North American rookie Joseph “Jojopyune” Pyun has raised his hand after Evil Geniuses flopped in his 2022 mid-season invitational debut, admitting that the entire LCS team played “much worse than usual” on day one – An issue they would like to correct immediately in the G2 Esports rematch today.
Notably, Jojopyun was hard on himself when speaking to Pentaq.com shortly after exiting MSI territory. “I didn’t perform as per my expectations,” said the young star.
“It’s quite disappointing, how I fared.”
Evil Geniuses slipped to a 0-1 start in MSI 2022 after a major flop against European rivals G2 Esports. While many cited the LCS vs. LEC fight as a highlight on opening day, the NA champion barely found his footing and was blinded by an Anivia pick for Rasmus “Caps” Winther.
G2 played well, Jojopyun agrees, but the loss was a major problem for Evil Geniuses; They’ve come nowhere near the height they’ve reached in the LCS.
“Yeah, I think G2 played well,” Jojopyun said.[but] I think we played worse. Much worse than usual. I think a lot of it we were not playing well. The problem was that we weren’t playing that well instead of playing them well. He played well though.”
Jojopyune has been dubbed one of the rising lights in North America along with the recently crowned Prince of Pentacles, bot laner Kyle “Danny” Sakamaki. Neither had any effect on the game outside of several high-losses in teamfights. That’s fine though, says JoJo.
“We are getting to play at the international level. “we are learning.”
The loss leaves LCS fans on Reddit, Twitter, and home in the wee hours of the morning watching in panic, especially given that NA have just four chances to gain bragging rights over EU in a Group C fight. .
His 17-year-old Asha has a different perspective—Easy is just getting started.
“It feels really great to be the best in other fields,” he said. ,[We’re already seeing] There’s really just a huge skill gap [between the LCS and international teams], My goal now is to go as far as I can with the team, and keep improving MSI every game we play. That’s what I’m waiting for.
“We could have played better,” he said. “We’ll play better.”
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And don’t worry—one defeat won’t change even JoJo’s nonsense.
There were fears that Jojopyune, who has become famous for his “bad behavior” before and after games in the LCS, would disappear into his shell if Evil Geniuses fought early. Not so, Canada’s 17-year-old promises; Win or lose, he certainly isn’t planning on stopping his roast-heavy comments.
“It just makes the game more exciting,” Jojopyune said. “I really don’t see how like … I think it’s great. It publicizes the game so much. I think it’s cool.”
Evil Geniuses return to the MSI Stage at 5 p.m. local time for their G2 Esports rematch. He has back-to-back schedules today, and an hour later he will also face orders.