As the LCS summer split heads into its third week, FlyQuest take on Dignitas. Both teams have had a middling start to their campaigns, and will seek to move up in the rankings.
FlyQuest vs Dignitas Match Prediction
FlyQuest have the advantage over Dignitas, but only just. They announced a surprise change to their roster ahead of the summer, with top laner Philip ‘Philip’ Zeng was promoted ahead of Colin ‘Kumo’ Zhao, prompted by their erratic roller-coaster of a spring. Three months ago they were the strongest starters of the spring split, tied at the end of the third week for top place with TL but a slow decline in form meant they had to fight for the last semi-final spot, and crashed out in round one of the playoffs.
Offensively, FlyQuest have been a bit middling, averaging 12 kills and 11.8 deaths per game. That is usually the pace of the LCS, which means that unless FlyQuest improve on these metrics quickly, this could be a season where they either just make or miss the playoffs. They also have decent averages of 1788 gold per minute and 33.2 CS per minute.
Not a great start
Things haven’t started out on the same ideal note this summer, however; they’ve won two out of their three games so far, beginning their first week with a win over the Golden Guardians, where Mid-lander Loïc ‘toucouille’ Dubois, who was recruited last year, starred with seven kills and one assist. But that was followed by two losses over the next couple to the Immortals and then to defending split champions Evil Geniuses.
They did, however, manage an unexpected victory over the tournament’s form team Counter Logic Gaming, becoming the only team that’s managed to beat them this season, before going down next week to Team Liquid. FlyQuest have blown hot-and-cold over the last couple of weeks, but a win over lower-placed Dignitas will even out their chances of moving into the top four.
Dignitas were an entertaining team to watch over the spring, and they put up a good fight against the tournament’s top dogs. Still they were never really in the running for playoffs, and ended seventh on the split rankings.
Top laner Aaron ‘FakeGod’ Lee was ousted from the roster after a poor season where he failed to live up to expectations, and the Digs brought in Noh ‘Gamsu’ Yeong-jin from the 100T Academy. But the change hasn’t brought in the desired results yet, and so far they’ve secured just one win out of their five games.
Comeback from a three-match losing streak
Dignitas’ first week was rough, to say the least, with three consecutive losses to Counter Logic Gaming, Team Liquid and 100 Thieves. Cloud9 got the better of the Digs in the second week as well, before they finally managed to secure a sole victory against the struggling bottom-placed Immortals.
The Digs will hopefully draw a bit of confidence from that, with Gamsu turning in his best performance of the season so far, with three kills and five assists. Now that their losing streak has been broken, the momentum they’ve gathered won’t exactly give them an edge but will at least be a tourniquet to the disappointment of the first week.