FlyQuest Announce 2023 LCS Roster

FlyQuest Announce 2023 LCS Roster

FlyQuest has finally announced their 2023 LCS roster. Read more about their changes from 2022 and outlook in 2023 here.

FlyQuest Announce 2023 LCS Roster

It’s official. FlyQuest has become the ninth of the ten LCS teams to announce their roster for the 2023 season. Ahead of them, 100 Thieves; Cloud9; Team Liquid; Evil Geniuses; Immortals; TSM; Golden Guardians; and Counter Logic Gaming (CLG) have already publicized their starting five.

Unsurprisingly all but CLG have made roster changes. What is surprising; however, is that three teams have replaced four or more players from 2023. Interestingly, all three of these teams were within the top five last split. Both 100 Thieves and Team Liquid rebuilt around one player (100T Closer and TL CoreJJ), replacing four of their starters. FlyQuest, on the other hand, have replaced all five of their starters to make a title run in 2023.

What Happened to FlyQuest 2022?

FlyQuest’s starting lineup for 2022 was as follows:

  • Top: Philip “Philip” Zeng
  • Jungle: Brandon “Josedeodo” Joel Villegas
  • Mid: Loïc “toucouille” Dubois
  • ADC: Johnson “Johnsun” Nguyen
  • Support: Zaqueri “aphromoo” Black

Two of these players have already received and accepted offers to play elsewhere in 2022. Both toucouille and Josedeodo will return to their respective regions, EMEA and LATAM. Josedeodo will join Estral Esports in the LLA while toucouille will compete for Team GO in the LFL.

Both Johnsun and aphromoo will not compete professionally in 2023. This marks the first time since Summer 2013 that aphromoo will not be on an LCS roster. Philip, a fan favorite, will return to play for FlyQuest in 2023; however, he will be competing on one of their two NACL (North American Challengers League) rosters: FlyQuest Academy or FlyQuest FAM.

 

FLY 2023

With Philip being given time in the NACL and the remainder of the 2022 lineup being released, FlyQuest initiated a complete rebuild around young Korean talent and proven LCS veterans. In the top lane, FlyQuest turned into a resident World Champion who led Evil Geniuses to their first-ever LCS title in Spring 2022.

Replacing Philip, FlyQuest acquired the statistically strongest (by a long shot) top laner in the LCS: Jeong “Impact” Eon-young.

Alongside Impact, FlyQuest wanted to have a strong LCS jungler to remain competitive with the current top junglers Inspired and Closer. Fortunately for them, TSM had just released the 2021 LCS Spring Split MVP. Filling in for Josedeodo in the jungle is none other than Mingyi “Spica” Lu.

As each team is afforded two import slots to compete alongside three North American players, FlyQuest have signed the best overseas talent available.

Replacing toucouille in the mid lane and Johnsun in the bot lane are two of the LCK’s best upcoming players: Lee “VicLa” Dae-kwang and Lee “Prince” Chase-hwan. VicLa has spent the entirety of his career (roughly two years) with KT Rolster where he recently played for his first-ever full split in Summer 2022. Prince, on the other hand, has played for a few more years across multiple LCK teams.

He rose to prominence this year after carrying Liiv Sandbox to the LCK Summer Playoffs.

Finalizing their roster, FlyQuest signed former Team Liquid Academy support and “second best support in the LCS” according to CoreJJ: Bill “Eyla” Nguyen.

Community sentiment is largely optimistic, with many believing that this lineup could bring FlyQuest a title this year. Title or not, FlyQuest will certainly be at the top of the table, giving known contenders like Cloud9 and Evil Geniuses a run for their money.

 


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