One more League of Legends team owned by people connected to the world of traditional sports is going to try and compete in the League of Legends Championship Series, this time in North America. According to reports by ESPN’s Jacob Wolf, the co-owner of Milwaukee Bucks, Wesley Edens and Fortress Gaming Investment Group purchased the Cloud9 Challenger’s LCS spot once the team qualified for it in the 2017 Spring Promotion Tournament. The new team is going to called FlyQuest and it’s been confirmed to be acceptable to Riot Games.
The newest LCS team in NA is likely to field An “Balls” Le, Galen “Moon” Holgate, Hai “Hai” Lam, Johnny “Altec” Ru and Daerek “LemonNation” Hart, as well as his famous notebook of secrets. It’s immediately apparent that most of the roster consists of the players who used to play for Cloud9 a couple of years ago before being moved to the Challenger Series team when stronger players were available. While the upgraded Cloud9 is one of the best teams in NALCS, FlyQuest eSports is not likely to be. There is probably no chance at all of the new team of C9 rejects winning against the real thing itself, not to mention the true King of the LCS, Team SoloMid, even they are using a different AD Carry.
Looking at the FlyQuest roster, Balls has been lambasted as a player who couldn’t get out of mid-Diamond in Solo Queue once in awhile, though Competitive play is different from Solo Queue, so his ranks shouldn’t influence people’s decisions. Still, it’s often been said that unless Balls has Rumble, he’s not that dangerous. Moon is… underwhelming in the Jungle, unless he’s improved massively from his time at Team Liquid, where he briefly stood in for Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett. Hai… is a great shotcaller, however, his in game skills are nothing against some of the best Mid players in the world, while Altec and LemonNation are simply underwhelming when compared to some of the best players in their positions as well. Of course, that doesn’t mean that FlyQuest is not a good team. Not at all. They are simply not the best.
For now, that is probably fine with Wesley Edens and the other investors. If they wanted to take the World Championship 2017 or something equally ridiculous, they would not have purchased a spot in the LCS and a recently promoted Challenger roster (even if three players have LCS experience) and expected to go all the way. No, they would have purchased the spot and made the money rain, getting all of the best free agents they could possibly buy, trying to build the strongest international team in the world with a training and support staff to boot. They didn’t do that, so it’s not their intention to win the LCS. They probably just want to stay in the League, waiting for things like broadcasting right sales and revenue sharing to come in order to make bank in the future.