Evil Geniuses has won its first match of the 2021 League Championship Series Championship against Dignitas 3-1. EG will move on in the upper bracket to face off against 100 Thieves, while DIG will fight for survival in its next best-of-five series against Immortals.
EG came into the series favored to win against DIG. As the third seed, EG hit its stride throughout the summer split, whereas DIG, who qualified for the spring post-season with a higher seed than EG in the LCS Mid-Season Showdown, has spent the summer re-establishing its identity after Matthew "Akaadian" Higginbotham took over the starting jungle position following Joshua "Dardoch" Hartnett's ousting from the organization.
Jungler Juan "Contractz" Garcia has gone undefeated for EG in four Summer Split matches as an alternate option to starting jungler Dennis "Svenskeren" Johnsen, but against DIG, Contractz started all four games and was the best performing player throughout all four games of the series.
DIG did its best to take it to EG in the early game with strong laners and aggressive plays, but ultimately only managed to get the better of the higher seed once. Even in the game DIG won, EG had an advantage for a good amount of the game, and the gold lead was close all the way to the end. EG snapped back into focus and won games 3 and 4 far more convincingly to take the series.
EG's next upper bracket against 100 Thieves has enormous implications. Not only will the winner qualify for the finals of the LCS Championship without losing a single series, but also, guarantee one of the three seeds for representing North America at the League of Legends World Championship in China this fall. DIG, on the other hand, will have to defeat 7th seed Immortals to avoid elimination and continue its post-season run in the lower bracket.