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FlyQuest and Zaqueri “aphromoo” Black put up a massive win and shut down Cloud9’s momentum during Week 3 of the North American League of Legends Championship Series. With both teams sitting at a middle-of-the-pack 3-3 record prior to the game, it was an important win for FlyQuest and aphromoo.
C9 hadn’t suffered a loss since Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen and Kim “Berserker” Min-cheol were able to join the roster partially through the Summer split. As the longest-standing support in the LCS, aphromoo gave a warm welcome to Zven, who recently role-swapped from ADC. Once upon a time, aphromoo made the same swap, so he’s well-acquainted with the difficulties.
“When you make the swap at first, you gotta get used to it,” aphromoo said.
Aphromoo and his ADC, Johnson “Johnsun” Nguyen, took over the early game. Johnsun’s Jinx got all the gold she needed to pop off; meanwhile, aphromoo facilitated the kills on Braum. C9 put up a solid defense, but it wasn’t enough to stop FlyQuest’s momentum; especially after they secured the Hextech dragon soul.
The game was well and truly a story of two bot lanes.
“They’re a new bottom lane,” aphromoo said. “They definitely made some massive mistakes. Everyone talks about the Level 2 bottom and they were just walking up too far.”
That said, aphromoo was sympathetic to Zven’s plight and even offered some words of support for the 25-year-old Dane.
“[Zven], from my perspective, is definitely a perfectionist kind of guy,” he said. “When he was ADC, he knew all the ins and outs of everything… he just needs some time on support and he’ll get there.”
It was a much-needed 2-0 weekend for FlyQuest, who beat Dignitas on Saturday. With the exception of their young top laner Philip “Philip” Zeng, who joined from FlyQuest Academy, FLY has been together long enough that the team expects results. The perfect weekend helps propel the team towards the top of the standings and playoffs, which are still a ways off.
“The Cloud9 game was a lot cleaner,” aphromoo said. “Dignitas, we had a lot of f*ck ups, macro-wise.”
Coby Zucker is Upcomer's resident CS:GO writer. He's also played League of Legends at the collegiate level and is a frequent visitor in TFT Challenger Elo. He's a firm believer that Toronto should be the next big esports hub city.