CLG Huhi Falls From Hero To Zero As FlyQuest Punish His Limited Champion Pool

Counter Logic Gaming’s mid laner, Choi “HuHi” Jae-hyun, may well be the best Aurelion Sol player in the world. But as any professional player will tell you, ‘one trick ponies’ will be exposed mercilessly on an LCS stage.

Choi “HuHi” Jae-hyun dominated the rift with his renowned champion in game 1 of CLG’s NA LCS playoff tie against FlyQuest eSports, providing a similarly imposing performance on his comfort pick, Ahri, in game 2. Yet as FLY quickly wised up to Huhi’s threat on the two champions, the mid laner crash and burned as he was banned out of the series altogether.

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Aurelion Sol does not feature heavily in the current meta. Yet such is Huhi’s proficiency on the roaming control mage, Counter Logic Gaming proceeded to completely white wash FlyQuest in the opening game of the playoff series: CLG sacrificed just a single death in the entire game. Huhi’s Aurelion Sol was omnipresent throughout proceedings, involved in a phenomenal 20 of the team’s 21 kills with a 12/1/8 KDA (kills/deaths/assists).

Huhi’s lane opponent, Hai “Hai” Du Lam, was left clueless as to how best to deal with CLG’s mid laner. Aurelion Sol roamed menacingly across the map, first picking up an early kill on FLY support, Daerek “LemonNation” Hart, before turning his attention to… every other member of the FlyQuest roster.

With the lessons of the opening matchup clearly established, FlyQuest proceeded to ban out Aurelion Sol in each of the subsequent games in the series. Perhaps failing to do their proper homework however, Huhi was granted a brief reprieve as arguably his one remaining comfort pick of Ahri was allowed to slip through the net. Whilst not as imposing as his first game performance, Huhi enjoyed a 6/2/6 game, turning pivotal moments of the match with a number of clutch plays.

Yet as is so commonly cited as the gaping flaw in the French/Korean’s gameplay, with both Ahri and Aurelion Sol banned, CLG opted for first Syndra then Ekko in the mid lane – the results were considerably less convincing. After notching an 18/3/14 for the first two games, Huhi transitioned from hero to zero, crashing to a woeful 6/18/10 for the final three games of the series.

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After reverse-sweeping Counter Logic Gaming in spectacular fashion, Hai was asked to describe the process by which FlyQuest orchestrated their revival:

Joshua “Jatt” Leesman: How did you identify what was going wrong and correct it for games 3, 4 and 5?

Hai “Hai” Du Lam: Well, the first step was to ban Auerlion Sol – apparently [Huhi] is really good at that champion – I didn’t think he was that good – apparently he’s really good at that champion, that wasn’t that fun. It just took two games to figure out what to do.

Counter Logic Gaming never fail to defy the odds. With a seemingly insurmountable lead, Huhi’s limited champion pool returned to haunt the team’s strategy once more. During the Azir prominent meta of last season’s Mid-Season Invitational, Huhi was frequently highlighted as the weak spot on the roster, a flaw that has seemingly yet to be addressed.

Whilst consistently drawing a target ban can be of benefit to a team’s drafting phase, being unable to play any other champion to the same high standard, is of a greater detriment. For Counter Logic Gaming the Spring Split has ended in bitter disappointment, showing little signs of improvement from their flitting appearance at the 2016 World Championship, where the power of Huhi’s Aurelion Sol was first unleashed. Until the mid laner’s champion pool issues are remedied, Counter Logic Gaming will continue to suffer an all too familiar fate.

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