Despite the coronavirus outbreak, the eagerly-anticipated LCS Spring Finals will still take place this weekend, as they will be played online like all previous games in the tournament.
In Sunday’s final, we will see Cloud9 face off against either Evil Geniuses or FlyQuest, depending on who emerges victorious in the semi-final on Saturday.
This is not the first time Evil Geniuses and FlyQuest have met in this tournament either. The two sides locked horns in the first round of the competition, and although Evil Geniuses claimed a convincing 3-1 win, question marks remain as to whether FlyQuest chose their strongest team.
FlyQuest went with Omran “V1per” Shoura in their starting lineup over Colin “Solo” Earnest, which surprised many considering Solo’s superior track record. While the win rate between the two may only differ by 2.5%, when you take into account that Solo has played 259 games in his career, it makes that stat all the more impressive.
Even forgetting the numbers, you could see the tides begin to turn once Solo took over in game three of the first clash between the two sides, as he took down Svenskerren of the Evil Geniuses for the first blood and dominated the top lane. This switch-up gave them their first win of the tie, bringing the score to 2-1.
However, the comeback proved to be short-lived, as Evil Geniuses came out firing in the fourth game - clearing a turret and two towers within 11 minutes of it starting. Despite their best efforts, FlyQuest couldn’t change the momentum of the final game, eventually cementing their loss to the better team on that occasion.
If Evil Geniuses pull off a repeat of their dominant performance last time out against FlyQuest, they’ll book themselves a place in the final against tournament-favourites Cloud9. If this match is made, it too will be a rematch, after Cloud9 beat Evil Geniuses in the quarter-finals of the competition.
However, all eyes will be on FlyQuest’s starting lineup for the semi-final on Saturday, as if Solo starts, they could well avenge their round one loss to Evil Geniuses - taking the spot in the final against Cloud9 on Sunday for themselves.