CWL Las Vegas saw the LAN debut of the new 100 Thieves CoD roster. However, disappointing performances saw them fail to make the mark that they were hoping for.
The 100 Thieves squad headed into Las Vegas with plenty of excitement and hype around them after back-to-back second place finishes in the CMG ProDown tournaments online.
The 2018 CoD Champs runners-up, Kenny ‘Kenny’ Williams, Maurice ‘Fero’ Henrique and Ian ‘Enable’ Wyatt, joined the organisation alongside top assault rifle players in Sam ‘Octane’ Larew and Austin ‘SlasheR’ Liddicoat in a bid to become one of the top teams in Black Ops 4.
However, starting out the season with a third-place finish in Pool Play, behind an open bracket team, and only a top 12 placement overall was not the ideal start for the new roster. Their disappointment was clear to see after exiting to Luminosity Gaming in the losers bracket.
SlasheR took to Twitter to post about his embarrassment following the performance and how it was possibly one of the worst team events he’d ever played.
Quit possibly the worst team event I’ve ever been apart of. Absolutely embarrassing. Goin ghost I’ll be back.. hopefully
— 100T SlasheR (@SlasheR_AL) December 9, 2018
Last year’s Rookie of the Year and top SMG player, Kenny, tweeted out his disappointment in multiple stages. Firstly, after falling to LG, he offered congratulations to his counterparts on their win before stating that his team simply must improve.
Later in the day, he added that it had been a disappointing weekend in Vegas.
GGs LG, Just simply gotta get better.
— :flag-ph:100T Kenny (@KuavoKenny) December 9, 2018
— :flag-ph:100T Kenny (@KuavoKenny) December 10, 2018
Enable, a veteran player and former champion in both Halo and Call of Duty, was added to the 100T’s roster to bring experience and leadership.
Echoing his team's disappointment, he tweeted about how their focus must switch to the Pro League qualifier and beyond that, the rest of the season.
GGWP to every team we played this weekend. Disappointed but just need to focus on improving for the qualifier/rest of the year.
— 100T Enable (@Enable) December 9, 2018
Octane, formerly of Luminosity and OpTic Gaming, rounded off the team's comments about the disappointing placing by apologizing to the fans.
The AR player's average placements have dropped off significantly since he decided to leave LG in May of 2018.
GGs LG, weekend was full of disappointment. My apologies bros
— 100T Octane (@Octane_) December 9, 2018
100 Thieves will likely hit the drawing board and do their best to dissect the event, seeing just where they faltered but also, perhaps, what went right for them.
Expectations for the roster will remain high but whether or not a change to the is required remains to be seen.
With most pundits pointing at a lack of chemistry as the main issue, it will be interesting to see whether the team can pull together to make the necessary improvements.