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Evil Geniuses stumble in first games against G2 at MSI 2022

The MSI face-off is yet another installation in one of League's oldest and most famous rivalries.

  • Posted on 11th May, 2022 16:30 PM
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It’s one of the longest-standing rivalries in League of Legends history. And at MSI 2022, G2 Esports seem determined to settle the score once and for all, beating Evil Geniuses twice in their opening three games. 

What does this mean for the EU – NA rivalry?

Don’t worry, NA fans – the rivalry isn’t over just because EG lost two games.

Let’s just get some disclaimers out of the way.

  1. You can’t judge a matchup fairly based on two games
  2. These two teams do not represent the entirety of their region
  3. Best-of-ones do not allow teams to truly showcase their strengths

Now, with that being said – Europe are once again pulling ahead in the EU vs NA rivalry.

Sure, G2 may have thrown their early game lead versus EG. But EG’s failure to close out the game after G2 essentially placed a victory gently in their lap is almost more damning.

But before the NA fans start sharpening their pitchforks, let’s just take a step back for a second –  this doesn’t mean EG can’t still even out the score. They’ll play G2 three more times before the group stage is over. That’s three more opportunities to pull it back for NA.

Both Ssumday and LCS caster Barento ‘Raz’ Mohamed praised EG’s adaptability in a best-of-five as one of their biggest domestic strengths. Their adaptability and depth of strategy just aren’t going to be showcased in the same way in a best-of-one.

Does that excuse their poor performance on days one and two of MSI? No. But it does perhaps explain why NA’s saviours weren’t able to pull it together in the way LCS fans were hoping, and perhaps provide some much-needed hope for the team’s future at MSI this year.

But, as of right now, Europe are still better. G2 have yet to drop a game at MSI, and there’s a very real chance that they’re going to cruise through their group undefeated.

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