The Checkpoint - FlyQuest Keeps Rolling, New French CS:GO Teams Fall Short at IEM

by Kevin Knocke

Today on The Checkpoint, the daily esports show on that airs each weekday at 2:00 pm ET/11:00 am PT:

  • Group B continues to prove to be the strongest of the League of Legends EU LCS groups, with a close match between Unicorns of Love and Splyce which UoL narrowly won 2-1. This puts UoL at 4-0 in the group and in sole possession of 1st place.

    H2k and Vitality also played a close set in Group B with H2k coming out on top 2-1. Vitality still has a long way to go to catch up to the top teams in the leauge, but they are playing much closer sets than in the beginning of the split.

    Splyce rebounded from their loss against UoL by completely dismantling Origen 2-0 on Saturday. Origen unfortunately looks like the clear last place team in the Group and maybe all of the EU LCS with an 0-4 record and not winning a single map the whole Spring Split so far.
  • In the NA LCS, there continues to be a growing divide between the top 4 teams in the league and everyone else this Split. Cloud9 continued to roll as they beat Team EnVyUs 2-0 and Echo Fox 2-0 for an overall 6-0 record, good enough for best in the NA LCS.

    FlyQuest keeps defying expectations by defeating Dignitas 2-0 and Immortals 2-0 to keep their one loss record intact. Team SoloMid also won both their matches by defeating Counter Logic Gaming 2-1 and Phoenix1 2-1. The sets were close, but these wins were against two of the better teams in the NA LCS, including a red hot Phoenix1, so this victory put TSM in contention for tops in the league. C9 vs TSM will be quite a match in week 5.
  • The top teams in the LCK battled it out, with KT Rolster suffering their first map loss to the afreeca Freecs, but they still managed to take the set 2-1. SK Telecom T1 rolled over MVP 2-0 as SKT1 continues their run through the LCK without dropping a single map.
  • The CS:GO IEM Katowice qualifiers were held over the weekend with No. 7 Natus Vincere, No. 15 Fnatic, and No. 13 Heroic in the WWG CS:GO Team Rankings qualified for the event from the EU side while No. 9 Immortals qualified from the NA side.
  • Fnatic's CS:GO roster swap is complete as JW and Flusha have rejoined the squad and played alongside their old team mates at this weekend's IEM Katowice qualifiers where they successfully qualified for next month's $250,000 event.
  • SKT1's Faker, the most popular esports competitor ever, started streaming on Twitch attracting over 200,000 concurrent viewers at one point, larger than most major esports events. Suffice to say, fans are excited.

Matt Best joined the show towards the end to talk about the LCS and why FlyQuest still continues to defy the odds week in and week out.