We’ve just passed the halfway point of the 2021 LCS Spring Split and, with so many exciting match-ups ahead, it’s time we go over a couple of predictions! This time around we’ll start off with Team SoloMid vs. FlyQuest. Now, on paper, this isn’t exactly the most exciting clash, but looks can deceiving — FlyQuest are far from a pushover, and if they end up drafting to their strengths and playing to the best of their ability they definitely stand a chance of trading blows with the boys in black and white.
That doesn’t mean they’re all of a sudden going to challenge for a spot at the top, but they’re putting up a much bigger fight than most people would expect. They’re the perfect dark horse in that regard, and even though their odds of reaching the playoffs are pretty much non-existent, that doesn’t mean they won’t tryhard each and every time they step foot on the Summoner’s Rift.
The 2021 competitive season is far from over, and FlyQuest need to get as many wins as they possibly can if they intend on leaving a mark once the Summer Split comes along. The road ahead is long and arduous, but they knew as much coming into the year as well, so it’s not like anyone’s overly surprised.
Team SoloMid vs. FlyQuest
They have a puncher’s chance, of course, but the odds of them winning are extremely low.
Team SoloMid are far from a competitive League giant, but they’re playing much better than anyone expected, especially at this point in time. And, that’s strange, really. It wasn’t that long ago that they fumbled and failed in a myriad of ways — regardless of whom they were up against. It wasn’t a good look, but they managed to correct course in what felt like a blink of an eye. They decided to put Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon on tank duty (a wise decision), and started giving Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage a lot more agency in the draft.
A slew of wins over top-tier opposition. They’re still not all that consistent and their weaknesses are often on full display, but they’re undeniably capable and — when they get on the same page and execute to the best of their ability — they’re a force to be reckoned with.
It’s hard to tell, but even if they’re not they’re achingly close and could, potentially, narrow the gap even further by the time the playoffs come around. They’re a lot more cohesive as a unit than you’d expect, and they’re playing much better individually than at the start of the split.
They’ve already beaten Team Liquid twice and hold wins over both 100 Thieves and Evil Geniuses as well so it’s becoming harder and harder to criticize them.
Absolutely. Are their weaknesses (of which there are many) on full display? Certainly, but if no one’s punishing them, then the onus is on their opponents — not on TSM.
Either way, watching them play has been quite exciting, even though a good number of their wins came by way of grueling, sloppy semi-fiestas. Team SoloMid know what they’re doing, and they’re improving at a steady pace. The fact that they’re this good and successful despite not having any pre-existing synergy is mind-blowing, to say the least. It just goes to show that talent can, in fact, compensate for a lack of cohesion — at least every so often.
They’re better across the board, and even though they often struggle with the most banal things, they shouldn’t have too much trouble in taking FlyQuest down. It probably won’t be easy or one-sided, but they should definitely be able to get the job done and get their “hands raised.” Doing so will separate themselves from the rest of the pack even further and solidify their spot as a bona fide challenger.