League of Legends LCS playoff predictions: Team Liquid looks to make a statement vs FlyQuest

2018 NA LCS Spring Split Grand Finals in Miami, Florida, USA on 8 April 2018.
2018 NA LCS Spring Split Grand Finals in Miami, Florida, USA on 8 April 2018. /
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League of Legends team FlyQuest managed to take down Golden Guardians last weekend, but now Team Liquid comes to face them in the League of Legends LCS Spring Split semi-finals.

Team Liquid (“TL”) faces off against FlyQuest this Sunday at noon Pacific time for a spot in the LCS Spring finals. After the first matches of the spring playoffs concluded this past Sunday, TL chose to play vs. FlyQuest over TSM. The best League of Legends team in NA, most expect Liquid will have little problems taking down FlyQuest.

Considering TSM was 11-1 in their last twelve games of the regular season and TSM’s dominate 3-1 victory over Echo Fox in the quarterfinals of the playoffs, Liquid was likely smart to choose FlyQuest. But why is Liquid so confident facing against FlyQuest, a team that defeated them just a few weeks ago?

Liquid is a different team come playoffs

Team Liquid’s regular season records last spring and summer were 11-7 and 12-6, respectively. Do you know what their corresponding playoff records were? They were 9-1 and 6-1 for a grand total of 15-2.

This 15-2 is also vs playoff teams, making this insane record even more impressive. They even posted a better regular season record than their last two splits at 14-4.

While TL do have two new players on their main roster this year, they have kept their same identity of good macro, strong front to back team-fighting and carrying through bot lane. There’s no reason to expect that they won’t continue their past trend of ramping up their performance come playoff time.

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Liquid had the first round bye

TL had the luxury of watching FlyQuest throw everything they had vs Golden Guardians to pull out a 3-2 victory this past weekend. From this match, Team Liquid gained a lot of information on FlyQuest’s champion pools on the new patch, while FlyQuest has not seen TL play any games on the new patch.

People have argued whether the first round bye was an advantage, however, with the new patch shaking up the meta scouting is a huge advantage heading into this series.  TL also made it well known that towards the end of the split they were trying out a lot of new picks and strategies. It is therefore hard to even look at what champions Liquid picked the last few weeks of the regular season without wondering if these picks were mostly experiments or if they were actually important picks for the team.