2022 Spring Playoffs

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League of Legends 2022 Spring Playoffs: LEC and LCS Recap

Sadakshi Kalyan Ramun
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Highlights
The 2022 Spring Playoffs are underway in the LEC and the LCS. The LEC just played out its second round of the playoffs while the LCS just began Round 1.
Rogue has secured itself a place in the LEC Spring Finals after it reverse-swept Fnatic in a BO5 series.
The LCS Playoffs were off to a phenomenal start as Cloud9 got 0-3ed by 100 Thieves and Team Liquid won against Evil Geniuses.

The Spring Playoffs are always an exciting phase of the tournament as teams manage to pull off the greatest victories and upsets over their opponents. In the League of Legends Champions Korea (LCK), T1 defeated Gen.G with a scoreline of 4-1 and lifted the 2022 Spring Split trophy. Over in the west, teams are still vying for their region’s number one spot this season. While six teams stepped into the League of Legends European Championship (LEC) 2022 Spring Playoffs, only four teams are still in the running. On the other hand, the League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) Spring Playoffs Round 1 was just played out and the stakes are higher than ever. To spice things up, the playoffs stage is a double-elimination bracket.

Here’s a breakdown of what transpired in the 2022 Spring Playoffs in the LEC and the LCS.

LEC 2022 Spring Playoffs Round 2

Round 2 of the LEC Spring Playoffs was played out from 1st-3rd April. All the teams in the upper bracket and the winner of the lower bracket match fought once more to proceed further in the league. The three series in the second round were complete barnburners and all the games had totally unpredictable outcomes. G2 Esports had a very strong run after sweeping both its opponents 3-0 this week.

The teams in the second round were:

  • Rogue

  • Fnatic

  • G2 Esports

  • Misfits

  • Team Vitality

G2 Esports vs Vitality - 1st April

The first best-of-five (BO5) in Round 2 of the LEC Spring Playoffs was between G2 Esports and Vitality. Europe’s superteam Vitality barely made it to the playoffs as the sixth and final seed after having a rough season. After losing its series against Fnatic in the first round, G2 was pushed to play Vitality, which had defeated and knocked EXCEL Esports from playoff contention. Going into the series, the fans expected it to be a show of equal dominance but on the contrary, G2 wiped the floor with Vitality with a clean scoreline of 0-3.

The third game of the series was going in the favor of Team Vitality. At the 20-minute mark in-game, Vitality had a comfortable lead of 6K gold and also had five towers over G2. A Baron Nashor steal by Marcin "Jankos" Jankowski brought back G2 into the game, and Rasmus "caPs" Borregaard Winther followed this up in style by stealing away the Hextech Dragon’s soul point. A series of poorly timed plays from the members of Vitality, coupled with miscommunication cost it the series.

Rogue vs Fnatic - 2nd April

Rogue

Fnatic came into the series with a really strong presence, smashed Rogue in the first two matches, and threatened series point during game 3 of the BO5. However, with a resilient mentality, Rogue bounced back from the first two games, and reverse swept Fnatic, pushing them into an elimination match in the bracket. Rogue’s mid-laner Emil "Larssen" Larsson put up a formidable performance and matched Marek "Humanoid" Brázda in the mid-lane. Kim "Malrang" Geun-seong proved that he is one of the best players in the LEC right now after his performance in this series against Fnatic. Rogue did the unthinkable and forced a “Silver Scrapes” angle while everyone thought the game would be a clean 3-0 by Fnatic. Following this sweet victory, Rogue has secured itself a berth in the finals of the 2022 LEC Spring Split.

Misfits vs G2 Esports - 3rd April

Misfits who faced defeat at the hands of Rogue were matched with G2 to take a step further in the LEC. After what was a whitewash by G2 in its series against Vitality, G2 was clearly favored in this matchup. Sadly, Misfits were no match for the G2 roster and during the BO5, the team ended up fumbling and making poor decisions even in the drafting phase. The solo lanes of Misfits were looked at closely and all hopes were riding on their backs, but unfortunately, both Shin "HiRit" Tae-min and Vincent "Vetheo" Berrié could not best their opponents. Following this victory over Misfits, G2 will once again face Fnatic in a BO5 series on 9th April to earn a spot in the finals against Rogue.

LCS 2022 Spring Playoffs - Round 1

The LCS Spring Playoffs began on a high note with the games being played out in front of an audience. The first two series of Round 1 of the LCS playoffs were played on 2nd and 3rd April. The remaining two matches are scheduled to be held on 9th and10th April.

The teams that are in contention for a shot at being crowned the winners of the LCS 2022 Spring Split are:

  • Cloud 9

  • 100 Thieves

  • Team Liquid

  • Evil Geniuses

  • Golden Guardians

  • FlyQuest

Cloud 9 vs 100 Thieves

100 Thieves

The defending LCS champions 100 Thieves (100T) came out swinging in the 2022 Spring Split playoffs and clean-swept Cloud9 (C9) today with a 3-0 record. For 100 Thieves, the game plan of shutting down C9’s top laner Park "Summit" Woo-tae worked pretty well and all in all, 100T outplayed C9 in all of the three games. While 100T moves onto the winners' bracket, C9 will have to fight its way to the top by taking on Golden Guardians in the lower bracket next week.

Team Liquid vs Evil Geniuses

Team Liquid

The series between Team Liquid and Evil Geniuses lived up to the hype and the crowd at the LCS studio got the opportunity to vibe to Silver Scrapes before the start of game 5. The series was really back and forth because Team Liquid won games one, three, and five, while Evil Geniuses took home games two and four. Interestingly, the team that played on the red side of the Summoner’s Rift won all the games in this series. Following this nailbiter, Team Liquid will proceed to the second round of the postseason upper bracket to face 100 Thieves whereas, Evil Geniuses will have to prove its worth in a series against FlyQuest on 10th April.

Fans can watch the rest of the 2022 Spring Playoffs live on Twitch and on LoLEsports and also follow the socials of the LEC and LCS for more updates.


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Sadakshi is the newest addition to AFK Gaming. As a passionate gamer and an ardent League of Legends fan, she brings her journalism experience to the esports scenes of LoL and Valorant