'It's Been a Longtime Wish to Come Back' Says 100 Thieves' Amazing

Wyatt Fossett,

May 16, 2019 5:14 PM

The LCS' 100 Thieves made a few big moves this week and we asked the veteran Amazing and the rookie Soligo about getting named to the starting roster.

It’s no surprise that the 100 Thieves franchise has spent their break between the 2019 LCS Spring Split and the Summer Split attempting to rediscover some fire. This week they announced the signing of veteran jungler Maurice “Amazing” Stuckenschneider, and the call-up of 100 Thieves Academy mid-laner Max “Soligo” Soong. 

The news was broken on social media in a tweet revealing the new starting lineup for 100 Thieves for the upcoming 2019 LCS Summer Split. 

(courtesy 100 Thieves)
(courtesy 100 Thieves)

Shortly after the end of the 2019 Spring Split, 100 Thieves announced that they were parting ways with mid-laner Choi “Huhi” Jae-hyun, which probably freed up a bit of salary space. This leads right into the signing of prolific jungler, and EU analyst Amazing. 

Stealing Amazing

Going as far back as 2012, Amazing has been a menace in the bushes for some of the most dominant and challenging teams professional League of Legends has ever seen. From winning a LCS championship with TSM back in 2014 before joining the top-tier franchise Origen in the EU for two years. 

(courtesy Riot Games)
(courtesy Riot Games)

Amazing would later spend time with Fnatic and Fnatic Academy in the EU region before joining FC Schalke 04 in the summer of 2018. The jungler would then take a back-seat to playing, and spend a lot of time on the analyst desk during the Spring Split of this year. 

100 Thieves has three fairly decent junglers on roster now, Fragas (who will become the substitue jungler for 100T Academy), AnDa (who will take over jungling duties for 100T Academy), and now Amazing. The return to the LCS will hopefully begin a new era in the career for the veteran jungler from Germany. 

(courtesy 100 Thieves)
(courtesy 100 Thieves)

“I'm extremely excited - it's been a long time wish of mine to come back to play in the States especially due to the elevated level of both living quality and professionalism present in the LCS,” Amazing told Twin Galaxies over email. “On top of that, 100 Thieves really does seem to embody what I think of when I think about what I want from an organisation: a caring surrounding, the will to win, and a good amount of fun to boot.”

In premier and challenger tournaments, Amazing has had a lot of success during his years with Origen, and Copenhagen Wolves. Other than the big win with TSM back in the Summer of ‘14, Amazing will join 100 Thieves with his aim on achieving more championships with a rather young franchise. Coming off of the analyst desk in the LEC may prove to be a powerful benefit rather than a hindrance. 

“I learned a ton of things - mainly about being more content with myself and allowing myself to figure things out along the way,” said Amazing on his time on the desk. “As a player I always felt rushed and almost inclined to protect my pride and my image above allowing myself to be truly happy, and I think being around Quickshot and the rest of the crew really gave me a sense of belonging and inner peace.” 

(courtesy 100 Thieves)
(courtesy 100 Thieves)

Soligo Gets The Call

As for the younger addition to the 100 Thieves League of Legends starting LCS roster, Soligo comes up to the big stage after less than a full season on the 100 Thieves Academy. The high-profile mid-laner is going to have large shoes to fill with Huhi’s departure, but the team believes in his abilities, and the fire of a young athlete trying to prove themselves. 

“I believe that with how last split ended, many people feel doubtful of me going into summer, and rightfully so,” Soligo told Twin Galaxies.”However, being surrounded by so many good players and coaches, I've worked hard and learned a lot over the off season, and I hope I can meet the expectations that the last one wasn't able to achieve.”

(courtesy Riot Games)
(courtesy Riot Games)

What then, does a future star have at their side when they finally do get the call-up to the LCS? They bring with them the experience of playing alongside one of the better Academy teams in North America. 

“Although I didn't get to even play a full split of academy, I learned a lot valuable things both from the other rookies and from the veterans of Stunt/Kelsey. Kelsey did a very good job of teaching me fundamental concepts, such as basic macro, objectives, and resets, and learning these with players who were also new alleviated this process,” added Soligo. 

(courtesy Riot Games)
(courtesy Riot Games)

Summer Thieves

The two roster moves announce this week by 100 Thieves are pretty great when you take a look at the big picture. The high-profile mid-laner you were banking on didn’t turn the tides like you needed, and you wind up bottom of the LCS after two very formidable splits. So, you exchange that mid-laner for someone you can mold into the teammate you need.  

To ensure that pitting a rookie up against pro-caliber teams doesn’t get out of hand, you bring in someone like Amazing that has a ton of experience both playing and analysis. This balance will bring the greatest chance of success. 

North America will kick-off the 2019 Summer Split shortly after the conclusion of the Mid-Season Invitational tournament, and if we’re really excited to see what this new-look 100 Thieves roster can pull off.



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