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100 Thieves dismantle Cloud9 to open up 2022 LCS Spring Split playoffs

The first round of the 2022 LCS Spring Split playoffs kicked off with 100Thieves and Team Liquid securing their places in the next round with two series that went completely differently. The defending champions 100Thieves swept Cloud 9, while Team Liquid narrowly escaped their best-of-five bout against Evil Geniuses.

The march continues for 100Thieves

The LCS Spring Split playoffs kicked off with 100T making quick work of C9 with a 3-0 victory to advance in the playoffs bracket. The Thieves were able to prevail over their opponents due to smart planning and well-coordinated team play. Right out of the gate, 100 Thieves applied suffocating pressure on the top side of the map to shut down C9’s top laner, Park “Summit” Woo-Jae, who is considered to be in the running for the title of MVP. Unfortunately for C9, Summit wasn’t able to show his skills as he was limited to 2 kills and 15 deaths during the series.

While Summit wasn’t able to showcase his dominance on the map, 100 Thieves jungler, Can “Closer” Çelik, showed why he was named LCS MVP last season. The Turkish player wreaked havoc on Summoner Rift by pulling off great ganks, and he had some highlight-worthy moments. He finished the best of five series with a KDA of 12 kills, 5 deaths, and 23 assists. On top of that, he finished game one without a single trip to the death chamber. This clinical performance earned him the title of Player of the Series.

100 Thieves will now continue their quest toward back-to-back championships when they face the all-star squad of Team Liquid on April 16 while C9 will have to fight for their lives against Golden Guardians in the losers’ bracket.

Team Liquid escapes with the victory against Evil Geniuses

If the first series of the year was a swift one, the Team Liquid vs Evil Geniuses battle went the absolute distance. In the end, it was Team Liquid that moved on to the second round of the playoffs. 

The first four games of the series were split by both teams with Team Liquid winning the first and third games while EG took the second and fourth rounds. With the series on the line, the Evil Geniuses took a gamble by drafting a top side that is focused on the early game with Renekton and Nidalee. Unfortunately for them, they were not able to gather a big enough lead to make their team composition work. This inability to snowball in the early game opened the door for Team Liquid to win the last game and punch their tickets for the next stage of the LCS playoffs. 

Once again, the spotlight was put on a jungler as Team Liquid’s Lucas “Santorin ” Tao Kilmer stood out during the series. The Danish superstar was able to win on both Jarvan and Viego against Evil Geniuses, but it was his performances on the Ruined King that really captivated the eyes of everyone.

Team Liquid will now have to face 100 Thieves in the next round while Evil Geniuses have to win against Flyquest to keep their hopes alive. The showdown between Flyquest and EG will take place on April 10.

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Fabrice Samedy

My name is Fabrice Samedy and I am a 24-year-old writer/journalist. I will mostly be writing recaps of games or series happening in League of Legends or Valorant. With that said, it is possible that I post some interviews from time to time. I hope you enjoy my content!
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