Almost two years after their ill-fated entry into the Counter-Strike scene, North American organization 100 Thieves finally debuted in a competitive match. The org built by former Call of Duty pro Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag signed the infamous Brazilian Immortals squad, led by twins Henrique “HEN1” and Lucas “LUCAS1” Teles. After much controversy surrounding the team, both parties agreed to part ways. Since then, 100T has been looking for a CS roster to pick up.
Last October, they announced their signing of the Australian Renegades roster to be their official CS:GO team. Ranked #8 by hltv. org at the time of writing, this team possesses a lot of potential for success. They managed to get into the top 5 back in the first half of the year. Also, they made semis in both StarLadder Berlin Major 2019 and StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 7. Moreover, they won the Asia Minor Championship in Katowice at the beginning of the year, besting rival AU team Grayhound Gaming. Despite their relative success, Renegades decided to sell the roster to Nadeshot and 100 Thieves, which they announced on their official Twitter page on November 1st.
They played their debut match against Finnish team ENCE eSports, winning in a convincing 2-0. The first map (Inferno) ended in a demolition of the European squad, as the Aussie side lost only three rounds. 100 Thieves went into the match guns blazing, winning the first four rounds. Despite losing the next two, they continued to step on the gas, keeping the momentum on their side. ENCE tried their best but 100T refused to give them any room to breath. The half ended at 12-3 in favor of 100 Thieves. The score removed any room for error from ENCE in at the swap and they failed to gain any footing, losing the map 16-3.
Unsurprisingly, ENCE threatened to force a deciding third match, blitzing to an 11-2 lead in Train. However, Jay “Liazz” Tregillgas managed willed his team to back with timely frags. 100T managed to steal the last two rounds of the first half, ending it at a 4-11 deficit. With momentum on their side, they quickly caught up to the Finns, winning ten straight. After that, the win seemed like a walk in the park. Liazz’s unrelenting aggression allowed his team to close the Bo3 in Map #2. He also ended the game with the most frags at 46 versus 20 deaths, as well as a +26 rating. Overall, it was a great showing for 100 Thieves in their first ever competitive match.
100T lost to Astralis in their next match and will await the winner of the VG-ENCE elimination match. The playoffs of IEM Beijing will then commence on November 9th.