FlyQuest finished the Spring Split in eighth place with a record of six victories and 12 loses.
The team struggled to find its pace throughout the split. The squad showed consistency and put in good performances, but failed to take the victories.
FlyQuest played too safe at times and it cost them. Even when they had the advantage, the team ended up losing.
The NA LCS has never been this competitive. Teams that were once on top failed to qualify for the playoffs. Competition is increasing and teams risk being left behind.
FlyQuest need to adjust their strategy if they want to stay relevant in the Summer Split. Changes were expected by the fans and the team delivered on April 27.
FlyQuest roster changes
Through their official twitter account, the team announced that Song “Fly” Yong-jun and Lee “Shrimp” Byeong-hoon were no longer part of the team. Shrimp had a remarkable split with the FlyQuest Academy. The minor team took the first Academy League title after defeating Echo Fox 2-3 in the final.
Fly, on the other hand, didn’t have the best split. The Mid Laner joined the team on week four. At that point FlyQuest already had a negative record of four loses. Even with reinforcements, the team couldn’t recover and eventually finished eighth.
Shortly after FlyQuest announced the decision, Shrimp said:
“I was given a great opportunity from FlyQuest. I really learned a lot from them and they made me a better person overall. It was a good experience and I really appreciate it.”
Fly and Shrimp are the only players leaving so far but not the only changes.
On May 2, FlyQuest made a second announcement. The team confirmed on Twitter that Jung “RapidStar” Min-sung, strategic coach for the Spring Split, is also leaving the team and so too is Joshua “Mins” Kim, the team manager. Both staff members joined FlyQuest heading to the 2018 season.
“It was a pleasure to work with everyone at FlyQuest,” said Mins via Twitter.
RapidStar has yet to comment on his departure. The future of the rest of the FlyQuest roster is unclear.
NA LCS roster changes
This isn’t the first roster change made by an NA LCS team ahead of the Summer Split.
Golden Guardians announced last month that Hai “Hai” Du Lam would be replaced by Son “Mickey” Young-min.
Likewise, OpTic Gaming made changes as soon as the regular season finished. Derek “zig” Shao left the squad to join the Golden Guardians Academy. Daerek “LemonNation” Hart also left the team without a clear destination. OpTic Gaming has yet to announce its new roster.
It’s currently unclear whether any other teams will be making changes to their rosters. Based on results, only the low tier teams should make adjustments. Also, most players are tied into long term contracts with their respective organisations.
More news will follow as teams prepare themselves for the Summer Split. Considered the most important split, teams fight for a direct pass to the World Championship.
The NA LCS returns on June 16 with an opening match between current champions Team Liquid and runners-up 100 Thieves. The full Summer Split schedule is available on the official LoL Esports website.