Cloud9 dominated FlyQuest in the LCS finals and earned its first championship title since 2014. The team closed the series in three games to complete the best split in the history of the LCS. FlyQuest fought hard through the lower bracket, but it wasn’t enough to stop Cloud9.
7 FINALS. 6 2ND PLACES. 1 TITLE.
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Fans of the franchise weren’t convinced about Cloud9’s offseason moves. The team promoted Robert “Blaber” Huang to the starting roster and signed a new bottom lane duo. The organization made an out-of-character move and paid a $1.5 million transfer fee for Philippe “Vulcan” Laflamme. The bottom lane would be complete with Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen who had two terrible years with Team SoloMid. On paper, the team looked volatile to the point where it would be hard to imagine them staying competitive.
Cloud9 completed the regular season with 17 victories and one defeat. In the playoffs, Cloud9 only lost one map in a best-of-five series. FlyQuest had a very different journey. FlyQuest finished the regular season in fourth place and earned a spot in the winner’s bracket. In the first round, FlyQuest lost to Evil Geniuses and fell into the lower bracket to face Golden Guardians. Then they defeated TSM and got revenge against EG in the semifinals. FlyQuest came into the finals with momentum behind them, but that proved to be not nearly enough.
The series was closer than anticipated. Even though Cloud9 had a good grip on the match, FlyQuest still found opportunities to get gold and control of the map. One thing went wrong for FlyQuest that undid them. Support Lee “IgNar” Dong-geun wasn’t playing like himself. IgNar was clearly tilted from game one and as the series progressed, he made more costly mistakes. Without its main playmaker, FlyQuest had nothing to show for itself.
Through aggressive and proactive play, Cloud9 knocked down FlyQuest three times to claim the title. The player of the series was Vulcan, who has been the unsung hero of the squad throughout the entire season.