Evil Geniuses have qualified for their first ever LCS final after a clean sweep of Team Liquid in the penultimate match of the 2022 LCS Spring Playoffs. EG will play defending LCS champion 100 Thieves tomorrow to see who will become the new LCS champion and decide who will represent North America at the 2022 Mid-Season Invitational in Busan, South Korea.
Despite the last series between Team Liquid and Evil Geniuses in the LCS Spring Playoffs two weeks ago ending in a close 3-2 for TL, the veteran squad were unable to take a single game off of EG in NRG Stadium. Team Liquid played competitively and possessed a lead at different points of all three games, but it was ultimately EG who shattered the nexus all three times and secured the series win.
The difference makers for Evil Geniuses were largely in the draft phase. In game 1, EG came away with the more potent composition in side lane pressure and scaling, and in game 2, their Diana/Yasuo composition was devastating in fights against Team Liquid's pick-focused range composition that featured an Ashe/Zyra bot lane for Steven "Hans sama" Liv and Jo "CoreJJ" Yong-in.
It wasn't just the draft that decided the series, however. In fact, TL were winning the majority of game 1 and were about to close the door with a Baron Nashor securing before EG AD carry Kyle "Danny" Sakamaki made the play of his career on Jinx. Danny would follow up his game 1 performance with another strong Jinx game in game 2 before maintaining his dominant form on Ezreal in game 3, which earned him player of the series honors in EG's 3-0 win.
Throughout their last three wins against FlyQuest, Cloud9, and Team Liquid in the lower portion of the post-season bracket, Evil Geniuses have won nine of their last 10 games in the 2022 LCS Spring Playoffs ahead of their finals match against 100 Thieves.