Yesterday’s clash between Cloud9 and FlyQuest inaugurated the second round of the League of Legends Championship Series play-offs. Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage and company barely made it to this stage of the winners’ bracket as they faced Evil Geniuses in the first game. Their rivals pulled the series into a full five games.
On the other hand, Cloud9 did not finish the main phase of the season in high spirits. Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen’s team looked hopeless in the latter part of the summer, completely unlike the dominant force that won the LCS Spring Split trophy with ease. Nevertheless, they finished second, so their playoff only started in the second round.
Unfortunately for the defending champions, their mediocre form is still in play as they had to acknowledge the superiority of their opponents last night. C9 had glimpses of greatness, especially in the second half, which allowed them to lead to a draw. Unfortunately, there were not enough such glimpses, and the excellent FlyQuest disposition and continued aggression meant that their team won. This means that the players will perform at this year’s World Championships.
With the LCS play-off format in place, they can reach the lowest third-place finish, which will allow them to appear in Worlds Play-ins. However, if they play similarly to yesterday in the next duels, they can certainly become the first seed representative of the LCS.
This result means that as many as four FlyQuest players will return to the World Cup. The only exception will be Colin “Solo” Earnest, for whom this will be his debut on the international stage. It also means that we will not see someone from the TSM-Cloud9 duo again at the most important tournament of the year. Both teams are now in the bottom bracket, only one of which will be allowed to fly to Shanghai.
Zven’s side will then face Evil Geniuses while Andy “Reginald” Dinh’s organization awaits tonight’s loser in their battle for survival.