Predictions for TL vs. EG will surely be all over the place and, well, it’s easy to understand why: the gap between these two isn’t nearly as large as we thought it’d be. We’re not all too happy for that being the case, although it will, in all fairness, result in a much more competitive Best of 5 — one that is bound to deliver in all the right ways.
This, in short, is a rematch of the 2022 LCS Lock-In finals and a hotly anticipated series that’s all but guaranteed to go the distance. So, if you’re into top-tier League of Legends and want to see some of NA’s best players trade heavy blows on the Summoner’s Rift, make sure to clear out your schedule and tune in — you’re not going to regret it!
With that little introduction out of the way, let’s get down to the analytical part of the equation — that’s what’s most important at this point in time.
TL vs. EG | A Clash of Equals
On the surface, this might seem like a foregone conclusion, but in actuality it is anything but. Team Liquid are obviously favored — what with them having such a stellar record against EG and the slightly more superior line-up — but they’re definitely not infallible and could, by all means, end up dropping the ball.
That’s sort of our biggest fear and it’s not wholly unjustified. Getting reverse swept by 100 Thieves must’ve done a number on their psyche. They are all seasoned veterans and will surely bounce back in style, but one cannot help but worry.
They’re astoundingly talented. There’s no doubt about it. And, frankly, they have a much higher skill ceiling than Evil Geniuses as well, which doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll get to realize said potential in time for it to matter.
Are they a shoo-in for the 2022 World Championship? Absolutely. Are they still as favored to win the LCS as was the case a few weeks back? Not at all. They’re still the biggest threat to 100 Thieves, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be able to go the “whole nine yards.”
TL vs. EG Odds | Volatility Across the Board
That’s sort of our biggest problem here: we’re dealing with an immensely capable team, one with an astounding skill ceiling, but also a line-up that is still going through growing pains and is yet to conjure up some kind of an identity — and actually stick to it over prolonged periods of time.
We’ve seen glimpses of their potential and were always blown away, but their highs have been somewhat sporadic and volatile. You never know when they’re going to pop off and how well they’re going to perform. They’re always competitive, but there are still levels to their competitiveness.
And, needless to say, they’ll need to be on their best behavior if they want to stand a chance at dethroning 100 Thieves. The defending LCS champions have a metric ton of momentum behind their backs and have been downright incredible as of late. A bit sloppy and overeager, granted, but incredible nonetheless.
And, well, the fashion in which they were reverse swept has definitely left a sour taste in one’s mouth. It wasn’t an embarrassing showing by any stretch of the imagination, but they did drop the ball and deserve to be called out for it.
Evil Geniuses, on the other hand, have accrued an inordinate amount of hype after dismantling Cloud9 in the most lopsided of fashions. It was, in short, an absolute and utter shellacking.
Evil Geniuses — They’ve Found Their Groove
The boys in black and orange have blown us away. That’s really the most apt way to describe it. They were sloppy and inconsistent throughout the entire split, but once the playoffs came around they immediately kicked things into high gear and the rest, as they say, is history.
They’ve grown tremendously. Their drafts are still a bit iffy from time to time, but they sure do make up for it with sheer aggression and a mind-blowing amount of bravado. Every single one of their players has been carrying his fair share of the weight and then some.
The things they did to Cloud9 were neither easy to watch nor stomach — it was an extreme beatdown, the likes of which no one really saw coming.
And, well, naturally so: Cloud9 should have been a lot more competitive given whom they have competing under their banner.
And so now we are left to wonder: did EG simply capitalize on C9’s hubris? Was it just a one-off thing, a moment of weakness on Cloud9’s side which EG exploited beautifully? Or, perhaps, an indication that EG really are as good as we thought back when the season first began?
They will, however, face a much stiffer test than the odds would suggest, so proceed with caution. Evil Geniuses are in sync, confident, and aggressive beyond all measure. They might lack the finesse which is necessary to best Team Liquid, but they sure do make up for it in sheer bravado and the willingness to trade blows no matter the odds.
Either way, it’ll be a barnburner, so make sure to tune in!