Freeze to Join FlyQuest's League of Legends Team

by James Bates

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FlyQuest ended the Spring Split in a fashion that no one saw coming before the split's beginning. The team, which was predicted to be the worst team in the league by virtually every pundit, instead took the league by storm with their often unorthodox play and excellent shot calling. While they fell before they could play in the finals to Team SoloMid, it was a close matter, and the team nearly made it through to face CLoud9 in the final match of the Spring Split. Instead, they played against Phoenix1 during the third place match and ended up losing. Still, a fourth place finish was far, far better than what anyone expected for the team, and the viability of the team's roster of veterans was proven during the inaugural split.

Despite their strong closing to the season, however, there was definitely improvements that could have been made. One of the greatest weaknesses of the FlyQuest roster, since it's inception, has always been Altec, their ADC, and it seems that FlyQuest themselves have come to the conclusion that changes need to be made in that role. Sources close to the team claim that Altec will be taking his leave of the team, and will be replaced bu former Tempo Storm and H2k ADC Aleš "Freeze" Kněžínek, reports ESPN. Apparently, Freeze was not the only talent that the organization tapped in order to replace Altec, as it seems that Konstantinos-Napoleon "FORG1VEN" Tzortziou was also asked to join the team, but declined, despite the fact that he hasn't held a position on a professional team since his exit from H2k at the end of the 2016 season. 

Freeze brings a new dynamic to a team that desperately needs one. The reality is that FlyQuest had a major problem by the end of the split in terms of star power, as basically none of it's lanes could be relied upon to build their own leads without the influence of Moon. Worse, players like Balls were often targetted by the enemy junglers and neutralized, which made it so that FlyQuest was often forced to fight their way back into games unless they played absurdly aggressive themselves. Usually, they opted into the latter category, which made the team quite linear, but the addition of a bona fide carry in the bottom lane lends the team a new dynamic as a Freeze/Lemonnation lane should, in theory, be able to bully many of the lanes in the NA LCS. Whether theory will be successfully translated into reality, however, remains to be seen during the NA LCS 2017 Summer Split.

By James Bates

A wanna-be novelist turned coach turned journalist, James is living proof that you never know where you'll end up. He's in love with narrative-heavy games, which he proves by spending his days writing about a game with less lore than Doom. His greatest regret in life is not having his name in the credits of Life is Strange, and it's galvanized him to truly pursue developing games that don't begin in packed taverns and use D20s.