Team Liquid's reign at the top of the LCS continues after they fended off a challenge from runner-up FlyQuest.
While the 2018 champions were leading in gold throughout the early game, FlyQuest pulled some good moves in the opening minutes as well, first surviving a bot-lane gank three minutes in and then actually getting the first blood there a minute later with a Nunu lane gank by Lucas “Santorin” Larsen. Liquid replied shortly afterwards, however, and Jake Kevin “Xmithie” Puchero next bottom lane gank saw Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng kill his counterpart two minutes later. The kills were even throughout the early game, but better farm and pressure gave Liquid the gold lead, which they held even after the Rift Herald saw FlyQuest take the first tower.
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21 minutes in, a contested fight saw TL take the first kill, before a great Urgot ultimate by Omran “V1per” Shoura rallied FlyQuest. In the end, a catch on FQ’s bot laner Jason “WildTurtle” Tran saw Liquid win the fight 3-2 and remain in control of the map. Over the next ten minutes, they slowly grew their gold and objective lead, until a stand-off in the middle of the map 31 minutes in was broken by a very good engage by the TL jungler that led to two kills going to his team. Liquid went for the baron and easily secured it, killing the three FlyQuest members who came. Now with a big advantage, TL pushed for the enemy base, took two inhibitors and went for the Nexus. FQ's engage claimed one kill, but it was not enough and Liquid ended the game.
It was a close fight for the early part of the game, but despite some good moves FlyQuest looked outmatched on the map. Liquid is looking like a well-oiled machine, and they show that their first place in the standings is well-deserved.
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