After a heartbreaker of a series just 48 hours earlier, Evil Geniuses returned to the Rift on Sunday afternoon, looking for a preferably quicker series than the five-game marathon the team burned through against FlyQuest.
And although that series unfortunately went the other way for EG, today’s lower bracket contest against a notably more comfortable opponent in the 7th-seeded 100 Thieves showcased the stronger side of Evil Geniuses. After trading punches in the early stages of game 1, EG ran away with the series’ opening game, as the jungle-mid combination of Dennis ‘Svenskeren’ Johnsen and Greyson ‘Goldenglue’ Gilmer refused to die at any point in the first game of the best-of-5, successfully setting the tone of dominance that EG would run with for the remainder of the set.
The second game of the series proved to be a tad more difficult for EG – a 48-minute back-and-forth contest that saw almost as many total kills as there were minutes had the team nearly on the ropes at some points. Still, EG was able to snag up a 2-0 series lead, forcing a potentially clincher of a third game.
In that final contest, EG wasted no time reaching the finish line, as it only took 24 minutes for them to erase 100 Thieves from the equation. In that final contest, the EG botlane of Bae ‘Bang’ Jun-sik and Tristan ‘Zeyzal’ Stidam posted a combined KDA line of 3/0/23. Together, along with strong map prowess and a domineering presence from the super-duo of Svenskeren and Goldenglue, EG’s bot lane was able to completely control not just the last game of the series, but the entire afternoon from start to finish.
And although the numbers put up by Evil Geniuses are most definitely noteworthy, it’s the staggering underperformance of 100 Thieves that truly marked the end of their playoff run with a disappointing whimper.
The team’s solo laners, Kim ‘Ssumday’ Chan-Ho and Tommy ‘Ryoma’ Le, failed to make a statement at any point in the series, getting outclassed by Heo ‘Huni’ Seung-Hoon and Goldeglue at every turn. Additionally, the 100 Thieves bottom lane was getting constantly handicapped from within, as it truly felt like the team’s newfound support player, Philippe “Poome” Lavoie-Giguere had spent more time this series with a black and white screen than any other player on either side. Perhaps his 23 deaths over 3 games (equating to a series KDA of 0.39) could back that claim up.
With 100T knocked out of the season altogether now, it’s clear that the team’s rotating door of support players will continue to swing, as the organization has failed to have a true stud player at that position since Zaqueri ‘Aphromoo’ Black won split MVP for the Thieves all the way back in Spring of 2018. However, the org has been a far cry of its former self in recent times as they’ve tried to scrounge pieces from all over the world in order to put together a serviceable roster.
“We were clearly second best [today]”, noted 100 Thieves GM Chris “PapaSmithy” Smith after the sweep. Smith constructed this 100 Thieves roster back in the winter with high expectations for a breakthrough season. For the time being, however, he, and the rest of the organization, will have to go back to square one.
As for Evil Geniuses, though, the march through the lower bracket of the LCS Summer Playoffs goes on. While their next opponent is still to be determined due to the new layout of the LCS postseason, the team’s next contest is slated for Saturday at 4pm EDT.
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