Counter Logic Gaming's tenacity pays off vs. FlyQuest

Trevor "Stixxay" Hayes of Counter Logic Gaming celebrates after an upset against Europe's G2 Esports at the League of Legends World Championship 2016. Provided by Riot Games

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Counter Logic Gaming overcame slow starts Sunday throughout their 2-0 series victory over FlyQuest during Week 8, Day 3 of the North American League of Legends Championship Series Spring Split in Los Angeles.

FlyQuest (7-9, 18-20 match record) gave up first blood in Game 1, but a five-man gank into bottom lane six minutes in earned them two kills and first turret gold. Both teams traded objectives and kills throughout the mid game, but Counter Logic Gaming (9-7, 20-19 match record) started to pull away when they found a turret advantage from splitpushing side lanes. FlyQuest made a desperate attempt to take Baron off the map but got caught by CLG and gave up four kills plus the buff. FlyQuest couldn't stop the Baron-empowered push and was aced as Counter Logic Gaming pushed to finish off Game 1.

Game 2 started off almost entirely in FlyQuest's favor as they ran up a lead in kills, turrets and gold. Counter Logic Gaming were always just a step behind as they gave up objectives and kills until their gold deficit reached 5,000 by 16 minutes. However FlyQuest's siege kept breaking because CLG started to successfully flank and win teamfights. After Counter Logic Gaming won a 3-for-0 teamfight, they secured Baron and used the buff to take control, pushing all the way to the Nexus. FlyQuest managed to protect the Nexus from CLG but couldn't stop minions from finishing off the series.

FlyQuest continues to fight for its playoff spot as they face Echo Fox on Friday at 9 p.m. ET. Counter Logic Gaming also has their work cut out as they square off with a hungry Immortals squad on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET.