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Evil Geniuses came into the 2022 Mid-Season Invitational with huge expectations. After the eight games they played in the group stage against G2 Esports and ORDER, EG, unfortunately, did the bare minimum. After going 0-4 against G2 but 4-0 against ORDER in group play, EG confirmed their spot in the Rumble stage at MSI 2022.

Entering the second half of the quadruple round-robin between the three-team group, EG sat at 2-2, with two wins against ORDER but two losses against G2. ORDER entered the second half with an 0-4 record.

After EG dropped their first match of the day Saturday against G2 in a nail-biter, EG unleashed against ORDER to clinch a Rumble stage spot. EG ended the game in 23 minutes with 24 kills. Multiple members had perfect stat lines with Kacper “Inspired” Słoma posting a 10/0/5 KDA (kills/deaths/assists) on Graves and Jeong “Impact” Eon-young going 0/0/7 on Ornn.

The team went on to complete the series sweep against ORDER. But at the same time, they managed to lose their final game against G2 to finish 4-4. Although they didn’t struggle at all against ORDER, the team only managed to be really competitive in two of the four G2 games, and neither ended in a win.

“We definitely looked back on our games and thought we could have won a lot more,” EG’s bot laner Kyle “Danny” Sakamaki said. “I think there are a lot of takeaways, and I think I definitely learned a lot.”

EG now get a week off to prepare for the Rumble stage, which kicks off on Friday.