Cloud9 and Evil Geniuses looking dominant – LCS Lock-In 2022 Groups
With the LCS lock-in quarterfinals about to begin, we thought it worthwhile to take a quick look at how the first few games of the new split played out and what impact that might have as we get closer to the stage Spring.
There are strong storylines and narratives in both groups.
Cloud9’s dominance continues in Group A
For the sake of structure, we start with group A, where cloud 9 have brought back some of their best forms from the early part of this decade. They started with three straight wins to secure a place in the quarterfinals.
Zven started with aplomb, averaging 5.67 kills, 1.67 deaths, and 8.67 assists per map with a KDA of 8.6. He’ll have a lot of presence in the bottom lane when the Spring Split finally picks up steam. Other strong performances on the team include jungler Blaber, who managed 3.33 kills, 1 death, and 11 assists per map at a 14.33 KDA, and mid laner Fudge, who had 5.33 kills, 1.67 deaths, and 9 assists at a KDA of 8.6 and a creep value of 305.33.
100 thieves, who will face Cloud9 in the last game of the group stage on Friday night, had started with two straight wins before losing his previous game. They are currently third in Group A. It will be interesting to see how 100 Thieves can maintain their skills from the 2021 Summer Split, especially after having a fantastic postseason.
Both Closer and the FBI started out in lively offensive form, amassing close to 10 kills per map combined. Closer has a kill participation rate of 11.67 so far. Averaging 1 death per map, that number of 11.67 is also his KDA.
Golden Guardians are currently bottom of the group with three defeats in a row. However, it must be noted that they are making their academy roster due to several Covid-19 related issues in their team.
Evil Geniuses dominate Group B
Over in group B, Evil Geniuses started at the top of the group with three wins in three games. Top Laner Impact was in an absolutely sensational kill participation rhythm averaging 5.67 kills, 2.33 deaths and 8 assists with a KDA of 5.86. These are certainly atypical results, as you wouldn’t expect a top laner to maintain those numbers much longer.
TeamLiquid have remained true to their way of working, patiently staying on track. They are currently second in Group B with a 2-1 record. However, not even one player has averaged more than three kills per map, an indicator that their overall performance comes from a variety of paths without relying on their mid or bot laner.
immortal are currently bottom after losing all three games while Dignitas (1-1) and Golden Guardians (1-2) battle for third place in the group.
Early signs point to Cloud9 and Evil Geniuses as TSM also comes up with an exhausted list. With Bjergsen back, don’t dismiss Liquid too soon either. The lock-in has created an interesting dynamic, but we can’t wait for the return of the traditional Spring Split, which is set to begin in the first week of February.
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