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League Of Legends: FlyQuest Week 2 Preview

Last week, FlyQuest took on the likes of Cloud9 and Golden Guardians. The Cloud9 game had a relatively close early game where Omran “V1per” Shoura stood out on his Irelia pick, but ultimately fell flat against Cloud9. Against the Golden Guardians, FlyQuest ended in a rather one-sided affair. The standout point was Eugene “Pobelter” Park on his Ryze pick managing to produce tons of damage. Unfortunately, due to the Golden Guardians excellent macro game, FlyQuest weren’t able to find the fights they desired. This resulted in them going 0-2 for Week 1 of the LCS.

Team SoloMid

The first game of the Week 2 of the LCS FlyQuest will be playing against Team SoloMid. TSM had a strong showing in Week 1 against CLG as they historically dominating the franchise. However, TSM fell short against the Spring Split champions falling to Team Liquid. Looking back at Spring, FlyQuest’s record was split against TSM going 1-1 during spring.

Going into this match, the players to watch are the top laners. Sergen “Broken Blade” Çelik and Omran “V1per” Shoura both put on excellent performances in Week 1. Where both played Irelia, had strong laning phases but fell short afterwards. Broken Blade had a great Jayce game splitting down the map dismantling Counter Logic Gaming. V1per had a strong showing against Cloud9 solo killing Eric “Licorice” Ritchie twice in lane. Sadly, he was unable to transfer this over to the rest of the map. While in the match against the Golden Guardians, nobody on FlyQuest could really find a footing. 

Optic Gaming

The second match of the week for FlyQuest will be against Optic Gaming. Week one Optic Gaming finished with a respectable 2-0 record taking down 100 Thieves and Clutch Gaming. Optic Gaming has shown to play lesser-known meta picks and stir towards the less looked at champions. For example, Lee “Crown “Min-ho brought out AD Kleptomancy Twisted Fate. This pick was seeing some prevalence in solo queue, but was mostly looked at as a troll pick. In the Spring Split, FlyQuest’s record against Optic Gaming was 1-1, with FlyQuest winning the early match, while Optic won the latter, when they solidified their roster with  Niship “Dhokla” Doshi becoming the starter over Kieran “Allorim” Logue.

The matchup to keep eyes on for this particular match would have to be the Jungle. In the Jungle for Optic Gaming we see William “Meteos” Hartman. Who served on FlyQuest as their academy jungler for awhile, before signing with Optic the following split. For FlyQuest we have Lucas “Santorin” Larsen. Historically, these two players have competed to be the top dogs on the former NA LCS (now LCS) for a long period of time.

Weekend Predictions

TSM can be expected to take the win over FlyQuest. Historically, TSM have shown consistently superior play when opposing FlyQuest. Moreover, Team SoloMid have looked a lot more on the same page and “clean” in Week 1 as opposed to FlyQuest. Finally, the support situation for FlyQuest still remains a confusing case, where we have seen Juan “JayJ” Guibert started both games, while Kim ”Wadid” Bae-Lin played both Academy games.

Meanwhile, this author predicts that FlyQuest will take the win over Optic Gaming. So far, Optic has played against lackluster alleged bottom tier teams, while FlyQuest lost to worlds-caliber Cloud9 and an on-the-rise Golden Guardians. When it comes to win conditions, as long as FlyQuest can remain on the same page, they should be able to out-macro Optic.

 

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