FlyQuest Reach ESL Pro League Season 19 Playoffs

05 May 2024
Tit Krajnik 05 May 2024
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  • FlyQuest defeated Ninjas in Pyjamas to qualify for the ESL Pro League Season 19 Playoffs
  • It marks the first time in 11 seasons that an Australian Counter-Strike team accomplished that feat
  • Joshua "INS" Potter led the charge for FlyQuest with a 1.61 rating
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FlyQuest qualify for ESL Pro League Season 19 playoffs (credit: via Twitter (@FlyQuestCS))
On Sunday, May 5, 2024, FlyQuest qualified for ESL Pro League Season 19 with a commanding 2-0 sweep of Ninjas in Pyjamas in the final match of Group D. With that historic achievement, FlyQuest became the first Australian Counter-Strike team in 11 seasons to reach the knockout stage of ESL Pro League.

Before ESL Pro League Season 19, FlyQuest made serious noise with their top-eight finish at Intel Extreme Masters Chengdu 2024. And while many considered that to be nothing more than a flash in the pan, the Australian CS squad quickly proved the doubters wrong.

A Historic Run

FlyQuest started their ESL Pro League Season 19 campaign with a 2-0 defeat against the reigning Major champions, Natus Vincere. But that hadn't made them put their foot off the gas.

The Aussies proceeded to sweep BOSS in the first round of the mid bracket before suffering their second defeat of the tournament – against Heroic, who knocked them down to the lower bracket. 

In the lower bracket, FlyQuest bounced back again with a 2-1 victory against Pera Esports, and completed their Cinderella run with a commanding 2-0 sweep of Ninjas in Pyjamas.

The series started on Ancient, where Declan "Vexite" Portelli, who hasn't been the most consistent player on FlyQuest, proved his worth and helped his side gain a 7-1 lead. However, once again, it was Joshua "INS" Potter who stood out, with an incredible 2.08 performance rating on CT side.

After dispatching Ninjas in Pyjamas 13-7 on Ancient, the series continued on Ninjas in Pyjamas' map pick, Vertigo. However, even on NiP's map, FlyQuest proved to be the superior team.

The Australian squad ended the first half with a two-point lead (7-5) despite being 6-1 up after seven rounds. However, the slip-up didn't stop them from crushing Ninjas in Pyjamas on T-Side, winning six of the final seven rounds to close out the map at 13-6.

INS was again the top-performing player on FlyQuest, posting a 1.76 performance rating on Vertigo, ahead of Vexite, who ended the map with 1.45.

FlyQuest's Journey Is Far From Over

By beating Ninjas in Pyjamas, FlyQuest secured a spot in ESL Pro League Season 19 playoffs, becoming the first Australian CS esports team to accomplish that feat since Renegades in ESL Pro League Season 8 in 2018.

FlyQuest's heroic accomplishment comes just over one month after the North American esports organisation entered the Counter-Strike esports scene with the signing of Jeeves (previously Grayhound Gaming).