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This week on The Invade, Mark Horner stopped by the studio and broke down the implications in the NA LCS Playoffs matchup between Counter Logic Gaming and FlyQuest.
CLG heated up after a slow start and finished fourth in the NA LCS with a record of 10-8, earning them a date with the fifth place FlyQuest who finished 9-9.
As previously alluded, CLG trended upwards while FLY was the exact opposite. After coming out of the gates with a blazing hot start, FlyQuest came back down to earth and finished as a team with many flaws.
Even with these flaws, Horner still believes that FlyQuest is the underdog you shouldn't be surprised with. "Although there are clear advantages for CLG in the top lane and the bot lane, in my opinion, FlyQuest has a legitimate shot at pulling off the upset," said Horner. "It's certainly a big ask for FlyQuest to pull off the upset, but if they can get rolling in the early game, they should be able to ride Hai's decisive shot calling to some victories."
Horner does realize the biggest weakness for FlyQuest and isn't afraid to show just how one sided it is. "The top lane matchup of Darshan vs Balls is certainly the weakest matchup on the rift for FlyQuest," said Horner. "I expect Darshan to smash lane against Balls, making it all the more important that Lemonnation and Altec bring their A game against Stixxay and Aphromoo. If FlyQuest is unable to win or at least hold one of the side lanes, they most likely have let Hai become too vulnerable to lead them to victory.
Despite FlyQuest's weaknesses and contingent win conditions, Horner still has hope for the fifth place team. "FlyQuest has the guts and strategy to push this one to a full five games, and I have FlyQuest punching their ticket to the semi-finals with a game five victory!"
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