FlyQuest 2021 LCS Roster Breakdown
FlyQuest will field a very strong LCS roster come 2021 and that, simply put, comes as quite a surprise. On the one hand, all of us expected a ton from this distinctive — and unexpectedly successful — organization after their back-to-back second-place finishes in 2020. On the other, this most recent off-season was far from kind to FlyQuest as they’d lost all of their players in what felt like a blink of an eye. All of those immensely talented individuals who allowed this organization to soar to such incredible heights no longer wanted to compete under its banner.
But that obviously didn’t phase FlyQuest all that much. In fact, quite the opposite. One could argue that they’re the biggest winners of the off-season seeing how they ended up with an incredibly solid (and yet cheap) roster — one that deserves our utmost respect and attention. Plus, this peculiar mix of players has an insanely high skill ceiling and could, potentially, do some real damage next year.
But before we delve any deeper into their chances of leaving a mark, let’s first go over the starting line-up!
FlyQuest 2021 LCS Line-up
Top: Eric “Licorice” Ritchie (formerly of Cloud9)
Jungle: Brandon Joel “Josedeodo” Villegas (formerly of Rainbow7)
Mid: Christian “Palafox” Palafox (former Cloud9 Academy mid)
ADC: Johnson “Johnsun” Nguyen (former Team Dignitas marksman)
Support: David “Diamond” Bérubé (former Cloud9 Academy support)
“Stacked” might not be the most apt way to describe this 2021 FlyQuest roster, but it’s not far off either. The fact that FlyQuest had to rebuild from the ground up and yet ended up with such a stellar (cost-effective) group of players simply boggles the mind. After all, they had mere weeks to assemble a line-up worthy of mentioning and, despite the odds, they’ve passed the test with flying colors. Now, granted, no one’s expecting them to find as much success next year as they did in 2020, but this is still a Top 5 team with a ton of potential.
The one player who stands out the most is definitely Licorice. He’s still one of the best top laners in the region and can hold his own regardless of whom he’s up against or what the meta dictates. He’s an insanely good (and consistent) performer and will no doubt empower this FlyQuest line-up in all the right ways.
As for their jungler, FlyQuest made the ultimate move by signing one of the most impressive OCE players from this year’s 2020 World Championship — Josedeodo. With the OPL getting dissolved, it was only a matter of time before this talented jungler got an offer from a North American team, and fortunately, it seems that FlyQuest was the fastest of the bunch. It’s impossible to predict anything with confidence, but if his recent performances are any indication, we should be in for one heck of a ride come the 2021 LCS season for FlyQuest.
In mid we have none other than Palafox. He’s been an insanely good performer for C9.A and has won both 2020 NA Academy splits with relative ease. Palafox was by no means perfect, but he’s definitely a promising talent worthy of the starting spot. If he continues growing in the same direction (and at the same pace), he’ll no doubt be one of the frontrunners for the “Rookie of the Split” award. Whether he has what it takes to compete with the likes of Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen, Luka “Perkz” Perković, and Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage is a discussion for another time and place. All in all, he’s a great pick-up and could, with time, grow into a household name.
As for the bottom lane, FlyQuest went for a killer duo: Johnsun and Diamond. Johnsun is definitely one of the biggest surprises of 2020, despite playing for one of the worst teams in the region. Dignitas simply didn’t look good (other than a few solid bursts early on), and the fact that Johnsun still found a way to shine bright tells you all you need to know when it comes to his talent and potential. In that sense, one could argue that he had higher highs than Edward “Tactical” Ra. He was less reserved, although such bravado often came at a cost. Still, his flashy nature made people take notice, hence the FlyQuest signing.
Supporting him is Diamond, a stand-out player from Academy and also someone who’s long overdue for a shot at playing on the LCS stage. He’s definitely one of the best up-and-coming supports in the region and will surely turn heads from the moment he starts playing with Johnsun. Both players have a ton of talent and are no doubt in line for illustrious careers in the LCS.
A Positive Outlook
This FlyQuest line-up has all the right tools to not only trade blows with the best teams in the LCS but also even win out from time to time. They’re not a shoo-in for Top 3 and that’s perfectly fine. They want to rebuild from the ground up and they have the perfect players to do so. FlyQuest are all but guaranteed to reach the playoffs and will undoubtedly become one of the most exciting LCS teams to watch in 2021 — and that’s really saying something.
That said, fans need to temper their expectations. FlyQuest is in it for the long run, and you shouldn’t expect any bombastic performances early on into the season. They still might happen, of course, but seeing how this is a brand-new team (despite having a well-functioning Cloud9 core), these players will need to build synergy from scratch and figure things out on their own. And that, of course, is a process filled with trial and error. Regardless, there’s ample potential for greatness and they’re surely going to realize it in due time.