GGS vs. FLY is a tough one, and everyone’s predictions will surely reflect it as well. We can never confidently predict what’ll happen when two such (admittedly quite talented) gatekeepers step foot on stage to compete.
The gap between them is not only negligible but it also shifts and changes on a weekly basis. They’re inherently flawed but still mighty capable, and that’s the absolute worst possible combination as it results in an incredible amount of volatility. These teams tend to drop a million games in a row and then go on a tear when you least expect them to.
Case in point: both teams have now lost multiple games in a row. FlyQuest’s two back-to-back losses, however, are much easier to stomach compared to GGS’ four. In other words: it’s been a while since the last time any GGS member gave a winner’s interview. They could still make playoffs, but after seeing them lose to Counter Logic Gaming last week, we’re no longer as optimistic as we were just a couple of weeks ago.
And neither are they, we assume.
An Absolute Mess Across the Board
It’s hard to talk about either of these two teams in isolation. They have much more in common than you’d expect, and the fact that they’ve found differing amounts of success thus far doesn’t change that.
FlyQuest are still a part of the playoff conversation but if they’re not careful they could very well end up getting leapfrogged — Evil Geniuses, Counter Logic Gaming, and the Golden Guardians are all breathing down their necks, and they’ll stop at nothing so as to take what’s theirs.
So, with that in mind, they’ll need to beat both GGS and Immortals in order to stand a chance at making the cut. It’s not going to be easy, but it’s still totally possible. And, well, they’ll need a bit of luck, too!
The Golden Guardians, on the other hand, are currently tied in seventh place. They, too, could end up making it, but their odds are much less favorable. They have FlyQuest, Dignitas, Team Liquid, Evil Geniuses, and Cloud9 all lined up and, frankly, we don’t think they’ll win any of those games. Or, at best, they’ll win one or two which still wouldn’t be enough for them to make Top 6.
They’re an unfortunate bunch as they’ve dropped many games which, by all means, could’ve been won. Their early games have been absolutely incredible but they’re still not proficient and skilled enough at harnessing said leads and snowballing them into the mid and later stages of the game.
Funnily enough, they, too, have lost to Counter Logic Gaming last week, as did FlyQuest. Losing to an organization that has been the laughing stock of the region for the better part of the last six years is not a good look — and it sure doesn’t bode well for their chances of making the playoffs.
A Bit of Good, a Lot of Bad
Both teams have been quite middling. Just when you think they’ve reached a certain level and are on the up-and-up, they immediately drop the ball and regress — like clockwork. That’s par for the course when you’re a gatekeeper, and that isn’t going to change any time soon (if ever).
FlyQuest have obviously been a fair bit more impressive (not to mention consistent), but they, too, have fumbled more than we thought they would. It’s always one step forward and then two (if not even three) steps back. Rinse and repeat.
They’ve won two of their last seven games and that, in short, speaks volumes. They’re just not a good enough team to compete with the “big dogs,” but they can still pack a punch if left unattended. Much of the same can be said for the Golden Guardians as well, although they haven’t been nearly as “dependable.”
And we’ve seen it happen so many times in a row that we’ve sort of just given up. They obviously need more time to synergize and truly get on the same page. Once that happens, they’ll surely be able to tango with the LCS pantheon.
In the meantime, however, they’re bound to go through the same crushing cycle over and over again; they’re like Tantalus, always so close to getting the win and yet so far away at the same time. We think they have a higher skill ceiling than FlyQuest, but that really doesn’t matter much at this present moment.
They’ve dropped four games in a row and their morale must be at an all-time low. They still have a shot, mind you, but it’d be ludicrous of us to bet on a team that has thrown away so many games — games in which they had a lead and were a few good decisions away from emerging victorious.
They might have more long-term potential when compared to FlyQuest, but right now, as things stand, they’re almost surely the weaker team.