Another good week to be an Evil Genius fan. During Week 4 of the LCS Spring Split EG faced a rough week going against two of the current top teams, Immortals and Cloud 9. EG finished the weekend 1-1 in their games leaving them at a record of 3-5 and again tied for 7th place. They’re still working our the kinks in their mastermind plane to steal away the LCS title, but the geniuses are getting more and more evil every week.
Starting off the game with easy 2 kills off a faulty invade, Evil Geniuses were able to snowball their early lead using their mid lane pressure. This translated into bot lane pressure as well, securing 2 early game dragons as well as getting the ADC Bang a sizable CS lead in the bottom lane.
Player of the Match: Jiizuke
Jiizuke was easily the early game carry in this match, despite his big misplay in the mid lane resulting in an unnecessary death. His two kills within the first two minutes of the game gave him enough pressure in the mid lane to shut down the enemy laner and allow his team to make plays around the map. Although Immortals were the favorite in this matchup for many people, EG showed why they could still be a contender for the top spot in the LCS.
Cloud 9 (8-0)
Svenskeren’s and Zeyzal’s previous team, Cloud 9 is by far the most feared team in the LCS right now. Cloud 9, being the only team without a loss, was predicted by all the LCS casters to win this matchup, and they were correct. Despite the good effort by EG to give them their first loss, they were unsuccessful in beating C9 and ended up losing in quick fashion.
Player of the Match: Nisqy
With an ending scoreline of 8 kills, 1 death, and 7 assists, Nisqy had the second most gold in the game and had some crazy engages for his team. Nisqy was able to play Cassiopeia extremely well by absorbing jungle pressure and keeping the enemy away from his ADC. Although the Cloud 9 ADC Zven has been the main talking point around the LCS, Nisqy was the highlight player during this match.
Coming up Next Week
Last week EG’s schedule looked hard, facing two pretty strong teams. This upcoming weekend, EG will be tested against two of the most historic teams in LCS history, TSM and Team Liquid. Although none of these teams are performing to their top potential, all of them have some of the top players in their respective role which will make for a very interesting weekend.
Team Liquid (3-5)
Team Liquid is in a very rough spot so far based on predictions that they were supposed to be the top team in the league. Regardless of their previous weeks, this will be the first weekend where Team Liquid will have a full week of practice with their main Jungler, Broxah. TL definitely has a long road ahead of them, but if EG can secure a win against them, it will be a huge team boost for the masterminds.
Player to Watch: Broxah
It seems that most of the people in the LCS scene have a new catchphrase, “Wait until Broxah gets here.” Last week was definitely an improvement for Team Liquid, but this weekend will show if they are still a top team in the league, or if they have some serious work to do.
Prediction: #LiveEvil – Out of all the teams right now, Team Liquid seems to be a little more rough around the edges than the others. Despite their huge player names in every role, they just don’t seem like the same team they were the past 4 splits. Evil Geniuses should be able to take this game off the back of Svenskeren’s aggressive early game, Jiizuke’s crazy talent and questionable plays, and with the consistent bot lane talent.
TSM is a team that seems to play differently depending on the weekend. As of right now they’ve gone, 0-2, 2-0, 2-0, 0-2. Therefore, if they’re still following that trend, it seems pretty impossible for EG to win being that TSM will go 2-0 this weekend. But in all seriousness, EG can beat this team with their recent play styles. Although TSM has had a lot of historical success in the LCS, they don’t look like they’re in the best shape to be able to defend against the geniuses.
Players to Watch: Jiizuke & Bjergsen
In this case, it’s too hard to pick just one, but for now it seems as if the match could be decided on the leads developed around the mid lane. TSM’s midlaner, Bjergsen, has always been one of the top performing players in the LCS. He is always one of the best players to punish his opponents for their mistakes and using those mistakes to build a lead for his team. Because of this, the real eyes for EG need to be on Jiizuke. Although Jiizuke is a very strong player, he also has been known for making a lot of over-aggressive plays that haven’t been resulting in much besides a death for him and sometimes his teammate. If Jiizuke can play well against Bjergsen, he will not only be in consideration for one of the best mid laners in the league, but he can also help carry his team to victory.
Prediction: #TSMWIN – As good as EG has looked in the previous weeks, they’re also a team that is unpredictable, whereas TSM seems to be able to play a very consistent game. If EG can roll the dice and get a good early game off that would be a different story, but for now TSM is looking like a stronger pick for this match up.
Featured Image Courtesy of LoL Esports Flickr
“From our Haus to Yours”