If you didn't get to see the epic match between two League of Legends powerhouses, well, you missed out. The match featured a pair of teams that were inter-organizational at one point. On one side there was Cloud9, a North American powerhouse within the LCS, yet to lose during the 2017 Spring Split. On the other hand was FlyQuest, formerly Cloud9's challenger team, that has shocked LCS fans since the start of the split. Cloud9 and FlyQuest gave 300,000+ viewers a show they won't be forgetting about any time soon.
Many, myself included, doubted FlyQuest's ability not only as a team but also their ability to remain consistent. Leading up to their match up against Cloud9, they boasted a 6-1 record with wins against Phoenix1, Team Dignitas, Counter Logic Gaming, and Team Liquid among others. At the beginning of the Spring Split, every team (except EnVy) was supposed to run over this Cloud9 Challenger team. This was a team that was scripted to be relegated before they even hit the LCS stage.
The build up for the battle royale between Cloud9 and FlyQuest was crazy. There was an abundance of story lines you could follow, the most interesting one happening in the jungle. " Moon proved that he may well be the best jungler in the NA LCS," said James Bates, WWG's League of Legends Writer and Analyst. Bates and I have spoke before about Moon's unprecedented rise through the LCS. Confidence and Support. That's what it boils down to. "The last time we saw Moon, he was on a struggling team with no real veterans to speak of and a bad support environment. Judging him based on that performance is unfair in the extreme," said Bates. "FlyQuest seems to have neither of those problems, so we're likely going to be treated to an example of how high Moons highs can be on this team."
Even though FlyQuest dropped the match to Cloud9 in a thrilling three game set, they have a lot to be proud of. "FlyQuest are the best team in the league but don't realize it yet, and that fact hobbled them enough to lose to Cloud9," said Bates. "They are the giants that don't realize their own strength and are thus cowed by enemies that they could just as easily crush."
"FlyQuest are the best team in the league but don't realize it yet." - James Bates
If you did miss out on the action, you can get caught up at the very top of the page courtesy of the folks over at Cloud9.
The teams hit the Rift again in Week 6 as FlyQuest looks for redemption.