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Evil Geniuses finally put a win on the board at the 2022 Mid-Season Invitational in their heavily favored game against ORDER, though a bizarre bug stood out more than their clean play along the path to victory.
After 25 minutes of play, the game paused with viewers wondering what had happened. Eventually, the analyst desk explained the bug gave Evil Geniuses the option to Chronobreak, rewinding the game to before the bug had happened. EG declined and decided to play on. That’s when everyone got to see support Philippe “Vulcan” Laflamme take an unexpected journey to the unexplored skies of Summoner’s Rift.
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Vulcan had decided to engage onto the enemy Nautilus as Leona. Nautilus responded by hitting a near-frame-perfect knock up, which hilariously shot Leona up a little bit higher than it should have. But even though Leona took a brief vacation, the extra hang time did not matter in the slightest. Vulcan hit the ground running, quite literally, and EG continued their methodical march to victory.
They won the game thanks to the combined efforts of Jeong “Impact” Eon-young on Gwen, Kacper “Inspired” Słoma on Xin Zhao and Joseph “Jojopyun” Pyunon on Ahri. EG’s bot lane star, Kyle “Danny” Sakamaki still seemed to be in a slump. But even though he didn’t have the best game, his team picked him up this time.
In a post-game interview, Jojopyun admitted that while securing a win here was good, the team is far away from their playoff form.
“I think we played way better in this game than we did against G2,” Jojopyun said. “I think if we can play like we did in playoffs, we can beat them.”
EG have already endured two rough losses to the League of Legends European Championship representatives, G2 Esports. However, they will have to wait to get their third shot at G2. They will face ORDER again on Thursday, though.
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