Along with a few other teams, FlyQuest performed better than anyone predicted. The first week of the 2019 Spring Split FlyQuest finished with a 2-0 score placing first along with Team Liquid and Clutch Gaming. FlyQuest offseason moves made them too strong for their opponents, or that they haven’t faced a true challenge. They displayed many strong points and many weak points that could have cost them the game.
Many people know Viper from his Riven mechanics and his time on TL Academy. It was his first game in the LCS. It is debatable that he is an upgrade over Flame but he still held his lane against Golden Guardian’s top laner, Hauntzer. Viper did not impact the game majorly but he was able to stop Hauntzer from snowballing on the Vladimir.
Hauntzer was known as the strongest domestic top laner in North America for almost two years of playing with Team SoloMid. He was still the best performing member on GGS in their game against FlyQuest.
Santorin controlled the jungle and was able to help his team extend their huge leads. He was a part of keeping GGS behind because he was always able to be with his team whenever they were about to fight.
In the mid lane, Pobelter had more roaming potential which allowed him to make it to team fights before GGS Froggen. Froggen seemed to stay in lane and farm which made his almost useless to the team. His Urgot pick had zero impact on the game because the one squishy member on FlyQuest was surrounded by a team of tanks.
Pobelter was able to flank multiple team fights and turn them into FlyQuest’s favor.
FlyQuest bot lane remained dominant the entire game. When the team played around WildTurtle and JayJ, they completely destroyed GGS Delfty, and GGS Olleh. Olleh gave WildTurtle multiple free kills which lead to him snowballing and taking over the game. FlyQuest won this game without any interference until close to the end.
In the early game, Viper did not look strong against Optic Gaming but he was not playing poorly. He played a carry champion instead of a tank in game two which made their team comp different than game one. He was able to help catch out members of Optic in the mid game which put them back into the game.
Santorin was inactive in the early game and started to be helpful towards the mid to late game. Darach was more helpful in the early gaming than him. He instantly helped his team catch up and turn the game around.
The mid lane matchup was interesting, Crown kept Pobelter in the lane so that he couldn’t help his team in the early game. Pobelter was forced out of lane a number of times. He still helped his team catch Optic off guard in almost every team fight they had.
JayJ was the biggest question mark this game, he constantly got caught out. He gave away many free kills to Optic bot lane and made the match harder than it had to be. Optic’s bot lane had the potential to carry the game but they played the late game bad.
They allowed FlyQuest to take advantage of their mispositioning in team fights and catch them out. They took fights when they should have fallen back and allowed FlyQuest to scale back into the game.
In game one, FlyQuest looked dominant, in game two, some players looked a lot weaker. They will more than likely lose against a team that understands how to end in the early game.
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