Evil Geniuses qualify for first LCS final after eliminating Cloud9 in LCS Lock In semifinals sweep

Source: Tina Jo/Riot Games via ESPAT


Evil Geniuses have eliminated Cloud9 from the semifinals of the 2022 LCS Lock In clean sweep. As a result of the 3-0 victory, EG have qualified for the organization's first ever LCS final, where they will face off against defending Lock In champion Team Liquid. 


As the only undefeated team in the 2022 LCS Lock In, EG came into the series favored against Cloud9, the latter of whom has only played with two of their starting members due to visa issues delaying multiple players and staff from arriving in the United States until February.


After EG extended their season-starting winning streak to 8-0, support Philippe "Vulcan" Laflamme joined Gabriella “LeTigress” Devia-Allen on the LCS broadcast for a post-match interview after defeating his former organization.


"I feel like Cloud9 hasn't looked too hot in this Lock In, and they don't have their starting roster," Vulcan explained. "I'm just excited to see their starting roster now, because this one was...kind of a let down."



In game 1 of the series, Cloud9 drafted a composition with plenty of CC, but without a proper lane to play through in terms of a carry threat, EG didn't have much trouble taking the first game. In game 2, the team compositions for both sides were similar in complexion and intent, but superior play by EG in context of those compositions resulted in a only slightly-less one-sided win to put them onto match point.


Down 0-2. Cloud9 switched up the draft with Akshan top for Darshan "Darshan" Uphadyaya, Udyr for jungler Robert "Blaber" Huang, Tryndamere for mid laner Ibrahim "Fudge" Allami, and went for a mage in the bot lane to round out the damage profile by picking Karthus for Jesper "Zven" Svenningsen.



C9 was able to throw EG off balance with the skirmish-heavy approach of the composition, but it ultimately came down to a 5v5 teamfight, and in composition and level of play, EG was superior once again. C9 had managed to amass a gold lead and run up the pace of the game by getting Darshan's Akshan ahead, but EG still cracked the nexus in less than thirty minutes to take game 3 and the series. 

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