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Licorice Explains Why He Left FlyQuest As He Joins Golden Guardians

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Eric Ritchie, known as “Licorice,” is a 23-year-old Canadian League Of Legends player who had been playing as a top laner for Cloud9 since 2017. In November 2020, he joined FlyQuest for the LCS Spring 2021.

However, FlyQuest has been performing incredibly badly since the start of the last split, and the devastating results are still happening for the North American organization in the LCS Summer 2021.

Therefore, the organization and Licorice had a mutual agreement to part ways. Simultaneously, Golden Guardians also announced the addition of Licorice as the top laner via their official Twitter account as Solo leaves the roster.

While Licorice showed his excitement to join Golden Guardians, his new teammate Nicholas “Ablazeolive” Antonio Abbott also sent him a welcome message. “Welcome brother Licorice to the Golden Gamers,” he said. “Gonna pick up some big W’s for our new boy this week.”

Furthermore, Licorice also explained why he decided to part ways with FlyQuest and revealed that there was something missing about the team chemistry, even though they are all good players individually.

“It felt like something was missing on Flyquest and I’m sad that I wasn’t able to find success for myself or my teammates,” Licorice wrote. “I still believe in all of them individually and I’m hopeful that this change will be a good change for both teams.”

Here is Golden Guardians’ announcement:

Join us in welcoming the newest addition to Golden Guardians, Licorice. We’ve not only acquired Licorice, we’ve extended his contract through 2023, as we believe he will be a player worth building around in the coming years.

As for Solo, we’d first and foremost like to thank him for his time and contributions on our LCS roster. He will remain on salary and eligible as a substitute through November unless he elects to join another team.”

You can check out the post below.

Licorice’s first tournament with Cloud9 was at NA LCS Summer 2018, and they become the second-best behind Team Liquid. Afterward, they had a decent showing at 2018 Worlds Championship as they were eliminated in the semifinals.

Although they couldn’t make it to the finals of LCS Spring 2019, they stand against Team Liquid in LCS Summer 2019 but lost the series with 2-3. However, they managed to win the LCS Spring 2020 in the end.

Unfortunately, Cloud9 couldn’t perform in the LCS Summer 2020 even though they were second in the group stage and eliminated during the second leg of the losers’ bracket, which was their worst result since the addition of Licorice.

Following the disappointment, Cloud9 parted ways with Licorice and promoted Ibrahim “Fudge” Allami from the academy roster as they signed Luka “Perkz” Perković from G2 Esports.

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