Team Liquid Joins the MSI After Demolishing Cloud9, Will Play FlyQuest in the Finals

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Team Liquid Joins the MSI After Demolishing Cloud9, Will Play FlyQuest in the Finals

Team Liquid did it, and after they beat Cloud9, they only have FlyQuest to get through for the 2024 LCS Spring Title.

The match before the LCS Spring Playoffs Finals concluded! Team Liquid and Cloud9 clashed in an epic – but short lived – series that saw the former team emerge victorious. This means that Team Liquid got the 2nd Mid-Season Invitational spot of the LCS, and will join FlyQuest in the first international League of Legends event of 2024 – but they have one last hurdle to get through in the LCS. But first, let’s take a look at the games that went down between TL and C9.

Team Liquid Beat Cloud9 in a dominant fashion

Game 1

The first match was all about Liquid’s jungler, UmTi. He picked a rarely seen jungler, Jax, but managed to roll over his team’s opposition easily. While early stages of the match were kind of even, Team Liquid did manage to get first blood. However, they needed 15 minutes to destroy C9’s first turret, and at this point, Fudge and co. were up 2 drakes. After taking Baron before the 22-minute mark, TL solidified their position and looked to end the game. That goal was a lot easier to achieve after UmTi got a pentakill on Jax at 29 minutes, from which he and his teammates get the first win of the series.

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Team Liquid

Game 2

In Game 2, Cloud9 tried to ban out one of the core players of Team Liquid, APA. They took away his signature picks like Ziggs and Aurelion Sol, while also banning Taliyah for good measure. However, jojopyun and his teammates weren’t ready for the APA Tristana special, which finished the match with a 7/3/7 scoreline. Fudge also had an incredibly hard time versus Impact’s Rumble, and while jojo and Berserker were trying to scale with Hwei and Senna respectively, after the second Baron Nashor, Team Liquid blasted through their defenses and got to match point.

Team Liquid

Game 3

The third match of the series turned out to be the most one sided. Cloud9 only managed to last 1 more minute than in the first match, but this time around, they were unable to secure any objectives. They also only took one tower, and while they won some fights, their only impactful victory was around 22 minutes – which only narrowed the gap between the two squads. Yeon’s Varus was a menace for the third match in a row, and it’s still unclear why Cloud9 elected not to ban it. C9 made some glaring mistakes macro-wise, such as showing too many players, giving Team Liquid opportunities to take towers easily. TL secured the 3rd win as well, denying Cloud9 an international appearance for the second time in recent years.

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Team Liquid

Team Liquid joins FlyQuest in the MSI – but can they beat them?

This means that TL will be the ones to represent the LCS alongside FlyQuest in the Mid-Season Invitational. They will join G2 Esports as the first ones to qualify, but it’s still unclear which team will start from the Play-Ins and which will begin their journey in the Main Event.

FlyQuest and Team Liquid clashed in the first round of the Winner’s Bracket on March 15th. While Team Liquid fought valiantly, taking the series to 5 games, FlyQuest became the victor after a record-length 41-minute battle. However, Team Liquid are now reinvigorated, and ready to face their biggest rivals in the LCS.

The last time TL won a championship was in the LCS 2019 Summer Playoffs, while FlyQuest never got a trophy as an organization. They will clash beginning at 1pm PT in a rematch for the ages. Don’t miss the action of the last match of the 2024 Spring LCS!

Team Liquid Joins the MSI After Demolishing Cloud9, Will Play FlyQuest in the Finals
Bence Loksa
Bence "Atreus" Loksa is a freelance journalist and League of Legends shoutcaster, covering all things esports and gaming, also yelling loudly at big plays happening on the Summoner's Rift. While his main focus is Riot Games' hit MOBA, he also dabbles in Call of Duty, VALORANT, and as of recent, the tabletop wargame Warhammer 40,000 - where he looks to make some grudges with his Leagues of Votann army.