Newly formed superteam Team Liquid has won the first major domestic trophy of the year after defeating Evil Geniuses 3-0. Despite many analysts predicting a comfortable series win for EG, Team Liquid came guns blazing, dominating the entire series.
Team Liquid was one of the favourites to win the tournament. Over the offseason, the team signed big names in the form of Gabriël “Bwipo” Rau, Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg, and Steven “Hans sama” Liv. However, due to CoreJJ not getting a Green Card, only two imports could play at a time. Throughout the competition, the management has shuffled between all three players, but the lineup containing Hans Sama and Bwipo has been used in the majority of games, and this is the lineup they used in the finals.
Team Liquid was clearly the better team between the two, and they barely dropped a sweat. Despite Evil Geniuses getting an early lead in games 1 & 3, they always seemed to falter in the mid-game. Bjergsen, who just returned to playing after a year of coaching, showed why he is still a force to reckon. He was impressive throughout the series and never dropped the ball. Although EG’s young mid laner Joseph “jojopyun” Joon Pyun showed flashes of brilliance, Bjerg was rock solid in every battle.
Hans Sama was another Team Liquid player that proved his mettle in the finals. Along with Bill “Eyla” Nguyen, he was an absolute force in the bot lane. EG’s bot lane never stood a chance, and Team Liquid fully capitalized on their bot lane lead.
Lock In has concluded, and fans are now gearing up for the LCS spring split. Team Liquid will clearly be the team to beat, and we can expect some serious competition from other teams. TSM and Cloud 9 will have their full roster and will challenge TL for the title of the LCS.