It’s October 3rd and we are kicking off the first day of Worlds Groups stage with a bang! With NA LCS’s 2nd Seed team, FlyQuest, playing against strongest contender and LPL’s first seed, Top Esports.
Lots of fans anticipate this match-up since #1. It’s the first game for Worlds’ Main Event and #2. It’s LPL’s strongest team and if you are a newbie to League, LPL is a pretty strong region. At the moment, the LPL’s goal is to go for a 3-peat championship win and well… they definitely have a chance.
Going into champion select, Top Esports was looking much better with a classic set-up to see from an LPL team with picks of aggressive champions. On the other hand, FlyQuest was leaning more into team-based composition with tank-ier picks. Both teams are appearing at Worlds with their usual line-ups from FlyQuest’s Solo, Santorin, PowerOfEvil, WildTurtle and IgNar and TES’s 369, Karsa, knight, JackeyLove and yuyanjia.
Many fans entered this game looking forward to see Knight in action. However, today’s game was definitely in the hands of one of the best top-laner right now, TES’s 369. First blood was drawn by TES’s 369. A ‘Solo’ kill (pun very much intended) against FlyQuest setting up TES in a good position. Just prior to it, FLY’s WildTurtle had the chance to draw first blood, just missing one auto attack to finish it. By the 6 minute mark, TES’s 369 flaunts a 3/0 KDA while Karsa takes his first kill as well. In no time, TES was up 6-0 with 4 of their players having the most gold among both teams.
FlyQuest was not totally out of the game yet. In the 13-minute team fight, they were able to take a 2 for 2 trade against TES. Though this might not seem to great from a far, it put FlyQuest on the board and gives them a chance to possible come back into the game. With the help of FLY’s support IgNar and quite a lot of damage from Solo’s Volibear, it wasn’t looking too dim for the NA team just quite yet. Despite all that, zooming out of the players KDA, TES had a 3 dragon lead forcing FlyQuest to contest each Dragon/Baron after.
Another team fight breaks out at around the 23-minutes mark. TES’s pride and mid-laner, knight, shows off his skills and picks off FlyQuest’s Solo and IgNar. After hovering over the next incoming team fight, TES takes 3 kills against FLY’s 2 kills and eventually rotates to take baron. 28-minutes in, the result were looking a bit cleared as TES tops them with a 13.5k gold lead. At this moments it was 15-5 for Top Esports. In a final push from TES and easy picks at base. The game ended at 31-minutes for Top Esports.
I think many of us can say that we could predict this game, however FLY had their good moments as well, but they just couldn’t control the pressure Top Esports was pushing to them. Nothing too flashy for the first game, but you bet they’ll be coming. No need to show your cards if it’s not necessary. GG Top Esports! And good luck to FlyQuest, hopefully they can figure something out to defeat these big and strong contenders. Maybe it’s time to play a little bit outside of the box? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.