The team once had a perfect record in NA LCS and was considered among the best lineups in the league, is now struggling to gain any ground. What on Earth happened to FlyQuest, and where do they go from here?
Band of Brothers
FlyQuest’s NA LCS career has only kicked off this Split, but their history lies a lot deeper than might seem at first glance. After all, three of their core members—Hai, Balls, and LemonNation—have been playing for a while as a part of C9’s old guard. And Moon and Altec are seasoned veterans that have been in the competitive scene for ages.
This team has managed to create an environment that was both competitive and open to experiments. Their captain, Hai, was once praised as the best shot caller in the West. The future looked bright for FlyQuest. But if you took a closer look, then you’d know that not everything was as seamless as it appeared from the outside.
Live and Die by Hai
FlyQuest have always said that they weren’t having the greatest results in scrims. But somehow it hardly mattered when they went on stage—things suddenly clicked, and FlyQuest looked sharper than ever. They didn’t gain many advantages through laning, but they more than made up for it with decisive playmaking and clutch rotations.
Watching FlyQuest was akin to spectating a match between an old chess Grandmaster and a rising talent. While the latter would have more potential and youthful energy, the sheer volume of the former’s experience was too hard for him to handle.
But things have changed once the second half of the Split came. FlyQuest’s play still had the same explosiveness that brought them their string of victories, but it would now backfire as often as it’d work. It wasn’t uncommon to see the team’s members relying on gimmicky tactics and cheap tricks, but even that wasn’t enough to turn the tide in their favor. FlyQuest would lose one game after another until their remarkable 6-1 win/loss record turned into a middling 7-7.
Meta Shift cause for concern
So why did they become so bad? Well, it’s less to do with FlyQuest dropping off and more with other teams getting better. And when you consider the fact that the meta has shifted, and FlyQuest have never had the most skilled or versatile players, it’s easy to see how they ended up where they are.
One of the issues that constantly comes up in FlyQuest’s games is their draft. The team has shown a tendency to going for unproven picks like jungle Shaco or ADC Mordekaiser and trying to make them work on stage. But at some point, you have to stop blaming the champions and start looking at the players. And that point may have long since gone.
The Two Aces
Everyone on the team has had their chance to shine, but the spotlight has always been on Moon and Hai.
Moon is the main playmaker of the team. Granted, his performance recently took a turn for the worse, but he’s still the mastermind behind FlyQuest’s early leads. With a 3.8 KDA, 5.1 CS per minute, and a 67% kill participation, Moon rules the jungle with his smart and unpredictable play.
And while Hai’s 2.7 KDA and 8.2 CS per minute put him at the very bottom of the mid laner table, he has an insane 614 DPM that’s only behind Froggen’s.
But that’s not the only reason to follow him. Hai is the brain behind FlyQuest’s brawn. And whenever the action happens, you can expect Hai to be right in the fray leading his team to victory.
This Spotlight might’ve been critical of FlyQuest’s shortcomings, but not everything is lost for this lineup.
They currently hold the 4th place in the NA LCS. And even though their schedule isn’t easy with TSM and CLG being their next opponents, FlyQuest have a mix of creativity and strategic prowess that can make for an upset even against the best teams in the league.