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Ssumday and Raz talk EG's draft gap and NA's hopes at MSI 2022

After Evil Geniuses won the 2022 League Championship Series Spring Finals, 100 Thieves top laner Kim 'Ssumday' Chan-ho and analyst Barento 'Raz' Mohammed

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After Evil Geniuses won the 2022 League Championship Series Spring Finals, 100 Thieves top laner Kim ‘Ssumday’ Chan-ho and analyst Barento ‘Raz’ Mohammed spoke with Dexerto about the series and what makes EG different.

“Liquid has some strategy, but every strategy they have is kind of similar so it’s easy to react,” Ssumday continued. “But EG has a bunch of strategies, more than just one or two. We tried to counter that, but it didn’t work out.”

Thanks to Evil Geniuses’ unpredictable draft strategy, 100 Thieves struggled to get another reverse sweep in the Finals. 100 Thieves head coach Bok “Reapered” Han-gyu said he was “comfortable” after their 0-2 start against Liquid because in those losses, he had gained all the knowledge he needed to win the next three games. Replicating that against EG proved to be impossible.

“No other team can match us if they have something they don’t want to play,” Rigby said after their Finals victory. “The most popular champ is Ornn. They’d say, ‘We’re going to blind Ornn, we are going to have good teamfights.’ But we just let them pick Ornn, we don’t give a f***. We have Impact… It’s so easy for us, honestly.”

“[We have a] player gap for the draft,” he said. “They are just down for anything.”

Now, heading into the Mid-Season Invitational, Evil Geniuses now find themselves in much deeper waters. T1 didn’t lose a single series across the regular season or playoffs, ending with a 20-0 series record, with 42 wins and eight losses in total. RNG are back to defend their 2018 and 2021 victories. G2 are coming off their own 12-0 lower bracket run.

Ssumday and Raz talk EG's draft gap and NA's hopes at MSI 2022Raz has warned that anyone underestimating EG will do so at their peril

Last year, Cloud9 were unstoppable the entirety of Spring but then bombed at MSI. Evil Geniuses didn’t match C9’s 2021 level until the last week of the playoffs – raising questions about their ability to perform in the cut-throat competition that is MSI.

According to Raz, that may just be what gives them an edge. “EG took advantage of a lot of people selling them short,” he said of the LCS Finals. “I still think T1 is easily the best team right now and I want to give a lot of credit to RNG. But that being said, it feels like that fuels Evil Geniuses.”

EG went into the playoffs with a combined 0-6 record against Team Liquid, Cloud9, and 100 Thieves, but in their final three series, they went 9-0 against the trio. They could be hit with a reality check in their first international scrims, but they’ve proved before that they can defy the odds.

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