Coming into this series, FlyQuest was plagued with countless storylines of being unable to climb the mountain and take a game off of Cloud9 at any point this season. The league had been wholly convinced that C9 was simply FlyQuest’s kryptonite, and that the strengths of history would be on full display when the two teams squared off for another playoff series on Thursday.

Those doubts were squashed instantly. 

The first game of the series ended in just over 30 minutes, as FlyQuest defeated Cloud9 convincingly, posting a kill score of 18-4 when the nexus went down. Taking the first game by 11k gold, FlyQuest’s thirst for dominance clearly wouldn’t be sated easily, as they looked to prove more in Game 2. But Cloud9 wouldn’t fall so easily. The defending champions took advantage of a late-game positional error on the part of FlyQuest, leading to a dragon take and eventual ace which set C9 in motion to close out the game with a rebounded 5k gold lead. 

Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen had been a major factor in particular during that second game, as he kept his head above water throughout the entirety of the contest. He was able to reach a 2-item power spike on his trademarked Ezreal, allowing him to take the game into his own hands and walk into game 3 on the heels of a 7-kill performance. 

But the final two games of the series weren’t as kind to C9. Game 3 featured a huge lead from FlyQuest composed of multiple dragons and a huge momentum swing. The powers that be did their best to halt that swing, bringing an hour-long (yes, an hour-long) pause to the table. But in a genuinely shocking twist, the team with the advantage in every given category of the game – dragons, gold, kills, you name it – ended up winning a few minutes after the mega-pause finally came to an end.  FlyQuest had gone up 2-1, bringing C9 to match point.

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Beyond that, Game 4 felt like a formality. While the kills and gold remained relatively close between the two teams throughout the course of the series’ final game, FlyQuest managed to pull away in terms of objectives. They secured all five dragons, all 11 available turrets, as well as a Baron to boot in order to smother Cloud9 at the 37-minute mark, effectively taking the series in the process. 

FlyQuest will have a shot at Team Liquid in the upper bracket finals come next week. Both teams have already qualified for Worlds no matter what happens from here on out (the first time in franchise history for FlyQuest), so the only real consequences on the line are seeding placements for the tournament, as well as a spot in the LCS Summer Finals. For Cloud9, they’ll face Evil Geniuses in the lower bracket, with four sets separating them from another LCS title. 

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