Draft plagues TSM in loss to FlyQuest

In the current meta, flexibility is key to a winning composition.

League of Legends's Icon Nicholas Ray · 9 Jun 2019


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FlyQuest finally put themselves on the scoreboard with their victory against Team SoloMid, thanks to patience during skirmishes and Omran “V1per” Shoura’s Riven play. At the same time, TSM may have also cornered themselves during the draft.

Once TSM locked in Pyke as an answer to Jayce, FlyQuest quickly answered with Riven and flexed Jayce to Eugene “Pobelter” Park in the mid lane. Without the same kind of flexibility, Sergen "Broken Blade" Çelik was successfully baited into a lopsided matchup in V1per’s favor.

At first glance, the game seemed to go in favor of TSM. FlyQuest’s aggressive composition was just unable to get off the ground. Lucas “Santorin” Larsen couldn’t snowball lanes with Elise, while Matthew “Akaadian” Higgenbotham’s Hecarim ran rampant around the map.

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After two successful engages from TSM that put them ahead in kills, FlyQuest finally realized they wouldn’t succeed in fending off TSM’s dive comp. Instead, they turned their focus toward disengaging.

After sneaking an Infernal Drake right under TSM’s nose, FlyQuest avoided the ensuing Hecarim dive and stuck around to pick off TSM any members that were lost in the fray. That’s when V1per came in to save the day solo queue-style.

While Broken Blade’s Pyke was separated from the rest of his team, V1per played the ultimate cleanup crew, nearly aced TSM by himself, and then turned to Baron with his team. With no traditional marksman in TSM’s comp and little to no waveclear, all they could do was stand and watch as FlyQuest chipped away at their base before closing out the game.

It may be the first win for FlyQuest since the LCS spring split playoffs, but their win against a fellow playoff contender like TSM certainly counts as a sign of life. Their next game, against Team Liquid on June 15, will shed even more light on their long term potential.


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