Team Liquid reminded everyone today why they ought to remain in the discussion for best League of Legends team in The United States and Canada after sweeping aside FlyQuest 2-0 in the 2021 LCS Lock In competition quarterfinals.

Cloud9 and TSM understandably stole almost every heading this previous offseason by signing Perkz and SwordArt, respectively. But Liquid snagged one of the best top laners in the LEC from Astralis/Origen in Alphari.

And if the area didn’t value the strength of his play, they definitely do now.

Liquid were notorious for their slow style of play in 2020, however you might not know it provided how they’ve played this season– specifically versus FlyQuest. Assistance CoreJJ has constantly been a roamer, and in between him and jungler Santorin, Liquid have actually turned themselves into a group that makes plays all over the map, apparently at all times, on the back of this two-man death squad.

In spite of how well Liquid’s former top laner Effect has actually been betting Evil Geniuses, Alphari’s play in the Lock In competition on carries has provided his group another dimension, more adding to their decisive, lethal early video games.

FlyQuest leading laner Licorice is among the very best in his position in the LCS. And Alphari permitted him to look the part for about nine minutes in video game one. Licorice had built up a 25-CS lead and had his challenger locked under tower for the entire video game. After he and jungler Brandon Joel “Josedeodo” Villegas were penalized for an overstay early on, however, Alphari opened on Kennen and shut Licorice out of the video game completely.

Liquid did have an extremely sloppy stretch in game one after accumulating an 8,000-gold lead at 18 minutes, which FlyQuest, to their credit, played decisively and cohesively through and nearly patched together what would have been the biggest resurgence of the year.

Game two was a lot closer, and with little difficult crowd control to go against Tactical’s Samira, that’s exactly what Liquid played around en path to a much cleaner, if somewhat less dominant, success.

For FlyQuest, heading signing Josedeodo continued an excellent run of type despite the losses. His Udyr in video game one was just restricted by the champion itself, rather than the gamer behind it.

Novice mid laner Cristian “Palafox” Palafox had a great series too, staying even in farm with Jensen and avoiding him from roaming as much as he may like on Orianna in video game 2. Their bottom lane of Johnson “Johnsun” Nguyen and David “Diamond” Bérubé had a forgettable 2nd video game however held their own and even ended up being the group’s main win condition in video game one with Johnsun on Seraphine in spite of going up against arguably the very best bottom lane in the area.

The 2021 LCS Lock In competition shifts to best-of-fives beginning next weekend with the semifinals. On Jan. 29, 100 Thieves take on Cloud9 at 5pm CT, and Evil Geniuses play Liquid the following day at 1pm CT. The finals will take location the day after at 1pm CT to end the weekend and the tournament.