Following one of the most one-sided series in LCS history, Evil Geniuses are the LCS 2022 Spring Champions, securing their spot for MSI.
Evil Geniuses are the 2022 LCS Spring Champions
EG qualified for the Spring Playoffs through the lower bracket, making them a big underdog for the final part of the esports tournament. Despite the odds against them, however, they started their dominant run, beating all of their opponents in a very quick fashion. Starting off with FlyQuest, Evil Geniuses 3-0’d both Cloud9 and Team Liquid, as fans started raising their expectations for the finals.
The former reigning LCS Champion 100 Thieves came from the winner’s bracket, but their run ended abruptly. Not only did EG beat them, but it came out to be the fastest series finals in LCS history, lasting only a total of 1 hour and 18 minutes. Two out of the three games played lasted less than 25 minutes, showing that EG performed at such a great level that no one could stop them.
Now that EG are the LCS Champions, they will represent the region at the Mid-Season Invitational (MSI), which will take place in Busan, South Korea. The first international tournament of the season will begin on May 10th. LCS’ chances of making it out of groups should be high, as two out of the three teams in Group C will advance to the next stage. Together with EG, the group will have LEC’s G2 Esports and LCO’s Order (Oceania).
Evil Geniuses vs 100 Thieves Series
Evil Geniuses came into the LCS Spring Finals after dominating the multi-time LCS Champions Team Liquid, who ended up in a disappointing 3rd place finish. While EG should’ve been less prepared for the finals due to time constraints, the team actually made a better read on the meta, drafting much stronger compositions within the patch.
Just like G2 Esports in the LEC, Evil Geniuses were able to constantly draft Xayah and play a very standard front-to-back teamfight comp. 100Thieves, on the other hand, were still relying more on proactive early mid-game drafts, with roaming mids that could impact the two sid lanes. Theoretically, 100T should’ve gotten early gold leads across most lanes and look to snowball from there. If that doesn’t happen, EG should easily start winning fights from the 20th minute mark onwards… which they did.
EG was not only able to contain 100Thieves early aggression, but they were extremely good at knowing which fights they could take to regain their leads. Although EG dropped one thousand gold in most scenarios, they knew that if 100T didn’t expand that lead further, they would’ve won. As drake fights started to break out, Evil Geniuses were in complete control, winning every single skirmish and picking up Baron Nashors to close out the games. Aside from Game 1 which lasted a little over 30 minutes, EG quickly swept 100T in Game 2 and Game 3, respectively taking 23:28 and 24:32, a combined time of exactly 48 minutes.
Evil Geniuses’ Strong Points
During the LCS Spring Playoffs, Evil Geniuses seem to have found their optimal way to play the game. Impact has always been a great weakside top laner and the team have one of the best LCS ADCs in Danny. With Inspired finally showing his worth as an import and Jojopyun still relatively immature in terms of his competitive career, EG has definitely potential for improvement. What’s really good about this roster is the fact that EG are nurturing two talented youngsters and looking to transform them into the next LCS superstars, something that hasn’t happened in the last few years.
With that being said, their MSI performance will be indicative of how much gap there might be between the other major regions. Last time out, Cloud9 achieved a top 5 finish. This time, EG must at least achieve that result and look to break through the top 4. While it will be hard, considering the top teams from other regions (T1, RNG and G2), there is a chance that they might pull it off.