With the final series that will be played in Chicago this weekend, LCS is coming to an end this season. The LCS Championship has already determined the teams that will participate in Worlds 2022, but now it is time for the teams to secure better seeds to increase their chances in the tournament.
After a five-game series, Team Liquid lost the last game of the season against Evil Geniuses, and the super team of North America is out. Cloud9, 100 Thieves and EG will fight each other for the trophy and the Worlds 2022 seeds. Let’s take a look at what awaits us this weekend.
LCS 2022 Summer Playoffs
Team Liquid defeated CLG and Evil Geniuses defeated TSM to advance to round three of the playoffs, which was expected. However, both series taking five games was not something that we thought would happen. If they could perform well one more time, TSM or CLG could be representing the region right now.
Nonetheless, EG and TL played the seventh five game long best of five series of the season in the next round. They just couldn’t secure the advantage, EG got ahead but TL tied with good draft decisions and even managed to take the 2-1 advantage after a strong performance from Hans sama. Winning bot lane was defining the series so far, which may be the reason behind Danny’s mental problems.
In the fourth game, EG managed to tune down TL’s strong bot lane, giving them zero leads while putting Impact and jojopyun ahead, winning the game and taking it to the fifth. EG couldn’t get too much from their bot lane the whole series, and they had to keep pressuring Hans sama and trust their solo laners. It was a risky move but their only move: and jojopyun delivered with a 6-1-4 Sylas which decided the result.
The upper bracket saw an unexpectedly confident performance from Cloud9. Berserker’s increasing performance reached a peak against 100 Thieves, his capability on any ADC offers great flexibility and a win condition for his team. Even in games that have less kills and more dances around the objectives, Cloud9’s Jensen and Berserker managed to offer more than their rivals, except in the second game where Abbedagge brought the win to 100.
This victory from Cloud9 was vital as they secured starting from the main event at Worlds 2022. C9 managed to be the only NA team that made it out of groups last year and the organization’s culture is defined by international success. Jensen is no stranger to that and he was there when the team needed him the most: to close the series on Azir.
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Schedule of the LCS Championship
Check out the schedule below:
Saturday, September 10
100 Thieves (1.35) vs Evil Geniuses (3.00) - 22:00 CEST
Sunday, September 11
Cloud9 vs 100/EG - 22:00 CEST
The first game will decide the second finalist of the year, and considering EG’s lower bracket performances, I believe 100 Thieves is one step closer to the grand final. Keep in mind that Danny was struggling, evident after the game against Team Liquid, and he wanted to take a break. EG’s academy player Kaori will step in, playing against another Turkish player Closer. This replacement should also damage EG’s chances.
Whoever makes it to the final, Cloud9 will be the favourite after outclassing both teams with 3-1 defeats. C9’s new roster powered by Jensen looks amazing and I don’t think they will give up the championship in the final. I seriously doubt 100 Thieves could come back and catch up with C9’s level. It should be a C9 championship after a 1-year hiatus.