League of Legends: Evil Geniuses sweep 100 Thieves 3-0 to win 2022 LCS Spring Split

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Evil Geniuses are the 2022 LCS Spring Split Champions. Photo: Riot Games
Evil Geniuses are the 2022 LCS Spring Split Champions. (Photo: Riot Games)

Evil Geniuses (EG) lifted their first League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) trophy on Sunday (24 April) after a clean 3-0 sweep over 2021 LCS champions 100 Thieves (100T).

The 2022 LCS Spring Split title is also the first championship for mid laner Joseph "jojopyun" Joon Pyun and bot laner Kyle “Danny” Sakamaki, in their first year as starters.

This also makes the 17-year old jojopyun the youngest player to win an LCS title.

EG didn't look like eventual champions during the regular season, only managing a 9-9 record and earning the fourth seed after winning tiebreakers over fellow 9-9 teams Golden Guardians and FlyQuest.

EG also didn't have a stellar start to the playoffs, as they were quickly dropped to the lower bracket after losing to Team Liquid 3-2 in the first round of the upper bracket.

The threat of elimination seemed to have flipped the switch for EG, though, as they bounced back by routing FlyQuest 3-1 and then sweeping C9 3-0.

EG then got their revenge on Liquid in a dominant 3-0 sweep in the lower bracket finals to secure a showdown with 100T in the grand finals.

The Evil Geniuses raise their first trophy in the LCS. Photo: Riot Games
The Evil Geniuses raise their first trophy in the LCS. Photo: Riot Games

The first game of the finals started off in 100T’s favour, as they drew first blood on Danny in the bot lane then proceeded to dominate the mid lane.

However, Danny turned things around in a fight at the Dragon pit by punishing 100T's over-aggression and securing three kills.

Both teams were on equal footing throughout the midgame, exchanging kills and turret plates.

However, EG had better map control and vision, which allowed them to take a Rift Herald and a couple of towers. On top of that, they were feeding gold to Danny’s Jinx, who was being set up to carry the game.

EG continued to push forward slowly until the 27-minute mark, when they took out three members of 100T in a pivotal clash that allowed them to take the Baron uncontested.

EG continued to find kills, with Kacper “Inspired” Słoma even stealing the Infernal Dragon. With no defenses left in the 100T base, EG took their first win of the finals in 30 minutes and with a 13-4 kill lead.

Game two started off much slower, with both teams making equal exchanges in the laning phase.

However, 100T managed to get first blood and a second kill in the top lane at the 9-minute mark, putting them in good position to gain a gold lead over EG.

However, EG were able to turn things around by taking a kill in the top lane then following through in a fight at the Dragon pit.

Jeong “Impact” Eon-young’s Mordekaiser was able to set up kills and finish off four members of 100T, allowing his team to continue mowing down their opponents in the side lanes.

100T could not find answers to EG's aggression and eventually tapped out after 23 minutes of action. EG led by 11,000 gold and topped the kill board 14-2 as they earned match point.

With their backs against the wall in game three, 100T aggressively pursued early kills. However, an overzealous teamfight for the Rift Herald caught them off guard, with Inspired stealing the Herald for EG.

In a later effort to take out EG members with low health, 100T were punished and instead fed three kills to the duo of Danny and jojopyun. Evil Geniuses then continued to take advantage of 100T’s sloppy play to further build up their lead.

In a final stand at the Baron pit, 100T tried their best to take out EG. However, Danny and Jojopyun’s damage proved to be too much, resulting in a disastrous teamfight that nearly handed Danny another pentakill for the season.

Despite 100T's best efforts, EG secured the series sweep after a 24-minute encounter and with a 17-8 kill lead.

With their victory, EG claimed their first-ever LCS title along with the grand prize of US$100,000. Danny was deservingly named MVP of the finals after dominating as the team’s bot lane carry in all three games.

Meanwhile, 100T bow out of the competition in second place, taking home US$50,000 in consolation.

As the 2022 LCS Spring champions, EG will be representing their region in the 2022 Mid-Season Invitational, which will take place in Busan, South Korea.

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