Evil Geniuses Eliminate Cloud9 From 2022 LCS Spring Playoffs
The 2022 League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) Spring Playoffs is in the final stages and three teams are still in contention for the coveted trophy and the title of 2022 LCS Spring winners. In a dominant 3-0 sweep, Evil Geniuses (EG) beat Cloud9 (C9) in Round 2 of the playoffs and moved on to the next round against Team Liquid. It was a shocking exit for Cloud9, a team that was considered a top runner for the 2022 LCS Spring Split.
EG’s 3-0 against C9
Game 1 of the series had an interesting draft. EG managed to get its hands on Ornn, Nocturne, Ryze, Zeri, and Yuumi, while Cloud9 picked Jayce, Lee Sin, Akali, Caitlyn, and Lux.
The bot lane was C9’s stronghold but its top lane was continuously punished by the Nocturne pick. Despite securing two dragons, Cloud9 was still almost even in gold because of the pressure that Ornn brought into the top matchup. At 12 minutes in the game, Joseph "jojopyun" Joon Pyun on the Ryze had a stellar outplay and managed to kill the Akali in a 2v1 situation.
Cloud9 secured the fourth dragon and the Ocean Dragon soul but got wiped in the ensuing fight.
Evil Geniuses pressed its gold advantage, secured the Baron Nashor buff, and marched into the base of Cloud9 at 29 minutes. However, since the team overstayed its welcome, Cloud9 quickly picked up a couple of kills and defended its base.
Even an Elder Dragon buff could not help Cloud9 put up a strong defense and the first game of the series was over in 32 minutes.
Cloud9 shook up its team composition heading into Game 2. Kim "Berserker" Min-cheol got his hands on the hyper-carry Jinx, hoping to scale really well into the late game. However, EG capitalized on the mistakes of C9 and stopped the team from steamrolling.
Despite getting ganked early on in the game, jojopyun managed to secure six kills on the Viktor and was too strong for C9 to handle. Just like Game 1, EG showed its prowess in team fighting even though C9 stacked up dragons. In the meantime, EG ADC Kyle "Danny" Sakamaki also picked up a pentakill.
Both the teams were constantly engaged in fights in Game 3 and EG showed its priority was getting towers and not dragons. Even when it had complete control of the map, the team decided to strut down the mid-lane instead of securing the Cloud dragon at 16 minutes. At 25 minutes, Cloud9’s mid-lane inhibitor was exposed, and C9 caught off Zeri and Ryze and managed to translate these two pivotal kills into a Baron buff.
However, poorly fought team fights and disoriented calls cost Cloud9 its third and final match of the series. Following this victory, EG secured itself a spot in the Mid-Season showdown in Houston, Texas.
On the other hand, C9’s 2022 Spring Split run has been filled with ups and downs. The team found itself at the crux of controversy when its former head coach Nick “LS” De Cesare was let go.
EG now looks forward to fighting Team Liquid (TL) in the lower bracket finals on 23rd April, and defeating TL will push EG into the grand finals against 100 Thieves, the reigning champions.