Cloud 9 And FlyQuest: The New North American Rivalry
The NALCS saw the birth of a new rivalry last night as Cloud 9 and FlyQuest battled for first place. The series was close throughout. In game one FLY appeared to be in control but threw away their lead and the game at Baron. Game 2 was all FlyQuest as they systematically gained a gold advantage to tie up the series at 1. Time for game 3! Hai shockingly locked in the all-or-nothing Zed pick as Jensen shortly later countered with Zilean. Nearly 11 minutes into the game is where things get interesting. The gold was just about even. C9 was up by a kill. That's when LemonNation flashed forward on Malzahar to hit Smoothie with his ultimate. Altec followed suit, flashing forward on Miss Fortune to hit him with the Bullet Time.
Looking at the clip, MF's ult is invisible and it's near impossible to determine if it did any damage. Well after nearly a 1 hour delay where referees tried to determine if the ultimate worked the way it's supposed to, it was determined that the game would be replayed from 30 seconds before the bug. In the past, the game would require a full remake. But new technology by Riot, referred to as the "Deterministic Disaster Recovery Tool" allows them to essentially travel back in time and reset the game from a selected period in time. Props to Riot as this worked as perfectly as it could have. Seconds after the restart, LemonNation and Altec flashed forward on Smoothie and with both ultimates working properly, they took down C9's support. Regardless, it was Cloud 9 who pulled through in a great series to remain undefeated.
The two teams face-off again in week 6 of the LCS. North America desperately needed a new rivalry. TSM-C9 has been quiet for a few splits, CLG-TSM isn't the same without DoubleLift. C9-FLY, two teams that are very familiar with each other are now neck and neck on top of NA, and it's exciting. Who knows Cloud 9 better than Hai, their long-time shot caller who spent 2 years playing on the team. He's played with Jensen and Sneaky and now he's going up against them.
Jedi-Padawan, teacher-student, whatever cliche you want to use, the story is perfect. Jensen may have come out on top of the mid-lane battle this time, but Hai can't wait for his next chance.
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