Has FlyQuest Flown Too Close To The Sun?
Coming into the 2017 Spring Split, FlyQuest was viewed as the weakest team in the NALCS, potentially fighting with Team Envy for that last place spot. But through 4 weeks, FLY had greatly surpassed expectations, sitting at 6-2 and second in NA. It wasn't just that they were winning, they were doing so convincingly. Scrutinized jungler Moon was making plays, accumulating several player of the games awards. Hai wasn't just shot-calling, but carrying games and looking mechanically efficient again.
Enter week 5... All of a sudden FlyQuest goes 0-2 and fall to 6-4 on the split. Have they fallen back to reality? Is this their true form? Not so fast.
In the first series against Dignitas, they lost in two games but both were extremely close and turned after one big team fight. In game 1, FLY tried to push DIG off of the infernal drake. Hai was unable to one-shot the back line on J4 and Dignitas, with flashing health bars, turned the fight around and rolled the game from there. Game 2 floundered due to a questionable baron call by Hai. FLY had a gold lead at the time but Chaser stole the Baron as Ssumday and Keane cleaned up the fight.
Now the TSM series. In their two losses they were methodically dismantled by a simply better team. Losing to TSM isn't much of a concern and actually taking the set to game 3 is impressive in it's own right.
The game 2 win just illustrates the next level that FlyQuest is on when it comes to shot calling.
The problem appears to be that teams are cluing in to their reckless abandon and constant aggression. In fact, teams are starting to take advantage of it. Also, the FLY pick and ban phase often relies on gimmicks and strange pocket picks. Moon is a player that seems to rely on off-meta champions such as Evelynn and Shaco. The Shaco pick was a massive bust against TSM as he went 0/4/1. Against DIG, Hai picked Jarvan mid both games as a counter to Keane's Zed. FLY should go back to picking meta champions and rely on their above average shot calling. The team does have talent and I still think they're a playoff team, as long as they straighten out their decision making.
If Hai is constantly getting penta-kills's (two in week 5), FlyQuest will be A-OK.
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