Counter Logic Gaming outlasted a relentless attack from FlyQuest to pick up another win on Saturday in the North American League of Legends Championship Series.
In a meta centered around the early and mid games, FlyQuest (4-11) and CLG (6-9) bucked tradition with a marathon 51-minute match in which the winner wasn't decided until a final push from CLG in the closing moments of the game. CLG is now riding a three-game winstreak and might have a shot at the playoffs despite going on an ugly six-game losing streak in the middle of the season.
While the end result was a CLG win, it almost didn't end that way as FlyQuest overcame an early surge from CLG to drag this game on for quite some time. CLG took a 2,000-gold lead at 11 minutes, but FlyQuest quickly battled back through superior objective control that led right into a 27-minute Baron that gave it control over the game. Despite picking up two more Barons over the next 15 minutes and a 5,000-gold lead for the majority of the late game, FlyQuest lacked the confidence to go for the jugular. That opened up a window in which CLG could inch back into the game.
Much like in CLG's comeback win over Cloud9 last Saturday, AD carry Trevor "Stixxay" Hayes's Caitlyn ran rampant around the map, picking up six of his team's 10 kills in the final 13 minutes of the game to complete the comeback. With FlyQuest unable to close out the game, Stixxay scaled into a monster that cut through his opposition with ease, culminating in the 50-minute Baron that gave CLG the final push towards victory.
CLG will now look towards its toughest remaining match on the schedule against the first place Echo Fox at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, while FLyQuest will prepare for a tussle with the Golden Guardians directly after at 4 p.m. ET.