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FlyQuest Part Ways With LoL Coach And Mid Laner
- FlyQuest release mid laner Lee “VicLa” Dae-kwang and coach Kim “Ssong” Sang
- The changes follow a disappointing run through the 2023 season
- FlyQuest have yet to announce replacements
Lee “VicLa” Dae-kwang and coach Kim “Ssong” Sang (credit: via Twitter (@FlyQuest))
League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) team FlyQuest announced the departure of mid laner Lee “VicLa” Dae-kwang and coach Kim “Ssong” Sang. The duo left the North American esports organisation after just two splits in the LCS due to the team’s disappointing finish in the LCS 2023 Summer.
The Korean duo were let go from FlyQuest on Sunday, September 10, when the North American esports organisation announced the news via Twitter, thanking them for their dedication and passion. Even though FlyQuest have not specified the reason behind VicLa’s and Ssong’s departure, the team’s lack of success in the LCS 2023 season likely has something to do with it.
VicLa joined FlyQuest in December 2022 as a star mid laner, for whom the community had high expectations. The 19-year-old started his esports career in September 2020 with KT Academy, moved up to compete with KT Challengers in 2021 and served as the starting mid laner for KT Rolster in the 2022 LoL Champions Korea (LCK).
With KT Rolster, VicLa finished the LCK 2022 Summer Playoffs in fifth place and ended the year with a fourth-place finish at the LCK 2022 Regional Finals. However, despite his renown as one of the best Korean mid laners, VicLa couldn’t find much success in the LCS and failed to help his new team win the LCS title or qualify for the LoL World Championship 2023.
Coach Ssong got signed by FLyQuest just a month after he led DRX to the LoL World Championship 2022 title, yet he couldn’t help the North American squad to the same degree and ended the 2023 season with one of his worst regular season placements as a coach.
However, things didn’t look as grim for FlyQuest early into the year. FlyQuest had an excellent start to the season, finishing the LCS 2023 Spring regular season in second place with a 14-4 record, and then claimed bronze at the LCS 2023 Spring Playoffs.
In the summer, FlyQuest fell apart and didn’t win a single game of the LCS 2023 Summer regular season until Week 3. Yet despite the bounce-back, FlyQuest didn’t find any traction and ended the regular season in ninth place, with a 6-12 record, meaning they wouldn’t attend the LCS 2023 Summer Playoffs and have no chance of qualifying for the LoL World Championship 2023.
Due to FlyQuest’s poor performance in the 2023 season, some changes were expected, and it wouldn’t be the most shocking thing to see the team make further adaptations to its lineup. However, neither the team nor its current players announced any additional departures.
As many other LCS teams and LoL squads from other regions are looking to make changes in a bid to find more success in 2024, FlyQuest will have plenty of options when deciding who’ll replace VicLa in the mid lane and Ssong as the new head coach. However, it remains to be seen who will fill in the two vacant spots.
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