during his time in NA while the meta certainly favours carry top-laners. Brandini has impressed in the academy league this season which could be why he’s been trusted.
He’ll have to perform out of his skin if he wants to hold his own against Fnatic, G2 and Splyce although he might get lucky and Levi take over the game.
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