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Both teams showed much promise at the end of the group stages. With very little separating them from the top-placed Cloud9 and Golden Guardians, it seemed that Evil Geniuses and Team Liquid both had a fair shot at finishing the current season of the LCS strongly, even if not winning the championship outright.
However, luck would not work out in their favor in the playoffs, as both teams crashed out of the upper bracket and now find themselves in a lower bracket elimination match. Team Liquid has already played an elimination match and was able to beat 100 Thieves 3-1. For Evil Geniuses, the pressure is on as they are playing their first elimination match of the current season.
Thanks to the double round-robin format, the two teams know each other’s strategy and approach. Unfortunately for Team Liquid, the odds are stacked against them: Evil Geniuses did not concede a single map to them in their two group stage meetings, meaning that Team Liquid is yet to find a strategy that can potentially work for them against EG.
Further, Evil Geniuses could get past the 6th-placed TSM to advance through the semifinals before losing to the seemingly invincible Cloud9, while Team Liquid crashed out against the 5th-placed NRG to enter the elimination round.
The cues are subtle but clear: Evil Geniuses are in a much better position going into this contest, and it will take something drastic for Team Liquid to win against a team they have had no success against in the current season.
Team Liquid has their work cut out for them against Evil Geniuses. In their first group stage meeting, Evil Geniuses took the win at the start of the 38th minute. EG had a KDA of 18/5/55, while Team Liquid could only manage a KDA of 5/18/10. Liquid was able to get four towers and acquire 64.4k gold, whereas Evil Geniuses tallied 11 towers and grabbed 74.4k gold, helped by the fact that they also destroyed six inhibitors.
Their second group stage encounter played out similarly, lasting 34 minutes and ending in favor of Evil Geniuses. EG scored a KDA of 29/13/74, while Team Liquid clocked in 13/29/29. EG acquired 72.6k gold while Team Liquid maxed out at 60.3K. Evil Geniuses destroyed a massive ten towers to Evil Geniuses’ four, along with two inhibitors, two barons, and two drakes, none of which were matched by Evil Geniuses.
If the statistics from these two matches are taken into consideration, then it is a longshot for Team Liquid, who will have to bring something new to the table to get one over Evil Geniuses and knock them out of the current split of the LCS.
Before losing to C9, who are currently favorites to win the championship, Evil Geniuses had built up a solid 12-6 record to finish the group stage in third place. The team’s playstyle revolves around building up early momentum and gradually turning up the pressure to get the win.
In the current split of the LCS, they have won 90.9% of their games when ahead at 15 minutes and destroyed the first tower in 61.1% of their games. Playing on the red or blue side seemingly makes no difference to Evil Geniuses; they have six wins to two losses as blue and six wins to four losses as red.
Over the course of the season, they have dealt 2264 damage per minute and drawn first blood in 44.4% of their games. Their average kills per game stands at 14.1, while they have suffered 11.4 deaths per game on average. Jojopyun has the highest MVP points this season with 106, placing him in a strong position to represent the First LCS All-Pro Team.
Earlier this season, Team Liquid faced 100 Thieves in the upper bracket quarterfinals after defeating them twice in the group stage. Now, Team Liquid finds itself on the receiving end of unfavorable statistics as they face Evil Geniuses, who seem to have them figured out as an opponent. Since finishing the 2023 LCS Spring Split in 8th place, they will be eager to do better than fourth place this time around.
Their damage per minute currently stands at 2542 for the current season, and they have drawn first blood in 61.1% of their games. They have scored 14.8 kills and 12.8 deaths per game, for an average k/d ratio of 2.5. Team Liquid has acquired an average of 1907 gold per minute and destroyed the first tower in 77.8% of their games. There is a small disparity in their performance when playing on the red and blue sides. So far, they have won 7 of 11 games as blue and 3 of 4 as red.
Again, it remains to be seen how they’ll fare against Evil Geniuses in their upcoming eliminator, as EG seems to be in better form overall.
With an interest in strategy and mathematics, applying that to sports writing was the natural progression. A writer at night and the founder of a gaming company, Nikhil’s previous experience includes working with ESPN for five years. His specialization includes soccer, basketball, tennis, and esports betting. Email: [email protected]More info on Nikhil Kalro
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