Quantic Gaming's Back for More
By PanduhkayyFri 10th May 2013 - 4:26pm Category: League of Legends
The members of Quantic Gaming are no strangers to the LCS Qualifiers. All 5 members competed in the Spring Season qualifier in January under various teams, like Cloud 9, Meat Playground, and Pulse Esports. Surviving the numerous roster swaps across the LCS Spring Season, Hai 'Hai' Lam and Daerek 'LemonNation' Hart remain the two veterans of Quantic’s team. After both Nientonsoh and WildTurtle left to join LCS teams over the last few months, the team was forced into a spiral of roster changes; beginning with the replacement of Nientonsoh and WildTurtle with An 'Balls' Le and Will 'Meteos' Hartman to fill the gaps of the team. Balls taking over the top laner position while Meteos moved into Hai's former position of jungler, making this roster change something that allowed Hai to transition back to his original role of midlane carry.
Under the roster of Balls, Meteos, Hai, LemonNation, and former AD carry WildTurtle, Cloud 9 competed and has earned over $21,000 in prizes. After a only one month of practice under this new lineup, the team set out for MLG Dallas to compete in the MLG Summer Promotion Qualifiers in March. Cloud 9 swept the tournament defeating both Team Dignitas and Velocity eSports into 2-0 series to take home the grand prize of $20,000 and a coveted spot in the LCS Summer Promotion. The win also granted them the first seed at LCS Summer Promotion, meaning they move on to play the 4th place ranked teams qualifying team and potentially the 8th place team from LCS Spring.
A few weeks after their big win at MLG, Quantic Gaming took notice and picked up Cloud 9 as their first venture into League of Legends since the organization was reborn in 2013. Only one week earlier, Cloud 9's WildTurtle was picked up by LCS team, Team SoloMid, leaving the team without an AD carry going into the Quantic organization change. Quantic took the time they needed to find a new member in Zach 'SneakyCastro' Scuderi, former Team Dignitas player, to fill the large shoes left for him by WildTurtle. Only one week after the decision to pick up SneakyCastro was final, Quantic traveled to Riot's LCS Studios in Los Angeles to compete in the IPL Promotion Qualifier. The team had already secured their LCS Promotion spot at MLG Dallas earlier this year, but there was $15,000 in prizes up for grabs. Quantic would once again defeat Velocity eSports on LAN and face fan favorites Curse Academy in the finals. After defeating Curse Academy, the team took home $10,000 and pride from winning both of the Challenger LANs for the spring season.
The team had officially moved into the Quantic training house in the beginning of April, one week prior to the IPL Promotion Qualifier, and has since been training for LCS Summer Promotion. 4 out of the 5 players on the team will be heading back to Riot's Studios for a second shot at joining the LCS. After proving themselves as the best challenger team on LAN, will the young team be able to topple LCS giants to take a spot in the summer season of the LCS? The necessary path to the LCS will not be easy as the team, and a must win best-of-3, followed up with a best-of-5 in a LAN environment. Quantic faces off against Team Astral Poke, formerly Nyuds is Diamond One, in the best-of-3 Challenger Round with the potential matchup of compLexity Gaming in the second best-of-5 Promotion round. Any team that loses one series goes home, so every game will be taken as the most important game of these players careers.
Check out Quantic Gaming's first game against Team Astral Poke on Friday, May 10th at 11 PDT over on the Riot Games Twitch C'hannel.
Written by. Alex Penn