Don’t write off Evil Geniuses just yet; they give the LCS its first victory of Worlds 2022.
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Evil Geniuses, the third-seeded LCS team, will need to improve steadily and incrementally to reach the group stage of the 2022 League of Legends World Championship.
Despite receiving a terrible beating from Fnatic, EG continued to go through the play-in stage without winning. After over 40 minutes of swapping leads, EG tied the game today against CBLoL’s Loud team, bringing their record to 1-1 after Jojopyun’s footwear decision delayed the game’s start.
Even Nevertheless, the anticipation around the CBLoL representatives LOUD is unstoppable. The Brazilian squad was heartily cheered on by an even greater audience on social media for the second day in a row as they played in Mexico City.
The early-game pressure by LOUD through their jungler, Croc, required EG to react appropriately or risk being the victim of a snowballing advantage, much as in their previous victory versus DetonatioN FocusMe. However, in order to go on to groups, the team must coordinate their teamfighting more effectively, especially with regard to who the team attacks first.
“LOUD is the best team we have scrimmed so far at Worlds”
Fudge, the top laner for Cloud9 and the LCS’s top seed, has been fairly direct in his assessment of LOUD, saying that it is one of the greatest teams they have ever had the opportunity to compete against. Even while it’s unclear how dominating LOUD has been in scrims, their excellent initiation and desire to fight have made them a team that has been difficult to easy beat in just the first two days of Worlds.
— LCS (@LCSOfficial) September 30, 2022
However, the tankiness of certain EG members proved to be too much for LOUD to effectively burst down. The LCS representatives were able to gain picks and objectives for themselves as a result of having to squander several crucial resources on Inspired and Impact just for them to escape with patches of health.
The remainder of the Brazilian squad concentrated on the Baron as LOUD’s top laner Robo and mid laner Tinowns battled in the bot lane to eliminate EG’s carry in the near future. This was the beginning of LOUD’s demise since even the team’s most resilient players were defeated by the quick strikes of Kaori’s Kalista and Jojopyun’s Akali.
Despite forcing EG’s hand in the early going, the Brazilian team’s deficit proved too much to overcome. LOUD are still in the running despite having a 1-2 record, and they are unlikely to quit easily.
The EG bot lane steps back up
During their encounter yesterday versus Fnatic, Kaori and Vulcan failed to fully express their potential. Even though Caitlyn and Lux gave the EG bot lane a lot of poke, the lack of an engage option made their laning phase pointless and rendered them insignificant in the game’s conclusion.
Today, however, Vulcan rejoined the engaging champions that helped him join the LCS’s first All-Pro squad, allowing Kaori to play without inhibition just as they had in the lower bracket finals of the LCS Championship. Kalista was brought out for the first time by the Academy ADC, causing the LOUD bot lane and beyond to fall to the Spear of Vengeance while being protected by substantial crowd control from Vulcan and Inspired.
— LCS (@LCSOfficial) September 30, 2022
With Kalista’s passive, Kaori entered and exited battles, dissolving LOUD’s backline carries and destroying amazing goals. The enemy Nexus burst as the EG bot lane shared a combined 8/5/23 KDA, and the camera then focused on Kaori’s relaxed expression after excelling in his second Worlds encounter.
In contrast to yesterday, Kaori and Vulcan seemed much more at ease playing together throughout this game, coordinating with Inspired to guarantee the bot lane got off to a fast start—and that Kaori got all the gold. But EG’s day isn’t quite finished. Later on in the evening, they’ll play Beyond Gaming, who won their opening Worlds match against LOUD.