Evil Geniuses’ North American talent prevailed in the fastest LCS finals in history.

Evil Geniuses are the 2022 LCS Spring champions! In a 3-0 sweep of 100 Thieves, they completed their run from the fourth seed and the lower bracket. It’s the first LCS title for rookie Joseph Joon “jojopyun” Pyun, star AD carry Kyle “Danny” Sakamaki, and import jungler Kacper “Inspired” Słoma. This Evil Geniuses LCS run has been nothing short of spectacular.

At 1:18:32, the series is the fastest finals in LCS history. The LCS Spring Split 2022’s viewership peaked at 387,072 viewers during the Grand Finals between 100 Thieves and Evil Geniuses.

Game 1: Danny’s Jinx takes over again

While they had a characteristically rough start to the series, Evil Geniuses quickly managed to pick it up. An early-game fight at dragon managed to turn the game, with Danny grabbing several kills on Jinx.

Yesterday we established just how deadly he is on this champion, and he road the lead into a rocky but still victorious win in game 1. Jeong “Impact” Eon-young’s Ornn was a huge factor as well, with 100 Thieves unable to counter the powerful tank.

With a game time of 30:32, it would be the longest match of the series.

Game 2: Impact breaks out the Mordekaiser

Impact was a huge factor all series, and successfully countered Ornn with a surprise Mordekaiser pick in Game 2. Image via @LCSOfficial on Twitter.

Game 2 was much more one-sided. Impact brought out Mordekaiser as a counterpick to Ornn, and played it to perfection. 100 Thieves couldn’t deal with the pick, and even though they forced Danny off Jinx and on to Xayah, it didn’t seem to matter. A 23 minute win put EG up 2-0.

Game 3: Evil Geniuses LCS run ends in glory

100 Thieves’ bot laner Victor “FBI” Huang was on Zeri for Game 3, a powerful pick all split, but EG did a good job neutralizing it. They teamfought much better than 100 Thieves did, repeatedly blowing up 100T’s Vex pick whenever she tried to enter the fight.

Evil Geniuses LCS trophy lift
Philippe “Vulcan” Laflamme lifts the LCS trophy. Image via @LCSOfficial on Twitter.

EG took the series 3-0, sweeping aside the reigning champions to claim their first LCS title. Jojopyun has become the first North American-born mid laner to win the LCS in their rookie split since Hai “Hai” Lam in 2013. The Evil Geniuses LCS win also qualifies them for MSI in South Korea as North America’s representative, where they’ll face Europe’s G2 Esports and Oceania’s ORDER in the group stage.


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A writer from Niagara, Canada, Shawn covers VALORANT, League of Legends, and PUBG. He previously wrote for THESPIKE.GG and is a journalism student at Ryerson University. He has also been accredited press for Worlds 2021 and VALORANT Champions.